Daddy’s Smoking Something…

Today was a pretty lazy day which was good for me since I have somehow managed to get a cold during the middle of a heat wave.

I spent a lot of time inside the trailer thankful for the air conditioning while Daddy spent the day swimming with the kids and keeping an eye on his smoker.  His smoked ribs attracted the attention of a lot of the other campers.  In fact, Daddy brought a few ribs to one of our neighbours and they were very impressed.

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They weren’t the only ones…we all thoroughly enjoyed our dinner tonight!

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Along with the ribs we had corn and beans and lobster ceaser salad.  Lobster has been kind of the theme for this week.

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We had a bunch of messy eaters tonight…they ended up wearing almost as much as they ate.  They were so busy enjoying it, I don’t think they even noticed.

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And some ate so much they had to sleep it off!

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Even still, there was room for ice cream!

It was a very yummy day!!

Maine -ly Just Relaxing….

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We are on vacation in Maine!  We were suppose to leave yesterday morning to start our vacation but decided very last minute to head out Thursday night instead.  Since we had to go straight through Boston, Daddy decided it would probably be easier to do it in the evening rather than during morning rush hour.

I was really happy about that decision.  I spent the whole city portion of drive white knuckled while praying to God to get us through.  Meanwhile Daddy and the kids, were fully confident and reassuring me that it would be ok.

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Driving through the city of Boston is one thing, but driving through with a 35′ trailer behind you is a whole other experience – one I’m still getting use to, even after all the trips we’ve been on.  It’s especially stressful when the kids are all yelling because the puppy got loose and attacking everyone!

This morning was our first morning waking up in Maine and it was beautiful out.  We sat outside relaxing and watching the kids have fun.

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Breakfast was basically what ever someone wanted and coffee, and it ranged from Smartfood popcorn courtesy of Nana L, to Canadian cookies and homefries from the snack bar.  It was a lazy, lazy morning and it was wonderful!

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The Monkey was in his element with the freedom of vacation.  He was running around with his bike helmet on and his swimmie ready to take on any activity that may present itself.

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I kind of liked having him all shielded and protected in what he was wearing, especially since the day before he opened the trailer door and fell out, banging himself on the stairs pretty good on his way down.

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He wasn’t seriously hurt but it did leave his face bruised and swollen on the left side.  So for me, a helmet was a good thing and I fully encouraged him to wear it!  It allowed me to relax just that little bit more, knowing his head was ok!

Even Jack was in the vacation mood and enjoyed the morning sun light as he played right along side of the kids.  It was a good start to our much appreciated vacation!

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Dragon Box and Basket Full of Baby…

This weekend I came across a game app that I highly, highly recommend!  It’s called Dragon Box and my kids love, love, love it!  The Professor is completely addicted to it and I couldn’t be happier about it!

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Dragon Box is a game that introduces important math elements in a fun and exciting way that kids enjoy while gradually learning fundamental algebraic elements.  Since the game rules are simply basic math rules, the kids don’t even realize they’re learning math…until it’s too late!

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It starts off very easy and gets more challenging with every level, just like any other game only with this one they will be doing algebra by the end.  The app costs $5.99 and believe me, it’s worth every penny and more!  The colours are bright and beautiful and the little creatures are cute…it’s seriously brilliant.  If there was ever an app to purchase or a game you would want your child to get lost in, it’s this one!

While the older kids were checking out Dragon Box, the Monkey was busy, busy, busy today!

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If you saw a diapered baby walking around today in Mickey crocs while wielding a plastic knife, that was my Monkey.  He kept trying to “cut” things with his little knife without success.  It was very disappointing to him.

So instead he decided to set up a comfy spot to read…

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He’s a curious little guy.

He doesn’t like playing with toys very often.  He’s more interested in trying to find unusual things to play with.

Sometimes I’m not sure what to do with him other than love him and take lots of pictures.  It’ll be interesting to see what interests he develops as he gets older.  I’m sure whatever they are they will be unique and very interesting, and keep me on my toes.

On a totally unrelated note…check out how many clothes we are clearing out of  the kid’s closets!!

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I’m so happy about it!

Happy Fourth of July…

 Today almost turned out to be devastating for our children but instead ended up being a fun and exhausting day!

We were getting ready to go to some children’s races put on by the neighbourhood my husband grew up in when the Princess and the Professor got into a little power war.  It ended with the Princess throwing the front door open giving Jack the chance to zip past her and out into the street.  It probably wouldn’t have been such a traumatic event at that point except for the movie Frankenweenie, which we had just watched the day before.  Daddy and the Professor took off after Jack while I tried to console the Princess and get her to calm down enough so we could help.  The Princess, Monkey and I managed to make it outside in time to see Jack running at hyper speed right in front of a car!

Not the best timing, for sure!

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Thankfully, our neighbour who was driving the car had his window open and thankfully heard the Professor yell out to him to stop and thankfully Jack picked up his pace in his super, spastastic form and missed the wheels just in time.

Eventually, with Daddy, the Professor and the Princess diving for the puppy, a couple neighbours trying to corner him and the Monkey and I trying to lure him in with sweet, encouraging words, Jack ran up to a couple ladies who were doing their daily walk….and they nabbed him!

We brought him back home and loved him for a bit, then set off to the races.

Sadly, I managed to forget the good camera in all the excitement and had to rely on my phone to get pictures.  I apologize in advance for the blurry and unfocused pictures.

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The little Monkey was so cute running his races and ended up coming in third twice.  It helped that there were only 3 kids running in those two races!

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He was a natural at the potato sack race!

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He and the Professor were great partners for the wheelbarrow race…until the Monkey collapsed and his big brother dragged him by the feet to the finish line.

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The Princess was super fast but didn’t have anyone to race against since there weren’t any girls in her age group.  She didn’t let that stop her, she ran the races anyway and even gave it her best effort!

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The Princess was happy to get a trophy!

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The Monkey preferred to steal his…

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and the Professor was so proud of himself for winning his trophy.  He gave the potato sack his whole effort and won first place.

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After there was face painting, and hot dogs and hoodsie ice creams.  I was really impressed by the whole event!

Later we went down the street for a BBQ with family and the kids swam all day.

It was definitely a day for them to remember!

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!

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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The Lost Tooth Club…

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Last night the Tooth Fairy visited our house yet again, but it was far from her usual routine visit.

What was so special you ask?

This visit was to collect a tooth from the Princess.

The loss of her first tooth is bitter sweet like so many other mile stones reached – a reminder that my little girl is growing up.

She’s blossoming into a beautiful, intelligent, well adjusted girl and I’m just so proud of her!

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When I woke up yesterday, the Princess can running into my room to show me she lost her tooth.  She went into great detail about how she pulled it out once it was really wiggly.  Apparently there was a little blood involved, but she told me not to worry…it was just a tiny bit.

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We put the tooth into the Tooth Pillow that Nanny bought for them long before anyone had a loose a tooth.  The Princess has been looking forward to her time with the pillow.

This morning was met with even more excitement than the previous!

My little Princess was so excited to find the toothbrush, toothpaste, note and $5 bill that the Tooth Fairy had left her.

The note smelled like mint and had glitter on it just like the one her brother received a couple years back!

I quickly reminded her that $5 is only for the first tooth, all other teeth are only worth $1.

She was fine with that.

She was just so happy to be part of the Lost Tooth Club that I think she’d give away her teeth for free.