A Day of History…

Living in Massachusetts provides us with lots of interesting activities to do with our kids – most of them are great for learning, especially history.  Today was one of those outings.  With the Princess being sick, the Little Professor and Miss Fancy were getting cabin fever being cooped up in the house, so Nana J came over to stay with the two littles ones and I took the older two out for a tour of the John Adams homes.

The way the tour works is you take a trolley ride to the first two homes that John Adams lived in – one being the house he was born in, the other was the house he and Abigail Adams lived in for the first part of their marriage – after which, you take the trolley again to their third and last house, Peacefield.  Unfortunately, photography is not allowed in the houses so we were not able to get any pictures, which wasn’t too disappointing until we arrived at Peacefield.  The first two homes were pretty empty inside and the little furniture that did occupy the space were not original to the home and I’m pretty sure not even the time.  At Peacefield, which is the home John and Abigail lived in after the war for those who are not history buffs – or watch HBO, all the furniture is original to the various generations the Adams family lived in the home.

   

The Little Professor and Miss Fancy enjoyed the tours, though near the end their enthusiasm for history started to wane.  It is a long tour and after 2 hours they were ready for it to end.  The Professor had exhausted his questions – as well as the tour guide, I’m sure! – and we were all getting hungry.  Two and half hours later we arrived back at the Visitors Center just in time to see a celebration for the Patriot Ledgers 175th year.  They had newsboys all dressed up and a horse drawn carriage carrying a John Adams  look a like – Personally, I thought he looked more like George Bush – pulling up to the Quincy city hall, which was a fun coincidence as we had just been touring the homes.  We bought a couple newspapers for a nickel and decided it was enough history for today and went to look for lunch!

We stumbled upon a new Indian restaurant and the kids begged me to let us eat there…it didn’t take much begging to get me to agree.  The food was delicious and the service was great – they even brought the kids some Mango drinks on the house.  The kids were thrilled!  We ate until we were full, then we ate a little bit more, as we always do with Indian food, then we sat and laughed and talked about all we had seen earlier over some yummy Masala Chai tea.  It was a great day!

 

A little update on the Princess:  She is feeling much better, she’s finally up and playing and is starting to look like her usual self.  We’re so happy to see her feeling better.  Thank you to everyone who inquired about her and sent us well wishes and an extra thank you to all who were praying!  We truly appreciate it!!

Daddy Says… A Lion’s Paw

Mummy mentioned the following in her last post:

“The little Princess is still not feeling well.  She’s not keeping much down but we’re able to keep the fever in a comfortable range with some children’s Tylenol.   Hopefully tonight she’ll get some good rest and and be back to her usual peppy, cheerful self – and hopefully tonight I’ll get some much needed sleep.”

Unfortunately, that did not happen.  Our little Princess had a rough night.  She woke up several times with a bad headache and a fever and she continued to have a hard time keeping anything down. So, by the morning we had decided we better take her to see the Doctor.

We packed everyone up and took a drive to the pediatrician and the Doctor explained that because of the nausea, the little Princess was definitely dehydrated, and that the three days of headaches were also concerning. So… we were off to the Hospital!  I dropped Mummy and the Princess off at the hospital and took the other kids home.

At the hospital, they had to put in an IV line in order to get some saline into her.  Mummy told me our little girl was super brave!

A little later in the afternoon Nana J came over to watch the Milk Monkey, the Professor & Miss Fancy while I joined Mummy at the hospital.  By the time I arrived, out little Princess had already finished off two bags of saline drip and was sitting up eating dry Cheerios and watching “The Lion King”.  It was obvious she still wasn’t feeling so well, but it was good to see her smile again, and very good to see her eat again. At one point Mummy pointed to the hand with the IV and asked “Why don’t you tell Daddy what that is?” – the Princess replied “My Lion’s Paw… Rraawrrr”.

She’s so cute!

