Feb 272014
 

Way, way back in July of 2011 I posted this:

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As my family was making their way home from our weekend in New Hampshire yesterday, we saw this sign along Route 16 in Ossipee, NH:

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Yes, it really was spray painted onto the side of a truck and parked along the side of the road. I have no idea how long ago the 20 foot wooden Santa Claus was taken, but it certainly begs the question (s): Continue reading »

Feb 212014
 

My family stayed at the Mountain Club on Loon Mountain the weekend before last.  It’s a resort that’s located right at the base of the mountain.  We took a few steps out of our room, walked out of the door to go outside and were were literally standing at the bottom of the ski slopes. Here are a few pictures I took of the ski/snow boarding chair lift and slopes just so you could see what I saw when I stepped outside.

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Feb 202014
 

Yup, you read that right.

Whenever we go to Loon Mountain up in Lincoln, NH, we always eat breakfast at Flapjacks Pancake House.  They may be famous for pancakes, but their french toast is seriously the best I’ve ever had.  Anyhow, when we were there a couple of weeks ago, we were seated at the table directly under this flapjack gallery:

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Feb 192014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets for snow tubing and lodging at Loon Mountain in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

My boys absolutely love playing in the snow and one of their favorite winter activities is snow tubing.  When we had the chance to go snow tubing at Loon Mountain recently, we were all super excited.   Usually, I just “supervise” while the kids go tubing, but this time – I actually went, too!

The Tubing center was marked and easy to find.

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Inside, we signed waivers, were given lift passes to attach to our coats and grabbed some tubes.   Continue reading »

Feb 182014
 

We’ve had quite a bit of snow this winter one of the things the kids really enjoy doing when we have snow is to go sledding. While we were in Lincoln, NH recently, we drove past a nice looking hill and decided to stop and sled for a little while. I’m glad we stopped because the boys (all three of them) had so much fun.

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Feb 172014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to visit the Ice Castle and lodging at Loon Mountain in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

When I heard there was an ice castle up at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH this year, I have to admit that I was intrigued.  An ice castle? How was that even possible?  So I did what anyone else would do when they want more information about something – I Googled it.  I found their website and here’s what it said:

Ice Castle Imagine the wonder of walking through the center of massive glacier-like solid pillars of ice, combined with tunnels, archways and caves. And all of it is built simply out of ice. Truly this will be an experience unlike any other on entire East Coast.

I knew that it was something I needed to check out and last weekend, my family took a drive up to see it for ourselves.   If you’re familiar with Loon Mountain at all, the ice castle is set up over by the Adventure Center.  If you’re unfamiliar, the Adventure Center is where you can zip line (year round), sign up for Snow Shoe tours and a rock wall is set up inside, but it’s only open seasonally.  If you are heading up to see the ice castle and aren’t sure where to go once you get there, don’t worry – it’s very clearly marked.

We were staying at the Mountain Club on Loon, which is the resort at the base of the mountain, so we walked over to the ice castle and this is what we saw was we as we walked up to it.

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Jan 132014
 

At our condo on Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, there is an outdoor hot tub by the pool area.  If you’re keeping track, we were up there recently (November) and it’s pretty chilly up there this time of year.  Not to mention that I just posted about the boys sledding on the mountain the other day……

So needless to say, it was cold and the thought of going into the outdoor hot tub in frigid temperatures was not appealing to me in the least – but the boys on the other hand. Well, they couldn’t wait to get in to it.

Yes, that IS snow you see all around the hot tub.

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But if going into the outdoor hot tub in the freezing cold weather, they thought it would be funny to roll around in the snow. Continue reading »

Jan 122014
 

While we were in New Hampshire in November, we stayed on Loon Mountain.  When we arrived, we were excited to see that they already started making snow on the mountain and the boys couldn’t wait to go out and play in it.

It was still really early in the season, so we weren’t expecting there to be snow and didn’t go prepared.  Chris stopped at a store up the street and we picked up a couple of cheap sleds so the boys could take them out for a spin.  The thing is, where the hills are, even the small ones, were at the base of the ski slopes, so we had to wait until after dark before we went out to sled.  That didn’t seem to bother the boys, though – they were just happy to get out in the white stuff.

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Jan 112014
 

We go to New Hampshire several times a year.  Chris, along with his father and three of his brothers, owns a quarter share of a condo on Loon Mountain. Basically that means that we get condo for one week per month.  It’s a great location and everyone does a nice job sharing.  Our family took the condo for a few days last month and the adventures in New Hampshire that you’ve been reading about over the past week all took place while we stayed at the condo.

The condo is part of the Loon Mountain Club, which is a resort located at the bottom of the mountain.  You can literally walk out the door and ski if you wanted to.  One of the things that we love the most is that there are all the amenities of a hotel at the resort.  A pool, a full gym, a really nice spa, a sports bar, a nice sit down restaurant overlooking the mountain and the boys favorite thing:  the game room.

Skee Ball was where my nine year old spent most of his time (and quarters).  I played my fair share of Skee ball, too because it’s my favorite.

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Jan 082014
 

When we were in North Conway, NH in November, we spotted this awesomely decorated snowman outside of the MWV Children’s Museum.  The boys loved it and we immediately ran over to it to take a picture.

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As we drove away, we spotted yet another one:

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It had this sign on it, which led me to think that there were more than just the two we had come across. Continue reading »

Jan 072014
 

When my family was up in New Hampshire back in November, I booked us seats for a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad.  The boys love train rides and the price was right, so I bought us tickets for a round trip ride through the mountains.

