Monday, September 1, 2014

Last Week of Summer

We've had one good last week of summer...

swimming in the White River by the West Hartford bridge
(you know it's August in NH when you are swimming & finding colored leaves at the same time)

visit to Elizabeth's Park in Bradford and a stop for Ice Cream, playing in the water at the Montshire
day at Treasure Island with lots of friends
(didn't want this last beach day to end!)

 and Labor Day weekend at the Lake, celebrating my Dad's 60th birthday with family and friends,
(dinner at the Normandy Club and laughing & telling high school and college stories back at the house)

 Daniel & Alden having some boy time, growling at each other

fishing off the dock, Emily & Rosalie caught fish at the exact same time
"Look Emily!  We have matching fish!"
(I don't recall fishing being this easy when I was a kid...)

... and now we're ready for school to start!  Adara starts preschool (three mornings a week) on Wednesday and then Emily starts full day Kindergarten next Monday.  Eek!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Four Months!

Little man turned four months old yesterday.  His big sisters still love him to pieces; this morning there were tears over who could hold him/sing him "I'm a little teapot"/play pop-goes-the-weasel with his feet.  He is a pretty good sport about it all, and rewards attention with big smiles.  Lately he's found his toes and his thumb.

 Sometimes we both fall back to sleep after nursing in the morning.  

Monday, August 25, 2014

August misc.

More baby snuggles, time at the pool and playgrounds.  

 dinner with the Matters & Chens at the playground


 toes in the pool for the first time!

 Alasdair brought the girls to the office one morning so I could work at home

 Emily's dentist appointment

A big highlight of August was Emily starting to swim without her floats.  Of her own accord, she practiced for awhile in the shallow part of the splash pool, and before I knew it she was paddling around in the deeper section.  So proud of her!

a spur of the moment dinner date on a night Daddy worked late

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Friends at the Lake

We filled up the Big House with good friends last weekend and had  The girls were very excited to stay there, and to show their friends Westport.  We have amazing friends with great kids.  One the first day the older kids mastered the paddle boards in a crashing south wind and Emily caught her first fish right off Boathouse Point.  The second day was calmer water; my dad pulled everyone tubing and the kids ventured a lot further on the boards, kayaks and tubes.  
We all sat around and laughed for hours after the kids were in bed.

Attempted hike up Merlin's foiled because I couldn't find the trail.  Oops.

 Emily has always been fascinated by fishing, and my mom has been saying for years that she's going to learn to fish again so she can teach the girls.  On Friday she pulled out Nick's old fishing tackle and got some new things, and practiced up.  Saturday she brought out the gear and low and behold, Emily (with help from Papa) pulled in a perch on her first cast!  Of course the person she had to go tell was Uncle Dave. :)

The other kids got in on the action too.

 All the kids, tired out after a hard day of playing!

Some calmer waters on day 2.

 All five families had a kid going into Kindergarten, so it was fun to see them all playing together.  Mallory & Graham will be in Emily's class this year.

 It's amazing how long they are entertained with some rocks, water, and their imaginations.

 Love having friends who love my kids.


 The closest we got to a group shot.