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Somersworth Children’s Festival

So I am a little behind in keeping up with the blog.. I blame the awesomely hot weather (and my subsequent desire to spend my life in the splash pool with the toddlers).

I also am prepping to head back to school in a big way next week after taking the spring semester off (it was so nice!).  I have a year left of classes, and a year left of an internship before I can take my administrator boards, so it is all serious all the time starting next week.  It really is a shame I can’t (safely) bring the laptop into the splash pool with me.  That would be some amazing multitasking.

This group of pictures is from the annual International Children’s Festival in Somersworth NH that we went to with a pretty big group of the family a few weeks ago.   It was an absolute blast and if you are in the seacoast NH region on the 3rd Saturday in June you should definitely make plans to bring your family!  The activities there were definitely geared to the 10 an under crowd, but even the 1 year olds had a blast dancing and hanging out with the animals at the miniature petting zoo.  As a parent the events on the various stages kept me entertained as well, and it was so much fun to see the kids enjoying themselves.  I think this is going to be a yearly trip for us.

Want more information about the festival?  Visit the website for the Somersworth Festival Association.

And without further adieu… pictures!

 

First stop for us was the Wildlife Encounters area.  There were animals and a mini petting zoo for the kids.. a hit with all of them.  The folks over at wildlife encounters were super busy, but also super nice.  they do Birthday Parties in the area and my sister-in-law who works at a local day care center said that their visits to the daycare are always a kid/parent favorite.  Personally I loved the staffing ratio they had, despite all of the kids that were milling around they were able to keep everything well organized, the animals not overcrowded, and everyone happy and safe.

After the animals we had some fun on the playground, drawing pictures in the shade, and then cooled off with the splash pool that was set up before taking a long walk down to the second site of the festival (note* there was a trolley that we did not know about that would have taken us down minus the hike… good to know for next year!)

Next up for us was a nice cold drink and snack time while we watched a Jamaican band and then the TaeKwon Do demo put on by Mr. B’s school.  The older kids were fascinated, the toddlers wanted to risk life and limb to run out among all the kicking and punching people.  Apparently it looked like fun!

The second site had all the normal fair like activities, including rides, face painting, games, fair food and balloon animals.  There also was a pretty cool craft fair inside the school and a tented area that highlighted the cultural trends of different nationalities.

This is where Liam passed out (literally, while walking), so Conan and I trudged back to the car and went to go pick up pizza while everyone else got to enjoy a lovely trolley ride and some more fun!

A Surprisingly Productive Weekend

One of the things I enjoy most in the summer is getting outside and digging in the dirt. I love to play in my vegetable garden. I enjoy being able to consume the fruits of my labor. I also love puttering around in my low maintenance flower garden, pulling the weeds and making sure it is just right.  You can’t put a price on the satisfaction pulling into the driveway and seeing all those flowers gives me.  Life has become much more hectic with two one year old toddlers running around so to say I was surprised to come up with the time to put some plants in this weekend is putting it mildly.

Yesterday morning after the Hubs and I finished refinancing our house we went out to brunch before going our separate ways for the afternoon.  Brunch at Harvey’s in downtown Dover, NH is (as always) amazing.  It is hard to get a table most Saturday mornings but the food is delicious and the service is top notch.  If you swing in make sure you try a maple square, and grab a pork pie to go!  I have been going to Harvey’s for years.  Before meeting the Hubs I lived in downtown Dover and the restaurant was just two blocks away from my apartment.  After the Hubs and I moved in together my friend Dahl and I would meet up every Monday for brunch.  The staff there have all been fans of Liam since he was a bump.  My first request after a long labor and 24 hours without eating was a Harvey’s breakfast (which my husband sweetly went and got, proudly showing off the newborn pictures of Liam when he got there)… They added in two maple squares to my already huge breakfast as a congratulations… I of course ate it all.  At yesterday’s brunch Liam was able to proudly show off his walking (running to the cake case) skills.  Everyone ooh’d and ahh’d over him and he got to flirt with a little girl a few months younger than him at the table next to ours. She had a flower in her hair… it was fascinating.  It was also the first time we ordered him his own meal off the menu (I was starving and didn’t want to share mine)  His coloring skills have vastly improved recently and he can now go a whole minute without putting the crayon in his mouth 🙂

 

After brunch the Hubs left to go golfing with my Dad and Brother before a surprise party for my now 30 year old younger brother Saturday evening.  I was going to push my luck with Liam (who was already up past his normal morning nap time) and stop to pick up a few things at Target and then go straight home.  Surprisingly after the Target trip Liam was in such a good mood that I decided on a whim to take a chance and stop to pick up a few plants so that Liam and I could work on out deck container gardens together. It had just stopped raining on what has turned into a very rainy weekend when we arrived at the next store and apparently everyone else in the area had the same idea. The parking lot was packed!

Liam made it through both shopping trips like a star.  I spent $54 on plants, and basically purchased strawberries and the ingredients for my spaghetti sauce: Basil, summer squash, and Roma Tomatoes.  Somehow I managed to get Liam home, tuck him into bed, and just get the last plant into the ground again before it started down-pouring again.  The vegetable garden that I have planted this year is not necessarily the way I would have preferred it to be, but it is by far better than nothing (which is what I figured I would have this year).  Now the key is going to be keeping it watered.