Pages

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Welcome to 2016

I can't believe it took me until mid-February for a blog post, but here I am! I was hoping things would calm down after the Christmas rush, but they didn't. There is always so much to do and issues to handle, but that is life for you. Better to be busy and enjoying life and learning all the lessons we need to learn, I suppose!

Here are a few highlights from the end of 2015, and from 2016, so far:

IMG_0846
The little man turned 7!
IMG_0856
We celebrated New Year's Eve at Gillette Stadium for the Winter Classic Alumni hockey game.
IMG_1006
It was Josh's first time at the big stadium, and his first outdoor hockey game.
IMG_1781
In January, Josh had the chance to skate in between periods of a Providence Bruins game.
IMG_1963
We finally got some snow in February!
IMG_1967
I took a bunch of photos while Josh was at his art class this past weekend.
IMG_2007
Our town beach looks pretty nice in white!
IMG_2012
Josh's painting was one of eight selected from his school to be featured in a collection of children's art at a local gallery. He's been going through a lot of issues with his self-esteem lately, and I think this really gave him a boost. His picture is the one on the bottom right, "Starry Night." Of course, Woody had to come, too, since Toy Story is his latest obsession. We'll break this one out when he's working for Pixar someday! :)
Joining up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Fun

So, I've been busy. Very busy. I have definitely put the blog on the back burner, which I needed to do for a while, but I am hoping to revisit it in the New Year. I miss writing. I've been a little better at taking time to take photos, but not so good at sharing them. I'm finally getting to do so now. Hooray for holidays and vacation time! Here are some photos from the past month, including lots of holiday festivities.

Santa's Helper #1: Home Depot Santa (and Mrs. Claus!)

20151128_154412

Santa's Helper #2: Zoo Santa

IMG_0136

IMG_0145

Santa's Helper #3: Town Christmas Tree Lighting Santa

IMG_0275

IMG_0280

Not Santa (but just as fun): Skating with the Providence Bruins!

IMG_2828

IMG_2827

IMG_2829

Learning about Christmas traditions and life in the "olden days" at Old Sturbridge Village

IMG_0623

IMG_0626

IMG_0638

IMG_0642

IMG_0643

Reading his part in the church Christmas play

IMG_2839

Community Carol Sing at Mystic Seaport

IMG_0784

IMG_0789

IMG_0791

20151220_161020

20151220_145310

20151220_161238

I feel so blessed to live in a beautiful place, with rich history, and I'm glad I was able to incorporate some of that into my Christmas celebrations this year. Growing up in historic Wickford, New England history and Christmas have always seemed to go hand in hand for me. Of course, we love our more modern traditions, as well. Wishing you all a very joyous holiday season, whatever you may be celebrating! And wishing for peace and love to reign throughout the coming year.

Linking up with Ruchira for (not so) Wordless Wednesday

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...

20151031_095347

... to swimmer ...

20151031_111220

... to pumpkin artist ...

20151031_155020

... to Top Gun pilot ...

20151031_172747

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

20151031_160532

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

Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

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.

IMG_2750
These guys did not care about pumpkins, they really wanted the Wildebeests next door.
IMG_2757
Pumpkins!
IMG_2763
Pirates!
IMG_2765
Princesses!
IMG_2769
And wild things.
IMG_2791
"Ooh, check out that foliage!"
IMG_2794
A bear and his pumpkin
IMG_2795
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!

20151024_173252
Ghost roast
I just love this time of year.

Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

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.

IMG_2650

IMG_2676

IMG_2678

IMG_2683

IMG_2696

IMG_2714

IMG_2716

IMG_2728

IMG_2730

Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday