Check out the Gallery for pictures from Ogunquit and from Sammy’s first day of school. I can’t believe he’s in first grade already!
For the second year in a row, the last weekend in March has meant a trip to Vermont to visit with Bill and Linda, and to visit some sugar houses. Maple syrup, maple spread, maple candy, and more. This year, Leanna and Don were able to bring Mira and Camille, and both Amy and Eric were also around. We also got a good hike in at the appropriately-named Mile-Around Woods.
In what has become a theme, I’m getting more grief for not having posted pictures in a while. So, here we go:
It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything, so we’ve got a random bunch of photos from the past month. I’m just putting them all in one gallery and calling it a day. We’ve got the car show, Thanksgiving, and the big snowstorm we’re currently buried under.
Looking at the picture on the previous post, Jennifer and I were struck once again by how much Josh looks like Sammy did.
Decide for yourself…
Sammy lost his first tooth today, and we’re anxiously awaiting his first visit from the tooth fairy. It happens to be the tooth he banged up last year in his bike accident, so we weren’t surprised when it was the first one to get loose. What did surprise us was how long it took us to finally fall out.
A month ago, we thought our family milestones were going to be tooth, birthday, baby, in that order. Josh took things into his own little hands and showed up a week before Sammy’s birthday, and the tooth hung around another month. So there you go.
When Josh was born, we had a fleeting moment where we believed that he looked more like Jennifer, especially with his dark hair. That may still happen, but what we quickly realized was that he mostly looks just like Sammy did, only smaller.
The one on the left is Sammy, six years ago, and Josh is on the right. You be the judge.
Sammy turns six tomorrow, which I’m finding as hard to believe as the fact that he’s now got a little brother. Happily, we were able to outsource his birthday party to Kids U, a children’s activity center in Needham. It was awesome. They’ve got a a huge play structure, which was a big hit with the kids, and an open play area for games, obstacle courses, etc. They take care of everything — we ordered the pizza and brought a cake, and that was pretty much it.
Given the other things going on in our lives right now, being able to just have the party and not have the stress was a huge relief. We did have a minor incident with the cake — it wasn’t ready when I went to pick it up last night, and after some consulting with the manager, it became clear that somebody had put the order in the wrong place. Happily, they were able to get me the cake about an hour later. I’m glad I opted to pick it up Saturday night instead of just before the party! Anyway, the cake was a work of art, with construction vehicles on top and frosting colored to look like dirt (which sounds worse than it is). It was marble cake, because Sammy couldn’t decide between chocolate or vanilla.
Today was Sammy’s last soccer game of the season, and I went a little crazy with the pictures. I think I must have taken about 200, and I’ve posted about 125 of them here. Jennifer went to more of the games recently, so I hadn’t seen them play in some time. I was impressed at how much better they were as a team than in the first game of the season.
Sammy’s team won the game, by a score of either 3-0 or 4-0, depending on whether the third goal counted, since it was kicked into their own goal by the other team. Everybody got trophies at the end. We’re going to have to put up a trophy shelf in the boys’ room, now that Sammy has this and his Bocce Tournament trophy.
Also, a couple of photos at the end of the bunch are from the Playdate with the Principal, this afternoon at Sammy’s school.
We didn’t expect to have two kids to celebrate Halloween with this year, but there you go. I went to Target earlier this week, and found the last costume they had in the 0-6 month size — a chili pepper. It’s pretty awesome, as costumes go.
The festivities began with Sammy’s kindergarten parade. Apparently, there is a longstanding tradition at the Manning Elementary School of letting the kindergarten students bring in their costumes for a parade through the halls, trick-or-treating at each of the other classrooms. Since Jennifer and I were both home with Josh, we decided to check it out. I’m not sure what my favorite part was — the teachers dressed as the Supremes, or the kids themselves.
When we got home, we discovered Paul Chevrette, across the street, setting up the most elaborate Halloween decorations we’ve ever seen. We’d been warned that Paul enjoyed Halloween like none other, but we hadn’t really been prepared for the full extent of it. Screaming fog machines, a cemetery, limbs peeking out from the bushes, giant blow-ups of ghouls and a Santa’s sleigh…it was something to behold.
The actual trick-or-treating was great. Sammy was once again an astronaut, this time in a white costume complete with a talking helmet. Josh made an appearance as the aforementioned chili pepper, but stayed home to help Jennifer distribute candy while I took Sammy around the block.
After the great Easter Egg Hunt and this, we can’t wait to see how this neighborhood celebrates Christmas.