Friday, January 22, 2016

More Creativity

Josie's cardboard dog house inspired her to do more.

Last weekend, Josie made a cardboard card - which moves because of skate board she attached to the bottom.

The car also has headlights (flashlights) and a vanity plate that says Josie's name.

What do I like the most?  The two plus hours that Josie used to make this piece of art/automotive engineering.

Fantastic, no?

FYI, not all the kinks have been removed from the photo programs of my computer.  It took me about 20 minutes to get these three pictures uploaded to my blog.  And I have no idea why.  Is there something about turning 40 that makes a person no longer able to figure out their computers?!?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Well, it finally happened - we got snow on Saturday night.  The original forecast was for snow "showers" (which implies that the snow isn't going to stick) and then they changed the snow forecast to 1-3 inches.  Georgia and I went to soccer party in Lexington and while we were driving there, snow was starting to fall.

When we left the party, three hours later, there was already about 3 inches of snow on the ground.  I'm a complete wuss when it comes to driving in the snow, but the main streets (in Lexington) were plowed and while we had to go slowly, things weren't scary.  

That changed once we crossed the line into our town.  I'm not sure what the deal is, but Winchester seems to prefer to wait until the snow storm is over before they plow.  Native New Englanders do not mind this, but those of us who grew up in less snowy states, wonder why the BLEEP! the town can't keep the roads clear.

I had to pick up Josie (who was at a friend's house) on our way home, which meant that we had to go down a pretty steep hill, but my car managed to do it without sliding (no one was more surprised than me!).

We got home safely and I was pretty impressed that I had managed to keep my cool.  

I told you I was a wuss.

The next morning, we woke to find about 5 inches of snow - which means that Gordy got out the snow blower to clear our driveway.

Georgia had a soccer tournament, but Josie and I were free.  We decided to call a friend and go sledding.  

Enjoying the snow by playing in it, is the New England equivalent of turning lemons into lemonade.  

Snow is not my favorite, but I do enjoy sledding.  See how I managed to turn a negative into a positive?  ha!

I didn't actually go sledding this time.  I stood at the bottom of the hill and watched Josie and L have all the fun.

It was freezing, but the girls were kept warm by trudging up the hill time after time.

But this is enough snow for the year, in my opinion.  

Are you listening, Mother Nature?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

I'm Back! (Kind of)

It's been about ten days and I've had approximately ten conversations with eight different Apple techs (including one Senior Supervisor) and I can now access my photos.  Things are not perfect yet, I will eventually need to get all my photos into the new Photos app on my computer (which will mean another few hours on the phone since no one can figure out why the photos won't open) and when I try to import photos to my blog, they are no longer organized in neat month/year files like they used to be, but I'm trying to stay positive.  

And I'm glad to get back to blogging.

We are all doing well.  We're back to our normal routine after a long holiday break from school and sports.  Henry is back to getting up at 4:50am to make it to hockey practice on time.  Georgia and Josie are happy that their sports are the after-school type which means that they get to sleep until 6am and 7am respectively.  

Georgia has received her first Birchbox package - a Birchbox subscription was one of the things that Georgia got from Gordy and me for Christmas.  Every month, she gets a box of lotions and make-up samples to try.  

And no, thirteen-year-old Georgia does not wear make-up yet.  She's just having fun playing with make-up in our house.

This month's box included a hand-lotion, a perfume and a scented candle, so she was pleased.

AND Georgia got her hair cut the other day and the stylist gave her soft waves that Georgia really loved:

And the most bizarre thing was that the waves stayed in for three days in a row - even though Georgia played soccer for one of those days and her hair was pulled back into a ponytail.

Of course, that also means that Georgia needs to wash her hair, pronto.

Can you join me in an Ewwww?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Hello - I thought I should explain my absence from this blog.  A week ago, I updated my operating system and I lost the ability to open my photo program.  I'm working with Apple Support and we've tried more than a few remedies, but I am still without photo access.  The support person who has been the most helpful doesn't work on Tuesdays, so things won't be fixed today.  Maybe tomorrow?  The photos (and there are over 280,000 of them on my computer - whoops!) are still there, we just can't access them through either Aperature or through the new Photos app.  I'm hoping to be back to normal by the end of this week.  Keep checking back!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A House For Pippa

Our children went back to school yesterday and I swear the electronics and screens in our house breathed a sigh of relief.  I'm not sure if it was because I was really busy setting up for Christmas or if it was because it was cold and snowy outside during school vacation week, but I allowed all three of the kids to watch too much tv, play too much xbox, text too often on their phones and play too many games on the ipad.  

It was embarrassing, really.

On Friday, I came to my senses and pulled the plug.  It helped that sports started back up over the weekend, so there were reasons to leave the house.  We also dragged the kids to the Aquarium on Friday, which two of the three protested heavily against (I mean the girls, surprisingly.  Henry never complains about going to an Aquarium).  Of course once we were there, everyone had a good time.

On Saturday, we ran errands and Gordy took the girls to an indoor roller-skating rink while Henry rode his rollerblades on the driveway.  All three needed to be re-introduced to the world.  They were all in an electronics coma.

On Sunday, I told Josie to find something to do that didn't involve the ipad.  In her defense, I should tell you all that Josie has been mostly doing art on said ipad.  She got a "game" called Osmo for Christmas and it lets you draw and create art on your ipad.

It took screen-coma Josie about an hour to think of something to do, but once she got started, we didn't see her again all afternoon.

Using boxes left over from Christmas, Josie made a dog house for Pippa Middleton.

We all loved it and Josie was very proud, but Pippa Middleton wasn't having any of it.

She was more interested in the tissue paper.

Here's the back:

Gordy and I were happy that Josie still had some creative braincells left in her head.

We would have been even more happy if Georgia and Henry had helped (and if Henry wasn't on the other side of the room, playing xbox), but some victories, right?

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