First Days of School

September 12, 2016

Alex was the first to go, he started kindergarten last week. Dad takes the kids on their first day, they love it!

Alex was the first to go, he started kindergarten last week. Dad takes the kids on their first day, they love it!

And theyre off. Its about a 10 minute walk to school, or 20 depending on how many distractions we see along the way.

And they’re off. It’s about a 10 minute walk to school, or 20 depending on how many distractions we see along the way.

The farmers market is on the way home from school. Kids and grownups cant resist the human size bubbles.

The farmer’s market is on the way home from school. Kids and grownups can’t resist bubbles the size of children.

And Josh is off to his 2nd year  of preschool!

And Josh is off to his 2nd year of preschool!

We had one last hurrah at the beach! We saw a seal and the most beautiful sunset imaginable.

We are desperately holding onto summer and made it to the beach for one last dinner! We saw a seal and the most beautiful sunset imaginable. It’s going to be a great school year!

Labor Day Weekend

September 5, 2016

Well, that’s a wrap. Summer is over. This is how we spent our last summer weekend. First day of school pictures coming soon!

We started the weekend off with some fishing, Josh caught the only fish.

We started the weekend off with some fishing, Josh caught the only fish.

We went for a canoe ride.

We went for a canoe ride.

Brrrrr....these crazies went for a swim off the canoe.

Brrrrr….these crazies went for an ocean swim off the canoe.

We went to the biggest car show ever!

We went to the biggest car show ever!

Godfather John and his trans-am won in his category!

Godfather John and his trans-am won in his category!

The kids loved it!

The kids loved it!

Also, we have a hawk in our backyard. This was taken two feet away from the swing set. He sits on top of our house looking for prey.

Also, we have a hawk in our backyard. This was taken two feet away from the swing set. He sits on top of the house looking for prey.  

The Way Life Should Be

September 1, 2016

Maine, Maine and more Maine, we can’t get enough. Perfect way to end summer: cousin fun on Maine’s rocky coast.

The gang.

The gang.

Our backyard for the week.

Our backyard for the week.

Steep, rickety steps leading down to our backyard, great for fishing, contemplating, clamming or....

Steep, rickety steps leading down to our backyard, great for fishing, contemplating, clamming or….

...getting mucky.

…getting mucky.

We had to visit the Bean.

We had to visit the Bean.

And Wilburs Chocolate Factory.

And Wilburs Chocolate Factory.

Bust mostly we spent our days exploring Maines coast. This is Wolfes Neck State Park with a beautiful view of the Osprey nests in the island in front of us.

But mostly we spent our days exploring Maine’s coast. This is Wolfe’s Neck State Park with a beautiful view of nesting Osprey on the island in front of us.

Hiking to the summit of Mt. Bradbury.

Hiking to the summit of Mt. Bradbury.

Swimming and picnic dinner at Winslow Park.

Swimming and picnicking at Winslow Park.

Swimming in the unusually warm waters of Old Orchard Beach.

Enjoying the unusually warm waters at Old Orchard Beach.

We had to have a little backyard bounce house fun.

We had to have a little backyard bounce house fun.

and light some sparklers under the amazingly starry night  sky.

Lighting sparklers under the amazingly starry night sky.

And who knew there was a desert in Maine? Here we are ready to tour the desert, dig for gemstones and pan for fossils.

And who knew there was a desert in Maine? Here we are, ready to go into the desert, dig for gemstones and pan for fossils.

Before having out last evening dip in our backyard and heading home to massachusets the next morning.

One last evening dip in our backyard before heading home to Massachusetts the next morning.

 

Mom should be banned from all kids birthday parties. Last year there was fainting and this year we were rear ended.

Mom should be banned from all kids birthday parties. Last year there was fainting and this year we were rear ended. The spectacle drew a big crowd.

The boys could not have been more thrilled with the two cruisers and policemen that showed up. The only thing that would have made their night complete was a tow truck, which luckily we didnt need.

The boys could not have been more thrilled with the two cruisers and policemen that showed up. A tow truck is the only thing that would have topped this day, luckily we didn’t need one.

We hadnt spent quality time with these cuties since the kids were babies. So happy to have time together.

We haven’t spent quality time with these cuties since the kids were babies. These pretty girls convinced the boys that shopkins are just as cool as legos. They’re already asking santa for shopkins.

We are really going to miss these lazy days of summer.

We are really going to miss these lazy days of summer.

Family Summer Fun

August 1, 2016

Go Sox! And as usual, our favorite part of going to Fenway: Pedicab rides!

