Apr 222014
 

In the little town of Raynham Massachusetts, there is a restaurant inside of a two story milk bottle.  I grew up in the next town over (Easton) and I remember going there quite often for breakfast as a kid.  Back then I didn’t think anything of it.  Actually, I still don’t.  While my husband and I were having breakfast there recently, it occurred to me that a gigantic milk bottle is probably a bit unusual….ok, a lot unusual – and I thought it was worth sharing.

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The 40 foot Milk Bottle is located at 785 Broadway in Raynham, MA.   They serve breakfast and lunch, but it’s a cash only establishment, so if you’re big on using your debit card everywhere like me, stop at the ATM first – unless you want to end up doing dishes for the day. Continue reading »

Apr 062014
 

It may have been 40 degrees out a couple of weekends ago, but to us, it was a great day to head to the zoo.  We have memberships to two local zoos and one of them is reciprocal with the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, MA, so we took a ride over there.  The zoo is only about 20 minutes from my house and it’s quite possibly the smallest zoo of all time, but they have a nice playground, so that kind of makes it worth going.

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Apr 012014
 

You may remember that a ways back I took the boys to Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA.  It’s a collection of battleships that you can board and tour. Since I had taken so many pictures the day we were there, I decided to break up each battleship into separate posts rather than bombarding you with 859,234 pictures all in one absurdly long post.

Today I am sharing some of the pictures that I took while we were on board The USS Massachusetts.

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Mar 312014
 

About two weeks ago, I got to chaperone my first grader’s field trip to the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford.  My family used to be members there, so he was familiar with the place, but for many of the kids, it was their first time there.

Three out of the six first grade classes went on the field trip that day & the other three went the following day.  The people at the Ocean Explorium split each classroom into groups and we went through four separate stations as a group.  The Ocean Explorium is relatively small, so I think that was the best way to run things.

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Our first stop was Science on a Sphere.  Using high-speed computers, multiple projectors and advanced imaging techniques, Science on a Sphere creates an image of the planet in 3-D. Continue reading »

Mar 222014
 

Sometimes people ask me what some of  my go-to inexpensive activities to do with my kids are.   Visiting the Bass Pro shop in Foxboro is high up on the list.  My boys could spend hours in that place (actually they have).

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While you’ll find a huge selection of outdoor gear, Bass Pro Shops stores are also part museum, art gallery, antique store, aquarium, education, conservation and entertainment center.  Using more than 3,500 area artifacts, antiques, pictures, mounts and memorabilia, the store becomes a living museum of New England’s hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor legacies.

The store is huge.

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We went there a few weeks ago and the first thing we did when we were there was to grab a snack.   On the second floor of the store, there is a snack bar which has ice cream, fudge, coffee, pretzels, nachos and things like that.  The boys got some ice cream while Chris & I split a chunk of fudge. Continue reading »

Mar 172014
 

Yesterday, Chris & I took the gruesome twosome to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Abington, MA.  Back in the day, I used to go to the big parade in Southie (Boston), but the crowd can get a little rowdy in the city, so I wanted to take them to a smaller event like the one in Abington.

As far as parades go, it was a pretty decent one to be honest.  It was our first year attending that parade and the boys loved it.  Maybe I should clarify, though.  They loved all the candy they collected from the people throwing it off of the floats.

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We got there a little early so that we could get a good spot to see the parade. Continue reading »

Mar 142014
 

You may remember that a ways back I took the boys to Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA.  It’s a collection of battleships that you can board and tour. Since I had taken so many pictures the day we were there, I decided to break up each battleship into separate posts rather than bombarding you with 859,234 pictures all in one absurdly long post.

Today I am sharing some of the pictures that I took while we were on board The USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.

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Mar 132014
 

It’s called the Marshfield Hills General Store.

Steve Carell and his family spend their summers in the town of Marshfield, Massachusetts (on the south shore), which is about 25 miles south of Boston.  In 2009, he bought the store to save a piece of Americana.

Carell told the Boston Globe in an email: “This is much more of an emotional investment than a business one….I saw an opportunity to help to preserve a little piece of history. I also felt that places like the Marshfield Hills General Store represent a gathering place, and give people a sense of community. These spots are growing more and more scarce. I hope to keep this particular one alive and well.”

Located in the heart of Marshfield Hills Village on Boston’s South Shore, “The General” has been the epicenter for this historic neighborhood for over 150 years. In 2009, actors Steve and Nancy Carell, both Massachusetts natives, bought the property and restored this treasured landmark to its original glory and stocked it for its 21st Century clientele. Step inside and experience quintessential New England charm.

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Mar 102014
 

Fourth Cliff Family Recreation Area is a 56-acre seaside resort located in Humarock on Massachusetts’ South Shore.  It is operated by Hanscom Air Force Base as a military recreation area & it’s open to anyone with a valid military ID including active duty, reservists, Department of Defense employees, retirees and authorized family members.  In case you didn’t know this, Chris is an Air Force retiree.  He retired last year after serving 20 years as a fire fighter for the USAF.

