Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Moments Like These

It's moments like these that I know I am going to be challenged as a parent.  In moments like these I am acutely aware of my downfalls as a mother and pray for grace and wisdom.  I know I am bound to lose my patience and face frustration (for the silliest of reasons) due to my own desire to just take complete control of the situation (I am sure you other mother's do not struggle with this--at least you don't in my imagination).

However as I bite my tongue (and sometimes fail to do so), I can come to enjoy these moments, laugh, and even relax!

So what if Will eats a noodle from a batter filled with raw eggs?  It's only one, it won't kill him right?  So what if he smashes the freshly pressed noodles in a ball instead of pulling them apart like I asked him to.  :)  It can be repressed and separated, right?d
Because moments like these aren't just moments, they are memories.  

And every time I decide to create an opportunity for moments like these, though I am far from perfect, I am getting better (praise the Lord!).

And I remember why I look forward to the next moment like this.  :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Georges Island

 Over our mini-vacation a while ago we took a day trip to Georges Island.  It is one of the Boston Harbor Islands.  We had a great time taking the ferry and playing on the island.  It was a large area for Will to run and explore and he loved it.  There is a HUGE fort on the island that you can tour, as well as a beach that we were able to explore while there.

Ft. Warren was used to detain prisoners during the Civil War.  Apparently one of the prisoners actually escaped through one of these cracks.  Here is Will trying to do the same.  :)  The prisoner had however chipped away some of the stone at the bottom of one of these enough to apparently squeeze his small body through.

This may have been Will's favorite part.  He LOVES throwing rocks in water.   :)

Daddy helping point out good throwing rocks.

 I loved this duck "family".  You can see the lineup of the largest adult ducks on the ends, goslings and the smaller adult ducks in the middle.  How amazing God has made creatures of this earth!
Daddy and Will wading.

Will and I stopped to pose for a shot at the end of the ferry ride back.  :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day of Museums

During our mini-vacation a couple weeks ago, we took a day and visited a couple museums in Boston that we wanted to take Will to see.  The first was the Harvard Museum of Natural History.  It was amazing in that it had more fossils than I have ever seen in one place.  Additionally they had MANY real-life stuffed animals to see.  It was pretty impressive (beware there are many photos in this post).

 The Harvard Museum of Natural History is apparently the only place to have the full fossil of this whale-like creature.  Pretty cool.

Can you find the hidden Will in this photo?  :)

Will loved listening to all the exhibits when the phone receiver.

Following the Harvard museum, we went to the Boston Museum of Science where they had a great area for kids just around Will's age to play.
This was like a huge "Lite-Brite".

Animal pelts.

Hamster Will.

Will was seeing how many turtles he could get on this paper bridge before it fell.  He stacked 14 on it before it collapsed!

He LOVED this.  It was a magnetic board where you could rearrange the pipes to shoot the balls through with air.

Walking back to the T after our day of museums.  Will did great walking on his own without complaint!

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Will has been getting more into dinosaurs lately and sometimes does his own impression of these beasts.  I apologize, as I unfortunately recorded this so that it shows up sideways.  

Monday, June 4, 2012

Seeing the Whales

I have been terribly negligent about blogging and I apologize for that.  Just been a little busy.  :)  Last week Carl had some vacation time in between semesters so we took full advantage and did some day outings.  One was a trip to Cape Ann in Gloucester, MA where we took a whale watching tour (thanks to Groupon).  It was great!!  We had been looking forward to it and Will couldn't wait to "Go see the whales!".  The trip proved to live up to the hype and we were able to observe a group of 4 humpback whales traveling together (apparently not a pod...we learned that humpbacks don't travel in pods together, but rather pick up friends temporarily along their travels).  Additionally, there was one loner humpback that we were also able to stalk.  The last video shows them showing their tails and the first video shows them swimming by.  You can hear Will saying "Yay, whales!" at the end.  He loved it, as did we.  :)

Carl caught Will sneezing in this one.  :)

Waiting on the boat.