Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Around the House with Sam in April

Sam is a creative, fun kid. 
He is the little sweetheart of my life!
These are some of the cute things he did around the house last month.

He made use of our under-used craft supplies and bedazzled his Lego train with beads, pom-poms, and pipe cleaners.

He gets this pleased expression on his face when he's done something he's proud of. 
It's really cute and I'm glad I got it on camera! 

 I don't think I'd define this next project as "cute," but it was a creative "science project" that he did after lunch later that same day.

Who's ready to eat?

{Snake in the bathtub!}
Sam and I were shopping at Michael's and he saw a grow-your-own-snake kit that he wanted to try out (he's been really into snakes lately). You're supposed to put the snake in bath water for about five days and it gets bigger and bigger each day. He was excited to watch it grow.

It started out like this.

Patiently waiting and watching.

A few days later it had grown longer...

 We put it back in the tub to see if it would get any longer.
The package said it would get really long, like as-long-as-me long. I was pretty skeptical about that but Sam wanted to try.
Back in you go! 
I was right. The snake didn't grow much bigger, so it was kind of a rip-off, but it was fun for Sam so it was worth it.

 Checking out the status of his rewards/chore chart at breakfast.
"How many more stars 'til I earn my reward Mom?" 

This was a little race car that he made. 
He drew and colored in the car, cut it out, and then glued on Cheerios wheels, all on his own. 
It's a change for me to have a child who can do these things easily and who enjoys doing them. John struggled with his fine motor skills at this age and he had to get occupational therapy to help with it. I'm thankful that Sam doesn't face the same problems with drawing, writing, coloring, cutting, and gluing.

I wonder where Sam could be hiding?

"No pictures please!"


Sam made a giant spiderweb around the whole house with a spool of yarn. It went up and down stairs and all through the rooms on the ground floor. It was pretty impressive.

He decided to pack his things for our trip back East this summer. He put them in the spot in the hall where we put our luggage before taking it out to the car. Too bad it was two months early!

A picnic lunch in the family room.
(Note the snake who joined in as Sam's special guest.)

We sure do love this sweet and fun five-year-old boy of ours!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wrapping up Summer 2013 on the Cape!

These are the final pictures I want to include on my blog of our summer on the Cape in 2013.
(Only about two years late, no big deal!) 

At the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.
Bird-watching with binoculars:

Walking out to the sea:
Over the marshland,

Through the woods,

And to the sea.

I love twisty trails through the woods.
Especially when they lead to the ocean.

This was at Long Pond Beach, which I've written about before (this is in the neighborhood where we stayed in three different rental houses over the years).

It was here that, thanks in part to my father, John learned to put his face underwater! It finally happened at the age of 7! He'd been scared of doing this for years. This was huge!
(This picture is one of triumph and accomplishment but it is a little creepy!)

This is about as close to the water as Sam wanted to get.
He enjoyed having Uncle Nate dip his toes in the water, but no more than that!

I always like the ducks at this lake. They're friendly and sweet.

Cue the music!
"Ducks in the pond quack a happy song..."
(This is a song we sing in Nursery that I've finally learned most of the words to!)

And that wraps up the Summer of '13 on Cape Cod. It was a wonderful summer!

My goal now is to get all my Summer of '14 Cape posts done before I leave to go East at the end of next month. You and I both might be a little Cape Codded out by then (if such a thing is even possible), but I love my experiences at the Cape too much not to blog about them!  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Haunted Cape Cod

One of my favorite things to do on the Cape every few years is to go on the haunted history walking tour that's given in the beautiful old historic town of Barnstable. The last time I did this was two years ago in the summer of 2013 with my niece Hayley and my sister (her mom) Jennifer. It was really cool, and I experienced some truly unexplainable things on this tour that left me quite stunned. When I got home that night I wrote them down so that I wouldn't forget the details. My belief in spirits and in the absolute certainty of life after death was very much reinforced during this tour. 

The Crocker Tavern House is very old, very lovely, and very haunted.

I had a very creepy experience in this Old Jail. Something touched the back of my left arm and trailed down it. I turned around to see what Hayley wanted because I thought it was her, but it wasn't Hayley. There was no explanation for it that we could see or find. I truly believe that I was touched by a ghost!

We walked around to more places than these and learned some neat things. It's a fun way to learn more about history and about ghostly activity on the Cape. I've also been on the haunted history tour on Nantucket, which was very good. There's one in Provincetown that I haven't done yet but it's on my list. 
I highly recommend this tour! 
(You can go here to find out more.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hyannis Harbor Again!

I feel like I just wrote about the topic that I'm going to write about today, and that's because I kind of did, but this was a different experience that happened in the same place. (Remember how I'm trying to get all caught up and clean off the photo files that have been hanging out on the computer for way too long? I'm making progress!) 

So anyway, remember the harbor cruise we went on last summer? I wrote about it two weeks ago. We kind of went on the same harbor cruise two years ago, only in 2013 we went on a private catboat that Peter's parents had gotten us all tickets for. It was a fun way to sail around the harbor, and faster than the ferry boat. It gave us the classic sailboat experience, which was a lot of fun. Thank goodness none of us gets seasick! Peter's grandparents had their own sailboat, so his family really enjoys sailing. Peter has always wanted to have his own boat...maybe someday. 

Little did we know that we'd be buying a house right near here the very next summer and that this coastline would become very familiar to us.

 One of my favorite pictures of Sam and of the Cape, ever.

The Kennedy compound and other mansions.

The owner of the boat (the captain?) let the kids take a spin at the wheel.

A "Special  K" boat for sale.

This picture has been in the sidebar of this blog for the last two years. 
Now you know where it was taken!

Sailing really is such fun!