Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grounded



This is the  short version of what happened to me yesterday.
Um Mom, you are not supposed to be eating cookies. MOM, SUGAR!!!
Fine then, put down the phone because you just lost Facebook for 2 hours...no 2 days.
They lose TV and Internet as punishment so in reality this is fitting.
I posted my farewell on my wall and explained to my friends that I lost my FB privileges for 2 days. See you on Friday.
I, of course, wanted to take my punishment as the kids would so after tucking them into bed I stomped down the stairs yelling It isn't fair. I am bored. Great, I hope you are happy because I have NOTHING to do now. Their reply was Oh Well and I don't want to hear it. Followed of course by Goodnight, God bless you,  I love you.
I couldn't have made up a more perfect role reversal.
I even deleted the app from my phone with Ava so she knows I am taking my punishment seriously.
You got to live by the rules you want them to follow.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Great Wolf Lodge


Where do I even begin??
If you have kids work hard and save a lot of money. It isn't cheap but it was like a small scale Disney World to my family. We haven't done anything cool like this in a long time. 
We checked into a 1st floor room who's door opened to this crazy play area with bowling, air hockey, snack bar, mini golf and this climbing course that Olivia did from morning until night.




2 water parks inside. We rode water slides, cruised the lazy river and soaked in a giant hot tub.



We were lucky enough to book the Birthday package so when we arrived there was a happy Birthday poster on our door and this birthday party awaited us inside. After dinner and our private birthday party we were back at it playing Magi-quest. Sort of a magical scavenger hunt for clues to solve 10 quests and adventures.




Ava was knighted after becoming a Magi-Master. Hard to explain but worth the $40 trust me.


Exhausted doesn't even begin to explain this last 5 minute photo but worth every minute.


Finding My Self

Libra:
Courage is your secret weapon as the fixed Taurus New Moon fortifies your 8th House of Transformation. You have enough staying power to stick to your position long enough to discover significant truths about who you really are at your core. This is not about anyone else, although others may come into your life to push you deeper and pull you into uncomfortable emotional realms. Have faith; you can emerge from this challenging phase with important insights that positively impact your everyday life if you're willing to trust the process.

Mother's Day and Canobie Lake Park

I am writing this well after Mother's day. Blog catch up of sorts. Life has been topsy-turvy and I would like to get to a point where I live more in the current moment. That is harder than I thought. 
I would like to document for future times but I want to also live. 
Maybe someday my kids will read this blog and see their lives in a totally different view. 
I hope they see how much I love them and lived everyday for them.
Anyway....
I came home of Mother's day Eve we will call it to find my sneaky family sitting at a brand new picnic table. I had mentioned it and wanted one from Chippy but honestly put that thought away because my Mom has done tons of stuff for me lately to keep my ass out of the fire and I couldn't possibly ask for 1 more thing. 
This box was also filled with poems and love notes from all my kids. Addy and Lilly included. 
God can I cry any more lately?? 
This is the side effect of bottling up shit for 42 years and finally deciding to be true to yourself. 
The girls even picked out the table cloth and lantern. Love it all.
We have spend many evenings doing homework and eating dinner outside all ready in the few weeks since we got it. That is exactly what I had hoped for. 


The next day we headed to Canobie Lake Park. We slept late and headed out late and arrived to the longest line I have ever seen there but you know what? I let it go. We went to be together and the kids were happy riding 5 rides, 10 rides, whatever. It's about the journey isn't it?

Crazy Nana stood with both girls outside the Boston Tea party and got soaked. Ava and I rode the water tube ride. haunted house, Pirate ship? Sure. We didn't get on any roller coasters but we had fun.



Even a little hula-hoop dance party for Ava. She's pretty good!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

12 Mile Bioreserve Hike


Last weekend I decided to try this hike I had been reading about in a woman's hiking group I joined. It was a 12 hike loop but they had vans about every 2-3 miles with snacks, water and rides back if you needed it. I thought this was a great idea for the longest hike I had ever done. 
The day was beautiful. The area was beautiful.
I will say I was a little overwhelmed with the amount of people. I love being outdoors but like the quiet. Listening to the leaves under my feel and the wind in the trees is a big part of it. 
I also needed some time in my head and the woods is good for that.
As we started out we were on a single file path and soon I found myself tucked behind 2 older gentleman who wanted to chat about real estate. 
I just couldn't so I popped in my head phones and Lady Gaga took over for a little while. Soon we moved onto a more conventional dirt road and people started to fan out.
I soon found my niche in the front with 4-5 other people from hiking clubs in Northern Mass and Rhode Island. We covered some ground pretty quick and after reaching the first stop we moved ahead without a break. Conversation started but at a level I was happier with. We shared stories of hikes and other adventures. 
This was more what I was looking for. 





This Fire tower was pretty cool but about 10 miles in and I decided not to take the trek to the top. All those stairs and the height might have been the end for me. Good place for a rest while others checked it out.
This place is huge and I was happy to have a map to maybe return with Lilly.
I was a little confused on the route and was happy they extra marked it with neon pick signs and tape. Also we were told we were allowed into areas not normally open to the public including a gun club.
I prefer not to be hiking around so much gun fire.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Mystic Aquarium

I have been to Mystic to shop at the little Village but never to the aquarium and never to the Old Seaport. Why? I do not know.
Friday we headed there with the Guay's. What a crazy fun gang to travel with.


The aquarium was great and mostly outside which was a little chilly but awesome. We saw so many animals both from above water and below.









After the Aquarium we headed into the Old Seaport Village and had an excellent dinner at Mystic Pizza. I had to bow my head and admit I had never seen the movie BUT on a plus side the pizza was great. I told Kelly I guess now we need to have a pajama party and see this movie. Her daughter Hanna advised me that grown ups can't have sleep overs because all they do is say "It's time for bed, it's time for bed." Oh Ava....I mean Hanna.
I have added this area to a bucket list of places to come and stroll someday. Grown up adventure #2176.

Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44
05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05
06/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26
06/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05
07/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52
08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31
08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30
10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10
05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17
05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50
08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37
10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00
09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31
10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20
08/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29
05/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
06/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04 14:35
09/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24 12:02
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41 12:10
11/27/14 Turkey Trot in VA 5K 35:22 11:23
12/06/14 Jingle Jog 5K 34:42 11:11
03/29/15 Thomas Guinta Memorial 5K 34:14 11:03
04/19/15 St. Margaret's 5K 31:11 10:21