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There are several different options including a dinner train ride, but I opted for a 55 minute ride on the Valley Train.

ON THE VALLEY TRAIN, you’ll enjoy an old-fashioned railroading experience as you journey on historic rail routes in vintage passenger cars (most from the 1920s) from our 1874 train station in North Conway Village to either Conway or Bartlett and back again. Children under 4 ride FREE in Coach on the Valley Trains, and well-behaved dogs are always welcomed at Conway Scenic Railroad!

The 11-mile, 55-minute roundtrip Conway excursion is ideal for visitors wanting a shorter train ride, especially those with young children. On this excursion, you’ll travel south past the Moat Mountain Range and parallel Route 16 before passing through farmlands and crossing Moat Brook, the Saco and Swift Rivers on the way to Conway. Here, you can watch the powerful locomotive “run around” the train in preparation of the return trip.

They have two departures on Saturdays and Sundays: 11:30 to Bartlett (1 3/4 hrs) and 1:30 to Conway (55 minutes).  I paid $15.50 each for our ride, which I think was pretty reasonable for all that fun.  My only complaint was the seating situation.  Apparently back when these train cars were built, people were much shorter.  I sat with my six year old and Chris sat with the nine year old and we were literally crammed into the seats like sardines.  Seriously, this is how we had to sit for the entire hour: Continue reading »

Jan 062014
 

Back in November, we headed up to New Hampshire for the weekend and one of our stops was The MWV (Mount Washington Valley) Children’s Museum.  It’s a great indoor kids activity center with tons of interactive, hands-on exhibits. The MWV Children’s Museum is a great place to bring kids ages 0-9.

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At the museum Kids Can:

  • Put on a puppet show
  • Dress-up in their Drama Center
  • Play with Trains in Transportation Exhibit
  • Climb the Life Size Tree House
  • Play with Shapes and Designs
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Oct 072013
 

Last weekend, Chris & I took the gruesome twosome to Canobie Lake Park.  I remember going there as a kid and in all that time, the park hasn’t changed a bit.  It’s a small, old-fashioned amusement park and I love that it hasn’t been taken over by one of the big chain theme parks like Six Flags.

Because it is the season, the park was all decorated for Halloween, which I love because Halloween is my favorite holiday!

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I’ve actually never been to Canobie Lake Park in the fall before, but now that we did it, I am glad we didn’t have time to squeeze it in over the summer. The park wasn’t crowded at all and we hardly had to wait to get on on any of the rides.   Continue reading »

Aug 232013
 

Yesterday, I told you about our first day (of two) at Santa’s Village up in New Hampshire.  As promised, here are some pictures from day two.  Actually, that’s a lie because this first one is from day one – I just forgot to put it into yesterdays post.  It’s the boys in front of the sign right in front of the entrance/exit of the park.  I asked them to stand in front of it on our way out in case I forgot to take it the following day.

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And speaking of posing – I took a whole bunch of pictures of the boys (including Chris) with the numerous statues around the park throughout the day.  We take pictures at the same places every year, so it’s fun to look back and see them change year after year.
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Aug 222013
 

Last weekend, Chris & I packed up the boys and headed up to New Hampshire for our annual visit to Santa’s Village.  Santa’s Village a small Christmas themed amusement park designed for families with kids under age 13.  We went up on Saturday because if you get to the park within three hours of closing time, they will give you a return pass for the following day – and that is exactly what we did.  We got there exactly three hours before closing, so we had three hours at the park the first day & then went back for more fun on Sunday.

Before you enter the park, this sleigh is outside & yes, I make my boys sit in it for a picture year after year.

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These cupcake chairs are scattered all over the park, but there are a couple as soon as you walk in and yes, I made the boys sit in them for a picture before we went on any rides.  Noticing a theme here?  You should – I made the boys pose for lots of pictures.

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Jul 122011
 

As my family was making their way home from our weekend in New Hampshire yesterday, we saw this sign along Route 16 in Ossipee, NH:

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Yes, it really was spray painted onto the side of a truck and parked along the side of the road. I have no idea how long ago the 20 foot wooden Santa Claus was taken, but it certainly begs the question (s) -

1.  Who would want a 20 foot wooden Santa in the first place – aside from the owner who either spent many, many hours carving it or paid a bundle for it, which is another question in and of itself, but I’ll let that one go for now.

2. How is it that noone noticed a team of people & a flatbed truck hauling the humongous Santa structure away?

3.  How in the world do you hide a 20 FOOT wooden Santa?

Chris and I talked about it on and off all day yesterday & I knew as soon as I saw this sign that I had to share it with everyone.   It’s baffling, isn’t it?

Jul 112011
 

My family and I spent this past weekend up in New Hampshire.  It was my husband’s company outting, so we packed up the kids and headed up north.  We stayed in the North Conway area, which is one of my favorite parts of the state.

On Saturday, we took a drive to Santa’s Village.  It was about 45 minutes from the condo where we were staying and we got there right when the park opened.  We spent the day there & had a blast.  Since Santa’s Village is in the middle of nowhere is located deep in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the GPS was having a bit of an issue finding a satellite signal on our return trip.  I was driving and Chris was in the passenger seat working on the GPS.   We ended up driving past the turn that got us there that morning because honestly, I just couldn’t remember if it was the correct turn (and Chris isn’t much help when it comes to directions), so we ended up taking a different route home than the one that got us there that morning.

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