I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Next week will be hell at work--the busiest of the year--and then things will die down a little bit. Thank God! The nice thing about this job is just when I think I can't take it anymore, it gets better.
It's been so long since I updated the blog with pictures. I haven't been taking many because I haven't done that much that is worth documenting. It's been all work, all the time for the past two months it seems. I guess we did manage to have some fun along the way...
First, nothing too exciting, but we had some Latino workers that did work for us in Watertown come and do some odd jobs around the house. They pulled out some overgrown evergreen-type shrubs (no idea what they are called) along the foundation of the garage, ripped up that nasty astroturf on the front steps that I cursed every single time we came home (and patched the cement underneath), fixed a ripped screen on the porch, lowered the drain in the driveway (it was too high and the water wasn't flowing in), and trimmed back the waaaaay overgrown burning bushes. It was awesome: three guys and one afternoon and boom! It was all done. Money well spent.
The border of the yard looks much better, but now we have to trim under the bushes, which is still overgrown since the big bushes were so full you couldn't get in there to trim or rake the leaves out.
Bad pictures because of the sun when I wanted to take them. But you can see how much cleaner the steps are now!
After the big gross bushes were ripped out we planted some azaleas and rhododendrons. We need to mulch the area but decided to wait until the spring.
Now the random photos of the boys. One day Adi was so proud of himself for putting his goggles on by himself...I didn't have the heart to tell him they were on wrong.
We went to see Nana in early October. We took a walk down her street. Nana is always happy to run into her neighbors so she can show off the boys.
When we got home, the boys wanted Mini to drive her car with them. So she did...almost half way around the neighborhood! The boys loved that she did it.
We've been using our fireplace almost every weekend night. We LOVE it. It makes it easier for me to do work when I have to spent a Saturday night sending emails or writing letters.
We went to the Sheep Pasture's annual fall festival. Kind of a disappointment. I mean, it was ok, but it cost $7/adult to get in and then it was nothing more than Autumn Fest in Bridgewater, which is free. Now we know. The boys did enjoy climbing on this tractor, though. And Sebastian watched the band play for about 15 minutes without moving because he liked the men playing the guitar.
After we went to Langwater Farm--they were running free hay rides out to the pumpkin patch. That was more fun (and cheaper!) than the festival. We did it last year, too, and it was just as much a hit this year. The boys each picked a tiny pumpkin, and I got an odd-shaped one that kind of looks like a cupcake.
Sebastian "coloring" a picture for school.
We went to a Lowe's Build & Grow clinic to make haunted houses. The houses are adorable. The boys were less than adorable. Carlos made them both and neither boy could have cared less. Actually most of the children were not at all interested. I guess we'll wait until they are older to go back (although if the stuff is cute, maybe we'll go again...) I sort of expected they wouldn't care, but they do love to mess around with tools at home. Carlos was excited that we walked away with free aprons, patches, and goggles for the boys, in addition to the haunted house.
On Columbus Day we went to Hull. Jim and Baby James came, too, and we went to the beach. Sebastian and James love each other.
Adi wanted so badly to get wet..
The latest infatuation of Sebastian's is with Toy Story and Buzz. He sets up "Big Buzz" (because he has 4 "buzzezez" as he calls them: Big Buzz, 2 medium buzzes--one with a helmet and one without, and one Tiny Buzz) on the table and then talks to him.
Today we spent some time at Mini's playground in the morning. Sebastian was in love with the whale.
Then we went to Patriot Place for the Cranberry Harvest Festival. We walked around, sampled free food, met some characters, listened to some music, "looked for Buzz toys," and then left. It was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon!
The boys were excited to see where Tom Brady plays, to go down Tom Brady's stairs, and to play on Tom Brady's grass (outside the stadium).
They kept falling down on purpose on the astroturf like the "men on the TV."
And that's all for now. I hope to be back more regularly after November 1!