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 went for a canoe ride.
Brrrrr….these crazies went for an ocean swim off the canoe.
We went to the biggest car show ever!
Godfather John and his trans-am won in his category!
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 the house looking for prey.
Maine, Maine and more Maine, we can’t get enough. Perfect way to end summer: cousin fun on Maine’s rocky coast.
Our backyard for the week.
Steep, rickety steps leading down to our backyard, great for fishing, contemplating, clamming or….
We had to visit the Bean.
And Wilburs Chocolate Factory.
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.
Swimming and picnicking at Winslow Park.
Enjoying the unusually warm waters at Old Orchard Beach.
We had to have a little backyard bounce house fun.
Lighting sparklers under the amazingly starry night sky.
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.
One last evening dip in our backyard before heading home to Massachusetts the next morning.
Our favorite month of the year brings:
The end of soccer season.
The start of tee-ball season.
Hoola hoop season for Josh who isn’t in any organized sports yet.
A time to pay tribute to our country.
A great excuse to set the street ablaze.
And cautiously play with fire.
Quality time with friends.
The best thing about July: warm summer nights on the beach. Fireworks are an added bonus.
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 crazy kids were busy collapsing the bounce house.
and having water gun fights.
Josh preferred quiet time with Opa.
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.
Surrender or victory dance? I’d say Dad was outnumbered.
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.
Josh is so proud to be finishing his first year of preschool.
First stop, Maine! One of my favorite places, Fort Foster.
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.
Second stop, dentist! These boys could stay here all day.
But mostly we love being home in our pajamas, climbing trees.
Or riding our new water slide.
Yes, we are so spoiled and so happy!
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:
Josh’s class took a Mother’s day field trip to Dalby Farm.
Alex’s class took a field trip to Lighthouse Beach for a scavenger hunt.
Josh turned four! And we made biscuits for a birthday breakfast, some shaped as itsy bitsy mini snowmen.
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 and days and days, please take note of our neatly manicured lawn and garden.
We’re back on the bikes! Who needs a selfie stick when we have dad??
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. The kids love kale chips. We only wish that kale chips were easier to make in large batches.
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. 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. 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, parsley, cucumbers and of course kale.
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! During this town wide clean up day we grabbed some bags and tidied up our little street.
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 70’s! Alex wanted to document his teenager pose.
Huh? Snow? So confusing.
More teenager poses. Because feeties are where its at.
We made beach rock magnets.
We bought beach rock magnets.
We got pneumonia.
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.
More partying at the Mak Shack with some lovely ladies. Happy St Patrick’s Day!
It’s about to get real.
Our neighbors were featured in the Scituate Mariner!
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.
Last week: sick
This week: sick
And more sick. We kid you not, even William is sick.
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 hills of the Great Brewester Woods trail in Cohasset.
Josh likes to casually stroll, while Alex barrels through the forest.
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 has paved paths and almost a half mile of boardwalks for some crazy biking.
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 half way around the world.
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 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, 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 is here! Voting at the primaries. Best of luck, America.