Nov 6, 2014 - News!    No Comments

Apples, Pumpkins, & Skeletons, OH MY!

What a beautiful autumn season we’ve had – warm days and cooler nights!  We went to Lemieux’s Orchard again this year for our annual apple picking to celebrate Siena’s 18th Birthday!

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October brought the end of our growing garden, but we harvested at least 5 nice sized pumpkins for carving!  Siena wasn’t with us this year to carve, as her schedule is very full and it is getting harder for us to “carve” out time to spend together as a family.  She also was away at her Dance America Dance Competition on Halloween:(  We missed her, but were very proud of her awards and accomplishments!

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We went trick-or-treating with the Bourget’s this year!  The kids had a great time in the condominium development and met up with lots of friends.  We also visited Uncle Seth and Aunt Angie’s haunted garage and ended the night at Mammy & Bampy Fitz’s!

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Happy Fall!

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Sep 29, 2014 - News!    No Comments

Siena Turns 18!

Siena turned 18 this year – hard to believe!  She wanted a beach party, but given our hectic schedules during September and the weather being unpredictable, we decided to have a “Jewelry Swap” party instead.  Her close friends and family (just the girls) met at the Unicorn and brought a piece of jewelry to swap.  Whoever answered the most questions correct about Siena, won the first pick of jewelry.  Jordan Jabar was the big winner, but everyone got a kick out of the game and went home with a new piece of jewelry.  It was a fun night!

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Next weekend, we celebrate her as a family and go apple picking!  Happy 18th Birthday Siena!

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Sep 23, 2014 - News!    No Comments

Seawall Beach

For our anniversary, Brad and I found this neat mountain to “hike” called Morse Mountain.  It’s near Popham Beach in Phippsburg.  We had no idea what to expect, but the day that unfolded was absolutely perfect!  We hiked the trail which ended up being a road that winded through woods, marshy area, and up and down a hill (“mountain”) but it was a beautiful 2 mile walk.  As we neared the end, we could hear the sound of waves crashing and this trail literally turns from dirt and rocks to sand and opens up to a gorgeous beach!  The great part about it is that they only allow so many people in at a time, so it’s very private!  We spent hours there on our anniversary wiggling our toes in the sand and just relaxing.

That same weekend was Labor Day weekend, and we couldn’t wait to take the kids to this amazing place, so we packed our cooler and boogie boards and headed to Seawall Beach!  The kids weren’t too thrilled about walking the two miles to the beach, but they agreed that it was worth it!

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Our new favorite beach!  What a way to end the summer – riding the waves, playing in the sand, and spending time together as a family!  Let’s try to forget the two mile walk home through mosquito land!  Next year, we’ll bring bug spray:)

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Aug 29, 2014 - News!    No Comments

Windsor Fair

We made our annual trip to the Windsor Fair!  Always a unique and interesting experience.  Where do these people come from? The kids got right on the rides and rode for 4 straight hours!  Even Mia got to do the big rides this year because she reached the height requirement!  She also still wanted to do the kiddie rides and wanted her big brother to go with her.  It made our hearts sad to see that Caden has grown so much that he exceeded the maximum height!

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We took a short break to eat dinner (#totalcheatnight!)  However, I won’t regret eating the much anticipated fried clams!  Siena and I pretty much conquered a Bloomin’ onion, Brad took on an Italian sausage, and the kids ate fried shrimp, cheeseburgers, doughboys, and cotton candy!  We took it easy for a bit after dinner and enjoyed the one ride Mama loves, the Ferris wheel.  Here’s a picture of Mia from the top overlooking the fair.  We also got a great view of the Demolition Derby:)

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We finished the night off with a few more rides which are always just a little bit more exciting when it’s dark and everything is lit up!

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Mama had cold fingers by the end of the night, but a warm heart seeing my family all enjoy each other and having fun together!  Until next year, Windsor Fair!

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Aug 11, 2014 - News!    1 Comment

The Great Outdoors

A great weekend was enjoyed and old memories returned when we went to Evergreens Campground this weekend and rented Cabin #5 – The Pines.  We arrived on Friday and barely got our feet wet when storm clouds appeared and a thunderstorm rolled in.  We were glad to have a dry cabin and made the most of the night playing card games and teaching Caden how to play cribbage.  The next day, we packed a picnic lunch and took our canoe and kayak (pulling the tube) down the river!

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We found a lot of great places to stop and enjoy the beauty of the river, including the “Climbing Cliff” and “Turtle Rock” where we swam and fished!  Siena tried to catch the minnows with the net (but none were caught) while Daddy and Caden fished for bigger fish in the water!  Daddy caught a few trout with a net assist from Mia, while Caden fished his heart out but only got a few nibbles.  There was also a lot of time spent lounging in the tube!

