Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dragon Boat Race

Our good friend Lisa Holland volunteered to row on a Dragon Boat team and invited us to come and watch her race. It was a great summer day and the races were a lot of fun.

Lisa's team rowing on the river.

Unloading from the dragon boats after a very close race.
Lisa's team.  Can you find her?  She is fourth from the right on the 2nd row.
There was even some traditional Chinese Dragon Costumes and Dances.  The boys really enjoyed that.    

Friday, June 27, 2014

Four eyes

Look who got glasses!! Doesn't he look handsome?
I don't think he loves taking pictures. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Author's Tea

Matthew's class held an Author's Tea.  Each student wrote and illustrated a story.  They then, invited their parents to come and hear them read their story.  Afterwards we all had yummy treats.   Matthew's story was about dogs.  It was non fiction.  He told how much he loves dogs and that everyone who has one is very lucky. Poor kid, he really wants a dog.... 
I am in no way biased to say that Matthew's was the best story of the class.  

Monday, June 16, 2014

School Talent Show

The ballroom dance team preformed at the School Talent Show today.  Here is Holden and his partner, Mackayla, dancing the Cha Cha.  It is so much fun to watch him dance.  He now knows the Tango, Cha Cha, Waltz, and Meringue.

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Joe has been really into juicing vegetables lately.  I bought him a juicer for this birthday last year.  His favorite juice right now is fermented cabbage juice.  Yes it is as bad as it sounds.  Or at least it smells as bad.  No one else in the family will touch the stuff.  Today as a surprise I juiced up all the veggies in the fridge for him.  Doesn't that color look delish?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Last Soccer Game

Another season has come to an end.  Holden's last game was in Easthampton.  Joe was in New York visiting his parents, so he couldn't be there.  Too bad, because Holden did AWESOME.  He scored a goal in the first half and played goalie in the second.  His coach said he was a natural in the net and I have to say some of his moves were pretty impressive.  

Here is he playing goalie.  
Here, Nicholas appears to be really into the game, but really he spent most of the time reading Popular Science magazine which Aunt Lisa subscribes to for him.
Matthew enjoyed his candy stick a little more than he enjoyed the game.
And this is how Anders watches soccer.  

In the end the Bulldogs lost, but it was a great game.  

Friday, June 13, 2014

Matthew's First Assembly

Here is my baby sitting in his first official school assembly.  He has been to school assemblies a bunch of times when we went together,  But now he sits with his class wearing his school uniform.  It all happens so fast.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Special Olympics

The youth of our stake volunteered this year at the Special Olympics in Boston.  Joe got up really early and drove Nicholas  and some of the other kids from our ward up.  They said it was a really great experience and they were glad they got to help.
Here are our Youth!  What a great group of kids.
This is a picture of one of the events.  Nicholas helped at the javelin and Joe at the shot put.

The games were held on the campus of Boston University.  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Out to Lunch at Zoes

The last day of my parents visit my mom and dad wanted to go to lunch at a seafood restaurant .  The only problem with this plan is that I don't like seafood AT ALL.  I had no idea where to go to get seafood.  I googled seafood restaurant Western Mass and it came up with a place in Northampton called North Shore Seafoood.  We drove up there and it ended up being only a fish market.  I asked the owner of the shop if he knew of a seafood place and he said he didn't know of one.  
We finally ended up at Zoe's Fish Market in South Hadley.  It was fun to hang out with just my parents.  
Look how cute they are.
Thanks so much for coming mom and dad.  It really means a lot to all of us.  

Monday, June 2, 2014


On the Monday of my parent's visit we headed to Newport, Rhode Island.  There is a National walkway that goes right along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and right behind some of the mansions from the Gilded Age.  Of course we took the boys out of school so they wouldn't miss out on the fun.  Here are some pictures from the Cliff Walk.

After the walk we did the 10 mile coastal drive around Newport.  We saw many of the mansions and some amazing ocean views.  Of course I don't have any pictures because I was driving.

The drive ends up at Fort Adams, the largest coastal fortification in the United States.  It was garrisoned during the War of 1812.  It is located right on the harbor and the views were great.  We got there 15 minutes before closing and decided we didn't want to pay the entrance fee.  So here we are outside the fort.  The man in the background is actually in a Civil War Military uniform.

They had old cannons outside that had been used in battles.  Of course the boys all needed to have their pictures taken with them.

Here are some more pictures of us exploring the fort and the harbor.

After a busy day, we ended up eating at Friendlys.  A real New England tradition.  

We arrived home tired, full, and sunburned (especially mom.)