Not long after, the Doctor came and spoke with us, letting us know they were sending the Princess home.  She was re-hydrated, they gave us a prescription for some anti-nausea pills and advised us to keep a close eye on her over the next couple of days while combating the fever with Tylenol and Ibuprofen.  So, as much as we would have liked to see her feeling back to her old self after her visit to the hospital, instead we took her home, not feeling much better than when we brought her in.

It’s not easy to see my little girl not feeling well, but I know with some prayer, some medicine & a lot of Love, she’ll be back to her old self soon.

You Keep Your Cell Phone Where?

This past weekend I took the girls to the American Girl store so that Little Miss Fancy could check it out.  She’s never been and as suspected she was blown away by the immensity of it.  From the moment we walked through the doors we were saturated in American Girl paraphernalia, something that is slightly overwhelming on the first visit, but in an exciting way.

The girls ran from display to display admiring the dolls with their detailed clothes and furniture, while I spent my time keeping track of thier whereabouts.   We eventually made our way upstairs to the Bistro where the girls ordered off the dessert menu while Mummy enjoyed a nice coffee.  We were shocked at the portion sizes!

Our shopping day came to a quick close as the Princess developed a sudden headache along with a fever.  I scooped my little, precious girl up and sat with her on a shaded bench while Daddy went to get the car.  I began to notice people giving me funny looks which at first I figured was just my imagination until one woman gave me a very animated, obviously disgusted look.  It made me very self consciuos and I started checking to make sure the Princess’s dress hadn’t ridden up or that my neckline hadn’t been pulled down while I was holding my little girl – we certainly didn’t want to be exposing our bits!  That’s when I realized that by trying to shield my daughters sensitive eyes from the sun to comfort her, I had put her in a “nursing” position.  Shocked, I looked up in time to witness yet another woman who was staring at me with a look of horror on her face but what really drew my attention was her cell phone sticking out from between her breasts.  Seriously, did it not fit in the big purse she was carrying?!  I couldn’t keep myself from laughing at the irony of the situation!  Sometimes I really just do not understand the world around me…it makes me feel old or maybe wiser!

The little Princess is still not feeling well.  She’s not keeping much down but we’re able to keep the fever in a comfortable range with some children’s Tylenol.   Hopefully tonight she’ll get some good rest and and be back to her usual peppy, cheerful self – and hopefully tonight I’ll get some much needed sleep.  

 

Daddy says… Graduation Party

This weekend we went to my niece’s High School graduation party.  It was great to see her finished with High School, full of hopes and dreams for the future.  She’s already been accepted to a really good school and has a major in mind that I know she will be great at.  I’m so proud of her!  Not only is she my niece, but she’s my God Daughter as well, so she has always been particularly special to me and it’s really great to see her do so well.

The party was held at her aunt’s house, and we all had a great time hanging out, talking, laughing and catching up with some family members we don’t see very often.

Most importantly for the kids however… there was a pool!

The kids probably spent about 4 hours in the pool, swimming and jumping off the diving board.  There was even a slide!  There were so many older cousins around that Miss Fancy, the Princess and the Professor constantly had someone nearby to make sure they were Ok. Mummy and I felt pretty comfortable letting them swim and play without even having to join them. We just kept a watchful eye on them from the overlooking deck.

    

Even the Milk monkey spent some time in the water.

After a long day in the big pool, the Princess spotted this little tub half filled with water that had been warming in the sun all day…

“It’s my hot pool, Daddy!”

All in all, it was a really fun day and we all had a great time.

Bieber Fever

 

For the past two nights we have all gathered into the living room as a family to watch Justin Bieber’s World Tour on tv.  Believe me, that’s not something we would normally do, but our favourite little guest appears to have something called Bieber Fever.  Little Miss Fancy tried to deny it at first…but the truth came out as the show began and she started spouting off miscellaneous facts about the teen idol.  We watched in amusement while she bounced up and down on the couch with excitement, singing along and pulling out a dance move or two.  She was pretty cute through the whole thing!

