Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dinosaur State Park

Last week the kids and I took a buggy hike at Dinosaur State Park and checked out the footprints.  It is so very cool that there are real dinosaur footprints like 10 minutes from my house.  The kids loved the dinosaurs on loan from Lego, there were 3.  The raptor was the most realistic.  We spent some time in the discovery room and then headed home.  I used to think this was a tiny little rip off of a museum but now that the kids are bigger there is SO much to see in the discovery room.  A fun summer day!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Schools OUT for summer

The craziest thing about these pictures are his TEETH!  This guy loves to lose his teeth.  Once it is loose he works on it until he can yank it out.  It's SO different from me who would have it just dangling there for days before it just gently fell out.  

 The first week of summer has been great.  We are trying to relax and enjoy ourselves.  We have had swimming lessons which is a nice structure to the day and utterly exhausts Emily.  She is trying super hard to swim on her own, she tries hard at lessons.  Nolan is doing great too, his glides are perfect and he can swim, face in, arms out (with lots of splashing).

Dave and I have been golfing a bit and we are taking lessons again with our old buddy Jim.  It is a nice way to spend a Sunday, that's for sure!  We have a few trips planned and Nolan is doing a camp one week of the summer, we are otherwise relaxing and enjoying things.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Playground Project

For the past few months I've been working on a project to have a new playground built at Nolan's elementary school.  His school has a fascinating story about playgrounds, they have a brand spanking new one, it's two stories high, very advanced and well, frankly, too advanced for the young kids.  The young kids have always played on a small playground on the back side of the school.  Many people in town (and many town officials) don't even know it exists.

It's a long story but our PTO has a boatload of money.  I foolishly asked way-back-when what that money was to be used for.  Someone said that 'eventually' the K/1 playground will need to be replaced.  So I went asking too many questions, finding out details and next thing I knew I was calling everyone I knew asking them to come to the PTO meeting and vote YES for the PTO to spend $40K to put up this playground.  And they did.

So now this project is in the hands of the town.  All sorts of departments and town officials need to weigh in on this decision.  Basically they need to agree to accept this donation.  They being the Board of Ed, Superintendent, the Town Manager, Planning and Zoning commission, the town council (bc there is a small cost associated to the town to re-woodchip the playground two times a year), Parks and Recreation, the town engineer and the tree warden.

So where we are right now and as I understand it, we are 3 YESes away from this happening.  THREE!  This needs to be presented to the Town Council.  So long as they have no objections then it goes to the Planning and Zoning Commission for approval.  Once P&Z approves it, the Town Council will then hear the proposal and hopefully approve it.  And from my understanding, that means we buy and build it!

This has been a very exciting process.  Sadly it was extremely dramatic for a few days but overall it's been exciting.  It's taken a lot of dedication (work, meetings, phone calls, research) but it's exciting.  It is (dare I say) easy.  And Emily has attended many of these meetings with me.  She's an excellent partner (I stuff her with snacks).

Friday, April 22, 2016

Emily's Three Year Stats

Emily is perfect.  She is small and light, despite the size of her belly and just perfect.  
Height: 37.25 inches (54%)
Weight: 28 lbs, 2 ounces (22%)
BMI: 9%  (well, ok she's little)

She is doing just fine.  Big news, she didn't cry at the doctors office.  This is big news.  She even announced that morning that she would only cry when the doctor checked her ears... but she didn't!  

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Happy Birthday Emily!

Emily is 3!  Wow, that's so exciting.  We celebrated by going to Magic Wings, the butterfly conservatory.  Emily wore her butterfly clothes which is cute, right?  Butterfly pants and a butterfly shirt.  Adorable.  It's funny, this place just sucks the life out of you.  It hot, humid and there is gentle music playing and you are supposed to move slowly and be quiet...  
Once Emily got over being terrified of the butterflies she was curious.  We had a great time, we did a scavenger hunt and looked for pink and purple butterflies (there is one that has a bit of purple on it).  
 We had lunch at a restaurant.  EVERYONE took a nap and we had pizza and ice cream.  

 Oh and there were presents!  If she's seen you in the past few days she has told you that she got a bike for her birthday. She's asked to ride it every day.  She's quite good at riding it.  It's fair to say she loves her new bike.
 She's also a huge fan of her Elsa and Anna watch.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

School Vacation

As I sit here, praying she stays asleep while taking a nap, fingers crossed that the little one doesn't get the nasty illness that burst through our family but has caught a mere cold, I suspect my wishes are too late.

We've been beaten.  We lose.  All our bravado of how we made it through this winter unscathed... All our talk of good genes and good handwashing, all of our smirking of it being Nolan's first year at school and he hasn't missed a day of school... yeah, we spoke too soon.

Leading up to this vacation I was jealous that we weren't going anywhere and others had big plans.  Our friends weren't around and I didn't enroll nolan in any camps and I spun into a panic.  I was worried we'd have nothing to do.  Then I started thinking big- we'd go on day trips!  Maybe to Boston!  Maybe to NY!

Hahaha, yesterday (Wednesday) we went to the playground.  I nearly collapsed from exhaustion and Nolan came home and napped for 1.5 hours.  We were there for 2 hours.  We are still broken.  We are still beaten but as of today, I finally feel somewhat human.  Nolan feels fine.  Dave feels fine.  And Emily has a cough... a dry constant cough.  A hacking cough that wakes you up from a nap early.  That makes your head hurt.  Oh the poor thing.

Damn it.

I'm so glad we stayed home this vacation.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Eat My Words

There is loads of gross illness going around our town.  Kids are out of school for a week, fever, chills, strep.  And what did I do last week and the week before?  Boast about how my kids haven't been sick all winter.  Yep, I did this.  Damn it.

So this kid comes home from school this week and gets his two blankets and lays down in the living room and falls the heck to sleep.  WHAT?  Who is this kid?  I thought it was funny.  Until I woke him up and told him to go watch tv and after 2 shows called them up for dinner when he fell apart.  Sobbing and crying about how his day was 'too full'... oh crap...
 So, as you would suspect, he's sick.  And I've never seen him like this before.  He's always been a kid who powers through his colds.  Who doesn't lay around watching tv.  He is simply too tired to argue and too tired to fight... it's been quite lovely actually.
So while he's been falling asleep every day around 4 at random spots in our house (here he is sleeping in our bed...) and he's laying around, in bed, on couches etc, he's obviously feeling sick because he's not arguing with me about much.  Though I think he's starting to feel a little better because he was yelling at Emily at lunchtime...  Poor thing