Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It snowed a lot and other stories: November

Where did we leave off?  Halloween! I give you my pirate girl and my Anakin Skywalker.  
What a quick and wild November it has been.  We have spent as much time shoveling snow as we have raking leaves.  I don't remember ever having a snow day in November before, and this past month, we got one.   

My mom and I took a quick weekend trip to NYC.  It was Reed's turn to see a Broadway show with my mom, and Skyler and I were invited to travel to the city along with them.

 We even got a few precious hours with my Marjorie.

 And we gave the kids a little taste of NYC.

 CENTRAL PARK:  One of my favorite places in the world, and both kids would now say the same thing. You can do anything there!

They will never skate indoors again.

Later, while Reed and my mom set off for their date to The Lion King, Skyler and I had some time to wander. We made our way to her much-anticipated destination:  The American Girl Doll Store.
She had spent the past 8 months saving her money and was ready to put down some cash for a new doll and some tiny outfits.  Success!  After the shopping trip, she was so happy to look through her loot.  I was so happy to get out of that store filled with over-priced dolls and lines and lines of girls. It was indeed a bit of a racket, but I was so proud of her for saving her money so dutifully, and she really was so excited, it was electric.

LUCKY BOY!  The Lion King with his grandmother AND a t-shirt.

We did the obligatory walk through Times Square  This photo perfectly captures how each kid felt about it. Skyler thought it was cool for ten minutes and then she wanted out of there (I'm with her). She looks like being in Times Square is a little painful, whereas Reed totally loved it.
Reed just looked from flashing sign to flashing sign and absorbed all of the lights and energy.  I stood there looking at him and realized:  Times Square is what it's like in his head.   Times Square is a representation of Reed's brain.
Reed in his zone.

Skyler now has TWO American Girl Dolls, which means TWO dolls who need to get dressed and have their hair done in the morning.  Good thing she is so darn responsible.
As long as I'm going to raise kids in the great state of Maine, I am also going to be sure they are exposed to cities and theatre and museums and diversity.  Seeing them taking in New York made me so happy.  And huge thank you to my mom for helping it happen.  

I'm not sure how it happened, but I had NOT ONE salt bagel while I was in New York, so I need to go back soon.  

Meanwhile, on the home front, Ellis has been killing it on the football field, and he helped to lead his team into new territory:  the NCAA playoffs. This has, in turn, led me into new territory:  SORT OF understanding football, and definitely enjoying it.  

You don't know anyone who has more love for a game than Ellis has for football.  Look at that smile.
Hillary took the mic from Tim for a post-victory interview.

This was a first for Husson University, and even though they lost in a heartbreaker to MIT last weekend (in overtime!), Ellis and his team have so much to be proud of.  We are all so lucky to have Ellis in our lives.

The next hoorah was a night in Portland where we met up with Meredith, Beckett and Roz and checked out the new trampoline park.

If you want to have a ton of fun while WEARING OUT your children, you must go.
Luckily, they still had enough energy for a road race the next day.  I have run in Brewer's Turkey Trot 3-mile race every year for about eight years, and this time the kids wanted to run the 1-mile.
 I am so excited to see them getting interested in running.  And racing!  Reed asked for his own running watch for Christmas and I said YOU BET.
 On your mark...
 I didn't catch Skyler at the start, but check out Reed.  That kid's got some grit.

Then, the kids cheered while we ran the 3-mile.  It was a perfect day for running:  40 degrees and sunny.  

 I'm still happily running in all this whacky weather.  Tim has been threatening to sign up for a spring marathon, which means, you know, that I will too?  We will see.

Our 8th Turkey Trek, our annual trail run and food drive in Bangor, is indeed ON, despite the chance of another snow storm.  Hope to see some of you there.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of you!  I wish you boisterous, happy gatherings of family and friends, extra sweet potatoes, and the next day, may you all enjoy leftover pie right out of the pan.

Parting Shot:  Skyler reading her beautiful story to Tim after dinner.  xo