Vaca – Day 1

We spent Saturday at home in Westford.  It was Tommy’s birthday.  Eli had a sleepover at his friend Allyson’s house, so I just had 2 boys for most of the day.

We kicked off the morning by finishing the rest of Rogue One.  It was my first time seeing it, overall I thought it rocked.

After making the boys breakfast, I took them to the toy store (Learning Express in Acton).  Tommy got to pick out anything he wanted for his birthday present.

To my total surprise, he picked out some plastic fruit and cooking utensils.  Aaron got a loom with his own money.

After the store we did a car wash, then went back home, had lunch, and took a nap.

After nap time, my sister, her husband, and his mother came over.  They helped with the laundry, and watched the boys while I ran out and did some errands.

Eli came home and we went out to Chili’s for dinner, and had Kimballs for desert.

Overall, a low key day, but we’re now ready to head up to the Lodge tomorrow morning!


Eli’s Birthday, and another fun weekend at the Lodge!

This week was Eli’s birthday.  At his request, we celebrated at his favorite mexican restaurant, Casa Blanca in Billerica.

For his birthday Eli got a 3D printer, which he was very excited about.  Unfortunately we didn’t really get to play with it, because it was a Lodge weekend!

We kicked the weekend off by heading back to Uhaul to pick up another truck.  We had a garage full of furniture to ship up to the Lodge, our final big load!

We picked the truck up, loaded it, and headed up North on Friday night.

On Saturday, Michele and I spent the morning unloading the furniture.  It turned out one of the sofas we purchased was broken.  What a pain in the butt!  We’re going to try to get them to swap it out, or repair it ourselves.  Also, 2 other couches we purchased were the wrong color.  Lesson learned, never receive furniture wrapped up in the packing material.  We thought it would make the move easier, but we didn’t get to inspect everything and are now stuck with it!

After unloading, we returned the truck and then nap time.  After nap we made an attempt at the Lisbon pool, but it was closed again.  We really need to figure out the hours at this place.

We then drove around exploring the Gale River in Franconia, looking for a good place to get wet, but failed.  We ended up at the playground in Franconia to let the kids release some energy.

I’ve been chainsawing every chance I get to increase the view, progress is coming, though slowly.  Here’s a view from one of the bedrooms:

On Sunday we made an attempt at hiking to the Lonesome Lake Hut.  This was Tommy’s biggest hike so far.  The last hike failed, mainly due to him wearing old sneakers and there being wet rocks.  This time he had new boots, so we were hoping for the best.

Unfortunately, the Lonesome Lake trail was closed part way up, and had a detour that was pretty steep.  This turned out to be too much for Tommy to handle, so we headed back around 3/4 of the way up.

At the base we had a snack and the kids climbed trees.

After nap, we packed up and had dinner at our favorite pizza place in Lincoln, followed by ice cream of course!