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24 April 2016

April vacation.

Oh the typical Sunday night, after a few delicious days off, dread. Now that our lives are completely ruled by the elementary school calendar, days off and week vacations pop up out of nowhere. This week, you spent a few days with Grammie and Grampie where you watched Star Wars with Grampie, went for walks and threw rocks at the beach, and stuffed your face with cotton candy and popcorn at the circus. Lucky you!

On Wednesday, I started my mini vacation with you and was delighted to have a lovely April spring day to figure out what to do.  We started the day at a favorite breakfast spot, then wondered, what to do, what to do?  Visit some newborn baby goats and snuggle them? OK! Bring on the Sunflower Farm...

Thursday brought another beautiful day, and off to the beach we went.  We are so lucky to live near the ocean.  I can't imagine having it any other way.  Our beach of choice? Reid State Park. Windy, sparkly, and chilly, but we found shells, climbed rocks, and enjoyed the sunshine.

Friday, Daddy was off with us, it was sorta crummy out, so we did some errands, and then went to see The Jungle Book. It was so good! A few scary moments, and for some oddball reason I cried through most of it, but it was a sweet story about enduring friendship, strength and bravery. 

Saturday, another cloudy, chilly day, but we made the most of it and brought Maddy to the playground for her first try at swings. Unsure at first, but then she warmed up to the idea, especially with you pushing her. 

And on today, this last day of vacation, it was sunny, warm(ish!), and perfect for a family hike. Off to Harpswell for our favorite cliff walk.  It was a long hike, we got a little lost (my fault!) and ended up going way out of our 1 mile or more out of the way...but you were a total trooper, we saw some fun fairy houses, and the view at the top makes it worth it every time.  

When we finally made it back to the car (ok, Daddy had to run ahead and get the car to pick us up. Yeah, we strayed waaaaaaaaaaaay far) we had lunch, went home, and everyone conked out. First time that's ever happened.

And now it's Sunday night, back to school, back to work tomorrow for all.  What a lovely few days, spent together, doing simple but fun things, and making memories.  

So much more to catch up on before you turn 6 in a couple weeks (!!). And then...soon the end of kindergarten and summer awaits!

01 January 2016

See ya, 2015.

Full disclosure...I had this post written and ready, but to type it all out last night when sleep was calling was just too much.  So good intentions but alas a day late.

2015, drawing near to its close
(If I can just do this post, then I can doze!)

The start of the year were all things babyfied,
Prep for the room, washing tiny clothes, and packing the hospital bag had us mystified.

In March came dear sweet Madeleine Elise,
Your baby sis was so cute, so small, so petite.

Spring brought dank weather, so not much fun,
but May saw your 5th birthday and even some sun.

You had preschool grad, Santa's Village, and Storyland too,
Our 1st family of 4 vaycay to a waterpark was way cool.

Camping with Daddy, mini golf and some hikes,
Bar Harbor, Damariscotta, and riding your bike.

Range Pond, Camden/Rockland, and many playgrounds,
Strawberry picking, apple picking, and a goat farm we found.

Popham, Pemaquid, Sand and Ogunquit Beaches we went,
Trolley rides, ice cream cones, sleeping outside in a tent.

Visits from Auntie Tanya were both wonderful and yet somber,
As we dearly miss Uncle Seth and his smile and laughter.

There was Music on the Mall and the start of kindergarten,
You've made many new friends and love your teacher, Mrs. Patton.

The fall brought birthday parties and soccer, you've got quite a kick on the ball,
Saturday morning games became routine and most fun of all.

At school you did Mad Science every Tuesday at 3,
In October you were surprised with a very special treat.

We took you to see the Avengers in person and live,
Spiderman, Iron Man, Falcon and Cap had arrived.

Thor and Green Goblin, Loki and Hawkeye were there too,
But it was the giant green Hulk that made you cheer and whoop whoop!

Then came swimming, Saturdays at 8:30,
getting you kids out of the house on time was not always easy!

The holiday season was soon upon us and all looking festive
Train rides, Santa sightings and decorations, it's the season to give.

Christmas broke records with warm temps and sunshine,
(man, it's gets harder each year to do this in rhyme!)

Let's look back at 2015 around the nation and globe,
So much of the news was frightening, not much good to be told.

Plane crashes, train derails, prison escapes, sad news in a clump,
Terror events, refugee crises, a papal visit, and oh yeah, Trump.

Birdman won the Oscar, that was a fact,
There were other big movies like Avengers, Jurassic, and Mad Max.

Patriots won the Superbowl and Brady was great,
until he and Belichick were caught up in 'deflategate'.

Every year many stars lose their shine on this planet Earth,
Anne Meara, for one, we lost her and her mirth.

Bob Simon, Wes Craven, Omar Sharif to name a few,
Losses of Ben E. King, B.B. King, and Percy Sledge had us blue.

Colleen McCullough died, she brought us The Thorn Birds,
Leonard Nimoy, you know, Mr. Spock, and Jackie Collins of written word.

Sir Christopher Lee, king of many iconic characters did too pass,
as did James Best. Who? Rosco P. Coltrane, from the Dukes of Hazard, made us laugh.

Scott Weiland died from band STP,
and so many more who will live on in memory.

Here's hoping 2016 gives us peace and brighter days ahead,
Happy New Year to all, I'm now off to bed!

31 December 2015

Christmas wrapping 2015.

December was crazy warm.  No snow until the 29th and even in the Midcoast, it was nothing special.  So when Christmas day was around 60 degrees, getting outside to burn off the excited energy was definitely in the plan.

But let's back up.  Christmas morning...where you, Garrett, woke around 6am, opened your bedroom and door and exclaimed, "Santa was here!" Was there any doubt?  Your sister, also an early riser but much more chill, joined us and we dug into what had been patiently waiting under the tree.

Even Gabby got a new rope in her stocking for Christmas.

After breakfast, it's stocking time! 

After lunch, we sought fresh air and exercise as we went to enjoy the amazing mild temps that were giving us such a beautiful day. Sure, it wasn't a white Christmas, but how many Christmases in Maine do we get to spend it outside going for a family walk? You also decided to dress like a ninja and carry your newly acquired lightsaber. 

Oh wait, Maddy and I were actually there too.

Like all Christmases, the day itself flew by and soon we were done and basking in the greatness that was this special day. I finally got a few pictures of you and Madeleine in front of the tree. Many outtakes later...

The next day, we headed to Grammie and Grampie's to celebrate for a second time.   Grammie has always had a Christmas village on display, that even now as an adult, I love looking at.  And that nativity scene?  40+ years old. 

Post-Christmas was spent for the most part, playing! And then it finally all caught up to you:

The days that followed were also fun.  You and I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens...second time for you! Then we had a play date with your daycare bestie. 

And that's it. December is just hours away from being done and 2015 will come to a close. What a year it's been.