May 242014
 
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This post is brought to you by Water Country in Portsmouth, NH 

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If there is one thing that my boys love, it’s playing the water.  It was still chilly in April when they started asking when we were going to head up to Water Country in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Those boys are so silly because at that point we still had the heat on!

Anyhow, Chris and I always make sure that the boys get their fill of the water over the few short months of summer we have here in New England and we will be heading to Water Country soon enough.  We love it there because there there is so much to do and it’s not far from Boston at all.

My boys usually spend most of their day at Water Country in the wave pool, but the Adventure River is right up there, too.  Not to mention all the cool water slides they have there.  It’s an awesome way to spend a day of family fun during the summer time!

Water Country’s grand opening is right around the corner on June 07 and guess what?  I have a discount for you if you’re planning on going (and if you’ve never been, you should definitely plan on checking it out).

Just use the promo code Blog30’ for $3.00 off of the $38.99 admission price or buy a Basic Season Pass and receive a Free Friend Ticket with promo code STAYPLAY!

Water Country’s is social, too, so be sure to follow them to keep up with their latest news and updates:

Twitter: @WaterCountry

Facebook:www.facebook.com/WaterCountry

Instagram: @WaterCountryWP

We’re heading up to Water Country early in July, so stay tuned to hear all about our adventures at the park!

Masshole Mommy is one of Water Country’s 2014 season bloggers.  Park admission for my family was received, but all opinions expressed here are stictly my own and were not influenced in any way.


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Feb 272014
 
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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 »


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Feb 202014
 
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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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Here are are some close ups: Continue reading »


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Feb 192014
 
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**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 »


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Feb 182014
 
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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
 
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**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
 
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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 »


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Jan 122014
 
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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 072014
 
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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 »


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Jan 062014
 
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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
  • Cook in their pizza Kitchen Continue reading »

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Aug 232013
 
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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
 
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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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This deranged looking conductor bunny is outside of the train ride and the boys actually asked to pose for this one.  Chris was forced. Continue reading »


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Apr 182011
 
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I ended up doing something a little out of the ordinary this past weekend!  For those of you who stop by here on a regular basis, you already know that my husband and his family own a quartershare of a condo up on Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH…and for those of you who didn’t know, now you do.  Basically it turns out that his family gets one week a month up there, so we’re pretty familar with the area and we all love it up there!

Anyways, myself, Chris (my husband) and our three boys went up for the weekend, but didn’t really have anything in particular that we wanted to do.  We figured we’d just hang out by the pool or maybe even see a movie, but when Chris ran inside to check us in upon our arrival Friday night, he happened to find out about a really cool sounding event that was going on all weekend long.

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Jan 242011
 
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Chris and his family own a quarter-share of a condo up at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire & that is where I spent this past weekend with him, the kids, my sister and her boyfriend.  We got up there Friday afternoon and got home yesterday.  With the kids being so little, Chris and I spent most of our time with them sledding, in the pool or over at the tot tubing hill, so there wasn’t much time for skiing or snowboarding, although my 13 year old went with my sister’s boyfriend (who brought along one of those head mounted cameras like they have on the Amazing Race and he recorded most of his run with my step-son).

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