Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Get-A-Way Days and Mother's Day

With the nice weather finally upon us, it's time to start having some FUN DAYS!
We're planning some serious fun this summer, and there's going to be a lot of "firsts" for our family, but until that time, we'll be having some fun exploring places a little closer to home. Recently, we needed a few days away, so we decided to take Nathan to see some fishes.  He LOVES sea life, so a trip to an aquarium was the perfect mini get-a-way to recharge our family batteries.  I don't know about you, but life can seriously get out-of-wack if we don't balance family time with work time.  And, I don't mean those stay-cations we hear so much about, but #let'sgetoutofthishouse time together.      
Our first adventure was to the Boston Children's Museum and the New England Aquarium.  I've wanted to take Nathan to the aquarium for a few years now, so I knew he'd love it.
Fireman's Museum - just before we arrived at the Children's Museum
We arrived in Boston on a Friday night and headed to the Children's museum, but little did we know that it was "Target Friday," which means everyone gets in for $1, thanks to generosity of Target, who sponsors the night. We had no idea and were glad for the break on the pricey admission, but the deep discounts bring with it a very large crowd.  We decided to start on the top floor and work our way down, to avoid the masses, but as you might imagine, as we descended the chaos grew and by the time we made it to the first floor, we were out of there! If you're ever in Boston, this museum is a great place for little ones.  Nathan had a great time. 

The next morning, we went to the aquarium and the first tank we came upon, was a petting tank of sharks and sting rays.  In the next picture, Nathan's petting a SHARK!  #nofearTerry. 

Sting ray petting.
Unfortunately, the aquarium is under construction, which we didn't know and the BIG tank with all the large sharks and fish wasn't operational.  We were so bummed, but we'll just have to go back sooner rather than later.
Can't believe I captured this cute moment!  They were playing.

Our next adventure took us to Ausable Chasm in Upstate New York.  Daddy was helping a friend with his camp, so we decided to take the very long ride with him through the Adirondacks and go exploring.  It was very early in the season, so we weren't able to take any guided tours or boat ride through the Chasm.  We were bummed, but we'll venture back with Daddy. It really isn't a place Nathan and I should be exploring on our own anyway - lesson learned. We did however, check out the falls, that you see below in the background and the beginning of the chasm, which was so high, I was dizzy!  
After we left the chasm, we headed to a nearby ferry that takes automobiles and people from New York to Vermont.  It was such a beautiful day, I thought a boat ride would be fun and Nathan loved it.  He was so cute, he would look down at the water and say, "WOW."  He had fun watching our shadows as the boat moved along, watching the birds and looking for fish. 
I'm not sure where our next adventure will take us, but the wheels are turning and we're looking forward to it.

Mother's Day

I don't know about you, but I appreciate gifts that people have put time and thought into - whether it's handmade or something purchased from the heart.  I get this from my dad and my Aunts, who both love making gifts and put tremendous thought into the meaning of just about everything they buy.  So, with Mother's Day approaching, I wanted us to make Nathan's Grammie something really special.  He absolutely LOVES his Grammie and asks for her every day.  Even on Mother's Day, he woke up and went to the garage door.  I said, "where are you going."  He said, "Gammie." He always drops the "r" - it's sweet.   :-)
She put a new deck on her back porch last year, so I thought we'd make her a big flower pot for decoration.  Not just any flower pot, but one with Nathan's little hand prints as the flowers and a poem that was reflective of his unconditional love for her. As you'll see, it came out super cute and he had so much fun doing it.   

Nathan, Chopper and Daddy made me a to-go coffee mug for Mother's Day.  I absolutely love it! 

Chopper's paw print - too cute!
Being Nathan's mommy, is the most amazing gift I could have been given and I thank God everday for entrusting Nathan to our care.  The joy he has brought to my life is immeasurable.  It's not without challenges, but everything worthwhile in life is rarely easy.  If it is, you're probably doing it wrong.     
Mother's Day breakfast at church. 
Thanks Pastor and to all the men for their service to us!

Another Mother's Day gift from my amazing hubby.
It's so true and will be hung on our family room wall. 
The nice weather also brings with it lots of outdoor fun.  Nathan is loving his Jeep.  He hasn't learned how to turn the steering wheel yet, so we turn the wheels and he just keeps going in a big circle.  He loves it and we don't have to chase him around, so we love it too. 
Chopper even went for a ride in the Jeep.  Nathan thought that was the coolest thing ever! Chopper on the other hand was justifiably nervous. hehe  At one point, Nathan stopped the Jeep and wanted Chopper to drive.  :-)
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