Sox and Sims…

The other night Daddy and the Little Professor were invited to a Red Sox game.

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This was the Professor’s first time going to a professional game and he thought it was pretty cool.  After the game he and his cousin had a sleepover at Nana J’s.  On their way home he called to tell me how much fun his evening was and to let me know he had saved a portion of his cotton candy for his little sister so she could try it too.

Meanwhile at home, the younger two were having a fun night of their own.  First, there was ice cream to be had.

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Also Daddy had taken the Princess to the local Redbox to choose a movie, Escape from Planet Earth, for the evening and she and the Monkey really enjoyed it.

Daddy and the kids weren’t the only ones having fun, earlier that day they went out and bought me a surprise…flowers and the newest Sims expansion pack!

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The Sims is a game that came out in February 2000.  Since then they have released 2 new versions along with many, many expansions packs and 13 years later I am guilty to owning and playing all of them.

More importantly, I have the Sims to thank for my family, so when my family gives me a new game, it’s kind of ironic, since the game gave me all of them!

In late 2002, I signed on to Beta test The Sims Online.  Having enjoyed the stand alone game so much, the idea of playing the Sims with thousands of people online was amazing.  A year later, still playing the Sims Online I met Daddy in the game.  We chatted for a year and eventually met in person and the rest was history!

Interestingly, I also met my best friend in the same game 11 years ago and we have talked (a LOT!!) just about every day since!

On a totally unrelated note…this is what happens when I let Daddy and the Monkey go to Target by themselves!

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They come home with yet another super hero t-shirt – cape included!

Somersaults and Cartwheels…

My little Princess has just completed her first term of gymnastics with great success!

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She’s a complete natural.

She’s always been very athletic and strong, so I wasn’t surprised at how quickly she’s picked things up.

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Even still, she’s only at the very beginning of her gymnastics journey but she’s enjoying every minute of it.

Of course, I’m her mother – her biggest fan!

I’m always proud of her, no matter what she’s doing.

Just watching her get up on a balance beam that’s higher than she is makes gives me the happy mummy goosebumps.

Her lack of fear is inspiring!

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In my eyes, she’s my little star!!

Home Again…

Sadly, we arrived home yesterday morning.  The atmosphere in the truck was as cloudy and damp as the weather outside.

With every wonderful adventure comes an equally, adverse reaction to going home.

We are all waiting with anticipation for the day when home is where ever we have the trailer set up and we are all together.

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Last Friday morning, I sat down with my coffee and turned on my computer, only to be greeted with a dark, blank screen, but today I finally have my lifeline to the world back up and running!  I have a lot to catch up on!

Here’s a quick recap of our past week…

The Sunday before last, we left Wompatuck and made our way south to Shady Acres in Carver.  I was really happy to have my own shower back and our full 30 Amps!  The kids were excited about the playground, pool and their friends they hadn’t seen since Mother’s Day weekend.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of swimming to be had since it was so cold and rainy most days.  Even on the sunny days the pool was frigid, and body numbing but they didn’t let that stop them.

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The Little Monkey broke out in hives again, something that hasn’t happened since last fall but we think we’ve figured it out!  It seems to be related to Mosquitoes.  He had one bite him on the cheek and soon after his whole face was covered in hives.  He must be really sensitive to them.  It was sad to see his little face looking like that again, but at least we have an idea now as to what causes it.

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One of the events at the campground was a chili cook off!  I spent Friday evening cooking up a chili to submit and ended up coming in third place.  The kids had so much fun trying all the different types and took their votes seriously (the Professor didn’t even vote for me!).

It was all great fun!  The Professor really enjoyed the corn too!  As did Jack when the Monkey passed his on…

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He chewed on that cob all evening and even went back to it the next morning.  He’s really enjoying being a camping dog…though he still has some things he needs to work out.

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It didn’t take him long to realize that wasn’t the best place to hang out in.

Sunday was Father’s Day and we wanted to make it really special for Daddy.  He does so much for all of us, he deserved to have a nice day!

We managed to buy him a Kindle Fire without him even knowing.  It’s nice to be able to surprise him…it doesn’t happen very often.

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Even though he still gives me butterflies in my stomach….

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this is why I really love him!

He is an amazing father to our children.

