Monday, March 30, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Father Daughter Dance

The Girl Scouts held a Father-Daughter dance yesterday.  Kaitlyn was very excited to go.  She got her first corsage from Daddy.  She won a gift card to the Girl Scout store in the raffle and Daddy bought her more flowers there.  She said she had a lot of fun, but her feet hurt.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Rene Rancourt

This past Saturday at the Pirates game we had a special treat!  Rene Rancourt performed God Bless America and the National Anthem.  For those of you who aren’t  Bruins fans…  Rene Rancourt has performed the Anthem at all of the Boston Bruin’s home hockey games for over 35 years.  He is a true legend to all New Englanders and no self-respecting New Englander doesn’t know who he is.  At the end of the anthem he always salutes to honor service men and women and fist pumps to cheer the team on.  He is apparently from Lewiston, Maine and came to the Civic Center while he was back in Maine for the weekend.
After performing, he was available in the concourse during the 1st period and 1st intermission to sign autographs and take pictures.  Apparently he really liked Kaitlyn’s Bruins hoodie because he told her to give him her finger.  The he took off his freaking STANLEY CUP RING and put it on her for the picture.  As far as we could tell, he did not do that for anyone else.  I’ve tried to impress upon Kaitlyn how special that was, but I’m not sure she gets it quite yet.  Either way, it’s a great story for when she gets older!P3211251

Odyssey of the Mind

Kaitlyn came home this year and expressed an interest in participating in Odyssey of the Mind.  While Kevin had heard of it before, I never had.  According to their website, it is an international educational program that provides creative problem solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.  While the older students actually have competitions at the local, state, and national level, the younger students have a separate non-competitive meet where they are offered feedback on what that did well to help prepare them for future competitions.  Last year, the older students at Kaitlyn’s school made it to the national level.  This year the older kids will be competing at the state level next week. 

The primary group (K-2nd grade) had their meet this past week.  For the past few months they have been practicing to solve their “problem”.  They get no help from anyone outside the group.  Their coaches don’t even offer suggestions, but they can ask questions to get them thinking or give them practice problems.  This year’s primary problem was very appropriate for our family…  “Wacky Weather”.  Teams were to create and present a humorous performance where a meteorologist makes predictions of “wacky weather”.  The meteorologist had to speak in rhymes and use a team-created forecasting device and a backdrop that served as a weather map.  The community would ”tune in” to get the weather report in any creative way the team wished.

Before presenting their problem, the team had to create a banner for the parade of schools at the end of the morning.


Can you tell what Kaitlyn was for their Wacky Weather play?P3211239



She was an ice cream cone!  Their play also included a Cheez-it Tornado!  Very creative!

Here she is lined up and ready to help carry their banner in the school parade.P3211242

All of the schools ready to receive their participation ribbons and certificates.P3211246

Kaitlyn’s first ribbon!P3211247

St. Patrick’s Day

We hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day filled with lots of yummy corned beef and beer!  I may be biased but I think I have the two cutest little leprechauns!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Snow Everywhere!



For Valentine’s Weekend we took a hockey road trip to Pennsylvania.  We spent our first night in Wilkes-Barre, PA where our Pirates played the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.  Most of our best players including our goalie and two top scorers had been called up by the Arizona Coyotes, so of course we ended up losing Sad smile

The next morning we drove down to Hershey.  Kevin booked me a couple of treatments at the Hershey Spa for Valentine’s Day.  While he wrangled the girls, I enjoyed a whipped chocolate bath followed by their Signature Chocolate Facial.

For lunch we headed to the Bears Den- our favorite restaurant in town.P2141202

After that it was game time!  Coco took a picture with us even though we were the enemy Smile


The Pirates lost again, but we had still had a lot of fun!  It figures, they are playing in Hershey again tonight and they win 5-1 when we aren’t there! P2141204P2141205

The next morning we bundled up and headed to Zoo America for a couple of hours.P2151206P2151207P2151208P2151211

Kaitlyn’s grown a bit…P2151210Kaitlyn (2 years old) at Zoo America in Hershey, PAP2151209

Kevin’s grown a bit too, haha!P1011218P2151212P2151213P1011215P2151214

Kaitlyn and the wolf kept running back and forth with each other.P1011216P1011217

That afternoon we were off to Chocolate World!Hershey Chocolate World 2015 Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn had been talking about how much she wanted to go to Hershey and make her own candy bar.  Of course, at Create Your Own Candy Bar everyone has to wear aprons and hair nets.  Even Kenzie had to wear a hair net, but since they didn’t have any small enough for her, they put  a beard net on her instead!P1011219P1011220P1011221P1011222P1011223

So happy even if she doesn’t get to eat any yummy chocolate yet! P1011227 Someone’s wiped out after a fun weekend!P1011228