Stories of Spring &
adventure starts with Easter (April 11)
when Aileen, Alec, & Caroline looked for eggs in our
Soon thereafter we traveled to Kansas City for Steve's wedding.
Daddy got dressed up (April 17)
for the event. Aileen read herself to sleep, proving that she
was a weary traveler.
We then traveled to Arkansas where we had a brief meeting with grammy & grandad (April
Uncle Erik was ready to play with the kids as Arkansas
The kids loved playing with Uncle Erik, and sometimes we had a hard
time finding finding him.
Alec & Caroline ate apples (April 20)
on Uncle Erik's kitchen floor. They were so cute. The kids had fun on the couch (April
22), another cute one huh? Daddy was engrossed by Uncle
Erik's latest E'tar.
then flew back home. Here is a picture of the whole family
one morning (May 8). Carly is
hard to find, but she is there somewhere. Mother's Day was
special, as Grammy was with us too. Here is mommy with Alec (May 9), as well with all the Kids, and with Carly.
The day Grammy left, we buried M&M and Little Miss America, as we remembered our lost hermit crabs (May
We will not forget the day of May
summer fun (May 27). It was an
unusually warm afternoon for May, and the kids started playing with the
hose in the back yard. Carly got a cool
from the cold hose. Carly had fun playing in a new mud hole in our back yard. During this,
Carly got a "little" dirty, and all three
kids required a "little" bath.
It was amazing to find Alec one morning
wearing a Cherios box, we called him "Box Boy"
(June 13). Much of June was colder, and Aileen & Alec had
to snuggle (June 30)
to stay warm.
In July, we flew to Chicago, visited
Great Grandma Rose, & then drove to central Wisconsin, to Papa
& Grandma's cabin. We had a great week, with many activities
including swimming, beaching, tubing, puzzles, boating, games, water
parks, biking, camping out, and fishing. Aileen & Daddy rode
with bikes 25 Miles on the Sparta Elroy
Mommy, Daddy & Carly headed back home, while Aileen & Alec
stayed one more week in Wisconsin. They visited Devil's Lake (July ??) with Papa &
Grandma, before all flew back to Massachusetts. Once here, we all
hiked the "Red Dot Trail" (July 25), where
Alec can be seen climbing in the background. Aileen also went climbing.
August was busy as well.
Alec's preschool class to a field trip to the Southwick Zoo (Aug 12). Carly was happy to be a jungle girl.
Aileen performed in three plays, as MooShoo in Mulan, Turkina (Aug 13)
in Tarzan, & Mary Pip in Mary Poppins. We had a weekend trip
to Storyland, where we saw "Swordlec" (Aug 14).
It was a warm day, and the kids cooled down in the mist tent. We then camped in nearby
Maine, where Carly found a rock (Aug 15). It is always fun for kids to be river explorers. Daddy
eventually cooked some good
food on this campfire.
We then climbed East Royce mountain once again, having climbed it two
years ago as well. We came to a waterfall
on the way up. Alec & Aileen climbed the whole way on their
own power to the top. Cecilia carried
Carly most of the way. Aileen & Alec had enough reserve
energy to "Fight"
while on top of the mountain. It was a wet, treacherous trail as
can be seen on the way down. This
kids had a lot of fun crossing the many creeks.
Here is MaryPip & her brother (Aug
after the last play of the summer. In late August, Alec was so
pleased when he suddenly learned to ride a bike.
We then traveled to New Mexico to
see Grandad & Grammy. Carly had fun with Grandad (Aug 29)
on the back porch. Grandad also showed the kids a family heirloom
stove. Of course, Alec & Aileen
had fun in Grandad's house. The kids got to go to the Albuquerque
Biological Park, where they saw flamingoes (Aug
31). Carly had a llama Encounter,
while Aileen & Alec got to ride atop a
camel. Daddy talked to his bro' in
(Sep 1). We got to go hiking (Sep 2)
as a family to a nearby overlook.
It was a fun trip in the sun, but we were hot by the time we were almost back
to the house. The same day we met Cecilia's uncle, as well as his
grandson Wyatt. These guys are second cousins? Alec got a cool flyer (Sep 3), and had olympic
blowing out his candles for an early birthday celebration. Carly
got a token present to, and exclaimed her first four word sentence "I Got A Book!" (Sep 3)
Soon we were back home in
Massachusetts. It was exciting time, as Alec started kindergarten
& Aileen started 2nd grade. On the first morning, just before
school they came up with a song with motions: "We're
excited but a little
nervous inside" (Sep 7). Here they are out on front yard
about to head off for their first days.
We were pleased to both get to walk
Alec to his first day.
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