Monday, March 30, 2015

Our Weekend

The girls and I had a really, really mellow weekend.

And we needed it.

Gordy and Henry spent the weekend in New Hampshire where Henry and his hockey team were playing (and winning!) the Northeast Region Championship.  That victory will be the subject of my next post (I forgot to get the photos from Gordy), I promise.

Henry and Gordy left Friday afternoon for the tournament, so we had a three-day girls weekend.

Georgia had soccer practice on Friday evening and a game on Sunday, but we had a sports-free day on Saturday and we took advantage of the situation to relax and lounge around the house.

We also took Pippa Middleton for a long walk around a local lake - but it wasn't the most pleasant experience since it was snowing throughout the trip 
(and throughout the entire day) and no one really enjoyed themselves.  


This has become unacceptable.

We took the walk because we wanted to tire Pippa Middleton out before we left her in the afternoon so that we could attend a performance of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" at our local middle school.  Georgia's good friend, Danielle, played one of the Pott children and we were excited to see her act, sing and dance.

On Sunday, the girls and I spent the morning doing a massive (and much-needed) straightening up.  I can't call what we did a Spring Clean since there was no real cleaning involved.  We didn't vacuum, dust or scrub, but we did spend about three hours putting random things away in their proper home, cleaning up the toy cupboard in the basement, organizing closets and folding laundry and now our house looks fantastic.

Our last weekend task was to get Georgia to her soccer game (an hour away) by 5:30.  It wasn't snowing, but it was freezing and the biting cold wind made it a long, long game to watch.

Warm weather had better arrive in New England quickly, that's all I can say.

Throughout our weekend, we were receiving updates about the Bantam As and their myriad victories.  They won Friday, they won Saturday morning, they won Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning and finally they won the big game on Sunday afternoon, claiming the trophy for their own.

Very exciting!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Our Florida Trip (part two)

When I left off yesterday, I was thinking that I had more stories to tell and more pictures to post, but today I'm realizing that I really don't.  I can post a few photo-op snaps taken before our one "dressy" dinner.  I didn't get one of all four of us, sadly.  There's Avery and Henry above and me with the tiny children below.

And Meredith and Avery, all gussied up:

and then the ladies:

We watched a spectacular beach sunset one of the nights - we walked into the town of Captiva for dinner all but one night.  The town restaurants were better than the resort options.  

We also went on a dolphin cruise which was fantastic live but not so much in photos.  The best shots I got looked exactly like this one:

The dolphins did get closer to the boat, I just didn't get any photographic evidence of it.  I did get a cute shot of one of many mother ospreys that we saw on the trip.  This one had a baby osprey that kept sticking it's little head up so it could watch us pass.

On the last day of our trip, Meredith and Avery had to begin the long drive home, so they dropped Henry and I off in Tampa where we went to the Florida Aquarium and attempted to get gear from the Tampa Bay Lightening arena which was sadly closed.  

It was a great trip.  The day time temperature never dipped below 82 degrees and there was never a cloud in the sky.  I really, really needed warmth and sun after this ridiculous winter.  The freezing cold, 23 degree temperature that we returned to was a shock, that's for sure.  Gordy and I are starting to wonder what on earth we were thinking when we moved to Massachusetts 16 years ago.  We were moving from Chicago where the weather frequently dipped to below-zero, so I guess we thought New England would be an improvement. That joke was on us!

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