Tuesday, August 4, 2015

18 Years

 flowers he gave me-aren't they pretty?
 Out to see a movie
 Dinner at Salt.-yummy-London Broil with mashpotatoes and onion rings.
 Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Cake for dessert with whip cream and pistachios
recipe can be found here.

Hi!  We are home!  We arrived back in Georgia last Friday night!  I don't think I was ever so happy to see our home in my life. I drove 12 hours the first day and 10 the next.  Mostly it took so long because of traffic delays.  Anyhoo, it was so fun seeing all my family. I still have some photos that I need to go through and edit, but the kids start school this week. I am not sure when I am going to get around to it.  Frank and I celebrated our 18 wedding anniversary this past Saturday!  18 years!  I can't believe it!  It seems like yesterday that I met him on a church camping trip to Whidby Islands.  You know when my husband and I first met he knew he was going to marry me and it was love at first sight, but for me I took a little time to come around.  It is funny that I didn't know he was the one until I was on a plane to meet his family in Germany.  We had been apart for a couple of days and I missed him so deeply and that was when I knew he was the one.  It was a good thing that I finally got that confirmation because shortly after getting off the plane he proposed to me back in his home town.  Boy do I love this man!!!!  He is such a good husband and a good father and I can't imagine spending my life with anyone else.  Here are 5 things I love about my husband though I could list many more; He is such a hard worker.  We would never starve because he would go out and get 5 jobs if he had too to support our family.  He loves his children and makes it a priority to connect with each of them on a daily basis.  I love how when he is tired his accent comes out and he says bath like a person from England because that is where he learned how to speak English. I love how he is just a generally good person.  People come to him to seek council and once he is your friend he would do anything for you.  He gives me the freedom to soar.  My husband is an extrovert, and while he doesn't really like to travel he doesn't stop me from traveling.   I love you Frank!  Thank you for asking me to marry you and for our 5 children.   You are the best!

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Day in Boston

While I have been into Boston multiple times, I had never been to the aquarium.  It was a perfect activity for a cloudy day.  The children's favorite park of the aquarium were the seals.  After the aquarium we headed over to Fanueil Hall which was only a few blocks over.  What was really cool was that they were having a fun summer time program called Games in the Park. The boys played a round of chess and the girls enjoyed playing with some blocks and coloring.  There were people plaing all types of games from Battleship to Connect 4. It was pretty cool.  We stopped to get lunch of hot dogs for the littles and Winston and I split a Lobster Roll.  Then it was time to go home, but not without a quick run through the city fountain.  The day was perfection. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Red Sox's

While it was always a dream of ours to go to a Boston Red Sox's game, we hadn't planned on going to a game this trip for multiple reasons like tickets are almost impossible to get, didn't have a babysitter, and well frankly we had spent enough money this trip.  I am not sure what we did to be so fortunate, but when we were at the aquarium a few days prior a woman came up to me and said,"are you a Red Sox fan."  I answered,'O my gosh we are totally fans. My son is totally into baseball." She then went on to ask me if I was going to be in town for a few more days to which I replied yes and with that she handed me two tickets to the Wednesday night game.  Next I had to find a babysitter for the little girls and Roman.  Thankfully, my step-sister Maureen came through and just like that we found ourselves in Fenway Park.  While I don't watch every game, I can totally appreciate the legendary status of seeing a Red Sox game and in Fenway Park.  Winston was on cloud 9!  Boy was it hot that night.  So muggy that we were sweating bullets, and of course a game isn't a game with out a hot dog and a purchase of a t-shirt.  Thank you to the total stranger who gave us the tickets and made my sons dream come true.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Imagine Dragons

I interrupt this vacation to post on the concert I attended with Winston prior to our departure for Boston.  Back in May, Winston received tickets for his birthday to attend the Imagine Dragons concert.  He was so thrilled.  We had a great evening!  Lucky us where able to get pretty dang close. Can't wait to do this again with one of the boys!

High Adventures 15

And while we were in Boston, Harris completed his last day of work and was able to attend the last two days of the Boy Scouts High Adventure Camp.  The boys went to North Carolina this year and had a blast.  Love these men and love their leaders.  Can't say enough about this program and how much it has shaped my son to be a better man.  Some of the activities this year were seeing who could eat the most pizza in a hour, swimming, diving, deep sea fishing, visiting a Naval ship, and skeet shooting.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Twilight "Corner View"

As the sun dips belows the horizon the light lingers as if not wanting to say goodbye, and in those last moments of light we call Twilight lovers take one last walk along the beach, friends relish in each others company, and lines form at local ice cream shops here in Massachusetts.  What is summer with out ice cream?  I can see why so many flock to the Cape as it is truly magical.  The sand is so pretty and white, the water is warm, and each and every house looks like Martha Stewart took her magic fairy wand over it creating the homes and gardens fit to been in any Better Homes and Gardens magazine or Architectural Digest.  I wish I had a Go-Pro to put on top of my car as then you would have been able to join me in my drive around the Cape.  Honestly, it was all I could do not to get out of my car ever 5 seconds to take pictures, but it was dinner time and the children were hungry.  We stopped in the town of Dennis, and went to a restaurant called the Chapin's where we enjoyed a basket of hot sourdough rolls lathered in butter, pan seared cod with linguine and a white wine cream sauce, and for the children penne with red sauce.  The food was so good. The atmosphere brought me back to when I was a kid and I would go with my Auntie's who would be all dressed up and ladened with pearls for lobster dinners at the beach.  Afterwards, we drove over to the Ice Cream Smuggler. The girls had Cookie Monstah as they say here in New England, I had the raspberry yogurt with chocolate chips and chocolate truffles, Winston had the chocolate peanut butter, and Roman had cookies and creme.  It was the perfect evening to end our day at Plymouth and at the Cape.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Mayflower

We are so grateful we had the opportunity last week  to visit Plymouth where a replication of the Mayflower is now docked.  Going aboard really brought history to life.  It is amazing to think that 102 people lived on this ship for 66 days  and that they traveled in not the most ideal weather conditions arriving in Massachusetts in November.  The ship isn't really that big.  I can't imagine having a baby aboard this ship as two woman did.  The children and I learned all about their daily lives.  Totally crazy!  I don't think I would have been so brave to go on a journey where there were no established homes or gardens, and as I mentioned previously in the post on Plymouth half of those who came over died the first winter.  While in Plymouth, we also saw the rock on which the Pilgrims first stepped foot upon.  I have to say the rock was kind of disappointing as I had imagined it much larger that it really is, and I was also disappointed that we could not touch the rock.  Apparently the rock was much larger, but somewhere in time pieces of the rock were sold off.