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NYC, what is it about you?

August 18, 2010

Sung to the Annie Tune…NYC, of course.  And yup…we were in NYC this weekend.  Aunt Megan had been living there all summer and I was determined to get down while she was there.   Typical, this meant that I would wait until the last weekend she was there – but we made it.  We made a reservation, packed Maya & all of her stuff in the car and off we went.  We planned the trip perfectly with her first nap (which has been at least 2 hours lately – often 3)…perfect!  It took her a little while to fall asleep, but once she did it was perfect…for an hour!  Why is it every time you plan on a nap it’s WAY shorter?  So the rest of the trip involved me turned around from the front seat entertaining her!

I will say, she did pretty well.  Not too much fussing…as long as we were paying attention to her.  But we made it.  We listened to lots of kids music, and I discovered one thing about our kids CD that is in the car…it holds Maya’s new favorite song – Ring Around the Rosie.  The song plays twice in a row, music interlude, two more times, music interlude, and two more times.  Every time we heard the musical interlude…Maya started making the ‘more’ sign.  And everytime the song really ended she did it again.  I think we listened to the song itself at least 18 times, on the way there.  Each time we got a gigantic smile and wiggle dancing from the back seat!

Once there we unloaded and headed out to the city.  Subway ride to Columbus Circle, met the fam (Grandma, Grandpa, Erin & Megan were all there), had some lunch and then on to Lincoln Center for a poetry slam.  A stop by Times Square to see the ‘Kissing’ statue, a visit to Toys R Us, walk to Bryant Park for snacks, continue on to Washington Square Park for a NY Pizza Dinner & then home for the night. Not a bad day in the city!  Top it off with an early Sunday Brunch & a walk to Wall Street & through Battery Park to see the Statue to Liberty & you pretty much have the perfect 1st trip to NYC (for a 1 yr old).  Maya was great the whole time!  She skipped naps, and slept okay, but with so much to see she had a GREAT time!  As you can see through some of the pictures.  I was nervous about the trip, but it turned out to be perfect!  Exhausting of course & I was pretty useless the next day, but it was worth it.  We topped off the trip with a stop to visit the Andreopoulos’ and their new little one Alex in Longmeadow.  It was a good stop considering Maya woke early from her nap yet again.  All in all NYC was a success…what’s next?! 🙂

Riding the subway

Dancing in Lincoln Center

The girls in Times Square!

1st NY Pizza in Washington Square Park…mmmm,mmmm

Almost home…we can make it!

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Adventure…

July 26, 2010

Since the day we started dating Andrew & I have been into ‘adventure’.   By adventure I mean trying out random things or going where the wind blows us.  We sometimes do the most random things, but we always have fun doing it.  It’s not planned, well…it usually starts with some kind of plan, but we love if the plan gets changed as we go.  One of our favorite things to do is just ‘go for a drive’.   We’re usually in search of something, like a beach, or good restaurant or something, but don’t have any real idea where our destination will be.

Our ‘drives’ have led us to a bar in Ogunquit singing show tunes around a white piano (or watching others sing), a random maple sugar house in NH for a delicious lunch, and many other places.

Since we’ve had Maya these trips have become more difficult.  As I’m sure you can imagine, doing things ‘unplanned’ with a kid is tough!  Nevermind our kid who doesn’t like to be strapped in unless she’s sleeping or for more than 10 minutes.  But this weekend we decided to give it a shot.  We turned Maya’s seat forward (now that she’s one that’s okay), stopped and Dunkin’ Donuts, knew we were headed west & looking for a place to swim…and off we went!

We pulled into one place that we thought we would stop, a little pond in a state park.  But Maya needed more sleep (since we left for her first nap) so we kept going, plus I think we were both looking for more.  We came across a great little lake…but no public access.  So we made our way back toward the other pond, but along the way there was a country store…Andrew’s FAVORITE!  He’s constantly talking about opening his own one day.  He loves all the stuff that one little store can hold.   We stopped at this one because not only was it a country store, but they also had a place to get lunch so we could take it with us.  While we were at the Ashburnham Country Store Andrew asked the very helpful owner where we could find a public beach.  She gave us some VERY vague directions to a free beach in Jaffrey, NH, just over the border.  So we grabbed our sandwiches & headed out.  We just got lost once & asked for more specific directions & before we knew it we found this great little beach – Contoocook Lake.  Free parking, beautiful lake.  It was perfect for a day with the family.  We enjoyed our sandwiches, swam in the water, Maya played in the sand.  Everyone had a good time.  Maya slept on the way home & we enjoyed a nice dinner at home after a grocery store stop.

