her birthday. She turned the whole thing around, planned a party for me so when I walked in and saw a table full of friends, I was jaw-droppingly speechless.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
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and once it did, it did not stop for 4 days. All summer, nary a drop. Our vacation week, a good old-fashioned Nor'Easter barreling it's way up the Maine coast. The older boys trying to stay dry. Hard to amuse teenagers in the rain.
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And then on Thursday, something I thought I recognized as the sun. We had some excitement when Taylor Swift was in Kennebunkport to premiere her video "Mine" to the local crowd. All the trucks and catering tents and guys in black led us to believe something very exciting was going on!
She filmed it at various spots around Cape Porpoise and Kennebunkport, Maine. It was shown live on CMT (Country Music Television) and she was right here on the magnificent grounds of St. Ann's Episcopal Church on Ocean Ave. in K'port. If you are ever in the area, don't miss paying a visit. Picnickers welcome.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
I waited and was patient. I knew what I wanted. I knew what I could spend. I trolled the "outdoor furniture" section of craigslist for a month. So many nice things that 'could' work, but not perfect. And then, voila, there it was. Fulfilling everything on my wish list. Around $100, white wrought iron, armless chairs and small enough so that it didn't gobble up all the room on the deck.
It has turned into the breakfast, lunch and dinner spot, leaving the big table on the deck out back feeling like the girl who wasn't asked to the dance. It's just that this cute little table is right outside the kitchen and the table out back (yes we are spoiled and yes I love outdoor spaces) under the pergola is down 4 steps and well, we're lazy.
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"We haven't crossed the swan boats off of our summer list yet", I announced this morning. So around noon off we went to check out the Boston Public Gardens. $2.75 for adults, $1.75 for kids, it is the best bargain in this wonderful city.
We came across a performance artist who was still as a statue until someone put a dollar in her jar, then she blew them kisses.
These girls were just getting up from a picnic on the lawn. Green hair, Hello Kitty handbag, adorable dress. I want it all. This is what I think I really look like, well in my mind's eye anyway. My 50th birthday is coming up. Hmm...at THIS point I think I have permission to do whatever the heck I want so perhaps there will be a funky hair color or flouncy dress in store...
We ate lunch at the Lily Pond Cafe right across from the Frog Pond. Well done, Boston. I haven't been to this area in a while and it is perfect in every way. The pond offers children a wonderful spray fountain to run around under. There are restrooms and places to change out of swimmies. The food is affordable and the little tables and planters are so very Paris. If the goal was to have a respite in the middle of the city, mission accomplished. I felt like I was going to trip right over Gisele and baby Benjamin.
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No humidity for the first day in 3 months. A picture perfect day. I may have bored my children with stories of "how mom used to walk this path every day when she worked nearby in her roaring 20's" but they acted interested at least! It is the most wonderful and restful place. People seem happy in this beautiful, enchanted garden that seems stopped in time. It is not hard to imagine women pushing baby buggies 100 years ago enjoying the same shady paths.
The artistry of the gardeners is not lost on me. What a joy, such expression, such pride in work. Exquisite beauty and arrangement of color around every corner. Note to self for next year...try this! Awesome!
Ronan and Carter on the Boston Public Garden bridge. It's been fun spending time with these boys this summer.
With the weeping willows watching over, a swan awaits the next ride.
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Sunday, August 8, 2010
Oh boy, this is a dream come true for a certain 16 year old in my house. The Rubik's Cube National Championships held this weekend at MIT. For the past 3 years he has had a large obsession with the "cube". He learned how to solve the 3x3 by watching a youtube video one second at a time over and over again until he could do it - and do it quickly. He soon moved on to the 4x4 and had been given vast array of all things Rubik every Christmas.
This was a National Championship after all. An auditorium full of folks a lot smarter than me! But not better, right? Got some good mom points today. Lucky for us, we were just a short ride from home.
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