Sunday, November 7, 2010

Saturday in Boston

I have been avidly following the news on Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" and because the concept behind it perfectly fits my political viewpoint I felt inclined to participate in the Boston "Reasonable picnic to Restore Sanity" satellite rally.  Of course, true to the concept Aaron couldn't come because he had stuff to do (paint the will be coming eventually) and since he had to be in Cambridge later that day (and we only have one car) I decided that the girls and I would make a day of it.  We took the bus into the city, a dream come true for Tessa...for the first 15 minutes.  After that she developed the glazed commuter look and started to wonder what was the big deal about the bus.  I started to get motion sick because of the driving of our rather angry bus driver.  We transfered to the subway, which Tessa liked and eventually ended up at the Boston Common.  The plan in my mind was a picnic in the park- but it was COLD and so rather than drag the kids to Burger King, then back to the rally location we just ate in the store and showed up at the rally 45 minutes late.  Once again, things to do. 

Honestly, there wasn't much going on.  No live feed from DC or any speakers or anything.  Mainly just people with funny signs.  I borrowed one (too busy to make my own) and this picture is priceless!

Those kiddos kill me with their cuteness.  At one point the group of about 200 people decided to march to the State House...well sort of.  Someone suggested it "Lets march to the State House" and others shouted "We are still eating"  Response - "Okay then, in 10 minutes."  Tessa and Meg really got into the march - chanting and singing to their own drummer whilst the rest of us walked along in a reasonable manner.  Then we left the group and hit the really awesome playground in the Common.

Fall in New England is such a blessing!

Tired baby.  Hours past her nap.

Tessa walked the whole day, all around the Common then down Charles Street to the subway stop.  She wanted to walk across the bridge over the Charles River but had a tiny little meltdown out of shear exhaustion.  Some Dunkin' Donuts helped perk her up and she didn't even fall asleep in the car on the way home.  She is really not a baby at all anymore.  Sigh.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

More from October

Although Aaron was painting the house over Columbus Day weekend we still managed to squeeze in some time at the Topsfield Fair.

We keep trying to force Meg to love carosels...she played along for 20 seconds the off into Mommy's arms.  Tessa though, is a regular cowgirl!

This is ride Tessa hesitated to do last year (grown-ups aren't allowed to ride) and then when she got up the nerve she missed her chance by 30 seconds because it started raining.  I don't know if she remembers that, but this time she just climbed aboard and had a great time.

This picture embodies one of the sweetest things about Tessa.  I can't even explain it, but look at that shy yet completely thrilled little wave she's doing.  Kill me now it is so cute.

Meg and Momma rode the CRAZY BUS together (it goes up and down...oooooooo) She was very eager to go on a ride to, after watching Tessa  do a few. 

But when it came down to it, she didn't quite get what the thrill was.

Unrelated to the fair is this cake.  The candy corn just make it a Fall cake, instead of a "Mommy wants sugar, what do we have in the house" cake.

Pumpkin parade.

The squirrel that was living in our floorboards...Aaron dropped it off at a local park with a bag of nuts to replace the ones he'd been storing at our house all winter.  Good deed done.  Then when he got home our neighbor informed Aaron that squirrels mate for now the pressure is on to catch the 2nd squirrel and re-unite them before squirrel #1 decides to shack up with a park floozy. 

The one thing we were unable to do at the Fair was ride the Ferris Wheel, even though that is the main thing Tessa requested.  Luckily for her there is a carnival that comes to Salem during Halloween (probably the same group from the Fair) so she and Daddy took a special trip downtown just so she could ride the Ferris Wheel.  She loved it.  Aaron isn't much for heights so his stomach started to get a bit woozy, but Tessa was unafraid.  Love her!

** (Ahhh....I might pass out, I just figured out how to add a whole bunch of photos at once in blogger AND move them around so much easier - maybe, just maybe I'll post more often)