Tired, Sniffley, and Halfway

Ok, it’s been a crazy week.  I’m tired and sniffley and my head is pounding.  Why?  Lack of sleep caught up to me and a weekend with 12 year olds wore me out I guess.  And maybe the hotel and travel got me sick, who knows?  I just need a tissue every 15 minutes and I’m good to go.

After a down and back trip to Boston on Thursday (thanks to Mom for riding/driving along, and no thanks to Mother Nature – sheets of rain are not ideal for travelling 500 miles in a day), and 4 1/2 hours of sleep (would have been 5 1/2 but we were so focused on getting home we forgot to swing by and pick up Mom’s truck at her school where I had picked her up earlier that day – whoops! We got home and realized her truck wasn’t in the driveway – turned around and drove 20 min to go get it), I headed off to chaperone my cousin’s 6th grade class trip.

We had a weekend jam packed of touristy things to do from dusk to dawn for three days.  So much fun, but so exhausting!
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Came home on Monday to a rambunctious toddler and an annoyed boyfriend – just our luck that the one weekend I’m gone and don’t have cell service to communicate that the wood guy calls and has our load of wood (you know, for the wood stove in the house we don’t have yet) so he had to deal with all that without me.  Mom and Dad ordered wood last year and it came so late that some of it wasn’t dried yet.  So we wanted to make sure we didn’t get it too late this year – well, it’s here and Steve’s already cutting it up (best boyfriend ever) and that means a warm and cozy wood stove heated house this winter, yay!  Wood’s much cheaper than burning oil, so you can imagine this makes me very happy – you know, since we’ll have a nice big morgage to pay come this fall.

Speaking of the house, I’m halfway thru my 6 month saving period and I’ve saved 57% of the down payment…

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I have June, July, & August left to save up the rest – that’s $1417 each month.  Seems very doable since this is the savings breakdown for each of the past 3 months:

  • March $1800
  • April $1500
  • May $2450

I splurged on a new bathing suit for this summer (you know, since the 9 I already have aren’t enough), and I have a race to register for, but other than that (oh and some gifts for three birthday girls this month), it’s serious lock down on my wallet.  Essenials only!!  I was good in Montreal too, only spent $ on two drinks at dinner the last night we were there, oh and a souvenir for Mom and Dad.  I brought Avery back a plush Turtle from a carnival game we (my cousin, his friends, and I) played at La Ronde the last day of the trip, and Avery hasn’t parted with it.  He named it ‘Turdy’… yup, you read that right – bet you can’t say it without smiling, lol.  It’s green and goes everywhere with him.  He won’t leave his bed in the morning without it.

Crazy to think it’s already June!  Where did May go?!  These warm months always seem to zoom by while Jan-March felt like an eternity this year.  Hopefully with the house this winter it’ll be more bearable since I’ll have lots of projects to do inside.  So exciting!

Headed to get Avery and play outside tonight – maybe some soccer, bike riding, and check out the strawberry patch.

Happy Thursday – it’s almost the weekend!!!

❤ Meghan

Memorial Day Camping Weekend

We are back from a long (and FUN) camping weekend.  We spent last week getting geared up for it – MiMi and Grampy stocked up the camper while Avery and I made some goodies to pack.

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Avery was a big helper making apple chips.  Yes, he took a bite out of almost every one before putting them on the tray.
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That batch of apple chips barely lasted Friday afternoon – Avery devoured them as soon as we got to camp and shared them with his friends.  I’ll make two batches next trip. And if you noticed Avery’s face in the last picture…IMG_6491

He also helped me make cookies and since stirring is hard work, some flour escaped the bowl.

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Friday morning came and Avery was so excited…. that he just kept sleeping and sleeping.IMG_6499

I even tried my ‘mommy tactics on him – opened the window, turned on the lights… but he was still snoozing.  I guess he knew he had a big camping weekend ahead of him and he needed to stock up on sleep!  Friday at noon, we were off!  Grampy and I (Mimi had to work all day and joined us later Friday night) picked Avery up at daycare (which Avery thought was pretty cool since we had the camper with us!).IMG_6501

(Oh, Avery looks like a grump in this picture because he’s making a “Pokey Face”)

Just over an hour later, we pulled into the campground – and we were the first ones there! (first ones in our group – we had 6 sites reserved for my Papa’s side of the family – my Mom’s Dad).  After setting up the camper, we headed off to the railroad track.
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We stayed at River’s Bend, in New Haven VT.  It’s very secluded along a river, but there is a train track and bridge near the entrance.IMG_6506

We climbed up the hill and I snagged a couple good pictures of these two.

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I wouldn’t dare walk over the bridge part – eek too high.  But Grampy and Joseph did.

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Avery and I stayed on the tracks and I almost got a very poetic picture of Avery on the tracks, then the dogs photobombed it.

