Dec 26, 2017 - News!    No Comments

A White Christmas

Christmas, 2017, brought a very white Christmas with over 8 inches of snow on Christmas Day!  We enjoyed our casual morning of opening stockings, having coffee, and eating our traditional challah and monkey breads for breakfast.  Siena spent the night with us on Christmas Eve after the candlelight service and all three of them squished on the top step eagerly awaiting Mom and Dad to call them down!

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All the gifts were a hit this year!  Top gifts include coveralls and a shovel for Daddy, a crockpot and Friendship sweatshirt for Siena, bike and phone for Caden, and a scooter and ipod for Mia!  Mom got a kick out of the chicken decor for her hutch!

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We also had a lot of fun baking cookies over the Christmas season and presenting our first Nativity Play for Mammy and Bampy!  Mia also crafted and created her very own “Elf on a Shelf” because we wouldn’t buy her one!

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Merry Christmas!

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Nov 25, 2017 - News!    No Comments

Buck Envy

What an amazing adventure Brad had this fall taking up the sport of hunting.  Turkey season was quite successful, followed by several delicious grouse meals.  The deer season arrived and he was determined to get a deer!  Many hours were spent getting his gun ready, target practicing, and building the perfect place to set up in the woods.  Brad learned many valuable lessons and enjoyed most of the time he spent outdoors in nature waiting for the perfect shot.  He really wanted a buck and was getting frustrated at not having a shot at one.  Fortunately, Brad got a doe permit this year and on November 21st, he took what we have named the “sniper shot.”  Got her right behind the ear!

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I was so proud of him for not quitting, even when things looked bleak and the determination paid off with a 110 pound doe.  Chris and I went into the woods to help him dress the deer and we hauled her out on a sled.  They took her to Tobey’s to get tagged and then back to our house to hang and skin her.  Brad wanted to learn every part of the butchering process and with Chris’s patience, time, and teaching, we were able to process the deer ourselves netting 35 pounds of meat!  Many hours were spent cutting meat, grinding meat, and freezing meat!  #trashydonuts

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Mia and I decided to keep the fat and melt it down to make jar candles.  It was such an interesting process, but a bit on the smelly side!

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Nov 11, 2017 - News!    No Comments

A Slimy Slumber

Mia just celebrated her 11th birthday.  On her real birthday we had no power so the family went out to dinner and celebrated at The Proper Pig.  Mia got her bacon cheesecake and was very happy.  A week later she had a craft night sleepover with her friends!  We kept a fall/harvest theme since her birthday is right smack in the middle of fall!  Apple cider and Rice Krispy pumpkins, harvest trail mix, and of course, pizza!  She wanted a Snickers homemade ice cream cake and a slime bar!  Mom spent countless hours on the “paint night” aspect of the party and the scarecrow paintings were adorable.  The girls enjoyed this, but the painting didn’t “hold a candle” to Mia’s slime bar!  Making slime in all different colors and textures and then playing with the slime kept these party girls busy for hours!!  This was followed by dancing and a movie but not much sleep!

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Happy Birthday Mia Mary!

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Oct 31, 2017 - News!    No Comments

A Dark Halloween

This Halloween found us without power for a period of 5 days during a power outage worse than the ice storm of 1998!  Cooked delicious fresh eggs on the wood stove for breakfast!  Then went to MK Orthodontics to have Mia’s braces removed just in time for taffy candy!  Lack of power didn’t stop us from going out to trick-or-treat with friends!  It was nice to get out of the house and do something during the dark hours of the night.  Caden dressed up as a gorilla and Mia as a light up ghost!

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We met up with the McCaslins and Roderique’s and went trick-or-treating around their neighborhood.  Then went to the famous Frankwood Drive haunted house and met up with Emmy who joined us for another loop around the block.  It was a great night with great friends!

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Sep 27, 2017 - News!    No Comments

Black and Gold

September 27, 1996 at 6:07 p.m., our precious firstborn came into this world.  Twenty-one years later, it was time to party!  The theme of the night was black and gold, stylish & timeless.  With mother, aunts, friend Lindsey, and even her Mammy, Siena went out in style to celebrate her twenty-first birthday!  Beginning at Auntie Amy’s house, we opened gifts and piled into the limo for a ride to Margaritas!

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We enjoyed a fantastic champagne ride checking off items on Siena’s checklist throughout the night.  We did the vogue, got strangers to sing her “Happy Birthday,” took a photo with her being ID’d, and she even opened her first bottle of wine!  We made stops at The Proper Pig and The Last Unicorn trying different drinks along the way!

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We ended this night by singing to her and eating RumChatta cupcakes!  I’m also going to have a whole new set of worries as her mother, so behave yourself Siena and drink responsibly!!  I’ll come pick you up anytime and anywhere!  Happy Birthday!!

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Aug 30, 2017 - News!    No Comments

Summer Seventeen

The summer of 2017 was a good one, filled with lots of beautiful weather and fun times!  We’re approaching Labor Day weekend and school is about to begin, so I wanted to post a few memorable moments from the summer.  We kicked off the summer with a trip to Santa’s Village.  We all wore red shirts for the family photo, but it sure came in handy keeping track of everybody!  The kids had a great time riding all the rides and we captured a great family photo for the Christmas card.

