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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Review of Legoland Discovery Center in Boston, MA

Review of LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Boston, MA

As a kid, I loved LEGOS®. I made houses, towers, cars, mini-cities – anything I could think of in my imagination. I rarely stayed on script, most often straying from the instructions that came packaged with a new set of LEGOS®. Flash-forward thirty years, and I’ve shared my love of LEGOS® with my three kids. Addie […]

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10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Adventurous Tots

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Adventurous Tots

With the holidays right around the corner, we’ve been thinking about what to get Addison, Evan and Kate for Christmas and Hanukkah. All three of our kids love the outdoors, and exploring the world around them, so we try to get gifts that they can use on our adventures. Looking for gift ideas for your […]

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Hiking West Rattlesnake Mountain in Holderness, NH

Hiking West Rattlesnake Mountain in Holderness, NH

When I resigned from my inner-city high school teaching job in June, I also left behind my position as advisor to the Outdoor Adventures Club. It was not easy for me, but I was elated when Kendra told me she was eager to take the reins and applied for the job. She was officially hired last week – so naturally […]

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Halloween 2014

A Week of Halloween Fun: Halloween 2014

Last year we were very low-key during Halloween. The twins were just eight weeks old, and as excited as Addie was to don her monkey costume and trick-or-treat, it was a short night. This year, we went all out. We kicked off Halloween week with the annual pumpkin-carving/decorating party in our neighborhood. Coordinated by our […]

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Hiking Solo With Toddler Twins

Tips for Tandem-Carrying Kids While Hiking

My new job has meant more time at home with Evan and Kate, so we have been joining my friend Jenn and her daughter Abby on hikes! And so, I have become one with the art of hiking while carrying not one, but two kids! Though I was nervous at first, I’ve gotten accustomed to […]

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5 Tips for Photographing Fall Foliage

5 Tips for Photographing Fall Foliage

As the cooler fall weather settles in, and the leaves turn brilliant shades of red, orange, yellow, and purple, it’s a common sight in New England to see cars slowly winding their way along back roads as the passengers admire the beautiful fall foliage. Everyone is craning their necks to see the magical process that […]

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Review: The Travel Square

Review: Travel Square + Giveaway

Addison, our oldest daughter, is obsessed with many things – including the color pink, and purses. Even better – a pink purse. Whenever we head to the car, she totes along one of her many sparkly pocketbooks, jam-packed with crayons, scraps of papers, and other things she, “needs.” Most of the contents end up wedged […]

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Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

Bicycling the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, Lowell-Westford, MA

Biking is quickly creeping up on hiking as one of our favorite family activities! Recently we were bicycling the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, which begins in my hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, and travels through the neighboring towns of Chelmsford and Westford. Formerly the Lowell-Framingham line of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, the trail has been paved […]

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