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Our Summer Trip 2012

28th July 2012

Time flies when you’re having fun – this is never more true than when you’re on vacation.

We just got back from a week away to Kennebunkport, Maine and Boston – it was so fantastic.

As I’m currently under a pile of laundry and unpacking, I’ll leave you with some highlights for now:

  • The 5yo lost two teeth during the trip – one in Maine and one somewhere in the car on the way home (tooth is still M.I.A.).
  • The 8yo decided that “smiling with teeth is stupid” and refused to smile in most pics – the ones he is smiling in required bribery on my part. I’m ok with that.
  • Going to a beach on a windy, cloudy day DOES NOT MEAN you don’t require sunscreen. Worst burn ever doesn’t even begin to cover it.
  • There are no freakin’ bugs in Maine – seriously, not a single mosquito was seen during our entire trip – it was HEAVEN!!!
  • Peeing “in da ocean is amazing.”
  • There is NO Starbucks in Kennebunkport. I repeat, NO STARBUCKS.
  • Watching my husband rediscover his love of taking pictures was absolutely a highlight.
  • Having said husband take the same pic I would take with my camera because he had the “better camera”…. not a highlight.
  • $3 cupcakes are overrated.
  • Only in Boston can you stand next to a giant noodle. Yeah, I’m still confused by this one myself.

More to come!

His First NHL Game & Daddy Road Trip

5th April 2012

The husband surprised our eight year old son with a daddy/son road trip to Ottawa on Tuesday night to see the Senators game – his first NHL game.

He LOVES everything hockey right now. It’s all he thinks about and he reads NHL books every free moment. He has this uncanny ability to remember facts and stats and he can also tell you something about any and every player in the NHL.

His joy and excitement for the sport is really fun to watch.

He had such a great time at the game and even made a friend, another little dude sitting next to him.

Of course, being an eight year old, he prefers to tell you all about his fun trip himself.

I think we got the best seats in the house! The game was AWESOME. I also made a friend at the hockey game.

It was so fun!

It got really physical. There were a million penalties and fights!

I got a tshirt at the hockey game and hockey cards.

It was SOOoooooooo AWESOME!!!

The face says it all, don’t you think?

Our Family Vacay – Washington D.C.

8th September 2009

We just recently went to D.C. as a family to see the sights and more importantly, to visit with my brother and his family. It was the best trip we’ve taken as a family of four, although truth be told, we don’t take many week-long trips. Its usually day trips and over-nighters that are close to home. So this was definitely a special treat for the little people, and for the old crotchety ones too.

Our plan was to leave on Sunday 6 a.m. and it almost happened – until I realized that Starbucks doesn’t open until 7 a.m., and I’m sorry but there was NO WAY I was heading off on a 8+ hour trip without my latte. So AFTER I GOT MY LATTE, off we went, and 10 hours, 1 gas break, 1 food break, and 4 pee breaks later, we had reached our destination – my brother’s house. We were so fortunate that we were able to stay with my family – it gave our kids a chance to play and get to know each other, and it gave me a chance to hang with my sista-in-law (and brother), which I really haven’t had a chance to do, other than for small periods of time.

So what did we do while we were there?? We did as the tourists do – we saw the monuments, we went to several museums and we SHOPPED!!! Yes, I got my love of shopping (for myself) back baby! All it took was a visit to the outlet mall and a new Coach Handbag!! Hello NEW BEST FRIEND:


So, what did we get to see?


  • National Museum of American History IMG_2986
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Aquarium


  • The White House
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • The National Mall
  • The Washington Monument
  • The Capitol Building
  • The Carousel on the Mall
  • The NGA Sculpture Garden
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Arlington National CemetaryIMG_3108
  • The Pentagon

Different cities in the Maryland/Virginia/D.C. area:

  • Silver Spring, Falls Church
  • Georgetown
  • Arlington, Alexandria, Leesburg


  • Leesburg Premium Outlets (I WANT TO GO TO THERE!)
  • Tysons Mall
  • TARGET!!!

Some highlights (for the adults):

  • As you may be able to tell from my above list, we are museum people, so we hit as many as we could (all part of the Smithsonian) and we loved every single one that we saw.
  • The Lincoln Memorial was unbelievable
  • My kids being photographed with hunkalicious sailors was a lovely plus.
  • The Vietnam War Memorial and Arlington Cemetery were jarring to say the least, yet important to see
  • The architecture and the city was beautiful. IMG_2994

Some highlights (from the kid’s point of view):

  • Hanging out with their cousins
  • Seeing C3PO was fab for the little Star Wars fanatic.
  • They loved seeing all the fish (especially Dorie & Nemo) at the aquarium.
  • My son couldn’t believe his good fortune when we saw a LEGO store.
  • The Air & Space Museum
  • All the kid interactive areas that we saw at several of the museums

It was an amazing trip, and I would recommend it as a family destination to anyone and everyone. However, if you do go, please…..take me with you. I WANT TO GO TO THERE.


We would like to thank our lovely hosts for a great week – thank you for not getting smelly until the end of our trip:





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