Photo Blogging Challenge – Give Thanks

The Photo Blogging Challenge prompt for November was “Give Thanks”.

Boy, do I have a lot to be thankful for.

This made me tear up when it came home with my daughter’s art from preschool

Let’s start with my daughter, Elise.

I was having Elise developmentally tested & we got an Autism diagnosis 2 weeks ago.

I’m really happy to have a name for the difference I see between my daughter and her 4 year old peers.

I’m also super lucky to already have a great group of Autistic friends – all thriving as adults. Positive is my only reference point!

Uncle God Dad Dave reading with Elise

I’m thankful for family!

My brother has been overseas for work (Qatar and Greece) so it was wonderful to see him on Thanksgiving.

Elise is obsessed with dinosaurs. Dave flipped each page and asked Elise to tell him the dinosaurs. I have cute video too.

Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod

I’m thankful for Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries and that our family was gifted a membership from Grandma on Dad’s side.

Our family of 3 can often be found exploring Mass Audubon sites on the weekends.

Barry Clifford – treasure hunter & historian

I’m thankful for the kindness of strangers.

A few weeks ago, my family and my in laws visited the Whydah Pirate Museum on Cape Cod. (The museum is very worth it and I recommend it.)

The museum goes over the history of the ship “Whydah” from origin until today – a wreck of Cape Cod that’s actively being searched for historical items.

Barry Clifford is the explorer who found the Whydah wreck.

Barry is also the man in the photo above. He was at the museum the day we visited and noticed my daughter investigating the cannons. While Elise was talking to Grandma, he hid 2 plastic coins in 2 different cannons for my daughter to find!

I cried tears of joy. Here I was worried Elise was getting bored and his kindness made my day.

Cape Cod beach sunset

Finally, I’m thankful for the beauty of New England nature – especially on Cape Cod.

You can find our family on Cape Cod at least 1 weekend a month, if not more. (My in-laws live mid-cape.)

Did you enjoy my photos? Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is thankful for – and their creative photos.

October Photo Blogging Challenge – Get out and play

How did October fly by?

My job is nonprofit fundraising and we’re about to head into the busiest season of donations in the whole year. (Good busy!)

The October Photo Blogging Challenge is “Get out and play!

October with a nearly 4 year old has us appreciating play. I have a wealth of photos to choose from that would fit the theme. The hard part is picking 5.

Playground – free for anyone to use

We celebrated cousin Georgette’s 3rd birthday at a park in Walpole. I was extremely impressed by all the ride on toys at the playground for kids to use. Elise tried out a few.

Shells

My daughter finds play everywhere. She loves arranging shells when we visit her grandparents who live on Cape Cod.

Pumpkin Push Up

On the Cape, the town of Chatham hosts “Pumpkin People in the Park” every October.

The displays are always wonderful, but not usually interactive like 2 were this year.

Above, my daughter attempts a “pumpkin push up”

Beach

You don’t need any event to play. Here’s my daughter enjoying running on the beach. Later in the day she pretended she was rescuing sea turtle eggs and some adults turned to look. I whispered “they’re imaginary” and the adults smiled and walked on.

Froggy for Halloween

This last picture was in Dorchester at the Pumpkin Parade.

After a fun night of trick or treating and seeing family who were volunteering – Elise and Daddy walk back to the car. I liked her light up shoes and glow bracelet adding to this one.

So there you have my 5 photos.

Looking forward to seeing the other posts from those in the photo blogging challenge.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Adventure

I’m late again for the Photo Blogging Challenge, but here’s August’s “Adventure

I started a new job in August, and that’s an adventure I’m adoring.

I’m the northeast fundraising manager for Dogs for Better Lives. They train service dogs for the Deaf and Autistic.

Here’s my office set up

My family and I went to the first annual Cape Cod Pirate Festival and it was so much fun

This preformer was impressive
I liked this library display about Cape Cod, one of our favorite adventure spots
Space bunny at her first Chatham Band concert

Better late than never! Hope you enjoyed my photos!

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!