Monday, September 28, 2009

Marathon Weekend of Fun

I'm already growing behind in documenting our weekend adventures! There never seems to be enough hours in the day to get the essentials done, never mind the extras. But we'd rather spend time out enjoying ourselves than sitting at home doing all of our never-ending projects so time slips by very quickly and nothing seems to get accomplished but a good deal of fun! We spent a jam-packed weekend starting out with some friends at Edaville Railroad and then onto Boston where we stayed over and spent the rest of the weekend wandering the city. Here's some evidence:

Eamon very much loves Thomas the Train (really, any train, or ANY machine of any type right now but trains have a special place in his heart). Edaville had a Day Out With Thomas which we couldn't miss! The train ride itself was pretty slow-going but the boys got to meet Thomas in the "flesh", er... metal, and really enjoyed the rides! In the top middle you can see the Thomas character "Sir Topham Hat" who was extremely creepy looking but the big boys didn't seem to mind. Eamon was a little less thrilled to see him though he did finally approach him for a minute!

The big boys are pretty much past Thomas at this age, but they REALLY enjoyed all the rides. Even Eamon was super excited about them and went on every one he could! Colin and Liam had their first taste of the ferris wheel which thrilled them. I sat out some of the more raucous rides, hoping not to scramble the baby too much, giving Christopher the distince pleasure of going it alone on all the nausea-inducing ones! Liam and I did ride the rocket one together which he loved and I took a mild swing on the teacups with the bigger two. They all proved to be budding Red Barons and loved the airplanes on the way out!

The boys are really into space right now so after an exhuberant night in the hotel (we had a nice corner room of windows and the boys spent countless hours staring off into the night cityscape--free entertainment!) After a mandatory outing to the heated pool in the morning, we walked to the Museum of Science to check out their newest exhibits. Even Chris was impressed with the virtual space ride and we spent quite a bit of time going through the new Black Holes exhibit which had something for everyone (even Eamon, who spent most of his time there weaving his stroller maniacally between other patrons, much to his glee). In the end, though, they were happiest just riding the T around which was even more fun, they assured us, than an outing to the Curious George bookstore. Next time, we save our money and just buy them their own Charlie cards and set them free.

A true testament to the weekend! Liam fell asleep practically standing up about one minute after we got into the house on Sunday night! And the rest of us weren't far behind!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Soccer stars

The big boys started soccer this week and loved their first practice. They have strict instructions not to fight with each other on the field and so far they have made good on it! We'll see how the first game goes on Saturday though!

Liam was thrilled that his best buddy Emma was on his team and her dad is the coach!

Colin looking like a pro even though he's never kicked a ball around before!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Big changes afoot.

The biggest news is that Colin started Kindergarten! He got a TINY bit nervous on the way into the bus, but said he had a great day after that. He loves his teacher and already made her two drawings after he got off the bus!

The biggest news "afoot" for the litte guy is that we bought everyone new school shoes and he just HAD to have "Melmo slippers". We generally vow not to buy character-themed clothing items.. but here is the little guy in Spiderman jammies and his new Elmo slippers. He loves them so much that he wore them to the bus stop this morning to see Colin off!

The big boys actually working together, helping daddy set up their new bunk beds!!

Eamon, not so much helping, as... wreaking havoc on the pile of screws and such.
Mr. Top-Bunk. He is THRILLED to be the "big guy" and they are getting used to having to share a space in anticipation of the New Baby taking over Liam's room. There's a bit more talking before they fall asleep, but once Liam goes back to preschool next week, I think they'll be too tired to cause any trouble at bedtime!

Mr. Bottom-Bunk. Doesn't he look so tiny in that huge bed?!?!?!

Off Colin goes... college can't be far off at this point...

Last Hurrah

We invited a few friends over to the pool for a little impromptu party to celebrate the last days of freedom before school started. I think there were 16 kids there, 14 under five! I was too busy to snap many photos (and seemingly none of our own brood), but they had a ton of fun. Mostly squirting each other, jumping off the diving board, playing soccer on the lawn and eating snacks that other mothers brought (always better than your own!)
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