Sunday, July 5, 2015

Art in the great outdoors

At Andre's Art Institute in Brookline, New Hampshire, we hiked the trails and stopped to enjoy the sculptures along the way.
It's a fun, relaxing way to take a walk and see some art.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

There's no place for fireworks like BOSTON

 We were extra motivated to get into the city for fireworks this year, so we could show our Italian daughter how it's done right.
Happy Birthday America!

Friday, July 3, 2015

for the family that skits together, there is wood to be stacked.

Seven sets of gloved hands, more than a few hours of hard labor and at least 15 truck loads of wood.
Our summer stage is filled with skit night memories 
and lots and lots of wood  LOVE.
Stacked and READY.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

If you build it, they WILL come

A couple of weeks ago Mr. Dub directed the building of what he called a platform for stacking firewood. I watched transfixed as they recycled our old deck boards into what, in my mind, appeared to be coming together as an ideal summer stage. I was delighted! But the workers had a hard time catching my vision.
Although he had doubts, Dub is a committed believer in the phrase 
Happy Wife = Happy Life. 
LOOK! He agreed to let me use the platform, and we pulled off a really spontaneous, REALLY EXCELLENT Skit Night. The 'burg's got talent.
 Friends, neighbors and extended family showed up. We provided the popcorn and lemonade, and the guests brought their A-game music, skits, magic, jokes and game shows to share.
We cheered, 
we clapped, 
we smiled and laughed.
It was an evening of FUN!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

UMass Insiders Tour (almost earned the acronym MIT)

Drove these three lovelies to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for an official university tour. We're so comfortable and familiar on the UMass campus that I never thought to take pictures. The two who toured MIT the day before unanimously agreed that the UMass tour was MUCH more enjoyable (take note, MIT tour officials) and that they would be much more likely to want to attend here. We enjoyed a delicious (free!) lunch in their award-winning dining facilities courtesy of Enrique the employee alum,
Fun Fact: Families of UMass students eat FREE! at any and all visits
and just as we were leaving town, I pulled over for this 
"if-there's-no-photo-did-it-really-happen?" picture.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MIT means More Impressive Tuition

I took a couple of our future college students on an official tour of MIT in Cambridge. It's a pretty imposing place.
 Fun fact about MIT: every student who enrolls MUST pass a swim test. Has something to do with the founder and being on the banks of the Charles River. I doubt there are very many universities/colleges that require passing a swimming test to graduate. Another fun fact: If an enrolled student takes a swimming class, an archery class and a sailing class, they are eligible to earn the official MIT Pirate's License. 
My maternal grandfather went to MIT in the 1930s. We still have his report cards. Now I want to dig them up and see if the Pirate's License was a thing almost 100 years ago.
 Fun for US? We met our BFF Ellen across the street for lunch after the tour. She works in the office of the President, and hooked us up with some fine MIT yo-yo's. She also took us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the library, where we saw the very impressive dome. It's a beautiful campus and we heard some imposing statistics about accepted students' average GPAs and exam scores.
 It was fun to walk the halls and grounds of MIT and learn about this fine institution of higher learning. Another Fun Fact: After the tour, no one in my little group raised their hand when I asked 
"Now who wants to go to MIT?"
Already done that.