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When we got back to the cabin, we grilled hamburgers and hot dogs on the campfire, and ate beans and cukes from our garden.  Then, it was time for s’mores, Mia’s favorite part of the trip.  We played 20 questions while enjoying our perfect s’mores and a beautiful full moon.

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We were pretty tired from such an adventurous day, so we hit the beds early and rested up for our next day heading to Moxie Falls.  One of the tallest single drops in the state of Maine, Moxie Falls is a scenic waterfall a few miles southeast of the Kennebec.  What a beautiful sight to see and an even more fun place to swim and have lunch!

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Family is like branches of a tree.  We may grow in different directions, but our roots remain as one.  This is a special place for us and we look forward to making many more memories!

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Aug 7, 2014 - News!    1 Comment

A Sweet Taste of Summer

We have been busy this summer, taking advantage of the beautiful Maine weather.  These first pictures are of the “Sasha, Glenn, Seth, & Amy Birthday Party!”  We went to Friendship Days on Saturday to do the “Long Haul 5K, followed by a pancake breakfast and parade.  The fireworks and sunset that night were amazing!  The next day we celebrated out birthdays with an “appetizer cook-off” and lobsters.

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Bike rides and ice cream and bumble bees on flowers,

Mini golf and fireworks and swimming for hours,

Tenting with dad and the fun that it brings,

These are a few of our summer things!

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We love summer!

Jul 13, 2014 - News!    No Comments

Sand in My Toes

And sand everywhere else!!  We just love Pemaquid Beach and have been there twice already this summer.  The fine white sand is great for building sand castles and the beach is small enough to not get overly crowded.  The kids usually play in the sand for awhile, do some swimming with their boogie boards, and look for hermit crabs.

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On our first visit, we went later in the afternoon and stayed while the sun was setting.  It was absolutely beautiful, a perfect night.

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The next time we went was during the day.  We met some friends there and it seemed the sand sculptures were the hit of the day!

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Sand in our toes, sand in our hair, sand, sand, everywhere!

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Jul 8, 2014 - News!    1 Comment

A Hot Hike

We ventured back to “Hobbit Trail” again this summer, but picked a very hot day!  We still had a great time and decided it would be fun to wear bathing suits next time so we could swim in the river and waterfall!  I made a hiking pack for us complete with a scavenger hunt checklist, magnifying glasses, binoculars, whistle, and trail mix!  The kids explored the woods and found a tree frog, birds, plants, and fish!  We even acted out the famous, “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” on Troll Bridge!

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We used our hiking sticks to “hike” far into the woods to our favorite spot for a picnic lunch – the famous tree in the meadow!  The kids love this tree because they can climb up into its little nooks and eat their lunch up there!  It was a fun hike, but we were very hot when it was over!  We didn’t see any hobbits this year, but perhaps we’ll find them next year!

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Jul 5, 2014 - News!    No Comments

Island Days

Our first trip to the island this year was at the end of June.  We decided we’d worked hard enough getting the garden planted, finishing yard work, and throwing Siena’s graduation party.  So we took a day off!!  The kids had fun swimming at “Riviera Beach” and we enjoyed watching them and soaking in some sun.

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After a long swim, we went for a short boat ride and then back to the island for our first lobster dinner!  It was delicious!  We ended up playing a family game of baseball and stopping at “Humpy’s” on the way home.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of these:(  But summer is just beginning!

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Jul 5, 2014 - News!    1 Comment

The Graduate

Our little girl has grown up and graduated this year.  What a unique experience for Siena, given she graduated twice!  Once with Winslow High School because her friends petititioned for her to march with the “Class of 2014″ and once at home where she received her real diploma.  Here are some pictures from the Winslow High graduation ceremony held at Colby College on June 4.

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Siena definitely had the largest cheering section!  Here are the after pictures with all her friends and family who came to support her big accomplishment.

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And here she is doing what she loves – posing for the cameras!

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We threw Siena a graduation party in our field a few weeks later to celebrate her big accomplishment!  We held a ceremony in the basement where we read a poem to her and presented her with her diploma.  We then brought out a box of tissues and watched a slideshow of Siena through the years.  There wasn’t a dry eye!  We then enjoyed a barbeque, played games in the field, and shared special memories of Siena around the fire.  It was a great party!!

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And, my most favorite picture of Siena, showing just how much she’s grown up!  Congratulations, Siena!

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