Having an 11 year old girl around has been fun, helpful and at times a little perplexing.  It’s completely different than having a 5 year old girl, it’s definitely given us a valuable glance into the future.  We’ve been enjoying our time with Little Miss Fancy a whole lot and it’s amazing that 3 weeks have flown by already.  We’re definitely going to miss her when she goes home!!

Not everything has gone smoothly with the visit.  My little Princess has been dealing with the big ol’ green eyed monster.  One night as I was putting her to bed she started crying out of the blue…”Do you think she (Little Miss Fancy) is better than me?”.  I was shocked! Since that night we’ve been working on her feelings of insecurity.  The Princess is not just jealous of our new guest, she’s accused me of liking Daddy more than her too.  She’s been a lot more clingy lately and she requests to snuggle in “Mummy’s bed” every night until she falls asleep but thankfully, most of the time Princess can get past her jealousy and just enjoy her special time with her cousin.

Lights…Camera…Action!

 

A while back I wrote a post about Squishy Baff and our fun filled experience with it – you can read it here.

The kids and I tried it out one crazy night and eventually with a little help from Nana J, it lead to filming a segment on NECN’s Does it Work? with Leslie Gaydos.  This past Tuesday the kids and I reinacted our experience with Squishy Baff for the camera – we are now TV stars, or so we like to pretend.  

To be honest, I was so completely nervous that I worked myself into a migraine by the end of it.  I’m not much of a camera person unless I’m the one behind it.  I’m also not one for conversation with people who I don’t know very well.  I’m so much more eloquent in my head than I am out loud.  Words tend to get lost as they make their way from my mind to my mouth and I end up saying the dumbest things, then I start to panic because I realize what I said and then a pause turns into seconds and my mind goes blank and that’s when it becomes clear that the person I’m talking with probably thinks I’m one gum short of a full pack.  Thankfully, I was met with kindness and understanding during the filming and I couldn’t have been more appreciative.

My children, on the other hand, are like little running faucets.  Words come spilling out of their mouths informing everyone around them of every thought that pops into their adorable, little heads.  Unfortunately, that sometimes means giving out information that would normally be private to our family – very embarrassing and sometimes hard to explain.  Other times, like Tuesday, it means they can thrive when they find themselves in a new situation.  They were fabulous and I was so proud of them, in fact I envied their ease as they performed in front of the camera effortlessly.  They really enjoyed every minute of it and when it was finished they chatted about it for the rest of the day, dancing around with excitement.

Little Miss Fancy also enjoyed the fun even though she was behind the scenes.  She recorded the whole event on her camera, finding tiny little spots to hang out in so she could get some great shots.  She walked away with some good pictures, she’s quite the little camera-wo-man.  I think she may have a natural talent and good career ahead of her if she ever wanted to take it in that direction.  I was very impressed.

Overall it was a great experience, something for us to talk about in the years to come.  We learned a couple things too like it takes a lot of filming (hours actually) and a lot of different shots for a two minute segment and the more light on a person the better they look on TV – oh how I wish I could have lassoed the sun and dragged it closer to me!  Oh well, I was promised I’d be edited in a way that would make me look like a genius, too bad I can’t edit live conversations like that.

 

Life’s Usual Routine…

Once again we find ourselves reluctantly returning home from an extended stay in our trailer.  Everyone’s always a little sad the fist day back but I think I take it the hardest.  I find the reality of not being able to live our dream very frustrating.  That saying “so close I can feel it” has never been more true while we’re in our trailer but when we return home it slowly slips away as the days go by and life picks up it’s usual routine.

