It is pretty much summer around here.  It is green everywhere and although the water is pretty cold at the lake, the sun is warm and I even get hot making sure nobody drowns.  It’s really nice when friends join us there.  It is just beautiful and lovely and green and warm and amazing outside.  I love this weather, it may even be worth the long and dreary winter!  The first pic is of the village green in the morning– it gets light at like 5:45 am, so it looks like it’s early afternoon, but it was only 7:30 a.m.  The second pic is a few of my boys trying to catch fish with a net.

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These pictures were taken in  Cambridge, Massachusetts this past week.  It is a lovely town.  I love Boston, I love New England!!  These pillars are at MIT.  We ate at an amazing vegan diner called Veggie Galaxy just a couple blocks from here.  Wow!!



Flowering Trees and the Forest

I love trees.  And I love flowering trees in the spring– they are absolutely stunning.  I see them everywhere and a lot.  I am so glad I got a couple pictures of them.  The forest is so cool looking too.  So beautiful.   Spring is here, it came.  Seasons are really really great. If you are having a hard time, you are in a sort of winter, hold on, spring will come, and you will have better days.  New growth, new flowers, new leaves, lots of green, lots of hope. Rebirth, new life, and lots and lots of good days!!

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I Love Spring

These are all taken from my front yard.  It is so stunning and beautiful. There are a million more things to take beautiful pictures of in the spring than there were this winter.  I could not possibly take a picture of every lovely beautiful thing I see.  The trees are all filling in bright green.  Flowers are blooming everywhere.  It has been warm although is a bit chilly this morning.  It is awesome.  We can go outside at anytime barefoot and jacketless.  It feels so free!!

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Kids are blowing and popping bubbles, and the bee is happy flying flower to flower so quickly I could hardly catch him!!

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My Birthday and Mother’s Day

So today has been a lovely day.  This is MY weekend.  I was born on Mother’s Day 40 years ago!!  I don’t feel like I’m 40– and I won’t be officially until tomorrow.  Today is the last day of my 30s.  It has been something, I’ll say– so much change and growth and challenge.  So anyway, I made my mother a mother that day, I was her first and she loved me and cared for me and raised me very well, I think.  Thank you mom!  She has been a great mother, and I am very grateful for her.  I had no idea of the level of her love and concern until I had my first baby, and now that my baby girl is a teen, I have a renewed appreciation for my mom for what I realize she did for me– just teaching me to drive for one thing!!  I love you mom!!

The spring is glorious!! Especially if you have followed my record of the amount of snow we had this winter.  This spring is so amazing and wonderful.  I feel so free outside, words are not enough, neither are pictures.  The air feels nice, it feels good to breathe and the smells especially right after a rain, and the feeling of the trees and leaves and flowers, it is almost overwhelming to me especially after the long, cold winter we had like I mentioned!  Here are some of the photos I’ve taken just in the yard. Click to enlarge.

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And as if all that wasn’t enough to be grateful and happy about, to celebrate my birthday which is on Monday, we went to Rhode Island for the first time (we kept missing it on our trips and have been meaning to get there).  It was sunny when we left, but foggy when we got there.  But it turned out to be a very fun outing, the kids got a little wet, but it was just nice to watch and listen to the waves and walk in the sand.  I LOVE the ocean.  It is so calming and beautiful and amazing.  You can see in the second photo how foggy it was, we took turns walking into the void and being lost by sight through the fog even though we weren’t so far away from each other.

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And I LOVE being a mom!!  Before I was married and had children, I would often try to figure out what purpose my life would have, I wanted to help others and contribute to humanity in some way, but I was never really sure how.  Until I had my first baby, then I felt so needed and so fulfilled in caring for her and my subsequent children.  It has certainly had its ups and downs and I can’t say I will ever really miss changing my twins’ diapers or cleaning up blown out diapers or potty training or not sleeping and being in constant, intense demand for meals and cleaning, but I’m really glad I got to do it.  I’m really glad I have a wonderful, amazing husband who has made it possible for me to stay home with them and be able to provide for their needs and wants.  I love taking care of my children, and being with them and enjoying sweet times together.  Here is me with one of my sweet twins who has been a bit clingy lately and makes me feel so loved!


Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Birthday to me!!

Winter giving way to Spring

We still have quite a lot of snow, but my patio furniture is beginning to reappear, so there is hope that this long winter will soon be something of the past.  I even saw someone walking their dog yesterday with short sleeves!!  Yay, when we get in the car after going into a store or somewhere else, the car is warm!!  This is truly progress!!

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Grass is appearing especially under the trees.  In the village, there is a lot of grass appearing on the green.

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And I still have my indoor garden.  I love this mini rose.  Plants make me happy! 🙂flowersil

My dryer is fixed!!

No more crunchy towels, no more super wrinkled clothes and no more stiff socks!!  Yay! We went about 6 weeks without a dryer.  I bought a clothes rack to dry hang the clothes, it actually wasn’t too bad, we could manage without the dryer, but then I really got behind on the laundry and I could only do 1-2 loads per day without the dryer, plus the 2 yr. old went through a season of diarhea so we had more laundry than usual.  We got our act together and had the repairman come back with the part that was needed, it only took about 10 min. to fix.  Yay– if we want to wear something tomorrow, I can wash it tonight or in the morning and it will have time to dry!!  I now know why ironing was such a big deal in the days before dryers– everything is stiff and crunchy and wrinkly without a dryer.  So, yay for dryers and yay for not having to iron so much– not that I did– we just wore wrinkly clothes, nobody minded.  There is my fixed dryer and my drying rack and lots of clean clothes to fold and put away!!

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Another good reason to have a dryer?  We were gone all day for my daughter’s robotics competition, and I took the other kids to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire between sessions.  Hanging clothes on the rack just takes more time, I’m thinking that I may get caught up on the laundry sometime this week– I was doing pretty well with it when first the washer broke- got that fixed and then the dryer.  Hopefully they keep working for awhile, it is so much easier to get out the door when everybody can find their clothes.  One of the hardest things about getting everybody out the door for things is finding clothes that are clean and that they like and will wear.  This will certainly make it easier!  Plus if something is dirty, I can wash it on the quick wash and then dry it, if something is wrinkled I can get it wet throw it in the dryer and voila, so yay!! I had no idea how happy and excited I would be about this– living without certainly makes one appreciate living with!!

So my daughter’s team is #2342 — Team Phoenix.  She designed the phoenixes on their robot which you can see pretty well on here.  She also designed their logo which they used on buttons and on the laptop they used to control the robot.  The team booths are in the background where they wait their turns.  You can see their mascot in the next photo and you can see their robot successfully stacking yellow bins with the opposing team for extra points. They did great today, currently in 1st place!

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Here is my son in front of the Children’s museum.  It was a nice outing, the little people especially enjoyed it.  The 2 yr. old was in heaven.  Notice that there is still snow everywhere and it snowed today.  This has been the longest winter, Boston made a new record for the amount of snow they received and we are not too far from there.  But notice the grass coming through under the tree.  My deck is reappearing.  So although it still looks like winter and often still feels like winter, it is spring!!  Can’t wait for it to be fully spring!!

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Spring is on its Way

There’s still a lot of snow out there, but it is melting.  This was our driveway on Monday after breaking up more ice.  The kids had a fun time playing with the ice blocks, this little guy slid down– notice no snow pants.

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The kids are anxious to play basketball, my husband lowered the hoop and they really like that.  He has plans of fixing that backboard by gluing a board to it, it was broken when we moved here.


This is just a nice picture of the clear blue beautiful sky!


And this girl is sad to see the snow disappearing so she is making one last snow creature:


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In the front of our house there is a round circle of melted snow, we think that must be where the septic tank is buried. It got up to 50 degrees F yesterday and this circle of grass provided much entertainment.  I loved sending everybody outside.  I loved being able to enjoy being outside too yesterday.  The boys even took their shirts off it felt so good I guess-  Vitamin D at last — yay!  They ran around barefoot too– boys!!