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Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA

Visiting the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

Last week Addison and I visited the Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. It was not our first visit to the gallery – we love it because of the great artwork, the proximity to our home, and the free admission. Kendra and I love taking Addie to art […]

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Zoom! – Honoring Axel and His Balance Bike

Last year the #OutdoorFamilies community was rocked with the news of the violent murder of Axel, the son of one of our own – Jen Charrette of Velo Mom. Axel was a vibrant little boy who loved to ride his Strider balance bike, and adored his parents and older brother Kalden. Wanting to honor the memory of […]

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Addie exploring at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA.

5 Tips for Taking Toddlers to Museums

I know what you’re thinking. Toddler + Museum = Potential Disaster. Oh the things that could go wrong – a temper tantrum on the floor of a crowded gallery, sticky fingerprints left on a delicate piece of art, any number of bodily fluids leaking onto the floor… the possibilities are endless. Yes, taking a toddler to a […]

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Addie in the Calderwood Courtyard at the Boston MFA.

Exploring the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with a Toddler!

Today Addison and I spent our morning exploring the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It’s always interesting to go to museums with her, especially ones I have been to before, because her experiences always shift my own perspective.  Usually I seek out particular artwork or styles I want to see. For example, today I […]

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Addison and Elizabeth helping me put together our new cedar raised bed.

Gardening and the Unfortunate End for a Little Mouse

We are having unusual weather in New England – it was 75 degrees today, and it’s supposed to be sunny and warm all week. I was inspired to start our garden today! On the way home from church, we made a pit stop at Home Depot and got potting soil and seeds. When we got […]

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Yosemite National Park, California

7 Super Shots – Travel Photos Revisited

At the prompting of fellow blogger Sandra Foyt of Albany Kid, I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots. I don’t often follow prompts for my blog posts, but I liked this particular challenge. It gave me the opportunity to dig through my old photos, and highlight a few that I love, yet haven’t […]

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Snowboarding at Pat's Peak

Adventures in Snowboarding at Pat’s Peak!

Yesterday we took the Outdoor Adventure Club to Pat’s Peak in Henniker, NH. I work at an inner-city high school, so most of my kids have never been skiing or snowboarding – it’s too expensive. Access is something I struggle with on a regular basis – just finding the resources and transportation to get the […]

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Addie in the Lilly Gold Sit 'N' Stroll 5 in 1 Car Seat & Stroller Combination

Gear Review: Lilly Gold Sit ‘n’ Stroll

While we were getting ready for our last trip to Europe, we made tons of lists, especially in regard to what we needed to bring for Addison, our 19 month old daughter. The one thing I was dreading was toting her car seat. It wasn’t an option for us – we needed a car seat […]

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Addie shaking the snow off the branches.

The Simple Pleasures of a Snowfall

I have been waiting for this day all winter – it finally snowed! We have had an uncharacteristically snowless winter in Massachusetts. Usually by now I am ready to throw my shovel at something. This year has been different, and not just because I haven’t used a shovel even once. This year, Addison is big […]

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Ducks looking out over the river in Paris, France.

Paris, Day 2: Notre Dame, a River Cruise on the Seine, and the Louvre

Today began with a hop on the Metro to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, a stunning Roman Catholic Church that exemplifies the French Gothic movement in architecture. Construction of the Cathedral began in the 12th century, and finished in the 14th century. Eva (our tour guide) gave our students a brief art history lesson as […]

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