Friday, June 18, 2010

Catching Up

One good thing about summer vacation is that I have time to update my blog.

On Thursday, I took the kids into the New England Aquarium. I had originally planned on taking the comuter rail but was shocked at the price so I decided to drive in. With my GPS I have a much easier time driving in Boston. It cost $18 to park but it would have been $15 for me on the commuter rail plus the kids so we came out ahead. We spent a couple hours at the aquarium and then walked over to a fountain that was spraying water intermittently and to a carousel. We then walked over to Faneiul Hall for lunch at Zuma's. I loved their shredded beef tacos. When we started home, we stopped at the Farmers Market in Plymouth for some awesome strawberries! They were way more expensive than I'd ever pay in a store but they were so good.

Jason said he thought this would be a cool job.

Jess holding an American lobster molt. I learned that usually lobsters eat their molt to replace the calcium they'd lost so it's unusual to get a whole molt. The woman talking to us was surprised that Jess held her pose so long (my flash didn't want to work). I told her it was lots of experience with having a scrapbooking mom.

Jason with the molt. We also learned that not all lobsters have claws. The woman said that if you order lobster tail in a restaurant, you are likely getting a slipper lobster which doesn't have claws.

We wanted to see if this fish was longer than Jess. Jess wouldn't lie down until Jason tried it.

Jess is longer.

We spent a long time going from window to window down the large central tank. Jess and Jason really liked watching the turtle.

Riding the carousel after leaving the aquarium. This is Jess's favorite amusement ride. She rode Carefree Wonder.

Jess loves watching street performers. These guys were singing Knocking on Heaven's Door.

Last weekend our church had a scavenger hunt around Plymouth. The other teams were all adults but I joined with another mom and the kids she had (1 hers, 1 a friend). Here we are checking out our map and list. We didn't know we were supposed to do everything in order. At one point, I had to go to the bathroom and left my team which we weren't supposed to do but when you gotta go, you gotta go. I didn't pick up anything we were looking for along the way so we were still "legal".

One of the things we had to find was a 1990 penny. Of course, none of us had one on us. We went to The Chocolate Bar and the clerk looked through her drawer but she didn't have one either. We ended up going into a bank and buying 2 rolls of pennies and going through them. Then we added a penny to make up for the one we took and sold the rolls back to the bank.

After the scavenger hunt, Jess and I went to a costume party at the house of one of the moms in the meetup group I joined. I had mentioned not being sure what Jess would wear because her costume has so much glitter on it and Liz said not to worry about the glitter.

Jess with Liz's cat, Squeaker.

Nicky bought Simba for Jason when he was a baby. It still talks when you press its paw.

Jess wanted footie pj's. I always hated them as a kid but for some reason she was on a real kick to get them. I had told her she'd have to wait until fall because I couldn't find them but then I came across them at the Children's Place on a big sale. I got Suki a matching pair. Jess loves to put them on but doesn't end up wearing them all night because they make her feet too hot.

Penguins squawking.

1 comment:

Sue said...

Dear Paula,
Jess and Jason seem to be enjoying the early days of summer vacation. If you have time this summer, I wanted to tell you about an opportunity for the whole family to be able to help the orphaned children in China. Half the Sky Foundation has organized a fun, easy, family-oriented Art-a-Thon fund raiser to be held this summer. We hope that you will join us and participate in our first ever Art-a-Thon fund raiser. We would also love for you to spread the word about the Half the Sky Art-a-Thon on your blog site. Thank you in advance for your help in getting the word out about our newest fund raiser for the children in China. If you have any questions, please send them to Thank you!


In honor of International Children’s Day (June 1), Half the Sky is pleased to announce the first-ever Art-a-Thon for Half the Sky, taking place now through August 31st. Parents - this could be a great summer activity for your kids …. and it’s for a wonderful cause!

Calling all children and adults who love to draw, paint, sculpt or do any kind of art!! We are inviting YOU to create art inspired by this year’s theme of “Playing Together.” Then recruit sponsors for your artistic efforts. $600 in funds raised will provide you an exclusive “Somebody Loves Me” sponsorship for an orphaned child in China for one year. $100 in funds raised will provide a month of support for a HTS-trained nanny to cuddle, guide, play with and provide consistent loving care for 3-5 infants in the Baby Sisters Infant Nurture Program. Ask for donations from all your friends and family and feel great about helping orphaned children in China who are waiting for their forever families. Collecting pledge donations can be as easy as a “click of a button” if you use our online donations page. After your art is complete, email us a digital photo and we’ll include it in our online Art-A-Thon exhibit in September. Detailed information about this fun and easy Art-A-Thon can be found at Register now to qualify for Art-a-Thon prizes. It’s time to join Half the Sky supporters around the world for the first ever International Art-a-Thon for orphaned children in China.

Half the Sky was created in order to enrich the lives and enhance the prospects for orphaned children in China. They establish and operate infant nurture and preschool programs, provide personalized learning for older children and establish loving permanent foster care, medical care and guidance for children with disabilities. It is their goal to ensure that every orphaned child has a caring adult in her life and a chance at a bright future. Learn more about Half the Sky at

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