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May 30, 2017

Saturday was the best day of the long weekend in terms of weather. It was sunny and nearly 70, perfect backyard weather.

Sunday had been billed as the warmest day of the three, but there was a stiff breeze.  However, some of our relatives had been planning a beach day for a while, so to the beach we went.

The wind was definitely brisk – perfect kite weather, actually, and luckily we were equipped.

No matter how old you are or how cool you think you are, unreeling a spool of kite string to the very end is a thrill.

Somehow the water was warmer than the air, so the kids were swimming and romping in the water the whole time we were there.  Although we did turn the heat on for the ride home!



May 26, 2017

We have been right back in the soup for the past few days – 50’s and rainy.  I can’t believe I’m still wearing wool socks on May 26th!!

Ah well.  Life goes on.

Speaking of which, with Alistair’s elementary school career winding down, there have been and will continue to be a lot of ‘lasts’ over the next few weeks.

For instance, this week the school held its annual Fifth Grade vs Staff volleyball game.  The teachers spend the better part of a week trash-talking the students, and the students really pull together in a ‘us vs them’ type of solidarity.

So much fun.

Then yesterday was the Memorial Day concert.  It was Alistair’s final one, but it was also Larson’s first one.

Yes, I brought tissues. And yes, I used them.



May 23, 2017

One month from yesterday is the last day of school.  That means one month from today is the first day of summer break.

The boys will go to two weeks of camp each and we are taking a family vacation in late June and another in late July.

Which does not mean that they won’t be moaning “I’m boooored” on a regular basis.

A few years ago I wrote about my summer strategy:  Craft Tuesdays and a bored jar.

Craft Tuesdays have some what fallen by the wayside, but the Bored Jar is still going strong.  We use it year-round, actually.

But from 2014 to today the boys have grown, obviously.  So I have updated the items in the jar to suit.

The other thing we are doing is the 100 Day Project. Alistair, Larson and I are all participating in this one.

The original intent was to start over the winter, but we are starting on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and ending 100 days later, on the Monday of Labor Day weekend.

Our goal is to do at least one creative thing each day.

We bought sketchbooks to document our projects, and for things that happen in the third dimension (building, making, etc) we will take photos and put them in the books.

We are pretty excited to begin!



May 16, 2017

Sunday was Mother’s Day and we had Red Sox tickets.

Unfortunately the weather was …. awful.

Rainy, windy and 45 degrees – 30 with the wind chill.


Adding insult to injury, the seats were phenomenal.

We lasted exactly two hours (three full innings) before we had had enough.

Today is sunny and 75, and they are called for 90+ degrees later this week.

30 on Sunday, 75 on Tuesday, 90 on Thursday. Yup, that’s springtime in New England.



May 11, 2017

We went to Alistair’s spring violin concert last night.

This year the fifth grade strings, the fifth grade band, and a handchime group from one of the elementary schools had their concerts together, one at a time.  So it was really three concerts for the price of one 🙂


May 5, 2017

The kindergarten classes have spent the last few weeks working on a construction project.

Each class discussed things that would make our town better.

Some classes opted to redesign the entire town from scratch – adding things like a waterpark, a zipline across the river, and a petting zoo (among others) – another decided that it already has all the right things, they just need to be relocated, and so on.

Larson’s class thought that all that’s really missing is a single building – the Everything Factory and Museum.

On the inside there’s a candy factory, a cookie factory, a playground equipment factory, and a few other things.

He was very impressed with himself, as was I.

Also yesterday was May 4th. That is to say, May the Fourth. Also known as Star Wars day.  (As in, ‘may the fourth be with you).

My office does a weekly snacktime, sort of a social hour for the staff. This week’s theme was Star Wars, naturally. I work with some clever people.


May 1, 2017

Larson went on his first field trip on Friday – first field trip, first ride on a school bus. I was selected to chaperone.

Then on Saturday he had his first baseball game!

On Sunday Alistair and I met up with some friends to check out Harvard University’s ArtsFirst festival.  Usually we go to Somerville Open Studios together, which is next weekend, but this year we both are double-booked all weekend. This was a nice alternative.