Last weekend, Chris and I found ourselves behind this doofus.
There was one, ONE, bungee cord holding the wood onto the roof on the drivers side of the car. The passenger, as you can clearly see, held the other side with his hand.
Last weekend, Chris and I had planned to take the boys to northern New Hampshire so that we could go to Santa’s Village (theme park), but rain was in the forecast, so we thought it was best to postpone the trip. As it turns out, the rain they were supposed to get ended up being snow up and the park was closed because of it on Sunday, so it’s a good thing we decided to stay home. To get to where we were going, it would have been a 3 to 3 1/2 hour drive and trust me, there is nothing else to do up there – so we would have been stuck in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do if we had gone.
We decided to take the boys to The John Carver Inn in Plymouth to swim for the day instead. The John Carver Inn has a big pilgrim themed pool, and we figured it would be a good way for the boys to burn off some energy. We got there in the late morning and we were there all day.
They were excited to get to the water slide. As you can see it’s a Mayflower replica:
Last week, my third grader’s school held their annual art show. In the past, the art show was held at the Town Hall and every child from every school had something on display, but this year they decided to do it differently. This year, each school put on their own show and like I said, last week was my oldest son’s show.
Each class had a group project on display and here is my son with his:
Here’s a closeup of his pinwheel:
Recently, I was seated at an event with my five year old behind this:
Unfortunately, there were no other seats available where we were, so we had to look at it for a good half hour or so. And you know my son picked right up on it! THANK GOD he just pointed and snickered (repeatedly) instead of blurting something out loud about it.
I’m sorry, but how did she not feel the breeze? When ever my shirt goes up like that in the back, I always - always - feel it. Don’t you?
Released: May 21, 2013
Running Time: 126 minutes
Join Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and all their pals in the newest Clubhouse crusade. When the legendary Crystal Mickey goes missing, Mickey and friends go on an adventure to save the Clubhouse from losing its magic. Grab your hat, buckle your seatbelt, and get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure in “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: The Quest for the Crystal Mickey!”
There’s no time to lose after greedy Plunderin’ Pete snatches the legendary Crystal Mickey statue from the Clubhouse. Without this sparkly statue’s magic, the Clubhouse will disappear forever!
Can the world’s most extraordinary hero “Kansas City Mickey,” get the magical statue back in time? Only with help from young viewers at home…and the right Mouseketools can Mickey journey across the Sandy Desert, brave the Rushing River and make his way through the Hidden Jungle. But watch out for Pete’s trickiest traps!
Full of magic and mystery, the DVD includes four extra episodes of Disney Junior’s Emmy®-nominated series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”.
Because I am always looking for thing to do with the gruesome twosome, we have memberships at a couple of local zoos. One of those zoos is the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI.
The zebras & wildabeasts are the first animals you come to when you enter the zoo, so obviously, it’s our first stop.
After that, we headed right for the newest part of the zoo. It’s called the Big Backyard and it’s an outdoor play and nature exploration area. They added it last year and my two love it.
There is this huge treehouse for the kids (and grown ups, too) to climb in – which is their favorite thing in this part of the zoo.
But there is all sorts of fun to be had in the Big Backyard and we spent a good part of out time at the zoo over there.
A few weeks ago, we were at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI and there is this tree there that the boys just love to climb on. There is a big branch about three feet off of the ground in which the boys can walk (or scoot) over to a big “V” in the tree and that’s where they usually stand.
Here they are having at it:
In case you’re not my friend on Facebook and missed it on Twitter, a couple of weeks ago I got another tattoo. One of my best friends, Denise, wanted to had been itching to get more ink (she’s totally got me beat in the tattoo department by the way), and knew I’d never, ever pass up on a chance to hit up the tattoo parlor, so off we went.
I knew I wanted something on my wrist and I had a good idea of what I wanted, so after her tattoo was done – it was my turn.
Here’s the finished product. This makes numero seven – and I am definitely not done yet, but first I need to figure out what I want and where.
Those of you who know me in real life know that I am a complete zumba whore. I typically make it to class five or six times a week and I
stalk follow my kickass instructor to two different locations each week just to take her class (she’s AMAZING). I think what I love so much about her is that she truly makes the class fun. It’s seriously the best workout I’ve ever gotten (and trust me, I’ve tried it all). Zumba is a total body workout and my instructor does at least one song per class that specifically targets legs (we do an entire song of squats) and abs. You know, those pesky problem areas.
So, I’ve been taking her class for about 15 months now and I dropped a ton of weight by doing zumba that many times a week. I take the class so often that I know all the routines and I’ve moved my way from the back of the class to the front row. The playlist changes from week to week, but the routines/songs always make their way back into class eventually. Some songs are more high impact than others and those are by far my favorites. There are a few songs that include running in place and/or jumping jacks and I always cheer when I hear them start because I know I’m getting the best possible workout that I can get. I like – wait, make that LOVE to eat and in order for me to eat the way I want to and keep the weight off, I need to burn those calories. But…..
There are always people that bitch about those high calorie burning songs and I just don’t get it. Sure, they are hard songs/routines to do, but isn’t that the point? It’s not like the classes are free (I wish), so we’re paying to work out. I don’t understand why people wouldn’t want to get as much out of the class as possible.
