Our Life in Pictures
It’s August 28: Mom seems to be white-knuckling the steering wheel, her hair is looking particularly crazy these days, and she keeps mentioning the first day of school… but we’ve had a great summer!
It started off with a bang when PawPaw and MawMaw visited (we read, played some cards, had a girls day out, hit the local bookstore and picnic’d at Hale Reservation)… then Aunt Suz came and the fun continued (blueberry picking and then lots of blueberry experiments in the kitchen, an outing at Castle Island and the North End, bike riding, walking at Millennium and of course Chipotle Thursday!).
July continued with our annual 4th of July parade at the cape, trips to the beach, sprinkler parks, zoo, the farm and countless ice cream shops. There was swim camp & tennis camp, girl scout camp and driveway hockey. The huge fun happened when we got in the car and drove to DC to hang out with the Koch side! Uncle Mitch and Aunt Laine hosted us all and we had a great time at the monuments and the zoo and just hanging out. We squeezed in the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on the way down too.
The pace slowed in August but we still managed to get to Cape Cod a lot, go camping for a weekend in New Hampshire with Dad, Uncle Stephen, Genna and Dylan, see some friends, hang with Ash, and have a cousin sleepover. Dad and Will got to go to Fenway for a Liverpool soccer match and we all made it to a minor league baseball game (i.e. ice cream and snacks in the hot sun but at least it didn’t cost an arm and a leg – plus we got to run the bases!!). Most recently we went to the Children’s Museum for the Welcome to Kindergarten (and PreK) party!
We also got baby brother on a tricycle, introduced him to whipped cream, wore Nana’s toilet paper cover around, went to breakfast with Papa at Sesuit Harbor, made Star Wars wookie cookies, laughed a lot, cried some, then went back to school shopping!! One more week!!
We had a great trip to visit Grandma Ike in Minnesota. Some highlights (in addition to seeing lots of Grandma): Owen napped on the plane (win!), we rented a minivan, PawPaw came and stayed at our hotel, and the Easter Bunny even paid our suite a visit! We were able to spend a lot of time with PawPaw – which of course meant lots of Uno and the guess-the-animal game, and exploring the hotel lobby on secret missions without mom & dad.
We celebrated Easter at Grandma’s house with a nice dinner, an Easter egg hunt, and egg dying (only one blue dye capsule was consumed, resulting in very blue lips and teeth for one participant). A huge highlight
was our trip to the Mall of America, where Grandma treated Anna to an outing at the American Girl Doll store and we all enjoyed the in-house amusement park (Mom was too scared for the coaster that did flips, but we at least got her on the more tame one!). We got to spend lots of time with Dad’s cousins both at the mall and various playgrounds, and were able to visit Grandpa Ike’s resting place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. We were sad when it was time to leave!
It was another quiet weekend around here…
First Uncle Mitch flew in from California! He spent a few hours with us before heading off to a wedding.
He timed the visit perfectly because he got to see Anna’s soccer game. It was a wild game complete with a wrestling match, a bloody nose (unrelated events), and the best of all – Anna played a great game and scored the winning goal! Go Gorillas!
After the game Mitch headed to Rhode Island for the wedding and Dad went off to New Jersey for his 20 year high school reunion (whoa). That left the four of us with 24 hours and no plans… and since Mom’s favorite season is passing us by in a flash, we decided to pick up Auntie Linda and go to a local farm to pick our own pumpkins and corn (this was a new one for us), go for a hayride, and – despite the warnings of grave danger – feed the animals.
By early the next morning, Mom was on her way to do the Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk with some of her college roommates, while Anna was heading out to march in the Roslindale Parade with some of her swim teammates, the boys were home with a babysitter, Mitch was flying back to California, and Dad was driving back from Jersey!
And everyone eventually made it home safe and sound. The End.
A few weeks ago, Dad’s work had “Take Your Kids to Work Day”. We were lucky enough to take the train with Dad to his office in Boston. Once we got to his office, it meant it was a day where Dad had to show up to work but didn’t actually get anything done except watch us do artwork to hang up in his office, watch a movie, eat snacks (OREOS!!!), play ping-ping and foosball, and a bunch of other stuff that made it the best Take Your Kids to Work Day ever.
We had such fun with Maw Maw & Paw Paw. We played card games, snacked on peanuts, attempted crossword puzzles, ate loco pops and downed milk shakes, enjoyed girls outings and boys trips to the park, admired ancient photos of dad as a handsome young guy, bought books, read books, enjoyed the Museum of Life + Science (butterflies! dinosaurs!), and looked for hiding kitties.
Thanks Paw Paw & Maw Maw! Your turn to drive up here!
Spring Break ‘13 and we all piled into the car for our first road trip as a family of 5 to see Paw Paw
& Maw Maw in North Carolina. What a trip!
First stop: the Beckers in Philly!! Pizza, playing, a sleepover and little boys who stayed up too late.
Second stop: Barack’s in DC! Walking, lunch, protesters and a lesson on the First Amendment from mom.
Destination: Durham, NC! Paw Paw & Maw Maw’s house.
(We had so much fun there we’ll have to do a separate post)
After three days in NC, it was time to get back on the road…
Final pit stop: Somewhere in Maryland, where we got to stay in a hotel and do lots of things we don’t usually get to do – watch Sponge Bob Square Pants, eat chocolatey cereal and even get free soap and shampoo! Then of course a dip in the pool before getting back on the road home.
Can’t wait for the next trip!
Little brother is growing up!
And went on his first plane ride! [3/28/13, en route to cousin Pete’s wedding in Napa, more on
that fun later] Mom note: what better way to pass a 6+ hour flight with a five month old than
to take self portraits in the teeny plane bathroom? Hey, he was happy.
The bigger little brother is growing up pretty fast too. He wowed mom and dad by successfully completing his first true big boy haircut (buzzers and all and getting a spikey ‘do on request) and his first dentist visit.
Good job, boys.
Having an early 10-year anniversary celebration seeing the sights (like the Eiffel Tower) in London and Paris! We do not miss them at all as we are on the sleepover circuit at our cousins’ houses and having a ball. In fact, when they try to call / video chat, we run away from the phone. This does not make mom sad at all. Really.
Hundreds of pictures to follow when they return…TAGS: Traveling