First Days of School

Before starting school the kids wanted to make a cake so they made a donut cake.

Kids Donut Cake

This week Munchkin started school on Tuesday.  He was ready to start 3rd grade at a new school.  He is just going to the other elementary school across the street from his previous school.  Pearl had orientation on Tuesday for her new school

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Wednesday Pearl started school  She goes to school on the bus and gets brought home by her teacher or we come get her.  She loved school and the bus. 

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This is Pearl getting picked-up.

First Day Complete

This weekend we went to Coney Island.  We started off at the aquarium, then walked the boardwalk, at lunch at Nathan’s and went to Luna amusement park.  The aquarium is still rebuilding from Sandy.  The beach and boardwalk looks beautiful. 

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Coney Island

During lunch we left our diaper bag in the stroller and a guy who was not quite right come by and take it.  People around us called our attention to it and Nithin went running after him. 

Nithin and I went out on a date to see the movie Sully.  It was pretty good.  Sully is an amazing guy.  The rest of the weekend was spent getting ready for school events or just catching up. 

Last Half of Summer

August was a busy month with events, knitting Olympics and vacation, so I am catching-up.  The last weekend of July we went to the beach.  Munchkin is now the official crab hunter.  He finds hermit crabs like a champ.  Pearl loves the sand and rocks at the beach. 

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The first week of August Munchkin went to a camp to make an underwater robot.  The camp spent the last day at the Webb Institute which is a college for students who want to be naval architects.  They have a tank that simulates weather conditions for boats and the kids robots.  It was an awesome place. 

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The first weekend of August we went to the beach again.  Munchkin found more hermit crabs.  It was the knitting Olympics this week so I was at the beach knitting. 

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Baby Pearl is now fully potty trained so her reward was a big Hershey Kiss.  She loved it. 

Potty Training Kiss

Pearl had super hero day at camp so we got her a Wonder Woman shirt and she had to wear her Paw Patrol hat. 

Super Hero Day

Munchkin went to survival camp where he made is own candle. 

Candle Made at Camp

The second weekend of August we did some fun things.  Pearl and I went to get our toes done.  Pearl was watching everything they did.  She liked it, but didn’t want to go back.  She showed everyone her toes for days, she was so proud. 

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Then on Sunday we went into the city for the afternoon and went to the Lego store for Munchkin and the American Girl store for me and Pearl. 

Lego Store

Pearl loved playing in the Wellie doll section of the store.  We got a new outfit for her and her baby Tyler, it is cat pajamas

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We went to afternoon tea at the American Girl Doll store.  Pearl loved all the things and detail, but didn’t want to eat.  She organized her foot and put flags in it all.  She loved it though.  Munchkin even liked it. 

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The third weekend of August we had my birthday.  Pearl wanted to make my cake.  She did a great job.  She went to the store and bought the cake mix and frosting she wanted. 

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We went to my company picnic and packed for our vacation the following weekend. 

Swimming at Sams

The last week of August we went to Seattle.  Post coming soon. 

Mystic & Beachy Weekend

Last weekend we went and met my sister’s family and grandma and grandpa in Mystic Connecticut for the weekend.  Just prior to that we visited Pearl’s camp for visiting day.  I went to swimming and Nithin went to gymnastics.  When I went Pearl was shy and didn’t want to swim, of course.  When Nithin went she showed her stuff in the gymnastics pavilion. 

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Friday afternoon we picked Munchkin up from camp and headed to the Ferry to go to Connecticut. 

Mystic Ferry

Last Saturday we went to Mystic Seaport.  The kids had a really good time doing all the hands on activities.  They made boats and candles. 

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In the afternoon we went back to the hotel and took the kids to the pool.  On the way to the pool Pearl closes her finger in the big metal door.  Everything turned out fine.  Saturday evening we went to Mystic Pizza for dinner.  It was excellent

Sunday we went to Mystic Aquarium for a few hours before heading out.  Munchkin fed the stingrays. 

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Overall it was a really nice little family getaway.  The cousins had a nice time together. 

This weekend we went to the beach with the kids for the morning.  Munchkin was so excited to catch 25 hermit crabs.  Pearl just loved playing the in sand and jumping in the puddles. 

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Saturday evening we went out to dinner and saw the Jason Bourne movie.  It was impressive we got out.  Today we caught up on life since it was rainy all day.  Here is to a great August and rest of the summer.

Start of Summer

Another catch-up post.  On the last day of school Munchkin had his last baseball game.  The kids got their end of season award.  Munchkin had a great time and had some major improvement in his hitting skills.

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The first official weekend of Summer Pearl had her camps open house.  She got to see what it is all about.  She liked it. 

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One of my friends had her 40th birthday on the beach.  Munchkin came along and played with his friends.  She is an awesome lady.

Birthday Party

In June we ate outside a lot.  Pearl requested it.  It was really nice.  Here are the kids at dinner.

Dinner Outside

For the long fourth of July weekend we went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Mass.  The kids got Grandma and Grandpa to make them s’mores every day.  They loved to drive the tractor. 

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We went up to Amherst for the first time since we were probably married.  We drove around the UMass campus and saw how much it had changed.  There has been a lot of construction.  We made it back to where it all started, Field Dorm.  We showed it to the kids. 