Anyhow, we only live about 30 minutes from Fourth Cliff and had a night without the kids, so we decided to check it out.  Fourth Cliff is a relatively small reservation and it’s not easy to get reservations to stay there.  They only have 17 cottages, four efficiencies, 11 RV camper sites and four tenting areas. It’s right on the beach, so reservations go quick.

Since we had never been there before, we weren’t sure what to expect.  We plugged the address into Lance and were a little put off when we got there.

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Mar 072014
 

I love living so close to the coast of Massachusetts.  Not only am I just minutes away from the beach, but another one of my favorite things about living where I do, is that there are so many lighthouses.  Recently, Chris and I stopped to take a few pictures of the Scituate lighthouse, which is located at the entrance of Scituate Harbor.

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Mar 032014
 

Over February vacation,  we had a warm day, so I decided to take the boys to Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA.  Battleship Cove is a is a nonprofit maritime museum and war memorial that houses a collection of military vessels of local, national and international importance.

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Mar 012014
 

Over the February vacation, we had a chance to meet up with some friends.  Since the kids love to bowl, we decided on Ryan Family Amusements in Buzzards Bay.  We usually visit the Raynham, MA location, which is a little bigger than this one, but our friends are out of town and Buzzards Bay was about half way between us.

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They way they did it at Ryan, was the kids played until they were done & then you pay at the end. That works better for us because sometimes my boys like to play a couple of games & sometimes they get bored quickly and only end up playing one. Continue reading »

Feb 282014
 

During the February vacation, we were looking for something to do with the kiddos and I ended up coming across a post on Facebook about an Owl Festival that was being held at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell.

The way the building was set up, was that there was an EcoZone Museum to the left and then the Owl Festival was being held in a big function room on the other side.  We decided to see what was in the EcoZone Museum first. Basically, it is a multidimensional, interactive exhibit area that focuses on the ecosystems of southeastern Massachusetts.

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Feb 252014
 

Recently, the gruesome twosome got to try their hand at snowshoeing.  We were at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, MA and snowshoeing was included as part of the admission price on the day we went (tune in later this week to hear about our visit to the Science Center).

A snowshoe is a type of footwear used for walking over the snow. Snowshoes work by distributing the weight of the person over a larger area so that the person’s foot does not sink completely into the snow (also sometimes called “flotation”).

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Feb 222014
 

Earlier in the week, the boys & I met up with their cousin at Pump ‘n’ Jump, which is located inside the Silver City Galleria Mall in Taunton.  It’s an indoor inflatable fun center with a whole bunch of……..you guessed it, inflatables.  There are multiple inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses, basketball hoops and giant slides!

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Here are a few of the inflatables that are there: Continue reading »

Feb 122014
 

Recently, Chris and I took a walk through Burial Hill, which is a historic cemetery in Plymouth, MA.  On Burial Hill. several Mayflower passengers are buried including Governor William Bradford and William & Mary Brewster. Plymouth residents have been burying their dead on Burial Hill since the 1620′s and last burial there took place in 1957.

Burial Hill is actually an amazing place to spend an afternoon.  Despite the fact that it’s a grave yard, some of the old stone are just plain gorgeous -not to mention that the view of Plymouth Harbor from up on the hill are amazing.

This is what the main entrance to the cemetery looks like:

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Feb 112014
 

While we were in Plymouth (think Pilgrims) for lunch a few weeks ago, I dragged poor Chris along with me to snap some pictures of a few historical landmarks.  Yesterday you saw my Mayflower pictures and today it’s the Plymouth Rock.

I live in a neighboring town and I absolutely love living so close to so much history.  Sometimes I take it for granted that the first English settlers actually lived about fifteen minutes from where I live now. I’ve walked past the Plymouth Rock a million and a half times without giving it a second thought (or even a glance as I walked by). But not this day.

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Nearly a  million people each year come to see the Plymouth Rock and I think it’s safe to say that almost all of them are shocked to see how small it is.

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Feb 092014
 

I am in Plymouth (think Pilgrims) all the time.  I live in a neighboring town and I absolutely love living so close to so much history.  Sometimes I take it for granted that the first English settlers actually lived about fifteen minutes from where I live now.  It’s crazy, actually.  There are so many old buildings that I walk past all the time and usually don’t even give a second thought to.

Chris and I were in Plymouth a couple of weeks ago for lunch and as we walked past some old buildings, I stopped and took a few pictures.

This is the 1749 Court House:

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It is the oldest wooden Court House and the longest used municipal building in America. Continue reading »

Feb 082014
 

Sometimes, when we need some fresh air, we head to the Plymouth Waterfront in Plymouth, MA (think Pilgrims).  There are tons of shops and restaurants along the waterfront and it’s an awesome place to take a walk and kill some time.

The Plymouth waterfront is only about 15 minutes from where we live, so it’s one of our favorite hangouts – especially in the summertime. Chris and I were sans kids a couple of weekends ago, and since it had happened to warm up around here (into the 40′s – whoa), we headed to the waterfront.  Obviously it’s winter here in Massachusetts, so the water was mostly frozen.

Here are some shots of Plymouth Harbor:

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