Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer Beach Stop Motion

Dova at the beach

What do you do when your daughter asks you to take a ton of photos and videos at the beach (166 to be exact)?  Make a stop motion video of course!

Dova Beach 2015

Who can resist stop motion of triple back walkovers?

After doing a search for "summer beach stop motion", I found this super fun video of "happy Zappos clothes".


Zappos.com: Summer Beach Stop Motion from Chris "Gonzo" Gonzalez on Vimeo.

Hope you're having a fun summer!

Dova handstand on beach

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Apple Picking in Cider Donut Heaven

Dova Apple Picking

Every year, we make it a tradition to go apple picking at our local orchard in town.  After all, it's the only way to be a proper "New Englanda" living in the outer suburbs of Boston.

Doug holding Dova

Doug said that Dova is getting way too big to pick up for the apples up high.

Walking the orchard

But nothing beats a walk through the apple orchard, with the crisp fall air and glimpses of foliage.

Dova picks a pumpkin

As usual, Dova loved picking out pumpkins.

Adam carries a pumpkin

And Adam hauled them to the car.

Brussel sprouts

This year in the store, we also picked up some fresh brussel sprouts to Adam's dismay.

Cider Donuts frying

But what really caught our eyes and noses were the fresh cider donuts frying right in the store.

Cider donuts

Here they are in the bag just before we inhaled them on the car ride home.  Can you smell the cinnamon goodness?

Gourds

We also picked up some cute gourds, next to Dova's Harry Potter mandrake she got as party favor.

Bite the apple!

The best part (besides the cider donuts) is deciding which apple to eat, the largest or the smallest!

Angela's note:  Another out of season post, but these photos were too good to pass up!

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Neighborhood Adventure on Bikes

When I asked the kids to honor me with a bike ride a while ago, it was met with a lot of rolled eyes and complaints of a boring time to come. Sure biking can be boring if you always take the same roads, but this time it would be more of an adventure. Instead of heading out of our dead end street into the neighborhood, we headed towards the dead end and into the woods.

After clearing the heavily wooded portion of the trail at the end of our street, we happened upon an abandoned house.

Abandoned house

With an abandoned garage and abandoned mailbox.

Abandoned garage

Abandoned mailbox

Spooky! We looked around a bit and saw lots of old rusted machine tools in the yard complete with a garden snake standing guard. This house is actually on a street with the same name as ours, they are two dead end roads that connect only with a dirt path.

Riding down the dirt road some more, we saw nothing but canopied trees.

Canopied trees

Further down, we saw a sign for an open house on a house for sale. The open house time had passed, but the garage door was wide open and the garage was empty. We knocked on the door to the house and no one answered. So we wandered inside.

The door opened into a wonderful open space with a loft and vaulted ceilings.

Kids with bike helmets

It had a hot tub and a foos ball table.

Foos ball

Dova immediately wanted to buy the house because clearly a home is not complete without a hot tub!

Can we buy it?

Did I mention hot tub?

Hot tub!

They said it was the best bike ride ever, exploring from an abandoned house to a pristine house for sale. All without leaving our street!

Angela's note: Dusted off this old draft, we actually took this bike ride in the fall of 2013!

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