I never thought it would happen…but we had a successful ‘adventure’ with Maya!  Does anyone else go on random ‘adventures’?  Where have you ended up?  We may try that next!!

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A Plum Island Recap

July 20, 2010

Before you read this post you should probably check out: https://barrybliss.wordpress.com/2008/08/19/plum-island/.  As I mentioned before, this year was probably going to be different…but let’s see how we did on the checklist:

1.  Catch fish.  Nope.  But we did (or Andrew did try).  He tried from the shore, from the Kayak, but the fish just weren’t biting.  But no one caught a fish – so we didn’t feel so bad.  It wasn’t the right timing…right!

2.  Kayak.  Check!  Nothing too long, but we both managed to get out in the kayak…and at the same time amazingly enough.  Maya on the other hand…still hates the Kayak, but she did take a trip in the boat (while dad pushed it along the shore).

3.  Football.  Nope!  As we drove away from the Island Andrew says…I never through a football…dough!

4.  Swimming.  Check!  All of us took more than one dip, it was hot enough after all!  Maya even went under…when dad dipped her.  Some crying, but not too bad!  She loved the surf though, in & out, in & out.

5.  Bait shop.  Of course, we had to TRY to catch the fish!

6.  Walk/Run – well, not to the open ocean, but there were LOTS of EARLY morning walks this year.  Mostly because we had to get Maya out of the house before she woke everybody up!  They were really nice walks actually, peaceful, too early, but peaceful.  And we did discover the rush hour on Plum Island does exist…it’s not quite Boston, but around 8am there’s a significant exodus during the week.

7.  Eating.  Seriously, it’s us – there was LOTS of eating!

8.  Fireworks.  Yup!  Rob had a few & so did Grandpa Bob.  There was a small incident where Grandpa Bob almost lost an eyebrow, but we’ve all recovered.

9.  Play Games.  Definitely!  It was a Bananagrams year, not sure anything else was played…it was perfect!  If you don’t own this game – you should!

10.  Adventure.  I know you’ve been waiting for the good stuff and this year was not without it!  First we lost Lily (9) for some time, everyone looking for her.  I knew she went around the corner but she was no where to be found.  Of course we found her, but not without an all out search!  Then there was Julia (13) – she was an adventure in herself.  A total teenager!  I went bathing suit shopping with her & her mom…let’s just say I’m glad they’re both still speaking.

Liz: ‘no way – too skimpy’

Julia: ‘mom – you don’t understand’

Liz: ‘you’re 13’

Julia: ‘all the other girls wear this’

Liz: ‘you’re not wearing it, too skimpy’

Julia: Meltdown in the dressing room.

My future flashed before my eyes!  Now that was an adventure!  They did however, work out a compromise which, I was impressed with…but note to self – no more shopping trips with a 13 year old & her mother!

There were a few additions to the list this year that may have to be there for next year.

  • Dog.  Daisy the dog was with us and turned out to be a HUGE hit!  Maya even sounded like she was saying Daisy.  The week was full of ‘uh uhs’.
  • Birthdays.  Plum Island is a pretty great place to celebrate a birthday.
  • Sand bar.  I had never seen it before, but there’s a sand bar that people spend time on at low tide.  We took a quick trip this year…but next year, we’re going for longer!
  • Sunset.  Don’t know how I left this off the original list, but you MUST see the PI sunset and take pictures at LEAST once, but usually many times when you’re there!!

All in all it was a good year at PI!  We’re already looking forward to next year!

At the Minihaha

See ya mom! Teddy & I are hitting the beach!

Burying dad!

