Posts Tagged ‘travel’

While We Were In Ohio: Richland Carrousel Park

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

We realized this year that because of the way our summers play out, we’ll probably always do warm weather vacations with my parents and the holidays with E’s parents. That means that when we’re in Ohio it is probably always going to be cold, raining and/or snowing, and dark. We’ve made it our goal to find as much kid-friendly indoor stuff as possible. Luckily, Ohio KNOWS it is cold and dreary in the winter so they’ve made an effort to provide us with lots of options.

We visited the Richland Carrousel Park*¬†on Monday I think. After a brief mix up with what time exactly they opened (11 am, not 10 am) we had a really fun time. A book of 50 ride tickets costs $35, so not only did all the kids (mine plus two cousins) get to ride as many times as they wanted, the grown ups got to ride too. By the end Caroline wasn’t even saying “JUST ONE MORE PLEEEEASE ONE MORE??” There were a few other people there at 11 am during school vacation but not a lot, so the kids got their pick of fun animals. It’s a really nice wooden carousel, not the ugly plastic kind we get at the local fair, which made ME like it a lot more even if the kids didn’t care.

I took way too many pictures, as usual. Between the huge windows and the lights on the carousel and the Christmas decorations still up I couldn’t stop myself.

*Their website and signs say “carrousel”. My spellcheck tells me that is not a work, and perhaps I mean “carousel”. I did, in fact, mean carousel, so I wrote carousel everywhere else in the post but I can’t do anything about their official name. According to the internet, that’s the French spelling. I guess Richland, Ohio was feeling pretty international.

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My Week(270) in iPhone Photos

Monday, January 4th, 2016

I’m late again, but it wasn’t my fault this time, I was having laptop issues and my iPhone photos wouldn’t load. I know you were really concerned.

Sunday:

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Annual Nutcracker Conference

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You’re “welcome”.

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Teaching the children naval dominance

Monday:

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Pretty pleased with his own driving skills

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THE FORCE AWOKE

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We play a lot of cards in Ohio

Tuesday:

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Child-sized hamster run was quite entertaining

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HEY GUYS I FOUND OUTSIDE

Wednesday:

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The doc is in and she’ll fix you up…

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Drive thru banking is so convenient

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This is what happens when I want Linc to pose for a picture

Thursday:

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Cousin Christmas is a little crazy

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Trouble face

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More cards

Friday:

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Out?

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I forgot to bring my phone inside COSI, but it was REALLY fun

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Disco sparkle tree

Saturday:

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So many pine needles

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Post-Christmas disaster house

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Post-Christmas ER trip for some face-gluing

I got both big kids out the door and off to school on time with no crying and no screaming, so reintroduction to real life is going pretty well. It’s currently softly snowing outside while I drink coffee and watch Lincoln destroy the house I already cleaned once today, so my day is going well. That’s not sarcasm, that’s a perfectly lovely day with a 17 month old.

I went a little crazy signing the kids up for activities (again) because bored kids trapped in a cold house are the worst, so this week is going to be B U S Y. Let’s hope they wear themselves out too much to whine, since I am all full up of whining children after 2 weeks off school.

My Week(269) in iPhone Photos

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Christmas happened last week and it already feels like it was a super long time ago. I am NOT looking forward to putting all of it away.

Sunday:

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Pretty sure she insists on church JUST for the cookies

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Shopping assistant

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Dropped the kids off for FOUR HOURS of art (clearly they did not make these)

Monday:

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Toddler playdate

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Warm enough for a nap-walk

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This free-from-the-trash coupe is working out well

Tuesday:

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ALOOOOOOOONE shopping

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Good dog

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Good Daddy

Wednesday:

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Blech

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How Linc feels about the weather

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Side-eye master

Thursday:

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Bare feet on Christmas Eve

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Last minute Santa cookies

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An angel got her wings

Friday:

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The only shot I got where they are all in the matching jams

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Disney Infinity for 8 hours straight

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Sticking to the 4 main food groups

Saturday:

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Soooooo much of this

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HEY GUYS THEY HAVE CHRISTMAS HERE TOO!

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Borrowing toys from his cousins

After that week of super crazy warm weather mother nature is getting us back with rain, freezing rain, more rain, and ice. It’s unpleasant. I’m REALLY wishing I had brought my Vitamin D with me on our trip, because I’ve completely forgotten what the sun looks like.

I have a hundred Christmas photos to post but by the time I do it no one will care about Christmas anymore. Hopefully they are quickly followed by a very interesting recap of my completed 365 photo project, which I am probably never going to shut up about. ALMOST DONE!

My Week(250) in iPhone Photos

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.

4th of July 2015

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Happy (late) Fourth of July! We went to Cape Cod, like we try to do every year. I missed 2014 because I was so pregnant I couldn’t imagine being more than 10 minutes away from the hospital. And then I didn’t have a baby for another 3 weeks. Good times.

Our Massachusetts relatives really know how to throw a party, especially if you are a kid. They rent a big inflatable water slide so I barely saw Evan or Caroline the whole day. I eventually bribed Caroline with salt water taffy to come down to the beach and take some pictures with me, but no one else fell for it.

We stayed super late this year to see the fireworks, which was a mistake. They’re fireworks. Boom, flash, oooooo, aaaaaah. And then an extra 90 minutes of traffic to get off the Cape with three incredibly exhausted children and two very tired adults. We made it home but it took me two days to recover from my completely non-drinking related hangover. I think that makes me a real grown up, which is way less fun than being not a grown up.

Please enjoy a ton of photos of our day:

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The parade every year includes a ton of the floats/marchers throwing candy. Like, tons of candy. So much candy. The lady sitting next to us was really worried about her grandkid (kid? great grandkid?) getting enough candy – and by “enough” I mean she felt like he deserved ALL the candy. She kept shoving him in front of my kids (and their cousins) and saying “You have to be faster! Don’t be afraid to get in front of kids! Grab it!”. For the record, her kid was significantly bigger than both of mine and just ONE KID who definitely did not need a zillion Tootsie rolls, Dum Dums and pieces of Double Bubble.

Since my kids aren’t allowed gum (I’m not a meanie, they just don’t understand how to now swallow it) I had them walk over to her kid and give him every piece of gum they picked up.

And then she STILL shouted at her kid to be sure to grab as much candy as possible. Some people are just not good people. I’m really glad I only had to sit next to her at a parade and not live or raise my children next to her in real life.

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This is Caroline pretending to swim. She asked me to take a picture.

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Fun with glowsticks!

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Tired, tired Caroline. Honestly I think the kids have been tired ever since. I put them to bed before dark tonight, so hopefully they sleep in and maybe we’ll have a less melt-down filled day tomorrow.