Thursday, September 30, 2010

Have you ever wondered... you'd look dressed as a penguin?

Because, apparently I have.

Merry (early) Christmas, Jokke! Hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

First Day of School

Spencer has been ready to start Kindergarten for a long time. He insisted on taking the bus, despite my best efforts at trying to get him to let me drive him on his first day. He went about the morning in a business-like fashion, ready to take on the rest of his life. He said his short good-byes long before the bus came so that he wouldn't have to do it in front of everyone. He tolerated mine and Pappa's photo shoot with annoyed patience. And when the bus came, he made a bee-line for the line forming at the bus door, without even a glance back at me.

Being the paranoid mother than I am at times, I followed the bus to school to make sure he'd make it to his classroom. When I arrived, Spencer was in the line heading for the kindergarten wing of the school. He refused to acknowledge that I was there, though the smile on his face gave him away. And when he found his classroom, he walked in like he owned it. No looking back for him--watch out, world, here he comes!

Here are some of my favorites from the photo shoot:

The must-have in-front-of-home shot:
The backpack/lunchbag combo I found for him--the lunchbag attaches and detaches for convenience and ease of carrying (thanks, Gap Outlet!):
Waiting for the bus (it had the audacity to be late):

In line to board the bus:

Refusing to acknowledge me (not looking at me when I called his name, and turning his head away whenever I tried to take a picture):

Still hasn't looked at me or Pappa:

In his classroom, with his teacher:

The end of the day--deboarding the bus:

Congratulations, Spencer! Thanks for making this transition easy!

Friday, September 3, 2010

My Birthday

It was my 31st birthday last Sunday, the 29th. Evan made it a great week for me, complete with flowers, back rubs, breaks from dishes and dinner prep, and finishing it up with a new lego house. Also, this great ice cream sandwich cake: I know it doesn't look like much, but it is good. And easy. Here's how you make it:

1. Layer ice cream sandwiches on a flat surface.
2. Spread a layer of partially frozen cool whip.
3. Add another layer of ice cream sandwiches.
4. Spread another layer of the partially frozen cool whip over the top and sides.
5. Sprinkle toppings on top.
6. Return to freezer until ready to serve.

It's a great summer treat. And you can make it as big or as small as you want it, depending on how many ice cream sandwiches you put in it.
Here we all are, enjoying our yummy desert:


Spencer has been begging to go bowling for awhile. So last week we decided to go.

Spencer did it by himself. And was pretty good, all things considered. All that Wii practicing must be paying off. We didn't think Waimea would actually do it, but she was insistent that she wear the shoes and have her own ball. She was so excited. Evan helped her roll the ball down, and then she jumped up and down and did a little dance each time. It was pretty cute:

The White Mountains in New Hampshire

Evan claims I'm a spoiled camper. Maybe I am. But so what. I know I'm picky. The way I see it, if I'm going to go camping, I want it to be just so or it's not worth the effort.

The White Mountains in New Hampshire are worth the effort. We had initially talked about spending a night in the White Mountains. Then it was extended to two, then three. I would've stayed even longer if we didn't have to be back in NJ when we did.

We didn't get there until dusk, having spent the day driving from Acadia. But as we approached, I had to ask Evan, "Are those mountains or clouds?" Mountains. Who'd have thought there were real mountains on the east coast?

We picked our campground based on its name, and we lucked out--there were two spots left, and it was beautiful. My ideal kind of camping--lots and lots of trees, not overlooking your neighbor, no showers (campgrounds with showers attract the wrong kinds of campers). In fact, it had pit toilets and the old-fashioned water pump. It was great. Even the fact that we were right next to the 200 year old graveyard of the previous owners of the land didn't detract from our camping experience (and graveyards usually creep me out). This was the camping experience I had hoped to get in Acadia and didn't.

Here are some pictures of our stay:

The Swift River (again, what a creative name) that we were within walking distance to:
I couldn't resist taking this one:

The covered bridge that our campground was named for:

Hiking to the Sabbaday Brook Falls:

Two of the many tiers of the Sabbaday Falls

Our view from the top of the Boulder Loop Trail (yes, you are seeing that correctly--Brookie is on her dog's leash):

The sunset at the top of the Boulder Loop Trail (yes, we walked back in the dark. Thanks to Evan for thinking of bringing flashlights):

Day trip into Conway to celebrate Brooke and Will's anniversary:

Playing with Jake:

At the Conway Scenic Railway museum

Playing at the Conway playground:

We thought about riding the Conway Scenic Railway, but thought it was too expensive. But then we read that the Hobo Railway in Lincoln was cheaper, so we surprised the kids the next day by going (it ended up being only $2 cheaper):
The kids' favorite part of the ride (they were bored after a few minutes) was the balloons animals they got on the way back: Spencer asked for a cow (that ended up looking like a dog), and Waimea got a poodle:

Brookie thought that the punishment for spitting was a bit too severe:
Back in the mountains we went on more hikes and picked more berries. And back at the campsite we make cobbler in the dutch oven over the campfire.

If you ever get to NH, the White Mountains are a must-see.