Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Boston Women's March

(Photo courtesy of my friend Valerie's friend)

Georgia and I were two of the 175,000 citizens who joined the Boston Women's March last Saturday. It was an amazing protest of Donald Trump and an amazing public affirmation of women, our fight for equal rights & equal pay and the ability to maintain control over our own bodies.  

It was my baby's first protest!

My friend Valerie met us at our house and we took the train from our town into Boston - a train that was packed to bursting with women and men in cat-ear hats (I really don't care for the P word.  Why are women and our body parts always referred to as animals?).  Even the train conductors were wearing the pink hats!  And everyone on the train cheered as more people got on.  

I had received a text from the Women's Caucus the morning of the walk, announcing that we had over 90,000 marchers signed up, but when we arrived at Boston Common, it was obvious that the crowds were much, much larger.

You could barely walk and trust me, I'm not complaining.  It was wonderful.

The signs were equally wonderful.  People were so creative.

The speeches were inspirational and up-lifting.  My favorites included the MC who was a minister from Dorcester, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Attorney General Maura Healey and a Muslim activist whose name I didn't catch.  

The event started under cloudy skies but once the rally began, the sun came out.  

Here I am with Valerie.

And here are some photos I took of the crowd - which was estimated to be over 175,000!

I wish that our entire family had been able to attend.  Gordy and Josie were on the Cape for a hockey game which broke my heart.  I know that they both wanted to be there with us and I would have loved for them to have been a part of an event that was so reassuring and hopeful.  But an Elliot can't miss a hockey game and besides, Meredith pointed out that a girl, playing a hockey game in Massachusetts is in itself a form of protest, so that made us all feel better!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Last Few Weeks

We've been enjoying January.  Gordy had his annual football men's trip two weeks ago.  He and his friends went to Dallas to watch the Cowboy vs. Packers game and obviously, they had a lot of fun.

That same weekend was a hockey tournament for Josie's hockey team in Vermont, so a teammate's family very, very kindly invited Josie to stay with them so that I could be at home on Teenager/Pug duty.  Josie's team stayed at Jay's Peak where there is a water park and endless running up and down the halls, disturbing the non-hockey guests (of which there were probably few.  That place is a tournament factory).

While Gordy and Josie were away, we went to an outdoor skating rink in Lexington which was very fun.  People in our town usually winter skate on Winter Pond, but because of our draught, the pond is almost completely dry.  It's very depressing and we thought we might have to miss out on outdoor skating this year.  Luckily for us, Lexington made a public rink and they kindly let us out-of-towners use it!  So thanks, Lexington!

The big news of the month is that Henry passed his driver's test and is now a licensed driver!  Watch out people, he's a coming!  After stressing for days, Henry was relieved when the test was quick and easy.  He's driven himself twice to school since getting his license and he drove himself to his allergy shots the other day which is unbelievably fantastic.  So far, his favorite place to drive is a toss between Chipotle and Subway :)

We had our yearly visit to Georgia's Orthopedic surgeon where she had yet another full body scan.  The scan determines whether or not her leg-length discrepancy is improving (or equalizing?) and the good news is that it's all working.  She has a little more growth left in her shorter leg, so hopefully she will continue to grow and her legs will eventually be equally matched.  We'll go back in a year.  

Georgia and I also went to an all-day Lacrosse tournament where Georgia played four short games and I came to the sudden realization that I don't really enjoy watching lacrosse.  

I only took me about ten years!  

Sorry, Georgia!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Turks & Caicos

Last summer, when I started getting thousands of hits from nefarious Russian websites, I made a rule:  no more bikini shots of my children.  And then I removed all the most frequently viewed posts (almost all featuring my girls in their bathing suits) and like magic, the porn hits went away.

Lesson learned.

Which makes it sad to me that I can't really document our four day trip to the Turks and Caicos right after Christmas since I didn't manage to get many photos where we weren't in our bathing suits!  The entire purpose of the trip was to be warm and enjoy the sunshine, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that we weren't wearing more clothing.

We left for T&C early, early Tuesday morning (4am) and after a long day of traveling and six hours of obsessive hand-cleaning while in the three airports and on two different flights (because - side note - did you all know that EVERY SINGLE child in North America has a terrible cough cold?!?!  Until we started traveling, we didn't either!) we arrived in Providenciales, TCI where it was sunny, a warm 80 degrees, blue and rum-filled.

Total paradise.

We spent the days on the beach, sun-bathing, soaking in the vitamin D and snorkeling.  I even overcame my fear of snorkeling (it's a breathing through a tube thing) and went out twice.  I saw multiple tropical fish, a beautiful coral reef and an enormous sting ray and I was very, very proud of myself.  Gordy has videos of his snorkeling excursions on his instagram account.

Gordy and Henry did the most snorkeling - they saw everything I saw plus more fish and sea turtles.

I did the most sun-bathing.  I have to tell you, I just love to sit in the sun.  And I absolutely love being  in the warmth.  It was the perfect winter vacation.

and now I'm breaking my own rule - but this is just such a great photo.

And I figure that since Georgia has her back turned and is jumping away from the photo (escaping, if you will) hopefully the deviants won't like it.  :)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Christmas 2016 - Part Two

On Christmas Eve, we did our traditional photos in front of the fireplace.  

And we did our traditional cocktails, appetizers and Christmas toys.

We took a lot of photos

And we ate a lot of food.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Christmas 2016 - Part One

Our Christmas holiday started on Thursday with the arrival of Brooke (on her way home to Idaho from Wellesley) and Lily (who drove from Amherst).

Elsie was the next to arrive from Pennsylvania and Pippa was greatly relieved to see her!

Pippa loves to sit / sleep with Elsie.

The Southerns arrived and so did the Philly crew - our holiday celebration included 9 adults, 4 teens, 1 tween, 1 four year old and three dogs.

Owen wasn't feeling chipper.  He had a fever and was getting a cold.  

but he was still excited for Christmas.

On Saturday, my parents and their dog arrived and our party was complete.  We were ready for Christmas.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

An Early Christmas Plus An Early Hannukah

The week before Christmas, we celebrated the holiday early with Gordy's parents.  We gave our presents to them and they gave us our presents.  On the actual Christmas day, Grandma and Grandpa will be in Minnesota with Gordy's sister and her family.

The plans originally called for the grandparents to come in the morning and then we'd all travel back down to the Cape where they live to watch Josie play a hockey game in Falmouth.  But the hockey game was cancelled - perhaps due to the snow that was falling heavily outside.

Henry had a driver's lesson that we thought would be cancelled but it ended up taking place two hours late, once the snow had stopped.  He has to get used to driving in the snow, I suppose.

Gordy and I had a holiday party in Boston to go to, so we were grateful that the snow stopped when it did.  It's hard enough to find parking in the South End without adding snow to the mix!

Since we were in the present-opening-mode, we decided to open our Hannukah presents from Lois and Harvey.  

Harvey & Lois are coming to Massachusetts in January so we are looking forward to seeing them and thanking them in person for the wonderful gifts!

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