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April 28, 2015

The BAA race kicked off school vacation week.  That Saturday also happened to be Science Week in Cambridge, with all sorts of activities and free events.  Larry’s mom took the boys to one of the venues, and Alistair ATE.  A.  BUG.  I wish I had been there to see it, but I’m so proud of him being brave enough to try it.  He says it tasted like an unsalted roasted almond.

The Middlesex Fells posted another Story Walk for vacation week, and we went and did it on Sunday.  A nice easy half-mile stroll through the woods, what could be better for a recovery day.



Around here the Monday of school vacation is Patriots Day (also Marathon Monday).  Paul Revere’s famous ride went right through our town and every year there are reenactments all over the area.  Given Alistair’s Paul Revere project earlier this year, it was a can’t miss opportunity for us.

Unfortunately it was a cold and rainy day.  We had expected to be outside for 20 minutes, tops, but we quickly realized we weren’t properly dressed for the weather.

Nonetheless, we saw some of the speeches, heard the bugler play Taps at the colonial burial ground, and marched with the high school band from the burial ground around to the spot where Paul was headed.



Where we waited.  And waited.  The boys gave it a solid 45 minutes, then my dad (who’d also given it a go) drove them home.  I gave it another 10 minutes, but when I began to lose feeling in my fingers, I gave up and started walking home.  And of course who do I see?


He gave me a hearty “The British are marching!” as he passed.

I promised the boys we will dress properly next year and stay for the whole thing…

Larry and I had to work Tuesday and Wednesday, but on Thursday we headed southeast for a short family getaway to Cape Cod.

Where it was also 45 and windy.  But at least it didn’t rain!  And we did manage to hit the beach…two beaches, actually.  I wanted to show the boys the difference between bayside beaches and outer cape beaches.





We stayed at a family-friendly resort, complete with a year-round outdoor pool and an indoor wave pool.  And Alistair, who first protested he was too big for a balloon hat, ended up with the most intricate balloon hat I’ve ever seen.

Not that Larson’s was any sort of slouch.


But – did I mention the wave pool?  We were on the Cape for about 40 hours, total – they were in the pool for probably 8.



And here we are, back to reality. Thud.

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