Thursday, March 29, 2012

Writing, writing, writing

Tomorrow I am heading to a writing retreat.  With a bevy of females we are going to spend the weekend WRITING.  For a whole weekend!  I am out of my mind excited!  I'm wiggly, can't sleep excited! Fantastic fun!

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Heights

So I snapped this picture of Phoebe before church began.  Isn't she cute with her little wooden elephant? So cute.  

The last two times at church Phoebe and I have been trying out new seats in church.  The first week, she and I sat in the very first row.  It turns out you have a really good view from the first row but that also it's easy to feel everyone else's eyes boring into your back.  However, Phoebe and Elliot's favorite church friends (Lucy and Annie) sit up front so Phoebe decided it was the place to be.  

On this week, Phoebe decided that we would go sit in the balcony.  So Phoebe and I climbed up the rickety stairs to the balcony.  So all was going well.  It was a great view and we had the entire second floor to ourselves.  But see how Phoebe has a wooden alligator in her hand?  See where this is going?  Yes, she managed to drop the alligator off of the railing and down onto an unsuspecting lady that was sitting in the front row.  Yup, I was dying of embarassement.  Fortuantely, it managed to hit the lady in the leg and not in the head.  Phoebe buried her head in shame for about 10 seconds and then started begging to go down and get her alligtor back. 

Fortunately, only about a third of the congregation managed to catch the episode and the minister was oblivious (Thank you Jed!).  I suggested to the minister later that it was our attempt to keep people in the moment. Thankfully he has a good sense of humor and two children of his own. Perhaps Phoebe and I could devise a system with sling shots in the future when people started to nod off? 

It gave Jan quite a scare because when I was trying to pantomime to her that we lost the alligator, she thought that I almost lost Phoebe off the balcony.  Nothing of the sort, I had the back of Phoebe's pants well in hand (even when I took the picture- I'm talented). 

Well, life is nothing if not exciting when having children. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

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.  (From Soulemama- see link in sidebar)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Off to the Aquarium

On Tuesday we decided to forge off on a adventure to the Boston Aquarium.  Phoebe has been begging us to ride on a train for weeks so we decided to drive from Concord, NH into a computer rail and take that into the city.  We could have parked for cheaper but the kids loved the ride. Why don't they make public transit cheaper??? If they want people to use it, it should be dirt cheap. Really.

Here we are outside the museum.  Our friends Alisona and Ray met us there, thus the group shot. Elliot was just dying to see penguins after his performance in the Penquin Follies at school the week before (see picture below- thank you Mimi) and they have a great penguin exhibit at the museum.  See the resemblance:

We got there in the afternoon which was actually perfect timing; all the school trips and most of the younger napping children had left.  Although this is the hour of young children meltdowns but it wasn't so crowded that you couldn't escape. I am proud to say that Elliot managed his sensory issues with the dark moody sounds of the Aquarium.  When he was a young child, it just completely freaked him out and he was misreable.  He loved it this time.
The ray touch tank was by far one of the highlights of our trip to the Aquarium.  Elliot and I could have stayed there forever.  The rays are smooth and rubbery and soft and wonderful feeling.  Really, it was so cool.  They just fly through the water and brush up against the side of the tank like they want to be touched.  Elliot and I could have stayed there for hours. We both drenched our shirts and had to walk around with wet sleeves for the next few hours. (A few years ago this would have put Elliot in a fit but we rolled up his sleeve and he dealt with it. So great to see him growing up.)
One of our family favorites, the seahorse.  

Some New Hampshire people go to Florida for their vacation, we just looked at it.  The sea lion came right up to the glass where Elliot was.  He looked at Elliot, Elliot looked at him and then they both looked at the lock.  I swear that Elliot would have been playing with that sea lion in minutes if they had been able to get to each other.  It was this funny little playful moment. 

The seals outside.  We were all fascinated by how they swim. 

The best part of the aquarium is that it makes you feel like you are under water.  I am most definitely a water person.  It's sort of floaty, dark, and peaceful.  The book that I'm writing most definitely takes place near the water, on the Maine coast.  It put me in just the ride mood. 

Afterwards we went to Mike's Pasteries in the North End where they wrap up your sweets (canollis, choclate cake as big as a fist, brownies slathered with chocolate frosting) in boxes with bakery twine.  I didn't even take a picture of the box.  We gobbled it all up. Yummmmm!

It's snowing like crazy outside.  Only the second time this winter.  Tomorrow we are off for two days at an indoor water park in North Conway, NH.  Phoebe tried on her bathing suits today to see what still fit.  It cracks me up to try on bathingsuits when it is snowing outside.  What a modern world we live in. We can swim inside while it is snowing outside. The kids are out of their mind excited!

Happy Vacation!