Saturday, July 26, 2014


On our last night in Massachusetts, we decided to take Georgia mini-golfing for the first time.  We recruited the cousins and Auntie Lisa to join in for the fun!

Excited for putt-putt!

We decided that a little warm-up might be the best way to start...

For the first few holes, Georgia was all in!  She was interested and really wanted to get her ball into the hole.  After a few holes, not so much.  Luckily, there were lots of people around to entertain her and for her to entertain.

Of course, Nick and Andrew had to turn a simple game of putt-putt into the next US Open Championship.  They were neck and neck the entire game until the last hole when Nick choked and Andrew managed to tie it all up!

Bragging about his hole in one!

Georgia didn't quite understand some of the holes and was very curious about how a lot of them worked...

Get off the course, kid!

Like all good golfers, Georgia quickly learned how to cheat...

Dropping the ball into the hole!

Hugs for Auntie Lisa at the end of our game...

And the real "players"...with their score card!  Oh boys...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The 4th and the Real 4th...

Unfortunately, the 4th of July was a total and utter wet mess in New England.  The sky opened and it rained and rained and then rained some more!  

Since Nick arrived in town and was excited to see his brother's new house, we headed to Rowley for the morning to help out around the house and visit with his family.

Reading with Grandpa

Nick tossing around Georgia & Abby

Luckily, we were able to visit again the next day on a beautiful sunny day so the kids could play outside and we could do a little tree trimming!  By "we," I mean Nick and the boys while I supervised and made suggestions from the safety of the yard.

Bubble time in the garage

Nick and Georgia hanging out in the woods

The dancing queens putting on a show...

Nick trimming some trees by the pond

Since the 4th was a total rain out, our original BBQ plans had to be moved inside!  Although we couldn't shoot off any fireworks, Georgia still seemed to be flying high...

A few nights later, we were finally able to have our "4th of July!"  The best part about celebrating the 4th of July in New Hampshire is that fireworks are totally legal.  Auntie and Uncle Andrew put on a great display right in the front yard!  Murphy the dog was not a huge fan and Georgia wasn't thrilled with the loud bangs, but we all agreed it was an amazing show, even if Melissa thought her house was going to burn down any minute!

Sparkler with Daddy

Sparklers with Mommy

Thanks for a great fireworks display, Uncle Andrew!


When you're feeling lazy, sometimes your Mimi will hold your ears for you...

Watching the fireworks with Mimi and Auntie Elaine... and a bat????

Needless to say, Georgia did NOT want to leave at the end of the night, especially after having soooo much fun!

Hugs from Nathan and a sourpuss from Georgia

Monday, July 21, 2014

Beachin' It... Repeat!

Since we had so much fun at the beach, we decided to repeat the whole day again!  Nick finally arrived in Massachusetts late Wednesday night and Georgia was thrilled to wake up and see her Daddy after a few days away.  

Checking the weather in the back yard to see if it was good beach weather!

We quickly packed up the car again and headed back to the beach.  Unfortunately, the beach was covered in haze and dark clouds.  That didn't stop us from exploring the tide pools to find lots of baby crabs...

Nick was braver than any of us and decided to take a quick dip while the rest of us shivered on shore just watching him run into the water!

Where'd he go?!?!

At one point, we thought Georgia might actually relax on the blanket and take a quick snooze, but she rallied and quickly was back to her energetic self!

Sleepy girl

As the tide started coming in, it brought with it chilly winds from the ocean.  Thankfully, Mimi always comes prepared with sweatshirts for the beach because bad Mommy didn't pack anything!

Modeling Mimi's sweatshirt

The Brodeur crew decided to join us at the beach after soccer camp.  Luckily, they brought the sunshine with them too!  G loved digging with her cousins and watching them surf in the breakers...

Making a castle with Nathan

Matthew playing around

One of my favorite pics of the day is the look of pure pain on Nick's face while playing with Matthew in the surf.  The water temp is really something that has to be felt to be believed!

Is this fun yet?!?

We were so excited to get a few beach days in while we were home.  The beach is about 3 hours from our house in MD, so it's rare that we get out to the shore during the summer.  Two back-to-back ocean days were awesome.  If only the water was a TAD warmer...