Whoever said…

…that there was nothing to do in New Hampshire was high and/or never lived here. There was a ton to do this weekend.  I had the kids this weekend, which made it ten times as active.  On Friday, I picked the kids p from school/daycare and we came home and hung out. The kids played outside that evening in the gift that they got from their grandmother. The next day, we went to Wasserman Park, where there is the town beach. We went swimming in Lake Naticook and saw two kinds of fish swimming with us: spotted bass and striped bass.  As we were leaving, we saw a beaver walking across a field, pretty close to us. Since I’m not one of those types of people that will stop, get out of their car and bother the wildlife, I simply rolled down the window, pointed it out to the kids who laughed as it waddled across the field and we left.  We had some lunch and then went to King Kone, our local ice cream shack, for some ice cream and it was crowded. 

On Sunday, we went swimming at the YMCA because Nate had been begging to go for ages it seems. We swam for half an hour. I was very proud of my son, who finally was swimming without feeling like he had to absolutely wring my neck in order to stay afloat. Instead, it was my daughter. I think the key is just bringing them to swim more regularly, so I will plan on doing that more often.

Now to the big part of the post. Last weekend, my sister had her bridal shower. I can’t believe she’s getting married and so happy that she is!  one of her bridesmaids picked out this great place:  The Metropolitan Bistro in Sea Cliff.  The food was good and there were a lot of people there, which was nice.  It was good to see some people that I hadn’t seen in a long time and then I got to go to Noyac again.  I was so tired that day.  Literally wiped and I think I slept like 12 hors that night.  This weekend, like always, I have Plans..

Showers and the 4th!

So last week, the kids and I were here:

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It’s Noyack Bay in the hamlet of Noyack, NY. The closest towns that people know about are Shelter Island and Sag Harbor. We were here when Arthur was here, which made the actual Fourth a complete washout.  However, Saturday and Sunday were absolutely amazing.  We went to the ocean on Sunday and the kids got to catch blue clawed crabs (which we let loose – no animal killing here). Gabby absolutely freaked out – those things can be quite scary when they’re scuttling around.  

This weekend, I was back in NY for Jess’ bridal shower.  We were at the Metropolitan Bistro in Sea Cliff.  I can’t believe that my little sister is getting married. It felt surreal but nice. She couldn’t be marrying a nicer guy and there was a great turnout. I hope that she was happy.  :) 

Its official summer

…and I’ve been doing a ton of hiking and trying to hang with the kids.  As a result, I’ve not been online as much as I want to be.  Add the World Cup in there and a dead charger and there ya go.  Anyways, the kids and I have done the following things together:

Like I said before, lots of change coming p …and I’m trying to keep my head above water.

 

Speech assessments and hikes

So, the big news of the week is that last week, I had to bring Nate in for a speech assessment. The pediatrician recommended it mostly because Nate wears hearing aids.  I was surprised that they had blocked off two hours for it but what was I to know – I’ve never done them before at all.  Anyways, the test only took one hour and luckily there isn’t anything wrong with his speech. I still can’t believe that he’s going to be in first grade come September and that we have graduation in a few weeks from today.

We have also been really busy the last few weeks.  On Saturday, we played a soccer game at 9:30 in the morning.The 9:30 games aren’t bad but getting up for the 8 AM games are brutal.  We haven’t had particularly good weather the last few weeks either so the games have either been cancelled or we’ve been playing in the rain.  I think Nate really likes soccer – he seems to get more excited to play each week – but I don’t think it’s a passion for him like Legos, drawing or books are.  If I had to speculate, I think that Gabby is going to be the one that likes sports, girly as she is, because she’s always been the more physical of the two – even as a baby she liked being held and cuddled more than Nate did – it’s a personality thing more than anything else.  On Saturday, we also went to the See Museum in Manchester. It’s a science center that allows the kids to touch just about everything they see, except for this tremendous Lego sculpture on the bottom floor – it was of the mill area in downtown Manchester and must have taken hours upon hours and millions of Legos to complete:

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Last week, we also went to the Charmingfare Farm and, while the kids loved it, I wasn’t a big fan.  It kind of rubbed me the wrong way to have wild animals – wolves, foxes, bears (no kidding) – in pens for us to gawk at.  It didn’t feel right.  It wasn’t a zoo either – at least at a zoo, I feel like they had trained people to take care of the animals and the animals were placed in as close to their “natural habitat” as possible.  At this farm, there were literally chain link fences and barbed wire enclosures.  It just made me feel uncomfortable.

Anyways, another busy day today – even though it’s Memorial Day, I’m going into work this afternoon for a few hours to get some stuff done.

 

And I’m back.

Contrary to popular belief (or hope!), I have not let this blog die a slow death in spite of the sheer amount of time that I have spent away from it.  My life is absolutely changing – a change that I have no qualms about saying that I didn’t want (and which you can probably guess butI don’t want to blog about til it’s completed but if you want to reach out, many of you know how to get a hold of me to ask). In the meantime, I’m going to bullet point what’s been happening:

  • Dr. Who.  I’m hooked.  First doctor: 9. On 10 now. Each have brought something completely different to the role.  Have to say I do like the leather jacket…but also the tennis shoes with the suit and the hair.
  • Reading. Insane amounts of reading. Everything from contemporary fiction to non fiction and everything in between.  I need to update the review blogs too – it’ll come.
  • Working. Lots of working and generally trying to be around people.
  • This has also transposed into being at the gym and working out a lot.  I run about 3-4 times a week.  On top of that, I do an interval weight lifting class and lately, I’ve added short hikes into the mix.

This weekend, I hiked Mt. Major in Alton Bay. It was a repeat for me; however I’m trying to get in shape so that I can do more 4000′s later on in the season. Next week I hope to do Hedgehog or Welch-Dickey.  Here’s the view from the top:

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I also saw this little fellow on the way p and nearly stepped on him. Luckily, not poisonous.

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Let It Go, Let It Go…The cold never bothered me anyway

Last weekend, we had a long weekend, so I brought the kids to see the Ice Castle at Loon Mountain. We went up at around noon, after the kids had lunch.  It didn’t take as much time to get there as I thought – only about an hour. We had to take a bus from the parking lot to the actual ice castle.  They had built the ice castle next to the outdoor adventures building and it was amazing.  I’ve never seen anything like it. We saw it twice -once during the day and once at night when it was all lit up. It was made completely of snow and ice, obviously. At various points, the ice met above our heads and there were tremendously large icicles hanging over our heads.  Also, there were parts of the structure that allowed the kids to crawl through the structure and slide down ice slides surrounded by ice.  The kids LOVED it and were also in love with the life size carving of Olaf from the movie Frozen that they found hanging out around one of the corners. Afterwards, we had nachos in Babe’s and then had dinner at The Common Man. They had a great time.

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On Friday, I had a 504 meeting at Nate’s school for him. It’s so hard to believe that he’s going into first grade.  We met with the guidance counselor and school nurse and then started things rolling.  We saw one of the classrooms that had a Bose surround sound system.  I was very impressed.