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.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Audrey's Newest Friend

She calls her "Spotty."

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Town Fall Festival

A ride on the train...

..and a few turns in the moon bounce.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Six Teeth Gone

This kid is a trooper!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Kid's Get a Bonus Hotel Stay

With Grandma's Fields' health taking such a sudden turn for the worse, Mom and Dad had to cut their visit to Boston short last week. This meant that Bob and I had to figure out a Plan B for going to (Bob's cousin) Angela's wedding last weekend. We decided that we'd take the girls to the wedding ceremony in the afternoon, then Bob would go to the reception alone while I stayed with the kids at the hotel. Of course, when the kids heard the word "hotel" and they nearly levitated with excitement.

First was the boring old ceremony where the hotel swimming pool was used liberally as a form of bribery.

Then we had a lovely lunch at the charmingly named "Beef Barn" where the grilled cheeses and chicken tenders were surprisingly tasty.

Then FINALLY the kids got what they came for: a swim in the pool. Good thing we brought a single kickboard so they could have something to fight about!

After the were all swum out, we went back to the room where the kids made a disovery of the coolest thing ever. ROOM SERVICE. Not just room service, but room service where ice cream is included in your kid's meal. And The Princess Bride was on TV. That was pretty much the best night ever as far as these two were concerned.

And it looks like Bob had a fun time too.