Friday, November 04, 2011


Madison and Jackson are all about numbers lately.  They've been asking what every number is when we see one on a sign.  They're soaking up all the information I give them.
Then one day last week Madison counted to 100 completely on her own.  I didn't even ask her to I just heard her start.
Jackson did it a few days later but Madison had to tell him what came after 29, 39, etc.  I was impressed!

Halloween 2011

 Halloween was pretty messed up this year.  On Saturday the 29th they were predicting a major snow storm that evening and overnight.  With most of the trees sill having all of their leaves, the heavy snow was going to be devastating.  Western Massachusetts and the Hartford areas (where a lot of my family live) lost power almost immediately as did north of us and a lot of people now 6 days later still don't have power.

Even one town over in Lynnfield many people lost power and I was shocked at the damage when I drove through Monday  morning to bring the kids to school.  The damage was WAY worse than hurricane Irene two months ago.
My parents yard was littered with LARGE branches.  We did have a large branch or two in our yard down but nothing major.  We barely even got any snow in Peabody.

So every year since the kids were born we've spent Halloween in Lynnfield in Chris's parents' neighborhood.  Since by Monday many in Lynnfield still didn't have power and they were concerned about the danger of downed power lines they postponed Halloween!

Peabody was fine so we went there for the first time!  We went in a neighborhood near us where a friend lives.  Surprisingly we ended up finding them in the dark!

These pictures are from their dance class last week.

This is from trick or treating.


Madison has an audition for a commercial for next week!


UGH!  I spoke too soon.  My right leg was in agony.  I'm pretty sure at this point that it's shin splints.  I rested for 9 days.  That day I went for a walk with friends and had to run a bit to catch up to Maddie who had gone too far ahead on her scooter.  OMG!  The pain is ridiculous and I just don't know what I should do.


Since meeting Noah at our swim class last spring our lives have pretty much revolved around him. Madison and Jackson just love him. I think the feeling is mutual as when Noah got some pet fish he named them Madison and Jackson! How cute is that??
The session of gymnastics they all took together at the Y in Marblehead is over now and we've switched schools. For the same price they got two extra classes per session. We're now at Yellow Jackets and it was one of the top recommended places in the area. I was thrilled when we went this week for the first time. The place is HUGE and the 3 story high walls are covered with trophies. I really want serious instruction for them and this is where they're going to get it! After Madison's first class the coach said "I see her going places". I must admit she looks like a natural out there. :-) Jackson is great too as is Noah.