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We put down pennies and dimes for the train to flatten.  We went back on Saturday and we found them all – smushed.  Avery and Joseph (my cousin) thought it was pretty cool!
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To bring our first day camping to a close, we did popcorn over the fire…IMG_6518

Good thing we brought two bags of it because the first one exploded, haha.  Avery and Grampy enjoyed their usual nighttime snack.IMG_6520

The rest of the weekend was a blur of fun… lots of fishing, playing in the sand, kayaking, playing with family – cornhole and woffleball and some new game called KamnJam.  Avery skipped rocks in the water and rode his bike around with Joseph.  They played soccer and with this helicopter spinner Avery would let off and Joseph or Mia would catch.

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Grampy finally caught a couple fish.  Avery had so much fun playing with his second cousins – ‘my friends’ as he calls them.  He woke up Sunday morning and asked ‘where are my friends?’ since they only came for the day on Saturday and had left that night.  He really loves playing with them.

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Avery, Grampy, and I spent hours looking for fish.  I took this picture a split second before Avery fell in right there.  It was too funny.  He had a soaked pantleg (just one) and a shoe. We were all laughing.  The water wasn’t deep so he didn’t get far and his pants dried before we got back to camp.IMG_6536

The river was so low in places that we walked out to islands like this a couple times.  We found broken pottery, dug holes making rivers and floating sticks and leaves down – so much fun.IMG_6564

And Avery and I went out in the kayak 4 times I think… one time we even took Frasier along!

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I didn’t carry my phone around with me, so there aren’t pictures of every second of the weekend, but that’s what camping is all about – leaving work, and housework, and electronics at home and enjoying the outdoors and the people you’re with – and we sure did that.

We closed the weekend with smores… oh and catching a frog – the second one of the weekend.IMG_6566

Thank you Johnson Family for such a fun camping weekend.  Sunday afternoon while I was baking up a storm for the week and Avery was playing play doh, he says ‘I want to go camping’.  I think he had fun 🙂

❤ Meghan

Time Flies

Time flies when you’re having fun!  We’ve had a busy week.  I can’t  believe it’s Friday already!  Last week I was super busy with work, followed by a weekend in Mass, and a fun week of nightly shenanigans. Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to…

Friday: First Snow!
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On Friday we had our first snowfall!  It has snowed a couple times, but this was the first time it stuck, so Avery went running outside to play before school on Friday.  He was so excited and every morning since has been ddisappointed when there isn’t any new snow.

I was super thrilled the snow had held off until now because I had just got snow boots for Avery the weekend before (Thanks Joayn!).  But I was also a bad mommy and hadn’t got Avery snow pants yet this season, so I sent him to school with his from last year.  They fit, but barely.  So what did I do that weekend?  I found him new snow pants!

Weekend: Visiting friends in Mass
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Avery spent the weekend with his Dad and Grandma in Mass, so I took advantage and made a weekend of it, crashing at my friends Erin & Andrew’s new house.  Steve came with me and we were put to work with a couple projects, did some Christmas shopping in NH (tax free!) and played some fun games Saturday night with yummy hot cider drinks in front of the fire.  After a nice breakfast out Saturday morning and more helping with the house, we headed off to pick Avery up.

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We had such a fun weekend, and it went by too fast.  It’s nice to have those adults only weekends, especially since I can help Santa with his shopping without Avery seeing, but I was very happy to be home with this little guy Sunday night.

Monday: Tumble, Lowes, PIzza Putt
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Monday night was a busy night!  MiMi had a meeting at the house so we made ourselves scarce.  Grampy got to see Avery in action at tumble class, then a quick stop at Lowes – these two had too much fun driving around!, dinner and games at Pizza Putt – a fun filled night for all!  (Side note, we haven’t been to Great Gram and Gramps for a couple weeks cuz they had a cold and didn’t want to pass it on to Avery)

Tuesday: Girls Night/Santa Shopping
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Tuesday I met up with Michele (Mommy of THREE – no idea how she does it!?), and we had dinner and did some shopping.  We were so cute driving around our carts with our lists.  Avery spent the night with Mimi and Grampy… and all went well until Avery used his pliers on Grampy’s lip… oops.

Wednesday: Avery and Mommy Time
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Wednesday nights Mimi and Grampy go to Gram and Gramps (to watch Survivor, so it’s a late night for them and we stay home), so after a yummy spaghetti dinner, Avery and I played toys and did the nighttime routine.  I would say it was a great night, until SOMEONE wouldn’t go to sleep.  Seriously… still battling bedtime at 3 years old.  I spent over an hour putting Avery back in his bed.

Thursday: Family Time
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Last night we played and ate dinner with Mimi and Grampy.  Avery had fish sticks for the first time in a while and loved them.  Gotta put that on the menu more often.  We tried again to make it a smooth bedtime but Avery was up many many times.  I was busy in the office assembling thank you cards for Avery’s birthday (I know, I know, I’m months late – but I was waiting for the proofs from our photo shoot to send pics with the cards and they came over the weekend), so I kept busy in the 30 seconds between putting him back to bed over and over and over…

Friday: Pizza and a Movie

And today is Friday!  We’re not headed to Boston this weekend, so we’re having our usual Pizza and a Movie night at the house.  Ask Avery what he likes on his pizza… “Macaroni”  (aka, pepperoni)

Happy weekend!!!

❤ Meghan