Monday, May 18, 2015

Audrey's First Dance Recital

We just had a very exciting / hectic weekend with Audrey's first dance recital. I was a little nervous about how it would go because Audrey really hated her costume at first. And I can't say that I blame her. It was itch and ridiculous. The "itchy", I fixed by having her wear a bodysuit beneath it. The "ridiculous" couldn't be helped.

But somehow, seeing it on five adorable four-year-olds made it much more tolerable. On Thursday afternoon the girls had a dress rehearsal. Thus began the recital frenzy that we are still recovering from.

Let's just say, doing hair and makeup on a four-year-old is no one's favorite thing! But it was fun, and so exciting. Plus Audrey got to hang out with her favorite friend, Daniela. Their rehearsal went well  (click here to see a video of her dress rehearsal) and so it was on to their TWO weekend performances!

On Friday night, we brought the whole family.

On Saturday afternoon it was just Audrey and I for the second performance.

Backstage, there were no preshow jitters. I was so proud of how composed Audrey was as she was about to go out in front of five hundred people!

Everyone was really impressed with all the dances, but I have to say the Chiquita Banana act really stole the show. Just took at that precision coordination! (Audrey is the second from the right.)

As soon as she was done, and the pressure was off to stay clean and presentable it was back to regular old bug-loving Audrey. She just planted herself in the flower bed in front of the auditorium to look for snails.

And while we waited for our ride home, we scored some frozen yogurt.

Maddy had fun in the recital frenzy too, and really loved watching the dances. Who knows, next year we may have TWO performers in the recital!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mother's Day Weekend

We had a great spring weekend! The weather is so nice now, all the misery of the past winter has almost faded. Almost.

On Saturday, I took my Mother's Day gift to myself and saw a movie and went shopping while Bob took the kids to visit Grammy in Taunton. They had a really nice day outside. Maddy takes any opportunity to shoot hoops!

I hope Calipari has a scout on her. She's got great form!

Then they played Frisbee in the back yard with uncle Kenny. Audrey didn't play Frisbee, so much as play next to a Frisbee.

Maddy, on the other hand really got into the game!

Afterwards, there was a trip to the park. There may have been some ice cream as well!

On Sunday, the kids (or Bob, really) gave me some flowers in each girls favorite color.

And we spent the afternoon planting our boxes.

It's always great to reclaim our porch this time of year. It makes the house feel so much bigger!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Derby Day!

Derby Party step one: Pick your horses and place your bets. This year we did extensive research. Audrey used the "pick the mad horse" method. Maddy picked strictly based on the odds.

 Derby Party step two: Make some beautiful Derby hats.

Derby Party step three: Invite some friends over...

...and tell them to bring their wallets! (There was eight bucks riding on this race!)

Derby Party step four: Serve some mint juleps. Make sure to have some wine as a backup for when everyone decides that mint juleps are gross!

Derby Party step five: Pick the winning horse and fleece your friends!

It was a great Derby Day!

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Audrey participated in a Trike-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude this week. She claims that she biked "a million laps" though her preschool teacher confirmed that she did 65 laps. She had a great time and raised over a hundred dollars for a great cause!

Monday, April 27, 2015

April Vacation

We did a lot of fun stuff over April Vacation.

On Monday we saw a movie. Sad to say, this is the kind of experience we've become accustomed to...popcorn, stuffed animals, fully reclining seats. We are spoiled!

On Tuesday, we went to the MFA with some friends.

We learned about pointillism...

...and did some wood block printing.

The results were very cool!

All that serious art making deserved a trip to the park to get the wiggles out!

On Wednesday, we took Elmo to the Aquarium to see the fish and meet some friends.

Afterwards, Maddy needed to play basketball. She's still having withdrawals from the (very sad) end to the NCAA tournament.

On Friday we stayed close to home and went to storyhour at the library.

And then later,  Maddy wanted to try to play tennis. This was fun for me too though, so I love that she seems to have caught the bug!

And finally, on Saturday I gave a presentation on architecture to Maddy's Girl Scout troop and led the kids in a design project. This is Maddy' design for a whale house. It's "big and cozy".

I think we had the right mix of outings and was a great week!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Quiet Weekend: Bubbles and Beach

Thank goodness spring is finally here! It's so nice to get outside.

Now we are just a little bit impatient for beach weather!

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Last weekend, Bob and I had the awesome opportunity to go to San Fransico and wine country (almost) for free! It was an opportunity that came up pretty suddenly through Bob's office. And lucky for us, Grandma and Grandfather were willing to come back up here to watch the kids. They'd just been here, so they basically just turned around and drove back!

So after a fun birthday night on the town for Bob on Friday (a Seinfeld show and a fancy steak dinner with the Cahoons), we went to the airport bright and early Saturday morning. Breakfast at Logan airport, then lunch next to the Bay Bridge.

We had Saturday afternooon to explore San Francisco and we had a gorgeous day for it. We didn't even see any of the fog we'd heard so much about.

We spent the afternoon walking around the waterfront, then took a cable car back to the hotel. We got to ride standing up on the outside of the car. It didn't feel entirely safe, especially when another cable car passed going in the other direction, but it was so much fun!

On Sunday, we took a ride across the harbor to a nearby town (Tiberon) for brunch. It was another beautiful day!

After brunch, we hit the road for our next destination, Sonoma. On the way, we stopped (and took a hair raising bus ride) to visit Muir Woods to see the giant redwood trees.

On Monday morning, Bob had to work a little bit to earn our keep. Then in the afternoon we met up for a vineyard tour and wine tasting.

On Tuesday morning, it was back to the airport.

Grandma and Grandfather did a great job of holding the fort down while we were away. Grandma even channelled her inner architect at Kids Build.

I think everyone had a fun weekend!