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We enjoyed many nights at camp this summer.  Caden really took to fishing this year and I think our favorite part of fishing was cooking up the white perch and having a fish fry!  The boys couldn’t fry the fish fast enough for this hungry family.  It was delicious!  Caden learned how to water ski this summer and Mom and Dad dusted off the old skis to show the kids that we “still had it!”  We also had the aches and fatigue after 5 minutes!  We also fished with Mammy and Bampy Fitz on the party boat.  Caden out fished Bampy, but was very humble about it:)  Many summer nights spent kayaking and swimming and cooking s’mores around the campfire!

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Jessica, Addie, and Wells drove to Maine for a week in July.  It was so good to reconnect with my old friend and for our children to get to know each other.  Mia and Addie were inseparable!  We enjoyed time at camp, walked down Main Street to visit the Maine Made Shop and have lunch at the Unicorn.  Had an adult night at the Proper Pig and went to the island for lobster.  We packed in a lot during that week!

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And, last but not least, we made it to the beach a few times this year!  Visited Owl’s Head twice and made our annual trip to Morse Mountain and Popham Beach.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get a spot to park this year, so we went to the state park and walked down the beach quite a distance for a nice spot.  We enjoyed playing in the sand, walking the beach, playing “horse shells” and building a fort out of driftwood!  It was a fun day spent as a family and I cherish these times even more now that Siena has moved out.

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Happy Summer!  Until next year!

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Jul 31, 2017 - News!    No Comments

Friendship Days

Our annual Friendship Days sleepover on the island was a perfect weekend. Good weather, yummy food, fun games, happy kids, and partying adults makes for a great time!  We arrived Saturday afternoon and went for a boat ride to pick up the lobsters. Then home for a barbecue dinner, bean bag toss, Kubb game, and tree swinging!  We waited until around 9:00 and then went down to the dock to watch the amazing fireworks display!  They were beautiful!  Back for a camp fire with s’mores and sparklers for the kiddos!

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On Sunday we had a lazy day swimming with the kids on the Riviera beach and searching for sea glass.  The kids found hermit crabs and had fun making “hermit crab homes” on the rocks.  While we were sitting on the beach we all decided we’d rather eat lobster rolls than hot lobsters, so we headed back to the cottage to cook the lobsters, pick the meat, and mix with mayo!  After toasting hot dog rolls, shredding lettuce, and mixing the meat, we had a lobster roll feast!  It was delicious!  The kids swam some more, played more games, and then we packed up some exhausted kids (and parents) and headed home.

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What a great weekend!

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Jul 18, 2017 - News!    No Comments

Hoop Camp

Our baby girl traveled to Casco for a 4-night, 5-day basketball camp this summer.  She went with her friend Abby to gain some basketball skills and drills to help her  improve as a player.  The McCaslin’s and Fitzpatrick’s dropped their girls off on Sunday.  We found each of their cabins and made up their beds for the week.  Mia was in the “Moose” cabin.  Then we went to the camp store and put some money on a credit for them to spend on snacks.  We said our goodbyes as the two of them held hands walking onto the court for evaluations.

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We were able to visit on Tuesday night and watch Mia play in a game against Abby’s team!  When we arrived, she ran to us in tears and said she missed home.  Through tears, I was able to learn that she was having fun and had spent some of her camp store money on Dippin’ Dots (she was saving the rest for a Hoop Camp jersey).  We were quite impressed with her ball handling skills and were happy to see that she remembered her mouth guard for the game.  By the time we left, Mia was in good spirits again!  I hurried home to finish the final touches of her new room makeover which was done while she was away at camp.  We picked up a tired, sweaty, stinky girl on Thursday and brought her home to her new room.

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Later Mia told me how Abby was such a good friend to her throughout the week, making sure she was okay and giving her hugs.  Thank you Hoop Camp for a great week with a special friend!

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Jun 27, 2017 - News!    No Comments

Batter Up!

What a season of baseball!  Caden played on the Winslow Junior High team and Mia played Cal Ripken Minors League with her Daddy as the coach! Here’s some photos of their regular season.

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And some action shots of Mia and her team!  Mia played second base and did some pitching this year!  Great job Coach Brad!

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Carroll’s Body Shop team went to Mini-Fenway for play-offs and finished out the season playing strong.  Mia then made the All-Star team as a girl, performing better than the top half of all the baseball players.  Way to go Mia!

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Caden did some pitching and played third base this year during the regular season and did very well at the plate.

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He then went on to play Babe Ruth and did great playing second base!  He really enjoyed this team and they were amazing with a record of 8-1!  So proud of my ball players and their coach!

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May 15, 2017 - News!    No Comments

College Graduate

And just like that, our oldest daughter is a college graduate!  I can’t believe it! Siena worked so hard over the past two years to attain an associate’s degree in early childhood education.  She graduated with high honors and a 3.93 GPA.  It was a beautiful sunny day at the Augusta Civic Center and we really enjoyed the commencement speech by Congressman Bruce Poliquin encouraging the graduates to be pro-active in going out into the world to pursue their dreams, to work hard for what they want, and not sit back and expect things to be given to them.  We took her out to lunch at the Unicorn to celebrate after her big day.

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