Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Carving Pumpkins

We almost ran out of time to carve our pumpkins but we finally got around to it last night! The kids were very excited (staying up late on a school night probably had something to do with it!)

This year, Team Amy-Maddy decided to carve a Batman-O-Lantern and Team Bob-Audrey settled on carving an owl.

Luckily, we had some very dedicated pumpkin goop scrapers.

And has become our Halloween tradtion, Bob got out his Dremel tool and started grinding away.

So, while Batman took about fifteen minutes to carve, poor Bob was still at it hours after the kids went to bed. But the results were pretty cool.

Now if I can only get the pumpkin sheen off my kitchen floor!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lunch Chef

Audrey learned a lot from Bob while he was in charge while I was away earlier this month. She tells me that dad taught her how to make her own lunch. (Bob is very skilled at combining lunch meat, cheese and wheat thins!)

I think this is a fabulous development.

However, the downside to being influnced by Bob's culinary skills is that now she believes that bacon bits deserve a role in every meal!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spooky Bingo!

The Dynamic Duo are ready for Halloween and they had their first chance to wear their costumes today for Spooky Bingo!

Unfortunately, neither Batman nor Robin got a "Bingo"...

...but the wind at the yacht club was perfect for flying!

Everyone had a great time!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Belle Isle + Cupcakes!

We had gorgeous weather on Saturday so we squeezed a walk around Belle Isle March into our busy schedule.

Audrey made another friend from the bug world. Even a day later, she was still thinking about the wooly worm, wondering if he's ok.

In the afternoon we had to make some cupcakes to donate to Spooky Bingo and the kids were happy to help.

Maddy even figured out how to make it a good two-handed activity Right hand holds the cupcake, left hands holds the knife so you can lick the frosting off!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Bob got to fulfill a lifelong dream of his this weekend: Building the Ghostbuster's Ecto-1 out of Legos!

He bought it "for the kids".

All four Ghostbusters were included.

And they were all wearing their Proton Packs!

Bob may or may not have cheated on his fellow Master Builders and completed the model after certain people went to bed.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Sunday

This Sunday, we decided to take a little road trip and do some leaf peeping and some pumpkin picking. But first, Maddy had her swim lessons. Which means that Bob gets to entertain Audrey by letting her run in different settings, all over MIT's campus. At least on the running track, her speed seemed a little more appropriate than some of the other places she was running.

And afterwards, she was very excited to show Maddy the sculpture she found.

After that we hit the road, stopping for lunch at a little local place that is known for their corn-on-the-cob...

...and their delicious chocolate milk.

Next stop, Parlee Farms in Tynesboro Massachusetts. Featuring (this weekend only!) free hay rides!

The farm was very beautiful.

Then it was on to the pumpkin patch to pick our pumpkins and start the annual Carroll household pumpkin carving contest. Teams have been chosen. Stay tuned to see the final designs, next weekend! There was a little bit of sticker shock at the end, but hey...we got a "free" hay ride!

After our official business was completed, it was on to the fun stuff. There were lots of animals to see and a tractor training area. This turned out to be very fun for the kids. The tractors were motorized so the kids got to see what it was like to crash into each other without our insurance premiums going up. They had a blast!

Maddy took an early lead in the race and never fell behind.

Finally, we had to taste test the cider donuts at Parlee Farms. There was a lot of debate, but I think the consensus was that Parlee Farm's donuts are actually a little tastier than those at Cider Hill. I hate to be disloyal to a place we've been going to for years, but these donuts were very fluffy!

It was a perfect fall day. I think we are almost ready for Halloween now!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Because guacamole is best eaten with a spoon.

After school:
Swinging at the park.

And some sliding too...

Finally, ice skating with a friend.