Go Sox! And as usual, our favorite part of going to Fenway: Pedicab rides!

The whole family cheering on mom at the Natural Yankee Classic, figure competition.

The whole family cheering on mom at the Natural Yankee Classic, figure competition.

The Fox25 ZipTrip visited Scituate on Alexs birthday!

The Fox25 ZipTrip came to town on Alex’s birthday!

And there he is! One the news the day he turns 6!

And there he is! One the news the day he turns 6!

Love this picture of Josh at one of our warm summer night beach dinners.

Love the setting sun during our warm summer night beach dinners.

We Love July!

July 7, 2016

Our favorite month of the year brings:

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The end of soccer season.

The beginning of tee-ball season for the White Sox with Dad as coach.

The start of tee-ball season.

Hoola hoop season for Josh who isnt in any organized sports yet.

Hoola hoop season for Josh who isn’t in any organized sports yet.

saluting our country

A time to pay tribute to our country.

A great excuse to set the street ablaze.

A great excuse to set the street ablaze.

And cautiously play with fire.

And cautiously play with fire.

fun times with friends.

Quality time with friends.

The best thing about July, late beach nights and fireworks.

The best thing about July: warm summer nights on the beach. Fireworks are an added bonus.

Happy Day!

June 26, 2016

We had the perfect day to celebrate Josh turning 4 and Alex turning 6. Such fun with family, neighbors and friends!!

The boys do NOT agree on chocolate and vanilla.

The boys do NOT agree on chocolate and vanilla.

The bounce house is about to collapse under these crazy kids.

The crazy kids were busy collapsing the bounce house.

and having water gun fights.

and having water gun fights.

Josh prefers quiet time with Opa.

Josh preferred quiet time with Opa.

which was the wise choice because the old men carried out a sneak attack on the kids.

Which was the wise choice because before the kids knew what had hit them the old men carried out a sneak attack with guns blazing.

A huge battle ensued, it was mayhem.

A huge battle ensued, it was mayhem.

A huge battle ensued, Id say Dad was outnumbered.

Surrender or victory dance? I’d say Dad was outnumbered.

 

Time to Play!

June 17, 2016

And it’s not even summer yet. It’s going to be a great one!

Last day of preschool! Sporting a new self barbered haircut of course.

Last day of preschool! Sporting a new self barbered haircut of course.

Josh is so proud finishing his first year of preschool.

Josh is so proud to be finishing his first year of preschool.

First stop, Maine! One of my favorite places, Fort Foster.

First stop, Maine! One of my favorite places, Fort Foster.

So many great memories of doing all the same things my kids get to do when I was their age.

So many great memories of doing all these things when I was their age.

And learning to ride a bike down this little dirt road. YES, he did it!

And learning to ride a bike down this little dirt road.

Second stop, dentist! Maybe this is normal these days with all the fun gadgets they have at the dentist for kids, but these boys love it there!

Second stop, dentist! These boys could stay here all day.

But mostly we just love being home wearing feetie pajamas and climbing trees.

But mostly we love being home in our pajamas, climbing trees.

Or riding our new waterslide.

Or riding our new water slide.

Yes, we are so spoiled and so happy!

Yes, we are so spoiled and so happy!

 

We’re Back!

June 1, 2016

After weeks of technical difficulty and numerous hours and late nights on the phone with Comcast we are finally back to the blog. In a few quick pics, this is what we’ve been up to during our blogging hiatus:

Joshs 3 year old class took a field trip to Dalby farms, home of rare breed farm animals.

Josh’s class took a Mother’s day field trip to Dalby Farm.

Alexs class took a field trip to Lighthouse Beach for a scavenger hunt.

Alex’s class took a field trip to Lighthouse Beach for a scavenger hunt.

Josh turned four! And we made biscuits for breakfast, some shaped as itsy bitsy mini snowmen.

Josh turned four! And we made biscuits for a birthday breakfast, some shaped as itsy bitsy mini snowmen.

Opa and Oma came to visit. Love these mobsters! Also, Josh had a tooth pulled due to an infection, we love his new toothy smile!

Opa and Oma came to visit! Also, Alex gave himself a haircut for the 3rd time, and Josh had a tooth pulled due to an infection, we love his new toothy smile🙂

We broke out the sprinklers! And mulched and mulched and mulched for days, please take note of our neatly manicured lawn.

We broke out the sprinklers! And mulched and mulched and mulched for days and days and days, please take note of our neatly manicured lawn and garden.

Were back on the bikes! He may not want to admit it but dad loves a good selfie!

We’re back on the bikes! Who needs a selfie stick when we have dad??

