Saturday, April 30, 2011

Franklin with Cameron

We went to the Franklin Institute last Friday for Esther's birthday celebration.  As a family, we love the Franklin Institute, it's right up our alley.  Showing us how things work? Perfect!  But having Cam along made it even better.  And aside from one freak out, everything went smoothly.  Mom had Camo put his hand on something that she thought was just vibrating, when in fact it was putting little electric shocks through his hand.  Cam wasn't a big fan of that.  But he's a tough guy and recovered quickly.

He liked pushing the buttons...on everything.

Dad and Cam in the train room.

Charlotte made it all five miles without her train exploding.  Good job Char!

We went through the Giant heart as a family and then I took Cam again because I just can't get enough of that heart.  Thought it may not look like it here, Cam had a blast.

This is Dad shocking someone back to life.  For some reason, he looks guilty.

Crawling through an artery.  Memories being, I love being cheesy.

Man I love that face.

The rents.

The kids.

Don't worry, we didn't let Cam do anything he wanted all the time; just most of the time.

This wall was all about cellphones.  The red lights are little antenna's that picked up radio waves from phones.   You're supposed to put your phone next to the wall and watch the antenna's pick up the signal.

I'd say it works!

Esther and Char checked their vertical in the Sports section.  In Esther's defense, I didn't time her picture as well as I did Charlotte's.  But Char still won.

Once again, pushing buttons.  I love those beefy hands.

We had a great day. Good idea Esther!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

My latest project

This is my latest project.  I got these keys from my grandma and the frame from Ikea.  Add a little paint, hot glue and some scrapbook paper and...voila

The paint job is horrible.  When you plan on painting keys, use a new paint brush not one with dried mod podge all over it.  Lesson learned.  Now that I'm looking at it again, I think it makes the keys look vintage and authentic.  Yeah, sure.

But other than that, I love how it turned out. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spring Cleaning

"It has to bet worse before it can get better."  I hate that stage of cleaning.  It just want it to get better, without the getting worse part.  I'll let you know how it all turns out, but this is what I'm starting with.

Luckily, it did get better.

I got two new side tables from ikea for in the living room.  I had an old side table that I had wanted to redo.  Yeah, I started painting it and about 20 minutes in I totally hated how it was turning out.  Then an hour later I quit altogether.  I like these better anyway...except for one minor flaw.

They are so not level.  I guess that technically we can blame that on the floor, but really now, how am I supposed to handle that with my tetrisitis?

In the end I got everything cleaned up and put away.  It feels very good to change things up.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Boston via Hipstamatic

First picture of the trip.

These markers told you when you had hit the next stop on the Freedom Trail.

Getting to know the local riff raff.

There is no explanation for this.

Esther's favorite building.

Caption: "Me at one of the many stops along the freedom trail" or "I don't remember where this was taken."

We stopped for Starbucks and cake pops along the way.

They were delicioso!

Waiting to take a tour at the Samuel Adams Brewery.  

It was so interesting and so fun.

At the Cheers bar.  This place was packed and it was only 11 am.

A very cold game at Fenway Park.

Esther: "Let's take a picture in front of Fenway.  Try not to look cold."

I was completely unsuccessful.

Esther, on the other hand, doesn't look cold at all!

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Tour of Boston

Esther and I started our vacation by walking the Freedom Trail.  We downloaded an app for $3 that gave us information about each stop.  The app was great and came in really handy.  This is me at our first stop - Boston Commons.

Next we headed to a famous graveyard where many famous men and women are buried.  Even Mother Goose is buried there.  Or was it her sister?  The details on that one were a little sketchy.

This was Esther's favorite building.  The architecture is incredible, but I don't remember what this building is.  If I remember right, it's an old city hall that is now used by the democratic party.  Don't quote me on the city hall part, but I'm definitely right about the democratic party part.

They have a statue out front of a donkey.  In front of the donkey there is a plaque on the ground with two foot prints, an elephant and the words "Stand in Opposition."  So we did.

It's hard to see the little elephant because of the lighting, but he's there under my right food.

This was one of the parks we passed through on the Freedom Trail.  There is literally a red brick line that you follow throughout the entire walk.  It's pretty impossible to get lost.  If you look at the sidewalk in this photo you can just make out the line.

This is the smalled house in Boston.  It's 10 feet wide on the outside and 6-8 feet wide on the inside.  I don't know how anyone could live there.  Too little!!

This is the USS Constitution, the oldest floating warship in the world.  We took a free tour of the ship.  The conditions the men had to endure were incredible.  Did you ever hear the expression "hit the head" when referring to going to the bathroom?  That comes from ships like this.  When you went to the bathroom, you went to the head of the ship and leaned over the side to do your business.  Hopefully you had good balance.  Then the waves crashing on the front of the ship would clean things off.  Gross.  Also, the terms "loose cannon" and "skuttlebutt" come from these ships as well.

This was definitely one of my favorite stops.

If Esther could have taken these doors home as a souvenir she would have.

We also went to the cheers bar on our trip.  It's got the real bar from the show.  Very cool.  This is where I had my first and last bloody mary.  Never again.

Then we took a ride through Boston to get back to Faneuil Hall.  It was freezing, but fun.

Going to a baseball game at Fenway Park was number one on our to-do list.  Too bad it was 35 degrees and we were dressed for 50 degree weather.  We left at the bottom of the fourth because we couldn't feel our faces. 

On our last day in Boston we took an ipod tour of the harbor.  It was really interesting and, best of all, free. 

We stopped at this sculpture to take some pictures.  The ipod tour told us that on a hot day, you can fry an egg on this.  We weren't sure if you were allowed to step on them...

But we did it anyway.

Boston is an incredible town with so much history and interest!  I can't wait to go back!