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Brooklyn Fair 2015

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

The Brooklyn Fair is the oldest agricultural fair in the country. But don’t worry, besides the adorable little fair museum building everything else was the true country fair experience. I don’t really mean that as a compliment, but it still makes me happy. People watching and deep fried stuff are two of my guiltiest guilty pleasures.

Linc was a champ, hanging out on my back almost the whole time. The kids liked the animals and teh food but they mostly wanted to go on rides. Since I am the meanest mother in the world I only bought a book of tickets, not wristbands, so they each got to go on a few things. As far as carnival rides go, everything seemed really sturdy – sturdy enough that I actually went on one of the high swinging things with Evan. No one died!

The Brooklyn Fair was the warm up for September, which will be absolutely full of fairs, food and long fun days with a baby on my back.

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The boys at pizza and nachos…

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The girls (and the baby) had clam strips.

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We don’t know that girl. Evan just asked her to pour corn on his head. Of course she said yes.

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Caroline was really good at milking the fake cow.

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Those are apparently the biggest whoopie pies in the state. Country? World? I just remember they were very proud of them.

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She would have watched the horses all night.

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I love love love this picture. I’m going to enter it in next year’s fair’s photography category.

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The big kids wanted to go on the “roller coaster”. Caroline was technically too short to go without a responsible person, but Evan was good enough for the guy working the gate.

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She did NOT love the roller coaster. Poor child.

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Monday, August 17th, 2015

Can you believe I’ve done this nonsense for 250 weeks? Caroline wasn’t even BORN when I did the first one. So I suppose I can’t even think about quitting, despite the fact that I can barely remember to do them. This one is late and I had to check my dates three times because it’s so hard to believe a week ago we were still on vacation. Real life happens SO FAST.

Sunday:

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Evan is doubtful that 3 people in a one person kayak is wise.

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Linc loves vacation

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Caroline is ALWAYS ready for more pictures

Monday:

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If you look hard enough, you can almost see New York down the river

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I liked the reflection in the back of that tanker

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Linc is happy to see all his stuff again

Tuesday:

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Caroline is writing a song

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Grumpy pants needed a walk to get ready for bed

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I really, really love this front porch.

Wednesday:

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The zoo was so fun.

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I will never get tired of these photos.

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I had three ladies tell me they liked my hair and none of them even notice I was nursing a baby.

Thursday:

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Lunch at Quincy Market should always involve a lobster roll

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Boston Children’s Museum

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Linc was over Boston (and I was over my poor choice of shirt on a 90 degree day)

Friday:

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SUPER COOL PRESS EVENT POST COMING SOON

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I was really good at juggling, if my really good you mean terrible

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Red Lantern at Foxwoods = ORDER ALL THE SUSHI

Saturday:

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They must have bought those water bottles at Target. Poor confused children.

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Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaap

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What? I’m hungry.

I forgot I had Virginia vacation photos to post, plus I have the post about our fun date at Foxwoods, so as long as I don’t die of heatstroke (we’re on day 5 or 6 of 90 degrees plus) I’ll have more new blog stuff up soon.

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Southwick’s Zoo

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

I lived in Massachusetts for a few years in elementary and middle school, which is one of the reasons I like living in New England so much – it reminds me of all the fun stuff I did as a kid. My parents/school/church youth group loved Doing Stuff so I Did A Lot Of Stuff between the ages of 9 and 14. We went to amusement parks and museums and cities and zoos, and one of the places I have vague memories of is Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Mass. This week we went up to check it out during the day trip portion of our summer vacation, since it’s only about 75 minutes away.

What I didn’t remember is that it’s a private zoo (I’m not sure I even knew that was still a thing?) and that it’s in the middle of nowhere. Our GPS took us down what I swear was a 3 mile driveway to a grass field…that turned out to be the parking lot. But the inauspicious entrance didn’t mean the zoo was a disappointment – in terms of animals they had more variety than our much-beloved Roger Williams Park Zoo. Plus they had the deer forest. I love the deer forest. We all love the deer forest, even E, although after I discovered how much he loved the baby goat farm I’m not sure why I’m surprised.

Southwick’s Zoo had a really nice military discount too (E was free, the rest of us were half-price) so it is definitely worth the drive for us. My tips: show up right at 10 am, park close to the entrance, and pack a picnic lunch in your car so you don’t have to buy zoo food. Let your kid pick ONE ride each (Evan picked the Skyfari, Caroline took a pony ride) and don’t waste money on the other tourist trap stuff. Bring lots of quarters for deer food. There are a ton of hills and it’s surprisingly big (my Fitbit said we walked 4.87 miles) so wear comfortable shoes. Wearing Linc was definitely a better choice than pushing a stroller up the huge hill at the end of the day would have been.