Signs of Spring

May 1, 2016

Icecream

Ice-cream

Spring break

Spring break

Swim trunks 24/7

Swim trunks 24/7

Downing an entire watermelon in less than an hour

Watermelon

Swinging Josh just learned on his own

Swinging (Josh just learned!!)

More swinging

More swinging

Waiting for dad to come home while the sun is still out. Weve made it through another New England winter!

Waiting for dad to come home while the sun is still out. We’ve made it through another New England winter!

The Maks Clean Up

April 10, 2016

Dad read the book “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition,” mom realized she lived the book for the first 17 years of life. We are no longer a meat and potatoes family. We’ve been eating less animal proteins and processed foods, sticking to fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts. We aren’t ready to cut out dairy, and that may never happen. And the occasional goldfish cracker or french fry sneaks its way into our lives.

Kale. We all love kale. The kids love kale chips. We only wish that kale chips were easier to make in large batches.

Kale. The kids love kale chips. We only wish that kale chips were easier to make in large batches.

Yup, more kale. Weve also been substituting barley for rice. Delicious warm or in a cold salad as pictured.

Yup, more kale. Some days we substitute barley for rice. Delicious warm, or in a cold salad as pictured with our home grown basil.

Roast broccoli has always been a family favorite, still in our rotation. We make it salty like french fries, nope, our sodium intake has not improved on our health kick.

Roast broccoli has always been a family favorite. We make it salty like french fries, our sodium intake has not improved on our health kick.

Red curried lentils, with a side of processed crackers. But we justify it because they are filled with whole wheat, cranberries, coconut and sesame seeds. The kids arent too keen on either of these menu items.

Red curried lentils, with a side of processed crackers. Justified because they are filled with whole wheat, cranberries, coconut and sesame seeds. The kids are not too keen on either of these menu items.

Farro. A grain that looks and tastes like barley but has TEN grams of protein. Yummy in a salad, with lemon, cucumbers and of course kale.

Farro. A grain that looks and tastes like barley but has TEN grams of protein. Yummy in a salad with lemon, parsley, cucumbers and of course kale.

And if you feed your kids all of these superfoods, they will still end up as fresh teenagers.

If you pump your children full of all of these delicious super-foods they will still end up as fresh teenagers.

More clean up for the Maks on Ship Shape Day! A town wide clean up day, we grabbed some bags and tidied up our little street.

More clean up for the Maks on Ship Shape Day! During this town wide clean up day we grabbed some bags and tidied up our little street.

Easter in Puerto Rico

April 2, 2016

We had a wonderful Easter celebration at Nanas the Saturday before Easter.

We had a wonderful family Easter celebration at Nana’s the Saturday before Easter.

At 5:30am on Easter morning we woke our sleepy boys up to hunt for eggs.

At 5:30am on Easter morning we woke our sleepy boys to hunt for eggs. Candy is a good motivator to pop right out of bed.

Next stop: Wave jumping in San Juan, Puerto Rico!!

Next stop: Wave jumping in San Juan, Puerto Rico!! Happy Easter!

Our view for the next 5 days.

Condado Beach, our view for the next 5 days.

The waves and undertow at this beach were SO strong that this sign was posted every day.

The waves and undertow at this beach were SO strong that this sign was posted every day. No swimming??? The vacationers paid no attention.

While relaxing in the oceanside infinite pool gazing over the ocean we heard screams coming from the waves.

While relaxing in the ocean side infinite pool we heard screams coming from the waves.

Then we saw a hotel employee dashing into the ocean. You can see two little heads bobbing near those rocks. The next thing we knew, Mak dad had jumped over the edge of the pool and was running toward the ocean himself!

Then we saw a hotel employee dash into the ocean. You can see two little heads bobbing near those rocks. The next thing we knew, Mak dad had jumped over the edge of the pool and was running toward the ocean himself!

After helping to pull the two girls out of the water, here is dad helping the mother of the two girls up onto the rocks. You can still see the head of the hotel employee in the water whom he went back to fish out seconds later.

After helping pull two girls out of the water, in this picture dad is helping their mother up onto the rocks. You can still see the head of the hotel employee in the water whom he went back to fish out seconds later.

And we spent the rest of the day in the pool, happy to be alive. For 3 out of 5 days that we were at the hotel, people had to be saved from the vicious but beautiful ocean.

And we spent the rest of the day in the pool, happy to be alive. For 3 out of 5 days that we were at the hotel, people were saved from the vicious but beautiful ocean.

Since we had a hero in our midst, we werent detered from braving the vicious ocean.

