the museum of science has been such a treasure to have the past (I don’t know how many) years. We went to see the Imax theater movie on Humpback Whales. I had no idea that I loved humpbacks, but I do! Such a marvelous animal.
then we went into our favorite room, the children’s playroom
We learned about bones (this is the pelvic area of an ostrich
fun with bubbles
up close and personal with a bull frog
fun with balls, ramps, and air pressure
while we were waiting on a prescription, the boys had a treat
and we pulled out the rollerblades
last Sunday after Dan got home, we wanted to test out the board
it was raining so we weren’t sure if we were going to go but we thought, why not…
We got up to Gloucester and the rain had stopped but it was very foggy
I was a little bit nervous sending the guys out there the first time
they had a great time
there were lots of surfers around
when Dan was out, he was able to talk to one of the surfers for advice
Charlie loved it, the board may have been a little bit too much for Will to handle in the big waves, Sean is just too little to even try but I’m thinking Dan may have loved it the most.
its a fun sport that the kids will develop over the years
kids bowl free in the summer (we just pay for the shoe rental)
waiting their turn
not such a great bowl
Video of Sean dancing:
August is really quiet at the pool, we almost have it to ourselves!
the surfboard arrived!
waxing the board
Mexican Night at the pool
Dan and Charlie selfie at a Red Sox game
We went to visit our friends up in Maine last weekend. They let us bring Maddie.
they have a house right on the water
after dinner, we took a moon light cruise around the lake
and a swim
the next day,
the kids snorkeled
Dan water-skied and the boys tubed
I floated on a raft
and the kids just played and played
such a wonderful weekend with friends
when I was digging in the flower beds, I found lots of worms so the boys wanted to go fishing.
we went to Horn Pond and found a spot on the backside
the boys were in charge of the worms because I didn’t want to touch them
they were fine with that
I showed them how to cast off and they figured it out fairly quickly
Charlie had patience to wait
Will liked bringing it in and casting off over and over
we were there for a full 3 hours
just hanging out
and right when Charlie caught a fish, he spotted a turtle in the water so he handed his fish over to Will
he was so happy
it made all the day perfect
Charlie loves to kiss the fish when he gets one
and Sean snapped a picture too
finally getting some use out of the craft room… play-dough!
I figured out how to make boiled eggs with the shells just peeling away easily – the pressure cooker! 7 mins/high
Charlie took all his birthday money and bought an electric scooter!
Maddie being cute
good friends have been coming to the pool once a week
made a pizza crust out of tapioca flour, it was awesome!
went to visit their cousin at the hospital where she had an operation
shes doing remarkable well
Will taking a picture of Charlie with his iPad
we found lots of worms in the front flower beds
my stolen, Rolling Rock, The Pub glass from UMASS broke. I’ve had this glass for 25 years, moved it at least a dozen times and have used it during daily life. I’m sad.
the boys found a garden snake while walking Maddie around the block
I thought that was a Ninja back there
hanging at the club, during tailgate night
at the museum of science
beating the heat
Swim Team has come to end, we’re sad to say…
the kids loved it
I loved it
it has been the best summer ever and we have the team to thank (boys in front row closest to the camera)
the championship meet combined all 6 teams for 4 hours of swimming
the kids were lined up in chairs
ready for their turn
that night, we had our banquet
they received medals
Sean received a trophy for most improved
and not pictured, they received a ribbon for every race they did.
The night of Candy Bingo,
Sean decided to try to take the deep swim test. He had to swim freestyle the long length of the pool and back and then tread water for 1 minute.
he had his brothers and a couple friends cheering him on
He was so excited, he got his name in the book
His first official jump off the diving board during adult swim
We were headed to dinner to someone’s house but they called saying someone was sick so we diverted to Market Basket to get some tortilla chips to go with the guac I made, dinner.
then we hit Kimball Farms mini golf
Sean had to excuse himself in the middle of the game so the boys entertained themselves while we waited.
always a great time!
now for some ice cream!
the boys have loved swim team this year
Sean went from not being able to swim to competing
Charlie is doing amazing
and Will is blowing the competition out of the water
Sean was placed in the back stroke race
he has only practiced holding a kick board
he swam under water
kicking and moving his arms
and then would come up for a breath. So wished I had this on video
the meets were long but so much fun
Charlie said that the best part was that the coaches told them that as long as they tried their hardest, that is all that matters. And to have fun.
Our club had a tween night, ages 9-12.
So much fun.
Friday Swim team usually ends with games
Charlie playing goalie