Eamon and I found ourselves over near Horn Pond this week. We have fished here once, but I always wanted to hike around it. I didn’t want to go home after being stuck inside with a sick baby for a few days, so this was the perfect escape. A nice 45-minute 2-mile loop.
Eamon was delighted to spot lots of birds. We saw ducks, swans, herons, cormorants, seagulls…
We went to game 2 of the season against the Colorado Avalanche with a group from school.
Nap time on Columbus Day
Watching the game
Awesome family outing
I took the boys to the Topsfield Fair on a school professional development half day. It was a little bit rainy, so it wasn’t too crowded. I’m not a fan of crowds.
Eamon loved the chickens, Eoin found the queen bee, and Conor was tall enough to go on the bumper cars for the first time! He also was certain this qualified him to own a Chevy…
Conor challenged Blades to a dance-off.
Blades totally won
Eoin was all about the soft things…
This summer I jumped at the opportunity to help out with yarn bombing for a play in our local theatre. I brought my icord machine that my sister-in-law Julie got for me in France to our final meeting. The ladies loved it and wanted to snap a picture!
Happy with yarn
The play is called Alligator Road, about a lady going through a midlife crisis who yarn bombs her hardware store. It was such a blast thinking outside the box for this. I made a green watering can spout “coozie” that you can just about spot in the background top right of this photo and I made a pink strip that I used to cover a large gallon jug of vinegar.
I can’t wait to meet up with the yarn bombing ladies again and go to the play together!
We squeezed in the bird show at the zoo before the end of the season. They switch it up every year so I always learn something new.
Ready for the show
Ready to spot the bald eagle that lives at Spot Pond
Big boy on the slide
Big boys on the train
At the end of July Farmor came to visit! We had glorious weather so we could make the most of her visit and show off Boston in Summer, with no school restraints.
But first, Swedish pancakes
We picked the warmest day for a trip to Crane Beach.
Eoin and I had fun finding shells and making a sandcastle
Eoin and Eamon loved digging in the wet sand
Conor played baseball… endlessly…
The next morning we went fishing at Spot Pond.
Eamon helped Eoin land a fish
That evening we brought Farmor to see the Red Sox. We tried the Virtual Reality Home Run Derby. Conor got on the leaderboard, with the longest home run to boot!
The final day of Farmor’s visit we took the ferry to George’s island, in Boston Harbor. Conor requisitioned my phone for (garbled, unusable, out-of-focus, videos for) his YouTube channel so this was the only photo I got!
Looking out to the harbor
We walked past the Rose Kennedy Greenway splashpad and I actually had the boys’ swim gear – a first! Glad I was prepared for all eventualities…
Immediately once Papa got home we tried to squeeze in as much of summer with him as possible. We used the library pass for a free morning of kayaking on Spot Pond. It was great fun, and Eamon’s first time, and our first time bringing the fishing rods, and also our first time taking two kayaks because they didn’t have the extra large canoes any more.
I tried to keep us all busy during the summer, especially when Papa had a long trip to Korea in July. We had some great playdates with friends.
I’m not sure how, but we had the playground to ourselves at Stone Zoo with Mark
We went to Chuck E Cheese for the first time ever with Alex
The sandlot league kept us busy
We had the Hall Memorial Pool to ourselves on a cloudy morning
Of course with three boys an empty playground still feels overrun…
We hiked into Breakheart Reservation for a swim and a picnic
Eamon went down a tunnel slide for the first time
We had a movie night with friends
Our excursion for coffee included a playground, a library, and a bakery
And then Daddy came home bearing gifts
Our local library has some good events throughout the summer to keep the kids engaged. Papa was in Korea in July when I figured I could probably survive some woodworking with the boys. We brought our own brand of crazy to the proceedings, but it was great feeling of accomplishment.
The boys were great at taking turns with the hammer
Eamon started to paint himself at the end…