Relaxing w/ Cousins

Boat Ride!

Plum Tired!

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Plum Island

August 19, 2008

Every year we look forward to spending time at Plum Island. Andrew has already started thinking about Plum Island 2009 and it’s August 2008. He just loves the place. We get to spend time relaxing with his family at the Minihaha (Laughing Waters). That’s the name of the house. No idea where it came from, but I’m sure someone knows…most likely Nana. It’s a great little place right at the end of the island. It’s on the water at the mouth of the river which means good swimming and a nice big beach at low tide. And of course there’s fishing and kayaking and eating and football and fishing and eating. Basically what happens is, we arrive at Plum Island after work and I don’t see Andrew until it’s time to leave :). He has much to get done before our time there is up. Things on the MUST do list:

1. Catch a fish. This usually requires a large amount of time because they often do not cooperate.

2. Kayak. This also takes a lot of time because every area must be explored for birds. And maybe more fish (although I have YET to see him catch a fish from his kayak).

3. Football. A football must be thrown at least once a day, a frisbee is an okay substitute.

4. Swimming. I almost forgot swimming. We ALL must swim at LEAST once a day in the FRIGID waters. I’d guess somewhere in the 60-65 degree range. This year I managed to only swim once…brrr!

5. Bait shop. We must visit the bait shop at least once during the trip. Usually because the fish have stolen (without being caught) the first round, so we need more. And maybe we’ll get a hat or new fishing paraphenalia while we’re there.

6. Walk/Run to the open ocean. It’s a pretty walk, I must admit. Plus we can check to see if other people are catching fish down there – in case we want to try that spot too.

7. Eating. There is lots of eating: hot dogs, hamburgers, guacamole, pasta salad, ice cream, chicken, chips & salsa, Devil Dogs, Twizzlers…and sometimes we have salad or fruit! 🙂

8. Fireworks. Typically these are handled by Rob. He is the fireworks master. This year we got treated to fireworks both times we went (but neither time by Rob). The 4th fireworks were great, you could see them from all the different towns in the area & along the coast. The other fireworks were set because the Tall Ships were across the river in Seabrook. A fun family event always.

9. Play Games. This can be done during the day or night, but usually at night. We get the nieces around and play card games, board games, word games. All sorts of games. Always a good time!

10. Adventure. This one is key. Each year there must be some sort of unplanned (usually somewhat frightening) adventure. The first year I went it was when Andrew flipped me over into the frigid water on the sailboat (we had only been dating for a month!). This year it involved his nieces.

There they all were, Michael (bro-in-law), Julia (11), Sarah (9), Lily (7) and Andrew. Far away from the shore hunting for clams (to fish with of course!). They had the kayak & row boat. After being out for a while Sarah & Andrew decided to come in on the Kayak, just as a CRAZY storm was headed over them! It came in quick, but it was pretty clear it was coming. After a little while longer Michael, Julia & Lily decided it was time to come in on the row boat. Well – the storm wind was crazy and Michael couldn’t control the boat by himself to get them in (nevermind the fact that it was pretty low tide so there was no great way to get to the shore). So he jumps out of the boat to try to swim it in, leaving Julia “paddling for her life” (in her own words). They are drifting further & further away. Meanwhile the rest of us are watching from shore trying to figure out the best way to help them. Did I mention lightning & thunder are striking too? Anyway, to make a LONG story very short, they finally drift to an area where we can get to them. We leave the boat tide to a dock (which is now on the sand since it’s low tide) and will go back for it later. All parties are okay…but it was a scary adventure none the less.

So. As you can see there are MANY things that MUST be done while at Plum Island. For this reason I see Andrew for about 20 minutes the whole time we’re there, but that’s great. He is like a kid again whenever we’re there & loves every minute of it! What could be better?

Our time at Plum Island always ends with a sunset. It could probably be one of the 10 things you MUST do, but we’ll leave it in it’s own category. It is usually beatiful and always a relaxing time of night. I probably have more sunset Plum Island pictures than anything else. So I’ll include a few here for you since this year was particularly good. While this post is late (we were there in mid-July) I couldn’t let it go by without sharing.