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The Best Weekend Of The Year

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

I think I mentioned this is the best weekend to live in Eastern Connecticut a time or two hundred in the past couple weeks. Last year we were in South Carolina so we missed it (although I wouldn’t exactly say I was missing it, Bob). This year, E had to work all weekend but I was DETERMINED to do ALL THE THINGS with the kids. I’ve spent the summer learning to drag them both around plan fun outings with two kids on my own and this was sort of like the Olympics of solo-parenting. Three food festivals plus a town fair – and for the record, I only cheated on my diet a tiny bit.

The kids did a GREAT job the whole time. There were zero tantrums and only minor threats needed for cooperation. Evan did a ton of walking so I could use the stroller as a single (although I still got stopped at least once every 15 minutes to talk about my City Select) which was like a vacation for my arm muscles after pushing it as a double for 20 months. I feel sort of really actually completely terrible that we had so much fun while my husband toiled away at a job that’s driving him crazy. I know it hurts him that he’s missing so much. But I keep telling myself it’s not the kid’s fault that Daddy has to work so much and they shouldn’t be punished. I don’t even want them to REALIZE their grown ups are stressed and tired and miserable. All they should worry about is how they’re going to have room for ice cream AND funnel cake for breakfast.

Another breakthrough from this weekend: I threw out all my shame regarding hauling my giant camera around and acting like I had a press pass allowing me to shoot whatever the heck I wanted. Which means I took an epic number of photos. I’ll try to keep this post down to a semi-reasonable number but I’m going to add a break after a couple so the page isn’t INSANELY long. And be sure to check Facebook for the whole album – I mean, if you’re interested in gingers and food porn and New Englandy stuff.

Friday:

Norwich Greek Food Festival 2012

I gave the bread to the kids and ate the insides. Go paleo!

Norwich Greek Food Festival 2012

They both got COVERED in powdered sugar eating cookies

Norwich Greek Food Festival 2012

Norwich Greek Food Festival 2012

We walked home across the Chelsea Parade (it’s a big empty square of grass where the militia used to muster) and the light was SO PERFECT.

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Birdland a.k.a. DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU ARE AFRAID OF BIRDS. I MEAN YOU ERIN.

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

My BFF Erin is terrified of birds. She hates pretty much everything about them, from their flappy wings to their little bird feet to their pointy beaks. When we lived in Charleston (a city thoroughly infested with both pigeons and sea gulls) I used to have to walk ahead of her and scare the birds off the sidewalks. Once a bird almost touched her and I think she actually passed out for a second. So the super-special free members weekend in the bird exhibit at our aquarium is pretty much her idea of the ninth circle of hell. But for E and Baby Evan and me it was super duper cool.

There were a LOT of birds

Admission included a seed stick to get the birds to come down and sit on you

Every time they landed on my hand I squealed a little bit. EEEEE!

Double-fisting the bird seed.

This bird was not friendly, although he did steal all the seed off my stick when I tried to share. Pushy twit.

Baby Evan liked the birds too.

Although he MAY have yanked a tail feather or two off of this one.

No tail yanking! Birds don't tolerate that kind of behavior the way your cat does.

And surprisingly, none of us got crapped on.

Sorry Erin, the pictures were too good not to post. Forgive me?

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