We almost didn’t make it home today, we almost got stranded at the campsite.  The decision was made to stay the Sunday night so that we could fully enjoy father’s day – being in the trailer for special occasions is still the novelty in our household.  Since we were camping so close to home we were able to do it.  We just packed everything up Sunday night and woke up really early this morning.  Daddy popped the kids into the truck while I started closing up the slides and making sure everything was ready for the ride.  I heard the truck trying to turn over, but it just didn’t, the battery was completely dead.  Thankfully Daddy had the foresight to park the front of the truck facing the trailer’s hitch and was able to jump start the truck’s battery using the trailers battery.  He’s so smart!  We were able to make it home ok – I was secretly hoping we’d have to stay.  It turns out we needed to buy a new battery.

Our trips are never dull.

Camping was great.  Wompatuck State Park is beautiful – very much about the nature.  There were lots of things that I loved about the campground and a few things I didn’t like so very much.

Here are some of the things I liked…

The price – it’s really hard to beat $15 a night, especially for electric hook ups.

It was close to home and work.

The campsites are beautiful, quiet and private.

There wasn’t a long list of strict rules and restrictions.

The bathrooms were clean, old but clean.

It was great to be able to watch the kids play and amuse themselves with nature.

Here are some of the things I didn’t like…

The campsites were hard to back a 36 foot trailer into – we couldn’t get into the first site at all.

The electric hook ups are only 20amp.

The showers had very low water pressure and the shower heads are very low –basically only good for children with very little hair to wash.

Everyone drives really fast, even the rangers.

There are so many bugs, harmless but annoying.

There’s no park for the kids.

The good definitely outweigh the bad even if the lists are even and I can see us going back there many times, especially with the price and location.  Still, had we been full timing – our next stop would have definitely been somewhere with full hookups, a park and pool and cement pads to camp on.  Liking nature is definitely a new concept to me, one that I’m embracing, as it goes hand in hand with camping but “roughing it” has never been something I enjoy – the fully loaded trailer with two tv’s and stainless steal appliances probably gave that away already.  

I wouldn’t call Wompatuck roughing it, after all it does have electric and the comfort stations,

but there’s a whole lot of nature going on!

Taking a bath in the trailer


Daddy says… Fathers Day

I love fathers day. And not just because Mummy takes care of the kids early and lets me sleep in, or the breakfast in bed (pancakes and a steak, egg & cheddar sandwich -Mmmm), or the cute homemade cards. Yes, all those things are great, and I do really enjoy them, but typically on fathers day, we spend a quiet relaxing day with each other – and that’s what I really love.

This year, we were camping in our trailer and had a great day together. We took a nice hike in the park and the kids spent most of the time exploring the woods and hunting for good walking sticks. We made our way to a freshwater spring that the park has some taps hooked up to and filled our water bottles with some crisp clear spring water.

         

A little later in the afternoon, we came back and cooked a nice dinner on the grill. Some hot dogs and a selection of chicken sausages along with a nice salad.

All in all it was a great day, because I spent it with my favorite people in the world – My family.

The Sun Appears

It rained for a day and half.

For a day and half I was stuck in a trailer with 4 kids.

It was fine at first – they stayed in their pj’s watching cartoons and eating popcorn.

We accomplished some school work and had nice warm soup for lunch.

Everyone was so happy to be snuggled up together, protected from the angry storm.

By this afternoon, it was a whole other story.  Accusing fingers were pointed in all directions, no one was getting along, we certainly weren’t holding hands singing Kumbaya.

I would have chosen to have my toe nails pulled one by one if it would bring out the sun.  Fortunately, it didn’t have to go that far!

The sun came out in full force and it’s warmth was fabulous!

I was so happy and I’m pretty sure I saw a sunbeams reach out and smack the grumpy moods right off the kids – then again it was probably just a case of “trailer” fever.

We celebrated our return to freedom with a delicious dinner!  Grilled chicken topped with avocados and mangoes over a bed of baby spinach leaves with a mock green Verde sauce ( a reduced gazpacho).  The only sounds that came from the kids and Daddy were “yum”, “mmm” and “Can I please have more?”… a sure sign of a good dinner!

Who says camping food has to be hot dogs over a campfire?!