Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ogunquit, Maine

This week we took a family outing to the state of Maine. We heard from some friends about a town that has a great beach, fun lobster boat tours, and is only about an hour and a half away. We were sold.

We started the day out with the lobster boat tour. It was a really fun, unique experience. Emily started out the trip by telling everyone that she already saw lobsters, or "mobsters", at the grocery store. Anyways, there was only us and one other family so it was pretty personal. They tell you all about baiting the traps, the specific measurements the lobsters have to be in order to be kept, and finally pull up a few traps. Of the four traps our lobsterman pulled up, only one of them had lobsters. There were 4 lobsters in the trap, and he only kept 2. We also saw the 'summer cottages' aka summer mansions along the coastline. It was gorgeous.

Family picture with the lobster.
Me and my lobster friend. Emily wouldn't hold or touch them. They were cute to look at, but too scary to touch according to her.
My lobster started going all sorts of nutso on me. He was all wiggly. Justin was very proud of getting this photo, that is why I am putting it on here.

They also had crabs and sea urchins you could hold. This little sucker scared the bejeebers out of me the first time he crawled out of his shell. I actually started squealing and then Emily started squealing and we were just two goofy girls scared of a little tiny crab.

Em wouldn't touch the lobsters, the crabs, or the sea urchins, but she LOVED the star fish.
Here is our lobsterman trying to persuade Emily to touch the lobster. She wasn't going for it.
Emily driving the boat.
Justin and Emily in front of the boat we took our tour on.
After the boat tour we took a walk along the shoreline. It was SO hot and muggy that we didn't get very far before we decided it was time to go find the beach. It was so nice to just hang out at the beach for a little while. It was quite chilly, but Justin and Emily still swam.

After the beach we went to dinner with the intention of getting a twin lobster dish. However, we sort of chickened out and ordered a steak and lobster tail. The steak was of course delicious, and the lobster was quite yummy too. I think next time I will definitely try the whole thing. At dinner my caesar salad had an anchovy on the top. Justin told Emily to close her eyes, and open her mouth and he stuck it in. She really liked it. She wanted more. Yuck.

Then we drove a long tired drive home. I love fun daycations. I loved Maine. It was so beautiful and full of charm. I'm anxious to go back!! (Oh, and if you come visit us, we'll take you there :) ).

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tiger Girl

Yesterday our ward had a "closing" social (we're not exactly sure what closes about our ward during the summer but that's another issue) and there were activities like ultimate frisbee, badminton, a giant twister board, and face painting. Allison was working the face painting table and Emily never got a turn to get her face painted so we agreed to paint her face tonight. While Allison was cleaning up our delicious Father's Day dinner Daddy and Emily spent some time together with the face paint. I think Tyra Banks would call this girl FIERCE.

A Work in Progress

Here are the plants that Emily and Daddy are growing: Squash, zucchini, beans, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, basil, cilantro, arugula, and parsley. Emily gets so excited to water her plants every day. Daddy usually has to remind her not to dump her whole watering can on one plant. We are looking forward to eating the results.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Can I Help You Mom?

Yesterday was cleaning day at our house. This usually is me starting at the front and cleaning each room until we get to the back. I've been really fortunate to have Emily go to a playgroup for 2 1/2 hours every Friday morning for the past 6 months, opening up prime cleaning time. Anyways, playgroup is over for the summer, so yesterday I had a little shadow.

Every room I was in, "Can I help you Mom?" Sometimes she'd even throw in a please. So she would put toys aways, clothes in the dirty clothes, dust, little things that seemed like so much fun for her.

When we got to the kitchen I was washing some dishes and she asked, "I wash the dishes Mom?" Sadly I had to tell her "No, you're too little to wash dishes." She responded with, "I want to be big so I can wash the dishes." Me too Emily, I want you to be big so YOU can wash the dishes and I can go play with my toys :).

So here is my little helper cleaning the oven door for me. No- she's not for hire at your house.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Daddy & Emily's Garden

Lately Justin and Emily have been working on a project together- a garden. Our "backyard" was paved with bricks by our landlord so that we could use it as extra parking. Us, and all of our neighbors didn't really like parking back there because it was too hard to get our cars out, so it has become our little patio area.

This year we decided we wanted to try our hand at gardening. Because of the bricks we knew we had to build boxes. This is where the "we" ends and Justin and Emily are basically the only ones involved. So Justin bought a saw as an early Fathers Day present and the two of them built some garden boxes. They both enjoyed their evening project and special time together.
Once the boxes were built and filled with dirt, it was time to plant the seeds. Here is a listing of what they planted: beans, green peppers, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, radishes, herbs, carrots, and possibly something else that I have forgot.
We do have some sprouts, I just haven't taken any pictures of them yet, so we are excited to hopefully have some garden fresh veggies this year.

Additional benefits to building/planting our garden:
*Emily recognizes Home Depot and gets excited when we drive by.
*Emily and Justin both LOVE to water their plants every day and constantly check on their progress.
*I (Allison) get to sit in a lawn chair, eat popsicles, and read magazines while those two cuties do their garden.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Stolen Pictures

I stole these from Christi's (my sister in law) blog from our Idaho trip a few weeks ago. She takes the most precious pictures of my daughter. You'd think they would motivate me to learn how to use my camera. Maybe in the next 5 months I will.
Emily and Westin

Emily playing with my cousin Heather's baby Noah. She is getting practice in how to rock "gently."

Emily and Westin again. Who cares that he's not smiling, he looks adorable.
Emily, Westin, and Megan. Megan is my cousin's daughter. If she an Emily didn't live so far away, they would be the best little pals/trouble makers to grace the planet.
I just love Westin's face above the girls.

Emily having some down time with some of Aunt Susan's kittens. Emily loved to have the kittens sit by her on the rocking chair.

I think Emily's LOVE for kittens is portrayed in this picture. If I look at it too long it makes me feel just a tiny bit guilty about being a grinch when it comes to pets.

Learning how to be "gentle."