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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Festival of Lights

One of our family traditions is to go to the town Christmas Tree Lighting on the first Thursday of December. All of the stores in the village of Wickford create fun window displays and decorate with lights, and it's a gorgeous place to walk around and find some unique gifts. I wish I had remembered to bring my good camera, but cell phone photos will have to do!

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We loved this paper castle.
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Lights by the water
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Dreaming about toys!
Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: All of His Faves

Joshua had a good week. Not only did he get to see Santa at the zoo on Saturday, but he got to skate with the Providence Bruins on Tuesday night.

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Having a great time with St. Nick

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Visiting some friends at the zoo. It was about 30F that day, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

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Skating with the Bruins! Josh and Ethan Werek

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Frankie Simonelli

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Matt Lindblad

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Chatting with his favorite, Jeremy Smith

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It was time to get off the ice and Josh was done with photos, but Malcolm Subban posed nicely for me!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Ocean State

Hockey was once again my main source of photo inspiration this week, but I also made a point to go somewhere I hadn't been in a while to take some different photos. Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, RI is a prime sunset viewing area, complete with gorgeous rocks and a lighthouse. And it's only about 20 minutes away. We are all so blessed to have natural beauty around us, and especially when we are able to find it. I love my ocean state.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Beavertail Lighthouse
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I missed the best part of the sunset, but the pink was gorgeous, too.
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Mackerel Cove
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Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Currently: My Math Wiz and Lots of Rambling

I'm once again joining Lindsey from Ot and Et, Randalin from Harvesting Kale, and others to share what is "currently" going on with us, based on the week's themes.

This week's themes are:
finding, writing, dressing, thinking, beginning

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I had to move my desk at work this week, and I have been finding all kinds of fun artifacts. I can't believe I had been in my old desk for about six and a half years (I was pregnant last time we moved). Oh, and I found lots and lots of dust. I tried to corral it all with a Swiffer today. Hopefully that will help because my nose is mad at me.

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I took last week off from writing because it was a busy one. Also, I haven't had much to write about lately. That's not a bad thing at all, just doing a lot of internal processing. I do love to write, though. I wish I had more hours. Right now, I tend to be way too much about photos and genealogy when I have free time, but that's OK. I have a lot of interests. And other times, I just need to veg.

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Mmm... dressing. I am ready for Thanksgiving. Seriously though, I usually call that "stuffing," and if I eat too much of it, I won't be dressing very stylishly anytime soon. This week, I have been dressing rather warmly, actually, as it's pretty cold these days. I don't mind, though. I love this hoodie and sweater (and toque!) weather. I just need to find some gloves. And my snow scraper, if Buffalo ever decides to stop hogging all the snow and share some with us! (Yeah, I'm pretty certain they would if they could.)

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Josh has always liked numbers and gotten basic math concepts, but this week, I am beginning to see just how well he gets it, and enjoys thinking about and manipulating numbers (just like his mama). He has a chart of numbers that he has written out, with the numbers lined up in groups of ten, and he was studying it one morning.

I think he was only supposed to go to 50. #overachiever

"Mom, did you know that ten tens makes one hundred?"

Pretty good. I explained that this is a concept that he'll be learning later called multiplication, "So ten sets of ten makes one hundred, and you say 'Ten times ten equals one hundred.'"

Without a pause: "Oh OK, so ten times eleven is one hundred and ten."

Cool, he gets it!

Earlier in the week, we were traveling in the car with my father and step-mother. Josh had brought twelve toys over to their house, which he remembered because we also had to bring the piece of paper on which he wrote the number twelve, so everyone would be counted, and no one would be left behind. He only brought four toys to the restaurant with us, and my step-mother wanted to teach him how to figure out how many toys were still at her house. By the time she finished asking me what I thought would be the easiest way to help him figure it out, he said, "Eight. I counted it backwards in my head." Crazy kid. He continued to correctly answer every addition question we asked after that, too (forty plus sixty is one hundred... duh!).

Come to think of it, he's always writing random numbers all over the place. He writes them on his school papers sometimes, like 3895-294874-3948, and tells me that's his password. Maybe I'm raising a math genius, or at least a math nerd like me. And all I keep thinking is, "Please God, don't let there be Common Core AP Calculus when he's in high school."

Loves vehicles and math and wants to be an engineer. I think his path is clear.
Well, if he doesn't decide to be President or a doctor or an actor instead.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Writer's Workshop: My Window

This week, I am following the theme: 3. Write a haiku about what you see out your window.

Cars, a parking lot
Neighbors smoking on their deck
I miss my old view

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The old view, last February
Unfortunately, sometimes you have to sacrifice some good things and some comfort to get to where you need to be, and to be truly happy. It's a process, but I know it will happen. And I can't complain; while the current view from my office isn't as beautiful as the view six months ago, the backyard view isn't exactly shabby:

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Got woods? Check!
And the front patio is perfect for roller hockey!

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Wordless Wednesday: Photo Inspiration

Another week went by without me taking a whole lot of photos. I (finally) started my online photo class this week, so hopefully that will change soon. I haven't had much picture inspiration lately, but Josh and hockey always help!

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Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday