Wednesday, July 31, 2013


On Saturday Kim and I left for my first time being away from my kids overnight. I had a lot of anxiety leading up to the trip, but once it was time to go I felt fine. It was the first time I had flown in 8 years!

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We chose Baltimore because we love baseball, and we wanted to see the Red Sox play in a different ball park. Shortly after we arrived we went on a tour of Camden Yards. Here I am next to Babe Ruth, who was born where the ball park is now!

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It's a beautiful park. It's much bigger than Fenway!

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Umpire list from the day before.

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We got to sit in the visiting team's dugout!

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This is the bullpen phone. David Ortiz smashed the upper one later that day!

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We saw lots of cool memorabilia. I always preferred the more realistic looking bird logo. The oriole is my favorite songbird. Apparently the team has a better record when they use the cartoon bird as their mascot.

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We had planned to go to Shakespeare in the Park last Friday, but it was raining. I don't think they actually cancelled it but I sure didn't feel like sitting out in the rain watching a play. So we went to the science museum instead. It was the most crowded I had ever seen it, so we tried to find parts that weren't as busy.

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We ended up having a good time!

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We went to a Peter Rabbit puppet show at the library last week. Jane enjoyed it but Malcolm was scared. I think it's funny because he reads scary super hero and transformer stories all the time. After the show the kids looked at books about puppets.

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co-op playdate

Last week we had a fun playdate with other members of the babysitting co-op.

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Jane and David played restaurant.

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On the swings with Rose and Lina:

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new beach

We had a great time with Lindsay, Rosalie and Nolan at a beach my kids had never been to before.

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blueberry picking

It was finally cool enough to go blueberry picking!

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Afterwards the kids tried the tunnel maze. They got scared and came out, so they did the hedge maze instead.

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Sox and legos

I don't have cable but I had a rare Sox game on in the afternoon on a Saturday, so I invited Kim and Duncan over. Duncan, Jane and Malcolm had fun playing with Daddy's old space legos.

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end of swimming lessons

The kids both liked swimming lessons and did well! The weather wasn't nice for me sitting and watching: in the 90s and humid. I wished I could've jumped in the pool. I'm glad that weather is behind us.

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The kids got a water bottle on the last day.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

swimming again

Today was cloudy and in the 70s, so of course we headed to the beach! It actually felt very nice that it wasn't so hot and humid.

Yes, Malcolm has a mowhawk. He did NOT want his hair cut the other day so I bribed him with it.

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Malcolm met a friend at the beach. This little boy said he was three. Malcolm said that he was four and that he's going to have a Megatron cake for his birthday.

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You can sort of see Jane's sand castle here.

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The kids were very excited to see ducks.

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Jane was so cold, her lips matched her towel!

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chair project

This clipper chair was a gift from Grammy for our wedding in 2002. Here's a picture of me assembling it.

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The cushions don't look so great anymore.

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I finally got around to making some new ones. I ran out of fabric for the footstool so I'll have to go back to the store!

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jet packs

I had taken the kids to an arts fair a few months ago. They had wanted to make jet packs but by the time we got to the table, all the supplies were gone. Finally we saved up enough bottles at home to make them. The kids love pretending they can fly!

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Monday, July 8, 2013


The kids started swimming lessons today. The photos came out pretty horrid because I was far away and through a fence, but they both loved being in the water!

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