Friday, July 22, 2016

Block Island With Elizabeth & Owen


Last weekend, Elizabeth and Owen came to visit us on Block Island!



Owen is almost four now, if you can believe that.


He is absolutely adorable - very talkative and social.  


Getting Elizabeth and Owen to the island was complicated - Sean ended up having some health problems and couldn't join us and then Elizabeth had what could politely be termed a "hard" ferry ride.  Let's just say that the ferry was rockier than usual and Elizabeth hadn't taken a dramamine.



Luckily things calmed down after they arrived.  We had a picnic on the beach, brought Owen to Mansion Beach where he happily jumped the waves and played in the ocean.  He made us proud in that he was a true beach bum baby.


Owen brought a backpack full of action figures and we all got to play superheros with him.


We also took him to the zoo and the fudge shop, out for Killer Donuts and we walked to the Painted Rock.





Owen calls me Marfa and he can't seem to figure out who Georgia is or what her name is, so he calls her Marfa, too.  We do look alike!


He can say Pippa Middleton perfectly!





We hope that they will visit us again next summer (with Sean :)





Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mini-Golf Mini-Adventure


I wrote last week about all the appointments we've had this summer and how little fun we've actually been able to squeeze in during the week, but there have been exceptions.  Last week, I took the girls to play mini-golf and drive go-carts in Salem.


We got there late morning and strangely, we were the only people on either course.  Why, I don't know, we had a lot of fun and I'm sure the place is usually crowded.




Being the only two people on the go-cart track was pretty amazing.


The girls enjoyed whizzing around and around.








Henry missed out on this particular driving experience, but he's had two behind-the-wheel opportunities since he got his permit.  I wanted Henry to go out with a professional teacher the first time he got behind the wheel, so we signed him up for a series of driving lessons with a local school.  His first day was last Thursday, while I was picking up Elizabeth and Owen from Connecticut.  Apparently, the way the driving school works, is that they pick you up at your house with an instructor and another student (Massachusetts has rules about how many hours you have to drive with an instructor before you get your license and it includes observing other people driving) and then you drive the other teen home to his house and then you pick up another student who then observes you - or something like that.  In any case, the very first driving experience Henry had was not driving around an empty parking lot like we had all assumed, but instead driving down actual streets with cars and bikes and people alongside of him.  And not only in our town but through traffic to a neighboring town! 

Talk about trial under fire.

His next lesson isn't until the end of August and in the meantime, Gordy and I will take him out to practice in perhaps less stressful spots.

Yesterday, Henry drove me around our block and did a very good job.  I did realize pretty quickly that our neighborhood is surrounded by busy streets - something I hadn't really noticed before.

I'll keep you posted.

Monday, July 11, 2016

All The Fun Happens On Weekends Around Here ....


It's sad, but it's true.  Our weeks have been spent going to doctor appointments, allergy shots, pilates classes and sporting events.  Not a whole lot of fun has been had.  But on weekends, we've been enjoying time on Block Island - usually with friends.  

This past week, Georgia brought her good friend MT.

It wasn't a fabulous, sunny, warm beach weekend - in fact it was cold and cloudy and it rained more than once - but we did make it to the beach and we did have a great time.






No one enjoyed the beach walk we took on Saturday more than Pippa Middleton.  


She absolutely loves to walk on the beach.   What she doesn't love is the urinary tract infection that we figured out she had while on this walk.  But on the OTHERHAND, she does love the extra wet food she gets to eat (which wraps around the anti-biotic that she now has to take for ten days).

And now I remember why I was hesitant to get another dog.



What did we do?  We took this long walk on the beach, the girls sunbathed the two short times that the sun came out from behind the clouds and Georgia and M even went into the ocean, Josie and Henry took a bike ride and searched for glass floats.  We all read books - even Henry, which is a Christmas miracle - and Gordy and the kids played a few epic games of Tiki Toss and Ladder ball. 






Fun.






Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Our Last Few Weeks


We've been enjoying the summer - no surprise there.  In a bid to get Josie to read more while on her break, I offered to pay to have her hair dyed in exchange for her reading all seven of the Harry Potter books.  

Josie chose purple tips and got to reading right away.  I know what you are thinking - why pay for the  hair dye BEFORE she's actually read all seven of the books, but it was on purpose.  Josie is starting a new school in September and I didn't want her to start with purple hair.  I figured that if she got it done in June, it would have faded away by September.


And I was right, except for the fact that it's been two weeks and the dye is already gone.  

She is annoyed especially since she's only on book three!

We've been spending some time on Block Island, too.  Georgia had her friend C over for a weekend.


And we had the Murphy family (four out of five) visit us for four days over the Fourth of July:



Because we figured Henry wouldn't want to hang out with four girls, we had him invite his friend, too.


We didn't see much of them (except around meal times) but that only means that they had a great time.






I didn't get any photos from the Fourth of July celebrations, but the fireworks were amazing and the parade was super cute.






In other news, Henry passed his permit test and is now an officially permitted driver.  He has yet to get behind the wheel, but HE COULD and that's what matters most :)

And today Georgia got her tongue-tie fixed.  We thought we were only going to a consultation but the doctor advised that we just bite the bullet and get the procedure done and so we did.  The whole thing was done with a laser and took about four minutes but Georgia is now in a good deal of pain and has to do tongue stretching exercises every five hours for a month than could best be described as gruesome.  

The pain is only supposed to last for five days (give or take a day) and watching her stick her tongue all the way out is pretty wonderful, but I know she is eager to feel better quickly.



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