Tuesday, August 31, 2010

First Day of School

Above is exactly a year ago.  Phoebe was so much younger a year ago.  And here is the picture from today.  Look at that baby face on Phoebe.  And Elliot was actually willing to hold his sister's hand- there is no way that that would happen today.  

I had to snap the camera as fast as possible because they did NOT want to sit.  Elliot was anxious about riding the school bus and going to a new school.  I would also have had a great picture of him getting on to the school bus if my battery had not died just as he was getting on it.  Well, I'll just have to take the pictures on Thursday.  I won't care if it was a few days apart later on.  I'm actually kind of excited to scrapbook the "bus" experience because it made me SO anxious all summer for no real reason.  He just got on the bus and that was that.  (Although there was a little snafu with the school where they forgot to tell us there was no after kindergarten bus to his daycare but that worked out just fine.)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Our last summer trip and Back to School

We all had a fabulous weekend at Storyland in Glen, NH this weekend.  My dad is just the most fantastic, enegetic grampie there ever was.  Those kids positively dragged him around on all sorts of rides.  It was so fascinating watching my kids at the amusement park.  Phoebe wanted to ride every ride like the roller coaster, and Turtle Twirl that spun around at a million miles an hour.  She was fearless.  Elliot liked the animatronic rides like that Pirate Boat.  After thinking it over and watching us all ride the calmest spinning ride, Elliot declared that he wanted to ride the spinning clock ride.  Of course, we said yes and ran right to the ride.  He rode it two times in a row and was so proud of himself.
It was his new favorite ride and he was so happy after riding it.  I just had to snap his picture.  He particularly liked the animatronic clockmaking elves inside the ride.  I suspect that it was the desire for a closer look that led him to want to ride the ride.   I love that he is so cautious and serious.  He thinks about things and deliberates.  Really, you can't push Elliot into anything he doesn't want to do.  Hmmm.... Phoebe either.  Maybe this is a Dater-Roberts trait, we know our own mind. 

And to wrap this up, we are heading back to school today and tomorrow.  Elliot is going to ride the school bus and it has my constant worry this summer.  It makes me anxious just sending him off on the school bus.  Who knows what could happen?   However, a collegue told me that she is putting her son on the same bus at the same spot and this made me  feel a lot better.  I least I can introduce Elliot to this other boy.  Nothing to worry about, right? 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Birthday plans....

This one
is having her third birthday soon.  She has been telling us all summer that her birthday is "Friday" and in a week from tomorrow, it will be that Friday that she has been looking forward to. Because of this birthday, a lot of these (see below) have been used for presents.

And here's a tiny little sneak peak at some of the fabrics used:

It's an eclectic mix but I decided I was using fabric that I already owned and buying NOTHING new.  I have enough fabric to make about 100 quilts so I decided to raid just one box for Phoebe's dolly quilt.  I still have the binding to do so I'll post when I finish. 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Portraits of Elliot and Phoebe

Last night we went to one of our favorite summer activities- Prescott Park play in the park in Portsmouth, NH.  We have gone almost every year since I was a kid.  You stake out your little place on the lawn  with beach chairs and a blanket, eat your dinner, and watch a play right by the ocean.  On Saturday, they also had a kids day with music and dancing.  This gave us time to enjoy the park, go to the nearby playground, look at the ocean, and go to a real resteraunt for dinner. It was a wonderful day to be outside- not too hot and not too cold (although we wore fleeces at night).

The play this year was Peter Pan and was amazing with Peter flying over the stage.  Both the adults and kids were mesmerized.  While there, we went into the flower garden and snapped a few photos of the kids.  It was an amazing setting for some beautiful portraits.  I found myself responding to the pictures that look like them: Phoebe in her brother's face and Elliot grimacing, Phoebe where she thought she was in time out on the bench and her brother putting his back to her, Phoebe standing on the tree that Elliot refused to climb, Elliot ducking behind the flowers and Phoebe following, and the whale statue that had a line of kids who wanted to sit on it.  The only thing is that I find my camera is so slow that I miss pictures I want to take.  I'm still dreaming of a Canon Rebel but I think I did pretty well with the semi-instamatic that I have.

Friday, August 20, 2010

This moment

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Packing in Summer

This is what happens every summer.  We wilt in July and sit around the house until we can get organized to go swimming at the pool/lake/ocean and then collapse at the end of the day.  We pretty much do this every day.  Then the first week of August we go on our big family vacation to the Delaware shore.  Then, we return home and try and sqeeze as much summer as we can in the last two/three weeks of August.  This is exactly what we have been doing this week.  I've been scrapbooking and organizing madly knowing that school is going to start soon and it will all get much, much harder and busier and crazier.  Here are photos from our last few days adventures:
Here is the layout of our 4th of July James Taylor/Carole King Concert.  I started with a kit from Hearstring Designs but didn't like the rust red thing.  So I used a few of their chipboard and some lovely shiney papers from Momenta.  It shines if you hold it right.  Perfect for a page on a concert. 

We consider going through the car wash an event in our house.  Besides, I found the cupon for washes that I prebought a year ago while I was cleaning up my craft table.  Free entertainment is even better!

