museum of science

 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

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fun with bubbles

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up close and personal with a bull frog

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fun with balls, ramps, and air pressure

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while we were waiting on a prescription, the boys had a treat

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and we pulled out the rollerblades

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surfing

last Sunday after Dan got home, we wanted to test out the board

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it was raining so we weren’t sure if we were going to go but we thought, why not…

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We got up to Gloucester and the rain had stopped but it was very foggy

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I was a little bit nervous sending the guys out there the first time

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they had a great time

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there were lots of surfers around

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when Dan was out, he was able to talk to one of the surfers for advice

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 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.

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its a fun sport that the kids will develop over the years

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bowling and swimming

kids bowl free in the summer (we just pay for the shoe rental)

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waiting their turn

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not such a great bowl

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Video of Sean dancing:

August is really quiet at the pool, we almost have it to ourselves!

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the surfboard arrived!

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waxing the board

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Mexican Night at the pool

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Dan and Charlie selfie at a Red Sox game

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Kennebunk pond

We went to visit our friends up in Maine last weekend. They let us bring Maddie.

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they have a house right on the water

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after dinner, we took a moon light cruise around the lake

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and a swim

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the next day,

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the kids snorkeled

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Dan water-skied and the boys tubed

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I floated on a raft

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and the kids just played and played

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such a wonderful weekend with friends

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thank you!

fishing

when I was digging in the flower beds, I found lots of worms so the boys wanted to go fishing.

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we went to Horn Pond and found a spot on the backside

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the boys were in charge of the worms because I didn’t want to touch them

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they were fine with that

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I showed them how to cast off and they figured it out fairly quickly

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Charlie had patience to wait

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Will liked bringing it in and casting off over and over

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we were there for a full 3 hours

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just hanging out

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and right when Charlie caught a fish, he spotted a turtle in the water so he handed his fish over to Will

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he was so happy

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it made all the day perfect

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Charlie loves to kiss the fish when he gets one

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and Sean snapped a picture too

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misc iPhone pics

finally getting some use out of the craft room… play-dough!

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I figured out how to make boiled eggs with the shells just peeling away easily – the pressure cooker! 7 mins/high

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Charlie took all his birthday money and bought an electric scooter!

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Maddie being cute

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good friends have been coming to the pool once a week

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made a pizza crust out of tapioca flour, it was awesome!

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went to visit their cousin at the hospital where she had an operation

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shes doing remarkable well

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Will taking a picture of Charlie with his iPad

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we found lots of worms in the front flower beds

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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.

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the boys found a garden snake while walking Maddie around the block

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I thought that was a Ninja back there

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hanging at the club, during tailgate night

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at the museum of science

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beating the heat

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Swim Championship and banquet

Swim Team has come to end, we’re sad to say…

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the kids loved it

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I loved it

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it has been the best summer ever and we have the team to thank (boys in front row closest to the camera)

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the championship meet combined all 6 teams for 4 hours of swimming

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the kids were lined up in chairs

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ready for their turn

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that night, we had our banquet

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they received medals

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Sean received a trophy for most improved

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and not pictured, they received a ribbon for every race they did.

videos:

deep swim test

The night of Candy Bingo,

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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.

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he had his brothers and a couple friends cheering him on

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He was so excited, he got his name in the book

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His first official jump off the diving board during adult swim

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Kimball Farms

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.

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then we hit Kimball Farms mini golf

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Sean had to excuse himself in the middle of the game so the boys entertained themselves while we waited.

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always a great time!

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now for some ice cream!

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swimming

the boys have loved swim team this year

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Sean went from not being able to swim to competing

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Charlie is doing amazing

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and Will is blowing the competition out of the water

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Sean was placed in the back stroke race

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he has only practiced holding a kick board

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he swam under water

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kicking and moving his arms

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and then would come up for a breath. So wished I had this on video

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the meets were long but so much fun

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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.

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Our club had a tween night, ages 9-12.

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So much fun.

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Friday Swim team usually ends with games

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Charlie playing goalie

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