Photo Blogging Challenge Drink Up

The theme for the April photo blogging challenge was “Drink Up

I had fun with the theme but knew from the second I saw it that I wouldn’t be taking beverage photos.

Here’s my creative take!

It wasn’t intentional but my toddler daughter got featured in all of the photos this month.

Drink up camel

My brother is going to Qatar for 9 months for work, and we had a going away party for him.

My mom gave my daughter the cake toppers to play with and she was overjoyed at the additional to her toy collection.

This goat is drinking up attention and getting snacks

My daughter and I went to pre-school storytime at Unity Farm Sanctuary and oh my goodness this goat was using their height to get food and attention. The farm owner gave the lettuce to us to feed the goats, so it’s part of their diet.

Drink up knowledge

My daughter loves books and is just starting to memorize them to “read” to us.

This is from Easter – sitting on my dad, her Grandpa.

Drink up fun

My daughter was given an Easter basket with fake grass in it and she had so much fun making a mess. Why not enjoy it and clean up later, right?

Drink up wonder

My daughter and I got out in nature a lot in April. This is her riding on Grandpa’s shoulders in Sylvan Gardens on Cape Cod.

I hope you enjoyed my photos. I enjoyed taking them.

Photo Blogging Challenge: The Magic of the Season

The photo blogging challenge for December was “The Magic of the Season”

This one is particularly exciting for me because December is both Christmas and my daughter’s birthday! Lots of good photos to choose from and you may have me include a bonus.

First of all – we live in MA, which means snow! This is the view from our condo balcony on December 18, 3020.
I am in awe of the artistic talent of the family I married into. My sister in law Jen made beautiful intricate paper snowflakes to decorate their home.
Toddler loves all things winter and Christmas

Magic is definitely viewing the world through my daughter’s eyes

Happy birthday little 3 year old!

One last bonus, our masked family on Christmas Day

Here’s hoping for a wonderful 2021 to everyone reading this!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Thankful

The November photo blogging challenge was “Thankful

This was actually a month of photo taking that I had too many to choose from!

Despite the pandemic, I’m thankful that we’re still able to safely enjoy outdoor activities with our toddler

This was written as we left the Blue Hills Trailside Museum
Playground in Quincy
Looking at an emu at a zoo in North Attleboro

Every once in a while I remember to get myself in the photo, so here’s a selfie I enjoy

I’m also very thankful for our family!

This photo was taken on Thanksgiving

Uncle David waves at Elise

Here’s a bonus because I still can’t believe I caught it without trying. I was at an online fundraiser for The Samfund that had Tig Notaro as a speaker. Look what I caught when I excitedly taking a photo of Tig! (My name on the thank you donors scroll)

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Photo Blogging Challenge – The Great Outdoors

The October photo blogging challenge was “The Great Outdoors

I had a fun time with this one!

My toddler loves walking on trails with me and her Dad! Little adventureer

Walking in Quincy

Speaking of Quincy, the city we live in, that’s my normal “great outdoors”

When my husband and I dropped off our ballots at City Hall, we were treated to a rainbow in the fountain

The rest of these are from weekend trips to Cape Cod

Cranberries about to be harvested
Sunset over the water
Walking on a beach at low tide shows tidal pools

Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s photos!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Snap Away

The September photo blogging challenge was “Snap Away

That definitely makes it easy to fit the theme but hard to figure out which photos will be best suited.

Swing time!
One of the sculptures in Franklin Park Zoo for “Boston Lights” exibit
Turtle swimming by at the New England Aquarium
My husband made us a delicious dinner for National Linguine Day thanks to Yelp Boston and Pastene
Thank you cousin!

So those are my 5 photos. None planned, just snapped what was in front of me.

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Take a walk – World War I Memorial Park and Zoo

We had another fun walk (walk walk)!

(I sang that in my head to the tune of Sesame Street “I have a new way to walk”.)

Today’s adventure had me walking at least 1.5 miles and seeing lots of fun sites. I say at least because my fit bit doesn’t track if my arm is pushing a stroller.

Here’s the zoo entrance
Unicorn behind me and my daughter
Poor donkey – my daughter poked him in the nose
Dad and toddler look at Emu
Another child was feeding leaves to the deer

In addition to the zoo there were multiple playgrounds

Riding a dinosaur

There were hiking trails and a beautiful view too!

There’s a disc golf course too but we’re going to try that another day.

I’m 2 for 2 on finding fun outdoor activities for our Saturday – so we’ll see if I can extend the streak.

Take a walk – Tower Hill Botanical Garden and Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail

I had a great weekend! Got in adventure and at least a 2.5 mile walk on Saturday and Sunday.

Tower Hill Botanical Garden was beautiful. The flowers were awesome and their mythical creatures exibit was adorable.

Treefolk
Looking at the kraken
Bigfoot

The Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, MA are definitely worth the visit and I am surprised that it took me so long to realize they’re there.

Sunday, we went down to Cape Cod to visit family.

Then we saw the ocean

Also, just because this made me laugh, enjoy this movie theater sign

Thanks for virtually joining me on my scenic routes!

Riveter Run

On Labor Day, I dressed up and walked 3.1 miles around Cape Cod (slow intentionally to be a tourist) as part of the Riveter Run virtual event.

As some of you know, my grandmother is a Rosie (worked during WWII). She is also the MA chapter president of the American Rosie the Riveter Association.

Here’s our family of 3 stopping for a caffeine break

In the pandemic, I’ve been having trouble getting my fitness in – so what works for me is being active as a family.

Walks around the zoo, aquarium, outside, etc – still count as activity, even if they’re at toddler speed.

Here’s hoping next year on Labor Day it will be safe to host a bell ringing honoring the Rosies again.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Sports

The August photo blogging challenge was “Sports

I was excited about this timing, having started a new role of Boston City Lead for The GIST.

The GIST is a female-founded sports startup that creates sports content, experiences and community that are by women and for all sports fans. We do this mainly through our free, localized twice-weekly newsletter that gives you “the gist” of what’s going on in the sports world in an authentic, fun and female voice.

If you’re interested in subscribing use my link: The GIST Boston newsletter

COVID-19 has knocked out professional sports but I still found some photos.

My toddler and future soccer fan

A virtual conference I was attending, New Leaders Council, was crashed by Gritty, a NHL mascot.

I’m super into politics, especially down ballot local. Some of my friends working for political campaigns consider politics a sport.

That’s me wearing my “vote” mask
Backyard “sports” games on a trip to Cape Cod

Since I am running late for posting, I am using this to my advantage and posting 2 photos taken in September but they super fit the theme.

Go Patriots!

Those are my five (six?) photos for the challenge. Looking forward to seeing what others came up with!

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Quincy Chalk for Justice

On July 3rd there was a beautiful event called “Chalk for Justice” in support of Black Lives Matter.

I was proud to attend with my husband and daughter!

Here are some of our photos

My daughter and husband are on the left
Black Lives Matter
That’s my daughter on the drawing she worked on with Dad “Equity Justice”
Quincy 4 Justice
End racism now
No Justice No Peace
Listen to students of color (2 Instagram accounts have been sharing student of color experiences at Quincy high schools)
Say their names
The city barricaded the statutes on city hall plaza – I don’t understand the fear of kids and chalk
This photo is of my friend K – wearing the backpack

I’m happy we could participate but it’s disappointing that the city decided to have 50 cops present for a hundred people, mostly kids, drawing with chalk!

Here’s a Patriot Ledger article on the event: ‘Chalk for Justice’: Quincy groups protest racism through sidewalk art