So this post will attempt to catch up on the two months or so that have passed. I don’t know how it is possible but it feels like I have less and less time (and energy) to edit photos. Thankfully, my prolific photographing of the kids has slowed a bit, a tiny bit, well, maybe not much. The kids certainly haven’t slowed down, and neither has their photogenic adorableness.
So this spring was an eventful in more ways than one! At work I had the biggest event of the year (and maybe 25 years) as we celebrated City Year’s 25th Anniversary at the Boston Pops with President Clinton. While at home we celebrated my sister’s, my dad’s (with a surprise 65th birthday party), my birthday, lots of BBQs (both on our lovely newly painted deck and around the neighborhood), and a trip to Storyland in NH (more about that later)! We continued with swim classes for both noah and em, emily for the first time started transitioning to class without my mom, just with the teacher. It’s hard to believe after almost four years of being in the pool every weekend with the kids my mom is now just a spectator. They’re getting big! noah, meanwhile ventured into a new(ish) sport this spring, t-ball, to tremendous success. We already had an inkling he would like it given his love of all things red sox and general joy for wiffle ball. The t-ball league is probably the most organized sport he has taken part in so far, not really games, but actual, real drills like throwing, catching, hitting, running, the works. And he got to do it with two of his neighborhood friends, Gwen and Quinn. It’s pretty amusing watching pre-schoolers run the bases (let’s just say they break a few rules and may miss a few actual bases and might just entirely forget to go near home plate).
emily has lots of great new sayings. She likes to assert her independence, often telling us she can do it, “her very own self.” She is big into saying “yeah” instead of “yes.” One of our favorites is at bath time when she asks for “pan-shoo” (shampoo) because of the ensuing fun with the soap suds. She and noah have also decided that guitars sound like “bampa bampa bampa,” and so they pick up the blow-up guitars from emily’s 2nd birthday party and rock out bampa-bamping all along. emily has really gotten into puzzles over the last couple of months. She is an expert at putting together the animal alphabet puzzle at my mom’s house, she has memorized every piece. It’s incredible the amount of information they can retain. She has followed in noah’s footsteps with loving “The Little Blue Truck” books, she sometimes sits down and flips through it herself saying a majority of the words from the book on her own. When it comes to dessert noah is still all about the chocolate ice cream while emily has developed an obsession with “sprinkles” and will just eat a cup of sprinkles instead of ice cream when we go to JP Licks. She is still an avid singer, often when we put her down to bed she will just sing to herself for a long time before going to sleep. What does she sing? I am glad you asked. She is quite the DJ, she creates her own mash-ups. It might start as BINGO (was his nam-o) and then halfway through transition to the Wheels on the Bus or You Are My Sunshine, there’s really no limit to mixes she’s willing to create. She, and noah, and every other child with ears has become obsessed with the Frozen soundtrack, and the song to end all songs, “Let it Go.” Both she and noah know all the words (or some version of them) and happily, loudly sing along with it any chance they get.
So, Storyland. Lauren was able to throw together a quick trip for us to New Hampshire that included a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad (an hour trip on an old railway line, noah ate it up), a full day at Storyland and before we left, a round at Pirate’s Cove mini-golf. Storyland was awesome! It was everything you would want in an amusement park trip: no lines, no wait, no scary rides (although noah would beg to differ, he did not like spinning rides that made him queasy), not too many extra costs, not too many overwhelming cheesy characters, no meltdowns, and a condo we rented that was directly across the street so Lauren was able to walk em over for her nap! We got there first thing as it opened and immediately got a ride on the antique cars. Luckily noah has a while to work on improving his driving skills. Then we took a ride around the park on the train (one of em’s favorite rides). A highlight was noah’s first roller coaster, the “polar coaster,” which he mainly enjoyed, only got slightly scared, and I mainly enjoyed other than the sudden stop that banged my knees! Then there was “tea” with cinderella (we were the only ones that signed up for that day, so it was a private gathering!), which both emily and noah really liked. noah was clearly nervous and enthralled while em would just go right up to her and then run around on her own. We also got to go on a “safari” ride all together and both noah and em rode on the flying shoes. While em was sleeping noah and I got to explore the tractor ride and play excavators and we discovered the massive foam ball room: basically a bunch of vacuums and air guns so, a room where foam balls are flying everywhere!. noah also got his face painted… his ENTIRE face painted like a Spider-Man mask. As soon as it was done he showed off his “Spider-skills.” emily and Lauren would met us at the ball pit post-nap. I think that’s where we spent the most time, noah was pretty happy just stuffing the balls in the tubes to make sure the “kids upstairs had enough to play with.” Always the considerate one! We ended the day with the water rides including my favorite, the flume ride which has a massive downslide at the end, fun and splashy! We pretty much covered the whole park in one day. And it was a good day. The kids were still riding the buzz from the day at bedtime, so it took a bit longer for them to go down, but totally worth it. The next day we had a great brunch at Peaches and then got in a little mini-golf before heading home. All in all, a great, quick trip!