Saturday, July 11, 2009

Exploring R.I. Part III

There are always a few shots from ones cluster of memories that truly stand out. I'm glad I caught these.

I love the elephant shot, because it reminds me of my answer to Sam when he asked "what was your favorite part of the weekend?" And I responded, "sitting on a bench under a tree at the zoo".

Sam and I were at the end of our zoo excursion with the girls. As we rested right across from the elephant's eating area, we snacked on cotton candy and watched our large lunch companion eat its hay.

Then it began to rain. Thankfully, we were protected by the tree above, so, we didn't mind the rain. And neither did the elephant. We all went on contentedly eating and relished in the joys of cotton candy, elephants, moms, dads, and rain.

This sunset is at Point Judith, RI. We had just gotten off the fast ferry from Block Island. I couldn't resist attempting a silhouette shot of the boat in the sunset. I am so wishing for my Nikon D300!

But my Canon Powershot is great in a pinch, sense it tucks so easily in your pocket. The other shots are from Providence, RI; Bristol, RI and Block Island.

Exploring R.I., Part II

We were invited by a lovely local family to join them at the Bristol R.I. Independence Day Parade. They have an adult son living with a disability that requires him to use a wheelchair. It was a great way to get to know them and get some insights into parenting a disabled child. We got there early, so there was some time to chat. But once the parade started we were focused on keeping the girls entertained.

Wow, what an event! It was three hours long. We heard marching bands from all over the east coast, saluted veterans, soldiers, and sailors. Saw international groups, tea party demonstrators and some wierd, non-patriotic stuff too. The girls clapped their hearts out and were giddy when they saw the motorcycles and clydesdales coming down the way. I will certainly remember to pack hearing protection next time. I've never seen or heard so many muskets and cannons in my life. I think I was more jarred by the noise of the parade than the children were.

Exploring R.I., Part I

Our 4th of July weekend somehow turned into a tour of Rhode Island. It wasn't planned or thought out. We just went. Sam had an itch to do some traveling, now that the house is on the market and he didn't have a honey-do list to wrangle over the long weekend. He insisted on playing tourist. So, we started simple: The Zoo. (I almost deleted the third picture because 1) I don't remember taking it 2) Its just a mob of people looking at the giraffe, right? Once you find Estelle, the picture is priceless. Her expression seems to say, "What are they looking at? Me?")

On our way home, as we cruised down 95 South, Sam noticed a sign for the Martha's Vineyard Fast Ferry. He wanted to see where it was for "future reference", so we headed of down the exit. The next thing we knew, after driving for an hour and not seeing anymore signs for Martha's Vineyard, we were at Point Judith, one of the most southerly points of the state. This was also the ferry terminus for Block Island. We deliberated as the babies napped and decided to pay $15 for parking, so we could enjoy the afternoon and, hopefully, some dinner on The Block.

Since we chose the busiest day of the year to go to Block Island, we also rode the ferry that had an all new crew. So, the journey over three foot seas took 20 minutes longer than normal. Ugh. But once we got into town, we could feel the holiday pulse moving through the beach air. So many people, bikes, scooters. But walking off the ferry you were immediately in a different world. I love the beachy, cottagey, cedar shakes and hydrangeas feel. Sam and I would love to spend a week at a cottage here, just us.

We ate at outdoor italian place and ate ice cream overlooking the seashore. We found a park on a hill with these knolls that were perfect for teaching little people to roll down them. The look on Esra's face was all we needed to know she loved it. We took the fast ferry home and marveled at our beautiful day.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Seeing the SnapDragon

Thank you for the gracious and expeditious efforts of Dragon Mobility in the U.K. to transfer their promotional materials to YouTube.  There is so better way to understand the immensity of this device than to see it in action.

Summer and Six Things

There is lots to tell. The house is staged and life goes on. We are enjoying summer so much more now that it doesn't include painting, packing and all the rest. Instead we are enjoying BBQs, zoo trips, love from grandparents, getting to know cousins, dinner on an island, our first time on a catamaran, rolling down hills, ice cream by the bay, swimming lessons, taking the school bus, chasing bugs, playing in the sprinkler, and going to bed contended every night.
Over the week, we'll tell you more about all of our adventures. And give you a virtual tour of our house. Its such a lovely place. Any one moving to Connecticut?


Six Things:

Sensibly Styled, a new site creating stylish yet modest outfits. I love the blouses they pick too.
Heather Ross inspires me to have magic markers and sketch pad wherever I go.
Design Mom always has a fun book of the week pick. 1000 Times No will be on our next library check-out list.
Diggin Food shows you how to make a super simple squash trellis.
Simple Mom is going back to the basics. I'm looking forward to reading her installments on managing hearth and home.
Ali Edwards writes a touching, mid-year essay on nurture, her word of the year.