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We went to the Amherst College Natural History Museum, it was hidden, but pretty good.  Munchkin loved all the fossils.  Pearl liked the big purple rock.

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Nithin and I went back to the spot we were married.  It was kinda sad to see how downhill the rose garden has gotten. 

Stanley Park

We went up the mountain to get ice cream and visit the petting zoo.  The kids loved it.  Munchkin found yarn there and asked me to make him a sweater for the first time in years. 

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Munchkin stayed with Grandma and Grandpa for the week and had lots of fun adventures.  Pearl was an only child for a week.  During that week I tweeked my back so we had to take it easy this weekend.  We didn’t really get to do anything special with Pearl while she was an only child during the week so Saturday morning before Munchkin got home we went rasberry picking.  She loved it. 

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Munchkin had a weekend of parties.  Saturday he had a block party. 

Block Party

Then Sunday he had two birthday parties. 

The weekend after that we just went to the beach and pool. Everyone in the family had a cold so we stayed low. 

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Munchkin went to rocket camp, baseball camp, and mission to Mars camp so far.  Pearl goes to camp part day with different activities, but every day they swim.  Pearl says she likes zip lining, gymnastics and swimming. 

End of School & Anniversary

Wow!  I am horribly remiss in publishing this post.  We are about a third of the way through summer and I didn’t do this end of school year post.  So here it goes.

Munchkin had his last field day at his elementary school.  He will be moving to the next elementary school across the street.  I love these pictures of your child doing the silliest things.  This years theme was the olympics. 

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Pearl had her second to last art class in June.  She really loved creating things.

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June 12th we celebrated 17 years of marriage.  We went out for Japanese dinner and to see the Book of Mormon. 

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Almost every day Munchkin goes to our local boys and girls club.  At the end of the year they have an award ceremony.  Munchkin won an award for participating in the art room.  He was so proud. 

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Pearl is also transitioning to go to a different camp and school.  We really loved where she went for the past two years, but it just didn’t work out for her last two years of pre-school.  We were so sad to leave her friends from the past two years.  This was a picture of her graduation ceremony. 

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Pearl’s last art class.

Last Art Class

My friend Erin got married.  She did an amazing job pulling everything together.  It all looked so professional.  Her wedding was on Knit in public day so of course we had to knit during the reception.  I finished my father’s day hat for the next day.  It was so nice to have us all together.  Love these ladies. 

Erins Wedding

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For Father’s day we went to the Strand book shop, Max Brenner chocolate for lunch and then the Math Museum.  A perfect day for Nithin.  We had Max Brenner’s chocolate pizza which was amazing.  The kids loved the museum.

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The kids ended the school year with a lot of accomplishments.  Munchkin is reading chapter books, played basketball, and has gained a love for art.  He is turning into a nice young man who thinks he is a teenager.  Pearl is potty trained!  Pearl still doesn’t sleep through the night most nights and isn’t great at eating, but she is turning into a fun little girl who’s favorite word is no.  Pearl loves to paint and do arts and bake in the kitchen. 

Here is the kids on the last day of school:

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Harrisville & Squam

The first weekend in June I left on Wed. and drove up to Squam Lake.  I stopped off at Harrisville along the way.  I had read a book on Harrisville and wanted to visit for years.  I met my friend there and we met at the shop to take a tour of the factory.  The factory was pretty large.


Here is the fiber already died.  They combine the pre-died fibers to make multiple colors. 

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This is the machine they put fiber in to clean out. 

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This is the output of the combing machine.  This machine takes up most of the building.

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Then just one strand comes out.

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These get twisted and combined into yarn. 

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Wednesday night I finally made it up to camp.  It was a knitters/crafters paradise.  I took a rug hooking class and a sock class.  Both were good.  I took yoga classes twice.  I ended up being in a cabin with 4 other awesome ladies.  We had a nice and relaxing time together.  It was amazing.  The whole atmosphere was just so nice, chill and organic.  I even got out on the lake to go kayaking. 

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Check-ups, Memorial Day & June Begins

Both kids went in for their 8 and 3 year old check-ups.  Somehow we missed taking Pearl when she turned 3.  So here are their stats:

Munchkin: Height 54.7 inches (95%) and 64.56lbs (75%)

Pearl: Height 40 inches (75%) and weight 33.5 (50%)

The doctor told Nithin that he will be over 6ft 3inches when he is done growing.  He will be off the chart.  That is our boy.

Memorial Day weekend was started off with Munchkin’s school having a program at school.  It was our last memorial day at this school.  Munchkin moves to the school across the street next year.  It was cute. 

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Munchkin had a baseball game as normal.  He doing a lot better.  We chilled out the rest of the weekend.  I packed for my trip the following weekend and had to do some work. 

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The week after Memorial Day Munchkin had a field trip and learned about our town.  I left on Wed. for New Hampshere and Squam Lake.  Nithin’s parents came down for the long weekend to help out while I was away. 

Over the first weekend in June all the normal things happened with Nithin, his parents and the kids.  Pearl had art class which she totally loves and Munchkin had baseball

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