Thursday, November 5, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Costume Changes

Halloween was a busy day this year, with it falling on a Saturday.  Joshua went through a lot of costume changes that day. From hockey player...


... to swimmer ...


... to pumpkin artist ...


... to Top Gun pilot ...


... he had a blast being them all. But of course, he was best at just being himself.


I'm pretty sure that's what got him all the treats!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Spooky Zoo

Keeping up with our autumn / Halloween traditions, we visited the zoo this past weekend -- this time during the day -- for the annual "Spooky Zoo." It was nice to check in on all the animals, and Josh loved the characters and Treat Trail. We also saw some of the Jack-O-Lanterns, and some of the animals eating pumpkins. The snow leopards, however, preferred to play soccer with theirs.

These guys did not care about pumpkins, they really wanted the Wildebeests next door.
And wild things.
"Ooh, check out that foliage!"
A bear and his pumpkin
Snow leopard pumpkin soccer (followed by a game of chase)
Also this weekend, at my cousins' house, we indulged in another kind of autumn. A bonfire, with a lovely view of the colored leaves all around us, roasting ghost-shaped Peeps. Delicious!

Ghost roast
I just love this time of year.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular

I'm late again this week, but with a great reason: last night, we went to the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular at our local zoo. I wish my photos did it justice: hundreds of carved pumpkins on display, some with creepy or cool faces, others displaying gorgeous works of art. Pumpkins hanging from trees, over the water, and in fun displays, all coordinated with music based on the display, or classic Halloween tunes. I have been almost every year since they started and am always in awe. It's just such a fantastic display and always one of my favorite fall activities. Here are some of my photos, but you can click here to see the whole album.










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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Around Town

Monday was a glorious day -- sunny, warm (but not too warm), and dry -- perfect for taking a walk around town. People were sitting around the docks, just soaking up the sun. I took a nice stroll in and out of some of the shops, and around the homes (possibly daydreaming about living there someday). And of course, I had to capture some photos. I just love long weekends!








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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Writer's Workshop: Crazytown

This week, I am writing following the prompt: 4. Something funny your child said.

It was a year ago this weekend that Joshua came up with this gem, which I shared on Twitter:

In the past year, this has evolved into something even bigger.

Joshua later explained to me that the place's true name is Crazytown. In this town, people are different, and the technology is awesome. The people are very sensitive and don't always like the sort of things that people from "here" like. But they aren't afraid to be who they are -- in fact, they're pretty proud to be different. They are very curious and inquisitive people, as well, having invented such things as the "Crazytown car," which can turn into an airplane and a submarine, and comes with every safety feature imaginable, to deal with any unfortunate situation possible. Crazytown people are pretty cautious and always want to be safe. The sensitive thing, I think.

The Mayor loves his Beanie Boos; they come
from Crazytown, too.
There are other people from Crazytown here among us, but not everyone is. Apparently, I and a few other family members are, as well as some of Joshua's friends. He values his Crazytown crew; he was so happy to be reunited with us. He often reminds me of what life was like in Crazytown ("Don't you remember that, Mom?") and is looking forward to going back when we're done here. My mom swears he must have been reincarnated.

I love that my son has so much confidence and sees so much value in himself, and that, even though he sometimes feels like he's a little different than other kids, he doesn't mind. He's proud to be different, proud to be himself. He's a leader (former Mayor of Crazytown, of course), he knows what he wants, and he works to make things happen. He has made leaps and bounds since he started preschool three years ago, but still has some sensitivities that has prompted us to get him tested for Sensory Processing Disorder (soon, I hope -- on the waiting list). Hopefully, we can get him the help he needs. In addition, he has just been diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis, which brings its own set of possible complications -- we can only pray that his case will be as mild as possible. With both disorders can come learning disabilities, but we have been blessed that Josh is a brilliant boy who is thriving in school. I think his dreams of being a television producer, or scientist, or engineer, or artist, or musician, or librarian, or race car driver, or a hockey player are not too far out of reach. Although, the fact that he wants to be ALL of them may be... but you never know! He's a high achiever with boundless energy. I hope he always stays this way. And I hope thoughts of Crazytown keep him feeling safe and happy for as long as he needs them.

I'm so grateful for my boy's wonderful imagination, and proud to be a fellow citizen of his delightful Crazytown!

Mama’s Losin’ It

Wordless Wednesday: Perfect Weather

After last week's rain, it was great to welcome some gorgeous weather this week. It's been sunny and cooler -- 60-70F, dropping into the 40s at night -- perfect, in my opinion. Joshua and I (and his kitties) got some playtime in at the playground on Sunday. I was also able to get in a beach walk yesterday evening, after a delicious dinner by the ocean with my work team. There were some pretty decent waves, so all the surfers were out. It's been a great week to be outside.






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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: September

September was incredibly busy, and I spent a good part of it sick. I am just now getting around to posting some of my photos. Here are some of the photos I took during the month, with the last twelve from a recent Waterfire in Providence. Unfortunately, I did not get any of the "Blood Moon" this past week -- well, none worth posting, at least. I tried my best to hold my camera still, but was unable to get anything clear. I'm putting "tripod" on my wishlist! It was amazing to see, at least.





















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