Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Input Wanted

We're planning to get tattoos this Saturday. Tim has a childhood friend who is apprenticing (or she may be a full artist now, I'm not 100% sure) but anyway, she's offered us free ink and we're so excited! I have a couple ideas but can't decide what to get. So, does anyone have suggestions? These are the few things I'm thinking of now.

I'd also really like to get something in honor of B & N but I don't know what. I was thinking something with a fish, since Ben is a Pisces but Nate is a Virgo so I don't know about the fish with the virgin. Maybe, if I can think of a good design. Any ideas of tats that fit the idea of being for/about your kids would be appreciated!!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Weather Woes and the Silver Lining

It's been raining here almost everyday for weeks now. Not continuous rain, we'll have a few hours where it's nice and sunny and warm but the day either begins with a storm that passes and burns off by mid-morning or it ends with thunder and lightning putting on a great show just as bedtime arrives.

A few days ago it had been another afternoon of rain and weather fitting for November, not August. Tim came home and told us all to get out on the porch, quickly! I couldn't figure out why. My guess was that we had another huge ant swarm going thanks to a piece of lollipop or other snack left outside. I was happily surprised when I realized why Tim was so anxious for us to get outside. This beautiful rainbow was stretching across the sky and seemed even more alluring thanks to the dark gray clouds offsetting it's bright hues. So, at least there is an upshot to the rain.

On the sadder weather related note, I think all this moisture is killing the few plants I've tried to grow on the porch. Check out the shots and tell me what you think. I'm fairly certain my strawberries are not going to make it. The tomato plant is questionable, I hold out hope only because they're supposed to be the heartiest of vegetables to grow. I didn't bother taking pictures of the spearmint or the lemon balm - some things shouldn't be documented.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

That's Mrs. Harry Potter

This quiz was on a friend's blog and I couldn't resist.

Your result for The Harry Potter Husband Test...

Mrs. Harry Potter

Your perfect HP man is Harry Potter.

You like a guy who's not afraid to fight evil when evil picks a fight. There's a lot to say for bravery in the face of overwhelming odds, even if it does come with a prejudice against people who don't fit into his conception of "good guy" and a penchant for hurling objects across rooms when he gets angry. But in fairness, for an orphan who's spent the better part of his life being hunted by the most evil wizard in existence, he's turned out pretty well. Just be prepared to name your kids after everyone he's ever lost, because he's got a bit of an obsession about the past.

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Monday, August 4, 2008

It Drives Us Crazy! (and we like it)

The Children's Museum of Portsmouth closed its doors at the end of June. We were kind of bummed about that because we moved to Kittery the beginning of June which meant that the museum was now only 5 minutes away, not 50. BUT, the closing was necessary so that they could unveil the new museum, so we didn't cry too much. The new museum - now known as The Children's Museum of NH - opened two weeks ago in Dover and this past Thursday we ventured to check it out!

As you can see from the photos the boys had an absolutely horrible time and wanted to leave immediately. Immediately = three hours after we arrived and only because I bribed them with a stop at the playground on the way to the car. The exhibits are all pretty much the same as they were in the old museum but the layout is a million times better. It's all one big open floor plan now with a ramp to the upstairs where there is a small infant & toddler area. Complete with a breastfeeding symbol proudly displayed on the wall! My little lactivist heart jumped in joy at the sight! Then my lactivist brain said "That's good, but they should put one on the front door too." Anyway, I digress. The exhibits are the same mostly, but expanded and even though the boys know the fun stuff by heart they still thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We'll be going back again once the other kids have gone back to school and it's not so crowded.

The pics above are of both boys playing in the new submarine (SOOOO much safer than the old one). And the ball and straw exhibits - both engineering exhibits and both boys played at these respective stations the most. Hmmm, interesting. Oh, and by the way, Nate isn't coughing up that golf ball, he made it roll down from the top ramp and was bent over laughing and in sincere awe over his accomplishment. I just suck at capturing the moment.

We highly recommend visiting the new museum if you're in the area. We plan on taking our cousins/nephews when they come to visit in a few weeks! (We can't wait!) If you'd like to check it out in the virtual world go to their site at: