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 – Happy

The theme for the July photo blogging challenge was “Happy”

Boy do I have a lot of options to choose from with July photos!

In non photo news, I have a new job fundraising for an organization who trains service dogs for Deaf adults and Autistic children. I’m 2 weeks into the job and am loving it, but that delayed blogging. Oops.

Fried clams after walking on Wollaston Beach make me happy!
This is the toy my daughter got for registering for the kids summer reading challenge

Dandy Lion made both me & my daughter happy.

On July 4th weekend we went to the Springfield Museum complex – all 3 of us were happy
Here’s my daughter building in the Dr. Seuss Museum
Street art makes me happy
I discovered this mural in Quincy, MA when I was walking to the farmers market
My family went to the Barnstable County Fair and the only reason I wanted to go was to see the dog show! It made me so happy.

So there are my July submissions with 1 bonus photo.

Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s photo challenge posts & hopefully being more timely in September with my August photo post.

Photo Blogging Challenge Spring Has Sprung

The theme for the May photo blogging challenge was “Spring Has Sprung

I have a bunch of options for this post but let me start with what consumed my May: planning Quincy Pride Festival.

We had one month only from getting city approval to hosting the Quincy Pride Festival (on Sunday last week). The hard work was worth it and it was a wonderful event.

Here’s a rainbow heart Quincy Pride board (myself included) set up in Quincy Center on May 31st
Spring in New England still has rain – so my daughter made the most of it puddle jumping
Quincy, MA is beautiful and I got this photo on a walk downtown – in a historic cemetery.
I just love the blooming tree!
Spring means a bunch of baby goats at this farm in MA
Spring in MA brings some days perfect for patio dining. I enjoyed my mule at Rozafa.

There you go on my photos.

Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s and snapping away for the June theme “DIY”

Photo Blogging Challenge – Eight

The March photo blogging challenge was “eight“.

It’s celebrating the 8th anniversary of the photo blogging challenge.

8 birds

There’s a restaurant called “Old Mill” that has birds in the pond. I lucked into a photo with 8 birds in it.

8 sides

My 3 year old daughter loves her magna tiles. She made this and I proudly took a photo.

3 children watch 5 chickens

I love this photo from the Franklin Park Zoo. I get 8 from the 3 children watching 5 chickens. My daughter is the one farthest from the camera.

8 cupcakes with light green jelly beans

My sister in law baked cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day

Found 8

This photo is my favorite that I got for this challenge and it’s actually the first one I took in March. My daughter and I were walking in Quincy and I spotted the rock.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Change and Hope

The January photo blogging challenge was change and hope

There’s a saying in MA, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute”. The weather is changing constantly.

Here are some pretty photos of cloudy sky outside my balcony window

And of course, an expected weather change in MA in January – snow

In clear but cold weather, I took my daughter for a walk to the city common. We happened to see a couple and their family walking to City Hall to be married – boy did that fill me with hope!

You know what else gives me hope? Quincy has a free COVID-19 testing & vaccination site!

In January, I was tested for COVID-19 and thankfully it was negative. (My toddler daughter just shared a bug with me.)

This was the testing site

I hope that those participating in this challenge had a restful and healthy January. Happy new year and on to 2021!

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!

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!

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

Black Lives Matter Quincy

Like most of the USA, my city of Quincy, MA is disheartened by the repeated news of black people being killed at the hands of police. Different names – same senseless deaths!

On Tuesday night, some of my friends in Quincy Neighbors Mutual Aid & March Forward Quincy planned what they thought would be a small vigil with maybe 25 attending.

4,000+ of us showed up – nearly all wearing masks

The vigil and march stayed peaceful.

My husband, daughter, & I were amongst the attendees. I was pleased to see many other families there as well.

Here are some photos I took of the vigil and march

Sign saying “Black Lives Matter in Quincy too”
Large crowd beginning to gather
Black Lives Matter in front of the statue of John Adams
Businesses feared violence and boarded up (didn’t happen)
My husband holding our daughter
Taking a knee to honor George Floyd
Koch is the Mayor of Quincy and that’s sadly a direct quote on the sign – specifically said about the vigil/march the sign was being held in!
Silence is compliance