I guess I’m not really sure what my point here is other than if you haven’t tried zumba – you should.
Where we live there are several small zoos, and the gruesome twosome and I are frequent visitors. We have a membership to one and with our membership, we get into the other one (in Attleboro, MA) for free – so when the nice weather hits, we make the rounds. The Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford is awesome. Like I said, it’s small, so you can blow through it in about an hour – or make the day out of it if you want to pack a picnic lunch and participate in some of the activities they have going on throughout the day.
Chris and I took the boys for the first time this spring a couple of weeks ago and they were psyched to get back there.
Our first stop is almost always the bears.
And then we head to the elephants.
I was at my local Roche Brothers (grocery store) and since I only stopped in for a few things, I went right for the express lane. When I got to the register, this sign was hanging up:
I was baffled….what’s the difference between 12 items or less and 12 items or fewer? Can anyone explain it to me -because the 16 year old cashier certainly couldn’t. Every other store that I’ve been to calls it the “12 items or less” lane.
A few weeks ago, my step-son got confirmed. It was a Thursday night and we all dressed up and went off to the 7 pm ceremony. I knew that the kids, especially my five year old, were going to be tired and up past their bedtime, but it was a special occasion & I can make an exception once in a while.
So, we arrived at the church about 30 minutes early so that we could get a good seat. After a quick discussion, Chris & I both thought it was best to sit towards the back in case we had to make a quick exit with one of the kids. Once the service started, all the kids getting confirmed walked into the church from the entry way, which was behind us. Since the five year old is still so little, I picked him up so that he could see what was going on. I don’t pick him up as much as I used to since he’s around 35-40 lbs and that’s heavy, but again – I wanted to make sure that he could see, so up he went.
It seemed like we were standing for quite a while, but in reality it was probably only five or ten minutes. I think I was just uncomfortable because I was in heels and my son was getting heavy. Finally it was time for everyone to sit and that’s when it happened. My wardrobe malfunction that is.
You see, the thing is, I was wearing a strapless dress (no bra) and a jean jacket over it. When I went to put my son down, the whole top of my dress went down with him and at least three people seated behind us saw my left boob.
A Larger than Life Train for the Ride of Their Life. The GO GO Thomas Tour 2013 is visiting the Edaville USA Railroad in Carver MA on June 15-16, 2013 and June 21-22.. This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends series. Children will take a ride along with their favorite engine friend on his latest adventure and participate in Thomas-themed activities including:
* A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
* Meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway
* A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables, and coloring sheets
* Video viewing and much more
When the weather gets nice around here, my family are regulars at our local state park: Massasoit State Park in Taunton, MA. We all love to hike the wooded trails and go exploring. It’s finally started to warm up enough that we can make it to the park on the weekends and we went for the first time this year about two weeks ago.
Last week I accompanied my hubby, Chris, to an appointment and because I thought ahead of time, I brought along a large Dunkin Donuts coffee with me. I had a feeling that we were going to be there for a while, and coffee was just what I needed to get me through the long wait. Well, that and the latest issue of Cosmo.
Anyhow, it wasn’t long before the coffee caught up to me and I had to pee pretty bad. I tried to hold until we left, but I wasn’t going to make it. When I went into the bathroom, this was the first thing I saw:
That’s one way to make sure it doesn’t fall on anyone’s feet…..I guess.
When we went to San Diego, we booked our entire trip through Expedia. It is the second time I’ve booked through them (I booked our NYC trip in January through them) and we found that since we needed flights, a rental car and a hotel for this trip, it was much easier to book it all in one place. I’ve been very happy with both trips that I booked through them and will definitely use them again.
Anyway, when we booked the trip and selected our flights, we were given the option to select our seats right then and there. Since I wanted to make sure I sat with both boys and Chris was on the aisle across from us, I chose to select my seats instead of leaving it to chance.
Other than some delays, we flew American Airlines to California and there were no other issues. But on the way home, that’s a different story.
Here are the three boys on their way into San Diego International on the day we left:
So, on our way home, we flew United Airlines and when we arrived at the airport in San Diego, we checked in at kiosk like we were told and proceeded through security to our gate. I’m not sure what made him look at the tickets, but about 30 minutes before our flight was scheduled to leave, Chris told me we had a problem. My heart sank.
It was our last night in San Diego, we wanted to spend it with family, so we invited ourselves over to their place (not that they minded) so that the boys could swim and we could all cook out for dinner. Chris, the gruesome twosome and I had spent the entire day at SeaWorld and we figured that would be a nice way to spend the evening.
First of all, the pool area was gorgeous. They are so lucky that they are able to swim there every single day.
The gruesome twosome had SO much fun!
On our recent visit to San Diego, we stayed in a hotel that included a continental breakfast. Especially when we travel with the kids, Chris and I tend to look for hotels that offer breakfast since it helps cut down on food costs a little bit. I have to say that the breakfast at our hotel was kind of lame, but hey – it was free, so I suppose you get what you pay for.
Anyways, in the breakfast area at the hotel, there were five or six tables, but there was one in the back with a C.H.I.P.S. statue next to it, and you know the boys wanted to sit at that table every single day.