He has endless patience and is kind and loving!  He’s always willing to play with them and really enjoys spending time with them.

I’m so thankful to have such a wonderful Daddy for our little ones!

Say Hello to My Little Friend…

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We had a few of these teeny, tiny, little frogs out on the carpet in front of the trailer the other day.

They were smaller than a penny!  How did they get so small?!

The reminded me of the ones from Disney.

The kids were really impressed with them…but I think Daddy was most impressed!

I can see why, they’re so cute and tiny.

Still…I prefer to admire my tiny amphibians from afar, so I didn’t actually go out and look at them.

It’s the tiny ones you can’t trust…especially when they’re cute!

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Roughing it…

We’ve been camping for a week now…it’s been wonderful, even if it’s rained a lot.

Something we don’t mind since we’re not in a tent.

The kids have had fun watching movies, reading books, playing with blocks and wii during the particularly rainy times.

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On the nicer days we went for walks, enjoying the fresh air.

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The kids were on the hunt for the perfect walking stick.  Even the Monkey wanted one and would use it along side of his stroller.

They weren’t the only ones who were attracted to the sticks.

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Jack found himself a stick and walked around with it everywhere like he was smoking a cigar.

Daddy kept doing Edward G. Robinson voice overs for him.  It definitely suits him!

As much as I enjoyed our time at Wompatuck, I’m so glad to be at a campground with full hook ups now.

I have definitely become accustom to the RV.  Even with 2 ovens, 2 fridges and 3 stove tops it still feels like roughing it when we don’t have 30amp and and have to rely solely on our tank capacities.

I was so happy to have a nice hot shower in my own bathroom when we got here and the kids were pretty excited to have the playground and pool.

With all our appliances we’ve managed to have some really nice meals.  The Little Professor has been cooking up a storm for us!

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The other night we had homemade soup and freshly baked bread.

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He even did the dishes for us that night with a little help with from his sister.

It involved a lot of eye rolling at first, but they did a great job.

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It’s been wonderful getting away for while.  We all seem to thrive a little bit more when we’re on the road.  The closer quarters presents the perfect atmosphere for spending good, quality time together and we all really enjoy it!

Yard Sale…

This past weekend we decided to have a last minute yard sale.  We’ve never had a yard sale before so it was a whole new thing for us and probably not something I’d ever do again.  Usually I just give anything I don’t need anymore away to someone who could use it.  Since most of the things we were getting rid of were baby items and everyone we know is past that stage or not there yet,  we just couldn’t seem to get rid of anything.  So we decided to try the yard sale.

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It didn’t go as well as we had hoped.

We had tables of beautiful children’s clothes, all of them clean and in perfect condition, little bikes that were hardly used and other kids stuff but most people were looking for antiques and free stuff so they could resell it.  I was disappointed to see so many people with the attitude that we owed them because they were taking our “junk”, only it wasn’t junk, it was just things we didn’t need anymore.  Out of the vast amount of rude people we were exposed to this weekend, there were a few we were delighted to meet.

We met one woman with her three adorable children who ended up buying our Schwinn bike trailer. Our kids loved that thing but now with two older children, I can just put the Monkey in a bike seat.  I was so glad to see her buy it and even charged her less because I knew she’d use it!

Then there was a man who stopped by and bought a few things, but it was his company that made him memorable.  He was funny and friendly and had us laughing with all his stories about his travels, kids and grandchildren.

There were a few others who were nice, (one guy even paid us twice as much as we were charging because he felt like he was ripping us off), but definitely not enough to ever do another yard sale!

At the end of it all, with a yard full of stuff we will never use again, we decided to try selling it online.  That turned out to be much better!  Things were selling instantly!  So we managed to get rid of a lot more stuff that way, even if it took a little more work (I made Daddy meet up with everyone at the strip plaza that’s right next to the police station!)

Meanwhile…Nana J, was super kind to take the kids during all of this.  She took them to the park and played with them.

I’m still hearing about the bubbles they were blowing in the gazebo!

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She then brought them home and pushed the Monkey on his swing where he fell fast asleep! (Doesn’t he look like a little tourist in that outfit?)

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He was exhausted! We all were…it was a long, hot weekend and everyone had worked (or played so hard).

Everyone that is…except Jack.  He spent his time lounging in the sun!

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