Tuesday, January 15, 2013

British Soccer!

Well, the kids had such fun and good memories with our British coaches last year that they begged to host another coach again this year.  Luke signed up for the full-day camp and Chica was participating for the first time. They were pretty excited and we were pretty lucky when we brought home our coach for the week....a great guy from Northern Ireland named Ben.

Ben was amazing. He was super attentive to the kids, partaking in numerous ping pong games and playing video games with the boys...and playing with Chica whenever she asked.  He was polite, easy going, funny and just a joy to have around. Clearly, establishing a relationship/friendship with his host family was important. 

For fun, we took Ben to play mini-golf and ride the go-carts after bringing him to Five Guys.



 
 
 
 
 
 
The week was hot and I was so proud of how Luke hung in there without complaint all day long...where there wasn't much shade to be had.  He was truly a sport!  At the end of the week the kids had some fun with 'crazy hair/clothes day' and also 'dress the coach day'. Poor Ben got stuck with Chris' hot waiters.
 

 
 
 
 
 

The always anticipated World Cup on the last day of camp didn't disappoint. The kids were invited to spray the coaches with water. Ben surely was a good sport.

 
 
 

The kids said their goodbyes to Coaches Alex and Jack and we brought Ben home for a couple of bonus days. He was going to be working at a camp nearby and decided to stay with us for the weekend instead of heading back and forth to Rhode Island in between. So we hung with Ben and dragged him to a couple of baseball games of the Casagrande Tournament that Jack and Ben were playing in. Ben must have been the good luck charm because the kids made it to the Championships one extremely hot Saturday and ended up winning the tournament for their age group!




 

What a great way to end our visit with Ben! We were sad when he had to leave on Sunday to head to his new host family. But we are glad that with today's technology we can keep in touch with him and certainly hope to see him again some day!
 


Thursday, January 10, 2013

I Am Going on This Hike

Ever since my friend, Becky, and I hiked Peaked Mountain I have been thinking about taking the kids. It is not a difficult hike and the views are spectacular. So one sunny day this summer I declared I was going on the hike and taking at least my big boys with me. They became quickly on board after we invited our friend and his mom and they agreed to come.


Soon into the hike there is a little pond that is just brewing with little creatures. Boys quickly became boys and they began to hunt for things to catch.  We found frogs in various stages of growth.

 
 
 
 
 
The hunting continued for a while and Jack eventually stepped in the pond by accident. He was a trooper, though, and didn't complain the rest of the hike while squashing around in his soggy basketball sneaker.


The views were glorious!!

 

At the top there a perfectly sprawling rock formation that you can sit on and take in the beauty. By some grace of God I got the boys to sit and pose for me. And then even crazier, I got in a photo myself!

 
 

As if our hike wasn't great enough, we were soaking up the views when out of nowhere a pack of dogs came running out of the woods. There must have been a dozen dogs....shelties, aussies, goldens, border collies! As a bunch of dog lovers, we were very excited but wondering where the heck these dogs were coming from off-leash. Their owners appeared soon thereafter and it turns out it was a group of women who train and compete in agility and dog shows together.
 
 

I was chomping at the bit for a photo opp and eventually convinced one woman to let me photograph her two dogs....who were amazingly cool and even more amazingly smart!


The kids threw sticks for some of the dogs who all competed to retrieve them. They were so cool to watch!! Eventually we said our goodbyes but ran into them again on our way back down. The little shelties were lingering back from their owners, trying to make sure we were coming along....their herding instincts kicking in! It was a beautiful and fun day for a hike. I'm still glad in insisted on it!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

July 4th!


Once again, we were blessed to bring our large family to stay with our friends on Cape Cod over July 4th.  Six of us and two dogs, and we continue to get the invite.  God bless our country and God bless my red-headed best friend since 1st Grade. 
 
We were sure the annual parade wasn't going to work with the weather, but the rain stopped just in time for yet another great parade. We've been so many times I am definitely remembering many of the faces of the parade participants.
 
I found some fun socks and necklaces at JoAnn's Fabrics before we went. Uncle John got the face paint going and these three really got in the spirit.
  
 
Jack and  Ben couldn't believe Luke wore the socks...but I was proud of his spirit!!

 
 
 
The kids (mine) are getting less compliant for pictures so I opted for the annual group shot before the parade.  The days of pictures with ice cream truck treats are long gone.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our visit was quick this year. We got a beautiful beach day at Nauset the first day and I captured some of my favorite iphone photos. One photo (the first below) was selected to be included in an e-book published by Haagen-Dazs called 50 Summer Moments.