Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Girl Scouts and T-Ball

While we were away in Chicago Grandma and Grandfather had a busy Saturday.

First on Saturday morning Maddy had her "bridging ceremony" with her Girl Scout troop. They read a really cute script about "Making some new brownies" out of the Daisy Girl Scouts.

Then, they took Audrey to her very first T-ball game. Audrey looks pretty comfortable in a batting helmet.

Looks like they did a great job at being the kids' chauffeur for the day!

Monday, June 22, 2015


Bob and I had a great weekend in Chicago. We arrived before noon on Friday so we had almost the whole day and we really took advantage!

After some sushi for lunch we walked through Millenium Park and took the obligatory Bean selfie.

Then we spend the rest of the afternoon at the Art Institute Chicago. The galleries (by Renzo Piano) were really beautiful!

Then more walking. And then some more walking.

On Saturday morning, we went out looking for something light to hold us over until our early lunch with Katie and yet somehow stumbled into this.

I have no regrets.

We met Katie near the river where we happened to be in the right place at the right time to watch all the drawbridges open up to let some sailboats pass through.

Then we walked around Lake Michigan with Katie.

Saturday evening we went to Christian and Thanh's wedding.

I had my doubts that Christian could "wing it" through his wedding planning (this is the guy who says he'll bring dinner to your house but will show up bearing only a jar of beets!), but it was beautiful and lots of fun. There should be food trucks at every wedding!

You could tell the reception was about to get crazy when the grooms changed into their lederhosen.

Sunday, we did a little more walking before heading back to the airport.

Goodbye Chicago. It was fun!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tall Ship

Grandma and Granfather arrived today to hold the fort down while Bob and I go to Chicago for a wedding but we had time for one quick field trip to see a Tall Ship from Spain that was docked at the Charlestown Navy Pier.

It was amazing, we just walked right on and looked around!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Strawberry Festival

After eleven years in Winthrop we finally made it to the Strawberry Festival at the Dean Winthrop House. It was a lot of fun; a tour of the historic house, live music, and strawberry shortcake for dinner!

This is Maddy's face when told that THIS abomination of unfamiliar foods was going to be her dinner!

Audrey was a different story.

We'll definitely be back next year!


As the school year was winding down, we wanted to squeeze in one last trip to the Aquarium with Audrey's friend Daniela. We had such a fun morning!

The touch tank was extra fun today since there wasn't a huge crowd. Audrey mastered the perfect still hand with which to attract the stingrays to come up to her. She has also mastered gum-smacking. When did she become a teenager!

The stingrays where so friendly today! Audrey must have touched dozens!

And it's always fun to check in on Myrtle the Turtle.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday at Grammy's

We had a nice day with Grammy and Grandpa. It was the perfect day for cooking out and sitting on the patio!

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Maddy's Girl Scout troop earned a trip to Build-a-Bear from all that cookie-selling they did earlier this year. Build-a-Bear is pretty much Maddy's favorite place on earth, probably second only to the houseboat.

Meet "Brownie", Maddy's new friend!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Field Day!

Today was a big day in our house. It was pajama day for Audrey at her preschool, and it was Field Day for 2nd graders at Maddy's school. Maddy was on Team Orange.

When her class started practicing for Field Day last week, Maddy was definitely a little upset that she wasn't going to be able to participate.

But luckily (or unluckily, depending on your perspective), there was another girl in Maddy's class with a broken bone, so they could keep each other company and provide some moral support for their team.

And  Maddy did get to participate in the best part...Slush! As she told one of the mom volunteers, "Slush is the best part because there are no losers in slush!"

The Class on 2025, in all their colors!

Maddy had a great day. I can't believe she's almost a third grader!