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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Week 8 (February 17th-February 23rd): It’s All Downhill From Here

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Who knew a vacation to Maine in the winter would be fun?!?! Jeffrey, that’s who!  

We stayed with Nana and Grampy for a five days, which turns out to be the right length of time to visit Maine in February.  We had snow and rain and just a tiny bit of sunshine.   But the kids had the best time ever. Highlights include Nana’s birthday party, hanging out with cousins Benjamin and Abigail, and learning to play Go Fish with Great Nana.

The best part was coming home to see most of our snow melted.  It was a nice reminder that Spring is just around the corner—just don’t tell our Maine family.  I hear today was a snow day!

 

Jeff & Liam get ready to zoom

Jeff & Liam get ready to zoom

Hard to tell if Caroline is having fun or not!

Hard to tell if Caroline is having fun or not!

Cousins Benjamin & Abigail show the home court advantage by making sledding look fun & easy

Cousins Benjamin & Abigail show the home court advantage by making sledding look fun & easy

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Week 7 (February 10th-February 16th): Hello, Frosty!

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This is a few days early, but given how late I usually post, let’s call this a wonderful treat.

 

With all the snow we got last week, Caroline and Liam had plenty of play time in the white on Saturday and Sunday.  Liam’s imagination was unleashed while playing on the mounds of snow.  He was a mountain climber, an explorer and even a pirate on his ship.   He crashed hard at bedtime both nights and we expected him to sleep soundly.  So when he awoke in the early hours of Monday morning (or was it still Sunday night?!?!) screaming and crying, both Jeff and I were so startled we ran into his room to see what was the matter.

Between sobs and getting a hug from dad, he said, “We forgot to build a snowman.”

 

It took us four more days to get it done, but here is Liam and Caroline’s very first snowman.

frosty

They would have liked a larger snowman, one that could support a hat and broom, but I think they were please with their little friend.

Week 6 (February 3- February 9th): And Winter Came

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and came and came. After some not so impressive snowfalls here on Long Island, we finally got a storm that rivals the ones I remember from growing up in Maine. Our part of the island got slammed with around 20 inches between Friday night and Saturday morning. It’s certainly way more than they are used to around here. Or prepared to deal with. We dealt with it the old fashioned way: shovels.

Jeff spent over three hours shoveling. I offered to tie a rope around him and anchor it to the house so he wouldn’t get lost, but he opted to go without. It took him about two hours before he said I could come out and help. I’m sure I was a very useful shoveler.

Liam was beyond thrilled with the snow. He even said it was tasty. We warned him to not eat the yellow snow. The joke was not lost on him! Love a little kid with a sense of humor.

Caroline needed an extra day to “warm up” to the snow. She really LOVED the IDEA of snow. When it was time to go out, she dressed in lightning speed and bounced out the door. Her bounce was quickly annihilated by her inexperience with such a large quantity of fluff. She tripped. She fell. She was helped up and carried. She was taught to walk behind her dad and use his footsteps as her path. She pushed through, literally. She tried. She made it less than 15 minutes. She even comforted herself by saying, “I was born in Florida. There’s no snow there so I am not very good at playing in it yet.”

She’s also a quick learner. By Sunday, you’d have thought she was born in an igloo. She had a wonderful time climbing snow banks and helping me make his and hers snow forts. She’d forgotten all about her trauma the day before and was acting like a true New Englander and not some snow bird!

Shovel

With this much snow, you’ve got start somewhere!

My this snow looks delicious

My this snow looks delicious

trees

Trees in the backyard—because who doesn’t love a picture of snow on trees?!?!

Day 2

Technically, this is from week 7 but she had way more fun on day 2!

Week 5 (January 27th – February 2nd): Just a Girl & Her Dad

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It was brought to my attention by an unnamed source that Caroline had not been to visit her dad at work for MONTHS. It’s true. Liam and I frequently bring Jeff a coffee after we drop Caroline off at school. This slight made me realize that when Caroline is in school full-time next year, she will have even fewer chances to visit.

It also made me remember the times that I got to visit my dad at work. First, at the railroad station and later when he worked in downtown Portland. They were visits filled with wonder and excitement, but I can’t remember ever visiting once I got to middle school.

So to make up for lost time, Caroline has had two visits in two weeks.

Caroline & Her Coastie

Caroline & Her Coastie

I’m not sure if we get there this week, but since a visit to Dad also means a visit to Starbucks, I know a few people that are keeping their fingers crossed!

Week 4 (January 20th – 26th): Blowing in the Wind

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It only took us seven months, but we finally went to the Children’s Museum in Bridgehampton. Caroline has been asking to go for about four months and her little friend from preschool invited us to go with them last week.

I think we have done pretty well getting out and exploring new things and places near our new home. In the past, in the months before a move was coming, Jeff and I would try to cram in all the sightseeing and local adventures that we didn’t get around to during our stay. At least having kids as taught us to pace ourselves.

As much fun as we have been having on our little part of Long Island, Liam is impatiently waiting for a trip to New York City. Some day, kid. Some day. Just pace yourself.

Caroline has fun testing the wind exhibit at CMEE.

Caroline has fun testing the wind exhibit at CMEE.