A visit from Grandma!

Look who came for a visit?!!! We were so excited to welcome my mom for a visit on her birthday weekend. It was a quick trip but we packed in a ton. We spent today at Brimfield flea market walking around, scoring a few unique finds and visiting. We saw the coast, attended various kids sports, and went out for a nice seafood dinner. We even fit in a little crafting. Thanks for a  lovely visit mom, come back soon!!!

 

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First day of school 2017

School starts later here on the East Coast than in Utah.  Of course I had to take first day of school pictures ... the kids started just after Labor Day. We have a senior, a sophomore and a second-grader!!! These boys are awesome, we love them so much and are so proud of them. You boys are going to rock 2017-18 school year!

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Ben - gearing up for the HS JV soccer team!

Ben - gearing up for the HS JV soccer team!

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Yellow Door

It's really difficult to blog personal stuff anymore.  I'm fairly consistent with the crafty stuff but not so much on the home front. There are so many other social media platforms and Instagram is my go to.  I usually only share one or two photos on Instagram, and the older boys don't like me to post pictures of them at all. My Instagram feed looks like we only have one kid, a.k.a. Nicholas.

I figured I will share some more photos of my yellow door (shared in Instagram last week).  I recently painted our front door yellow and I love it! It wasn't hard to do. It took only 2 hours and made such a difference.  It looks so good in this forest full of green we live in.  I plan to paint both of our back doors this color as well. Just waiting for a rain free day.

 As usual my trusty model Nicholas was game to take pictures.

Yellow front door with awesome 9.99 yellow mums from Costco! Not yet in bloom.

Yellow front door with awesome 9.99 yellow mums from Costco! Not yet in bloom.

Yellow mums are blooming!

Yellow mums are blooming!

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Fun new place to play!

Fun new place to play!

Outside the garage. I took old black pots and spray painted them teal.

Outside the garage. I took old black pots and spray painted them teal.

Seven year old kids are awesome!

Seven year old kids are awesome!

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Yellow door filled in with flowers.

Brimfield! Another successful trip!

Lucky to have Brimfield antique market so close, it's only about an hour away. I had the opportunity to tagalong with Jessica and her sister Sarah and we made good progress. I found a few treasures and lots of fun pictures. Until next time! 

 

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Utah in May

Chris had a work conference in Utah in early May and I got to tag along for a few days. The boys have school so they had to stay behind and spend some fun time with Grammy. Chris and I enjoyed visiting with family, celebrating Grandpa's 90th birthday, cousin soccer and birthday parties, planting flowers for grandma great, visiting with old and new friends and soaking up the sun. We cannot wait to go back. Hopefully this summer and certainly in early November.

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Family day at the MFA

We are so lucky to live so close to a quality Museum. We spent a wonderful Sunday afternoon roaming around the MFA as a family and being inspired. Nicholas is a ham. Andrew and Ben are troopers.

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Dirty dog

This dog loves to get dirty and it's so annoying. Good thing we've got Grammy around to help him get clean.  

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Dear John

We are now proud tractor owners in an effort to figure out a way to mow this big lawn in a shorter amount of time. This bad boy will do the trick. Odd to be excited about a lawnmower but we are. Thanks a John Deere.

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Revs game

The goal is to post more. I was reviewing our old blog and loved seeing little snippets of our life so my goal is to now try and post more for archiving sake. 

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Goodbye Feb, hello March!

We are digging out, or better yet the sun is out and melting it all away.  Early February brought winter and tons of snow. I don't mind winter if there is snow.  Almost 20 inches over one weekend. We don't pay for a plow, instead we snowblow and shovel. Our long driveway can be completed in about 2 hours with the 4 of us. 

Among the routine of work, school and life we got out a bit. Below are a few pictures form the last 2 months. Details below each pic. 

Spring Attitash ski day! Nic was in lessons and Chris is not yet cleared to ski from his hip replacement. 1/2 day in 55 degree weather, second half of day in downpour. 

Spring Attitash ski day! Nic was in lessons and Chris is not yet cleared to ski from his hip replacement. 1/2 day in 55 degree weather, second half of day in downpour. 

Dogs loving the snow, Scout more than Lucy. :) She tolerates it. 

Dogs loving the snow, Scout more than Lucy. :) She tolerates it. 

Chris and I are both pros with snowblower. Chris even repaired it a couple of times. 

Chris and I are both pros with snowblower. Chris even repaired it a couple of times. 

Inside shenanigans. 

Inside shenanigans. 

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Celebrated a birthday and the big V Day.

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Bus stop. Here, kids are required to go to school in snow gear. They can go out for recess unless it's below 20.

Cold days as the snow melts away. Nic is a ham.

Cold days as the snow melts away. Nic is a ham.

The start of College tours with Andrew. He successfully took the SAT. Lots of prep.

The start of College tours with Andrew. He successfully took the SAT. Lots of prep.

Day at the Museum of Fine Arts and surrounding city walk. Boston 2017.

Day at the Museum of Fine Arts and surrounding city walk. Boston 2017.

Snow hikes with the dogs at Steel farm.

Snow hikes with the dogs at Steel farm.

2016-2017 happy new year!

But first let's recap the last month of 2016 ... We decided, at the very last minute, to book flights to Utah for the Christmas holiday.  We were all super excited to go and see family and it was a wonderful jampacked trip. We packed very few clothes and lots of Christmas gifts. While in Utah we attended family dinners, skied Alta and Snow Basin, church, visits with grandma's and cousins, and the movies. We even snuck in food you can't get in Massachusetts a.k.a. Cafe Rio.

We came back mid week and still had plenty of holiday break here in Massachusetts. Leslie was kind enough to take the dogs for our impromptu trip. We drove up to retrieve the dogs and had a nice lunch and afternoon catching up with Leslie and Billy. 

For New Year's Eve, Chris and I headed into New York City to see Phish at Madison Square Garden. It was a 3-1/2 hour drive there. We waited in line and scored show posters and really enjoyed a nice long unique concert. After the show we headed to promptly home, another 3 1/2 hour drive back. New Year's eve drivers are nuts and we won't likely do that again.  Plus, all nighters are harder and harder to do, I like sleep . However in all and as expected, it was awesome!

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