We went to the Palace Theater to see Aladin.  Elliot hates movies but LOVES plays (it's a noise thing).  The kids absolutely LOVED it and having been watching the movie non-stop since.  I have "It's a whole New World" stuck in my head as a result.  As Jan said with the kids theater tickets ($6), it was cheaper than seeing a movie.  

On Wednesday, we broke down and went to Storyland in Glen, NH.  The park is wonderfully little kid friendly.  The adults (or grandparents) can ride each ride with the kids.  Even Phoebe made the height requirement for all the rides (which is good because she was interested in riding most of them). 

This is the twirling turtle ride that goes a million miles an hour.  It regularly needs to be stopped so that kids can get off because it is so fast.  When we went on it 5 people got off.  But not Phoebe.  She loved it!  She is fearless.  Elliot watched and said it scared him just to watch the ride.  Yup, they are SO different. 

Elliot's favorite part of Storyland is the big ball room where you can suck up balls in tubes and shoot them off at people.  We could have dropped him off here and let him play for HOURS.  It's ball nirvana for this guy.  

(Don't be mad Mimi for me posting this.)  We brought Jan's parents with us for the day.  We all rode horses on the antique German carosel.  The lines were long and crazy but we had a simply wonderful day!

We have a week more to squish more of summer.  On Saturday we are going to see Peter Pan in the park.  We'll be going to school next week to set up our classrooms but I'm sure we'll have a few more adventures.  

Monday, August 16, 2010

Summer in Maine

As far as I'm concerned the most beautiful place in the summer is the Maine coast.  Of course, I am incredibly biased.  It has been one of my dreams to live on one of these islands; so, the day was one long daydream for me.  The summer is so lovely in Maine; the ocean brings out the ocean breeze and keeps it cool enough.  Last week, I went to pick up my son at my parents and we all decided to go on the Casco Bay Mail boat for an afternoon ride.  There are no bells and whistles on this boat.  They don't tell you about the lobsters or give you a history, but it's fun all the same.  Basically, the boat delivers both people and mail to the Casco Bay Islands.  We just rode the whole mail run for the afternoon.
The boats enjoying the beatiful day. 

Elliot pretending to be a dolphin in the surf.
One of the most fun things is that the kids on the island wait for the boat to pull out from the dock and then they jump in the wake.  The wake pulls them around.  On almost every island, the kids did this.  It was fun to watch how excited they were for the boat to leave.  Some day Elliot and Phoebe, some day...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Past Meets the Present

Lately, I seem to be going through a reflective period.  Two things are making me think about where I have been and where I'm going; the first is that I just returned home from my 20th High School Reunion and the second is that a person who is living in the house that I grew up in just contacted me. 
The reason the owner of the house contacted me is that I left them a "message" on one of the boards of the house.  As they were doing renovations, they ran into this gem (see above).  It seems hard to believe that this was my writing in the early 80's.  This made me think of how much I loved the house I lived in as a child.  It was a craftsman style beauty complete with a built in desk, columns, china cabinet, etc...  My brother and I used to actually play hide and seek in all the built-ins.  We would climb to the top of the linen closet, wedge ourselves in, and hide from each other.  When friends came over to play, they could not believe that we were in the top this small closet.  I have such amazing memories of this house.  The funny thing is that I've never scrapbooked these memories.  Maybe it's time. 

The other event that is causing me to reflect is my 20th high school reunion.  I was only able to attend the cocktail party but it was a wonderful experience.  In some ways, it was like the 20 years melted away.  Some folks seemed almost the same as they had in high school and others seemed to develop into whole new people.  When walking home from the party with my closest high school friend who I hadn't even realized how much I missed until that night, we saw a falling star.  Reflectively, I tried to wish a wish on it but I couldn't think of a single wish as it streaked across the sky.  Even though there are things I would change about my life, I am begining to realize that I am blessed.  Really, I've got it pretty good.  I've got two beautiful kids, family who love me, a partner who will put up with me when I'm crazy, a good job that I really like, and enough time and money for some fabulous hobbies.  Who could ask for more?  

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Summer Layout

So here is my newest layout.  At CKC, I bought every piece of paper with strawberries on it that I saw.  As as result, I had about 7 different strawberry themed papers ready to go.  This is where I admit that I then encouraged the strawberry picking so I could take pictures, use the paper, and make the layout.  I used strips of all the various papers which was great.  However, you can't really see all the strips because of the pictures.  Well, I know they are there....

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Beach Week, Beach Kids

We have been going to the Delaware shore for about 35 years and staying in basically the same location.    It felt great to be able to share this wonderful place with my kids this year.  We soaked in the sun, read on the beach (those of us who could read), talked to our relatives, ate ice cream (a lot of ice cream), knitted (those of us who could knit), ate crabs (and MORE crabs), surfed the waves, and rode the ferry there and back.  Elliot made a new friend of his cousin Marie and loved playing in the waves with her.  So, now we're heading home a little sunkissed, a little talked out, and wishing that both the Delaware shore and our Viriginia relatives were a bit closer in space and time. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I'd be blogging

I'd be blogging but our internet connection is very spotty on the beach.  I tried to upload some pictures yesterday but it just wasn't happening in this lifetime.  You'll just have to believe me that we are having a sunshiny wonderful time at the a beach.  I'll blog next week or from the hotel on the way home.