Harold Parker State Forest Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing in Harold Parker State Forest

Location: Harold Parker State Forest, North Andover, MA Date: January 25, 2015 Distance: 2.14 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 148 feet Our Hiking Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes roundtrip Trail Blaze: None Difficulty: Easy Trail Map Snow! We’ve looked at grass since Thanksgiving – our only snowstorm until this past weekend. With six inches of fresh powder on the […]

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Outdoor Families Magazine

Outdoor Families Magazine Launches January 15!

Outdoor Families Magazine, the brainchild of MommyHiker.com‘s Jennifer Fontaine, goes live at outdoorfamiliesonline.com on January 15th! I am so excited for the launch of this unbelievable project, which, according to Jennifer, “strives to enrich the lives of multi-generational families worldwide by providing unparalleled outdoor and adventure related content meant to inspire a connection to, participation in, […]

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Winter Trails Day 2015 at Weston Ski Track

Celebrating Winter Trails Day at Weston Ski Track

I was so excited it snowed on Friday that I picked up Addie early from school in hopes we could go snowshoeing. Unfortunately, I was driving down from New Hampshire, where there was much more snow than what I found when we got back home. We scrapped our plans for the afternoon, instead focusing on […]

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Harold Parker State Forest

First Hike of 2015 at Harold Parker State Forest

The first hike of the New Year is always an adventure in Massachusetts! Sometimes it’s a snowshoe romp while other times, like this year, there’s not even a flake of snow on the ground. With lots of kids in tow, we headed to one of our favorite local hiking spots – Harold Parker State Forest. […]

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Family photo - 2014

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

It’s hard to believe another year has passed. Time really does seem to go by faster the older you get! We kicked off 2014 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where we’d spent the holiday hunkered down in cabins and snowshoeing with our friends Meg and Marcy. Unlike this winter, snow was abundant last […]

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Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

Hiking & Drawing at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

With Evan’s open-heart surgery cancelled, Kendra and I have suddenly found ourselves with a lot of unplanned free time this week. Her mom, Jane, flew up here to help take care of Addison and Kate while we were in the hospital, and is with us until January 4th. Having spent the last three weeks in […]

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From surgery to stool samples

From Surgery to Stool Samples

We started our morning at Boston Children’s Hospital by meeting with a cardiac surgical fellow who described in horrifying detail exactly what they will do during Evan’s open heart surgery to repair his cardiac defects. Being the ever-curious person that I am, I’d done a bit of Googling prior to our pre-op appointment, but nothing prepared me […]

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When LGBT Microaggressions Add Up

When LGBT Microaggressions Add Up

Today I got a call from the nurse practitioner that will be working with us when Evan has his sedated echo next week. It was a typical pre-op phone call, mostly to rule out any risks and confirm Evan’s medical history. Easy-peasy. Until two questions in he asked, “So, are you the biological parent?” I […]

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Evan at the Cardiologist

The Day We’ve Dreaded Is Finally Here

So Evan’s body is telling us that it’s ready for his VSD to be closed. I was expecting Evan’s cardiologist to utter these words today, but it didn’t make the news any easier to bear. We’ve known since Evan was just a week old that he has congenital cardiac defects that will need to be repaired through open […]

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Green Friday Hike: Weir Hill Snowshoeing

Green Friday Hike: Snowshoeing on Weir Hill

While the masses were hitting retail stores for Black Friday shopping, Kendra and I took the kids snowshoeing! Our friend Jenn and her daughter Abby joined us for our post-Thanksgiving Green Friday hike up Weir Hill in North Andover, MA. It’s hard to believe the day before Thanksgiving it was almost 65 degrees out, and […]

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