July 28, 2014

Staycation 2014

After celebrating the 4th of July, we were officially on STAYCATION!  It was a nice relaxing week and our big day trip this year was to take the boys to Story Land.

Monday July 7th:

On Monday we stayed close to home so that Dad could get the oil changed on his car.  We all drove up to Laconia and hit the Captain's Cove on the way home.  The boys love to play mini-golf and since right before we played there was a fast moving thunder storm that passed through, we had the place pretty much to ourselves!  On our way home we tried out an Italian restaurant that had good reviews on Yelp and we were not let down!  The food was delicious and fresh and I'm looking forward to going back again.

Ahoy Matey!

With their prizes after playing!
Tuesday July 8th:

Tuesday we headed into Boston to take the kids to the Children's Museum.  We never think to take the kids there.  Even when we lived right off the Blue line in Revere, we never ventured much to that museum.   The boys had a blast and it was nice because it wasn't too crowded.  We left around noon and headed north to have lunch at the Rainforest Cafe.  We thought the boys would get a kick out of it and that also meant that we could hit up the Cheesecake Factory on our way out and pick up some dessert for later!

David pulling his own weight using the pully's
Shaun's turn!
Evan needed a little help getting up, but then he held on tight for the shot!
Sitting on the bobcat!
Construction Worker Evan!
The big bubble maker!

Wednesday July 9th:

Wednesday was a stay home and purge the playroom day!  Not exactly fun, but it was necessary!!

Thursday July 10th:

Thursday we got up, I packed some lunches and we headed north to Story Land!  And no trip to Story Land is complete without the traditional pictures with Humpty Dumpty and the weird clown!!  We spent the morning riding on the rides we thought would get more crowded as the day went on and then left the park to have the packed lunches I made.  When we returned to the park I decided to leave my camera behind.  I wanted to go on the Splash Battle and since we no longer have a stroller to push (YAY!!!) were don't have any place to leave things when we all want to ride.  I got all the "token" shots that I needed to get before lunch so it was all good.

Oh No!!
The boys and I after our adventure on the Dr. Geyser's Remarkable Raft Ride!
David, Shaun and Dad ride the Bamboo Chutes!  At the end of the day we convinced Evan 
Evan hanging out while I watch the other boys ride the Polar Coaster, another ride he eventually rode at the end of the day!
Polar Coaster!

Evan and I on the Antique German Carousel!

Cooling off!

My boys with Humpty Dumpty!

Friday July 11th:

We started our day taking Evan to his swimming lesson and then headed straight to the Lost River!  The boys had a blast here last year so we made sure to take them back again!

Even Dad has a fun time climbing through all the caves!

Evan was a little nervous but he made it through with a little help from Dad!

I love our Staycations and I'm already looking forward to next year!  Our next big summer trip is our annual trip to Maine!  That is coming up in a week!

July 14, 2014

Independence Day Festivities 2014

Saturday we headed to see some local fireworks, the icing on the cake to the Independence Day celebrations, which started on July 5th with our annual cookout with our friends.  And of course, it's all documented in photo form!

July 4th it rained.  It poured.  It was basically a washout of a day.  So we hung at home and ordered some Chinese food.  The storm was clearing just in time for our annual cookout with our friends.  Of course, no July 4th is complete without the annual Old Navy Flag Tee picture!

Just look how much they have grown:
On July 5th, as the meteorologist predicted, the weather was picture perfect!  We headed to our friends house and the kids immediately jumped into the pool!

Evan just chilling!
The kids had so much fun swimming!  It wasn't hot enough outside to get me in the pool this year!
The traditional menu is steak and lobster!  The kids always get a kick out of seeing the lobsters before they are cooked.

Thomas is NOT impressed!
Steak, lobster, orzo salad, and my strawberry iced tea (of the Long Island variety!)
We had desserts and then toasted marshmallows with the kids before the men got the stuff ready for sparklers and the fireworks display!

Ready for cake!
Isabella was sad she didn't get any lobster!
The handsome 4 year olds!
Thomas ready to toast his marshmallow!
This IS summer!
Nicholas ready preparing his marshmallow
Can you believe these two will be THIRD graders?!

Gotta get some pictures of the grown ups too!


Ready for the fireworks!
Moe, Larry and Curly get the show started!
Ooooh!  Ahhh!
July 6th, the boys and I went to my parents camp to celebrate my Mom's birthday!  It was another gorgeous day and the kids enjoyed swimming in the pool and having cake with Grammy!
Ready, set, GO!
Boys of Summer!
Uncle David helps toast marshmallows!
S'mores = Summer!

Happy Birthday Mom!
Because of the rain we were not able to see the local fireworks we had planned to see, and since most towns rescheduled for when we would be at our cookout I was glad to see a sign for another local town having them on the 12th!  We had been to these fireworks before, they were really great.  They host a carnival at the middle school and shoot off the fireworks at dusk.  Since it was the 250th anniversary of the town, the display was extra big!  And it was one of the best local fireworks displays I have ever seen!

Evan riding the train!
Grammy is a good sport for taking the boys on a ride that I didn't want to go on!
Looks like they all had fun!
Last ride before we got our seats for the fireworks!

Poor kiddo was beat!  He fell asleep as soon as I left the parking lot!

Happy Birthday America!  We hope you had as much as we did!