Archive for October, 2011

Get Them Hooked When They’re Young

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Mads has always been casually interested in the games we play on our Apple devices and such, but nothing has entranced him more than World of Warcraft. It’s a game Leanne and I have been playing on and off (but mostly on) since 2004. We played it … a lot. In fact, we once were part of a group of people who signed on to collectively kill monsters Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 5:30pm to 12pm each night.

So it is really any surprise that we’ve passed on those genes to Maddox?


Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

You only see a glimpse of it here, but Mads is doing this hilarious thing recently where when he says “soccer” he does this spasmy thing with his face and hands. It’s one of those things that I have no idea at all where he got it from.

Fall Afternoon in Moseley Woods

Monday, October 24th, 2011

This weekend we took a short trip over to Moseley Woods, a small forest park in Newburyport along the Merrimack River. It has some nice trails of reasonable length for a toddler, a playground, and some swings. It’s also a bit more chill than some of the other neighborhood playgrounds.

Maddox is still completely obsessed with the great outdoors though, and so we’re trying to squeeze as much of them in as possible before entering the frigid winter months here in New England.

Fall Weekend

Monday, October 17th, 2011

We had a wonderful fall weather this weekend in New England, so we decided to do something seasonally appropriate and go buy a pumpkin.

We went to Russel Orchards in Ipswitch, which besides having pumpkins also had chickens, turkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, and horses for Maddox to look at. He severely disciplined the chickens for being “too noisy”, and was too apprehensive to pet the friendly pony, but he loved climbing over the pumpkins and finding one that he could carry.

After picking out a few pumpkins, we continued east towards Crane Estate on Castle Hill, a beautiful estate that we were last at about a week before Maddox was born.

I would rank “running around in a big field” one of Maddox’s top activities of all time, so a place like this was perfect for him, and nice for us to enjoy the scenery.

After all the outdoor activity, we needed to scrub off all that dust, so Mads had a quick bath and then hung out in what I refer to as his Yoda robe for awhile.

The next morning, Mom had to go meet some people for work, so Mads and I headed to the toy story with the original intention of buying a kite. Which we did, but not without a 45 minute detour to play with the train set.

We finally made our way to the northern tip of Plum Island, trekked out to the beach there, and gave our new $6 kite a test flight.

Mads was thrilled with the kite (“Flying! Flying!”), even though I couldn’t keep the thing up in the air for more than 10 or 20 seconds due to the massive gusts of wind on the beach.

We spent some more time just hanging out, playing with the sand, throwing the sand into the ocean, and, of course, picking up sticks. I left with what I thought was just enough time to get back before nap time, but unfortunately didn’t quite make it.