Since we had a hero in our midst, the fierce ocean didn’t scare us away.

We also visited the Castillo San Cristobal, a fort the wraps around old San Juan.

We also visited the Castillo San Cristobal, a fort that wraps around old San Juan built by the Spanish in 1783.

We explored the secret passage ways and dungeons.

We explored the secret passage ways and dungeons.

On our last night we took the BEST pedicab ride ever! Our driver, Michael, blasted Michael Jackson and even did the moon walk on his bike.

On our last night we took the BEST pedicab ride ever! Our driver, Michael, blasted Michael Jackson and even did the moon walk on his bike.

On our last morning we explored some really cool tidal pools with amazing rock formations carved out by the ocean.

On our last morning we explored some really cool tidal pools with amazing rock formations carved out by the ocean.

And said goodbye to the ocean one last time.

And said goodbye to the ocean one last time.

What happened to March?

March 24, 2016

That was a crazy fun blur of a month! Other than a bout of pneumonia, we barely stopped moving and it’s not over yet.

We had a day in the 70s. Alex said he was doing his teenager pose.

We had a day in the 70’s! Alex wanted to document his teenager pose.

Huh? Snow a few days later? So confusing.

Huh? Snow? So confusing.

More teenager poses. The feetie pajamas throw us off the trail.

More teenager poses. Because feeties are where its at.

We made beach rock magnets.

We made beach rock magnets.

We bought beach rock magnets.

We bought beach rock magnets.

We got pneumonia.

We got pneumonia.

We partied with some super cool house guests!

Let’s get this party started! We loved having Adyson and Vivian at the Mak Shack!

Seriously, these two were wading knee deep fully clothed in the ocean on a 40 degree day.

Seriously, these two were wading knee deep, fully clothed, in the ocean on a 40 degree day.

More partying at the Mak Shack with some lovely ladies. Happy St Patricks Day!

More partying at the Mak Shack with some lovely ladies. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

oh.

It’s about to get real.

Our neighbors were featured in the Scituate Mariner!

Our neighbors were featured in the Scituate Mariner!

And so were these handsome guys.

And so were these handsome guys.

Yup, that’s been us for the last week or two. We like to blame it on the play room at the Y, when really we just live in New England.

This was last week: sick

Last week: sick

This week: sick

This week: sick

Sick

Sick

Sick

Sick

And more sick. We kid you not, even William is sick.

And more sick. We kid you not, even William is sick.

We did venture out in between sick, sick and more sick to grab a crazy amount of super hero library loot.

In between sick, sick and more sick we ventured out to IKEA and dropped in to grab a crazy amount of super hero library loot.  We sincerely apologize to those we infected during our travels.

Three weeks until spring! We’ve made it through the hardest winter months, which were actually quite weather perfect this year. We enjoyed the warm temps at the end of February and explored some hiking trails in our backyard, we can’t wait to see what they look like with some greenery!

The Mak Shackers disappear into the Great Brewester Woods hiking trail in Cohasset.

The Mak Shackers disappear into the hills of the Great Brewester Woods trail in Cohasset.

Josh likes to casual stroll, while Alex barrels through the forest.

Josh likes to casually stroll, while Alex barrels through the forest.

We fell in love with this old pine tree at the Ellis Estates in Scituate.

We fell in love with this old pine at the Ellis Estates in Scituate.

One of our best finds was The Pathway in Norwell, which had almost a half mile of board walks for some crazy biking.

One of our best finds was The Pathway in Norwell, which has paved paths and almost a half mile of boardwalks for some crazy biking.

Were hoping to make good use of this for running in the summer months since the double stroller is no longer.

We’re hoping to make good use of this for running and biking in the summer months since the double stroller is no longer.

Opa!! We had a nice visit with Opa before he takes off for another cruise around the world.

Opa!! We had a nice visit with Opa before he takes off for another cruise half way around the world.

We also had one stomach bug in the meantime.

We also had one stomach bug made better by some animal therapy.

In the meantime, Alex has turned into a teenager with the receipt of his classes telephone book. He has even moved a phone upstairs into his room because "there should be one in there."

In the meantime, Alex has turned into a teenager with the receipt of his class telephone book. He has even moved a land line phone upstairs into his room because “there should be one in there.”

The boys have their first gym membership! They run into the building to play while mom works out and then go for a swim.

The boys have their first gym membership! They run, not walk, into the building to play while mom works out and then we all jump in the pool.

And the first day of March! Voting day! Goodluck America.

And the first day of March is here! Voting at the primaries. Best of luck, America.