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The tiger had a huge enclosure but was hanging out RIGHT next to the building. It must have been feeding time.

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She saw an ape swinging from some ropes and was AMAZED.

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It was clear they’ve done (and are doing) a lot of improvements/updates to the zoo, which were really nice. Zoos sometimes make me a little sad, but conservation and awareness seemed to be a big part of their program (for the record, this isn’t sponsored or endorsed, I just liked it).

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Not tall enough for anything. Yet.

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You’re not allowed to put the corn in a plastic bag, so we used the hat Lincoln refused to wear.

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We couldn’t give Linc the corn to feed the deer because he kept eating it.

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IS THAT NOT THE FAKEST-LOOKING DEER YOU’VE EVER SEEN IN YOUR LIFE? I’ve seen taxidermied deer that look less animatronic.

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Kiawah Island 2015

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

This is our fifth year in this borrowed beach house, but only the second time E has been able to come. Technically he was there for 24 hours last year, but I did the 2 day drive by myself so that doesn’t count as being there. He drove this year, the whole way, and I got to sleep and hand stuff to the kids in the back which is the perfect start to vacation. It turns out Linc is an amazing road tripper and his presence barely slowed us down, so the driving was well worth the end result.

Kiawah is amazing. It’s an incredible vacation just because of the setting, but the key to a true dream vacation is to have more bathrooms than you have adults. Never having to wait for a bathroom or use a bathroom on the same floor where everyone is eating or worry someone is hearing you in the bathroom or having to take a cold shower because everyone else used up the hot water is an amazing luxury. It’s why rich people are so much happier than regular people. Bathrooms.

Bathrooms are especially key when the main sources of beach house entertainment are eating and drinking and drinking. We’ve gotten pretty good at our menu and consolidating our shopping down to two big trips and then only a few smaller trips for emergency supplies (like limes, and another 5 pound bag of sugar since we managed to use the first one up in less than 36 hours). There was cake and more cake and an apple crisp and Lowcountry Boil, which is seafood and corn and sausage, and Bo Ssam, which is huge plates of pork with rice and lettuce and ginger sauce, and one thousand cocktails, which is the appropriate number of cocktails on vacation. We ate until we could barely move and then we played cards, because even though we were on vacation we are all responsible adults now and can’t get falling down drunk at 2 pm. I like cards better than throwing up anyway.

I took thousands and thousands of pictures, culled and edited them down to several hundred, and I uploaded exactly 100 photos for this post. I know that’s a ridiculous number and I ought to feel bad about my self-indulgence, especially because even though there were 7 adults and 6 kids at the beach house 99% of my pictures of just of my children. But I don’t. While we were in the kitchen, trying to remember specifics from previous years, one of my friends pulled up pictures from a previous year. I was surprised she still had them on her laptop, but she said actually she didn’t, she just looked at them on my blog. So it’s my duty to document this glorious vacation for posterity. Or at least so I can show the kids in a couple months and remind them that they are some very lucky children.

Previous years: 2011 2012 2013 2014

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There is a hair in my lens. It makes that shadow in the top right and the line just left and below center. If I print anything I will take the time to clone it out, but for now I don’t care enough. It ONLY shows when I photograph landscapes/sky at 28mm.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

I am at the beach, where time means nothing, so I totes forgot to do this post yesterday. I’m not even sorry.

Sunday:

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Grandpas are popular

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My vacation started early because I went to Target alooooooone

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That looks like poor choices

Monday:

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Evan and Caroline were REALLY excited about Linc’s birthday presents.

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Oil change

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Pizza crust is his favorite food

Tuesday:

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Soooooo much driving

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WHY DOESN’T MY TARGET SELL WINE?

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There are other beds, they insist on sharing

Wednesday:

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Bleeeeeh

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This is the church where I got married! Also, it’s very hot. 

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Charleston’s version of a splash park

Thursday:

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Caroline loves that the city is full of horses

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Mermaid

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My husband is very much enjoying his scotch…I mean…vacation

Friday:

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I love this house

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Lowcountry boil time

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Hot Mess

Saturday:

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Never leaving

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A picture of me in a bikini. Almost.

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Hanna Jams and reading time

I’m already late for a 10 am pool date with the kids where I am going to mostly ignore them while I float. Because the beach is amazing and you can do that here.

I’m slooooowly editing the 4000 photos I’ve already taken and will post way too many soon. And then next week I’ll repeat it all over for the lake. My life is not too bad right now.

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