A New Season: Saying Goodbye & Letterboxing

We said good bye to Susan today.

It was not planned, and it was not as we would have liked.

The Sharpteam is sad, and our hearts have broken a little more.

I had not posted a recent adventure.  We decided to take Susan Letterboxing, one of our favorite activities.  You can see a previous letterbox here.  We went to another favorite place on the North Shore, the Gloucester Lighthouuse, pictures of a previous Lighthouse Lunch here.  We followed this letterbox . . .

We walked out to the Breakwater

It is an impressive sight, the half mile of granite made to protect the harbor

Susan found the stone marked “1905”

She found the rockwall and two removable stones . . .

And she found the letterbox!

Though we have done dozens of letterboxes, this is the first time that we have brought stamps and signed the book, Susan did too.

We have walked through many firsts with Susan

And she walked through many firsts with us.

We are grateful for our time together, and we miss her already.


Saturday Adventure: MIT Museum

We love living outside of Boston.  This weekend we ventured in to explore the MIT Museum.  We peaked in some of the halls of MIT, what a lovely college our brother-in-law, Tim attended.

We were greeted by a hologram.  This was fun for all of us.  They have a whole gallery of holograms that we got to enjoy.

It was fascinating to see all the projects that used Boston as the lab for experimentation.  These blocks represent the buildings in Boston and are used to test wind tunnels in the city.

Cole is enamored with all kinds of bikes these days.  Papa really liked this one that stored energy to be used later.

We are thrilled to reach the stage with Cole where he likes to do more than run.  He really enjoyed the interactive exhibits.

This was our favorite piece in the kinetic art exhibit:

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Thank you for a wonderful rainy afternoon, MIT Museum.

Toddler Time: The Guitar Man

Cole is star struck by the man in this picture.  This is Brian Doser.  He is the Justin Bieber of our house.  Our active little guy spends thirty minutes a week staring in awe at “the guitar man.”

While other kids dance and run and sing . . . our little guy might tap his foot and then climbs right back up on to Mama’s lap . . . except for this sweet moment that I captured on film . . .

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Loving, loving, loving these days.

North Shore Explore

Susan has been with us for two and a half months now.  It was my intent to post along the way.  For a number of reasons I have not.  Mostly because adding a teen to the family changes the rhythm of everything, so the timing has been different.  Partially I have not been posting because there have been hard places.  In the midst of the hard, we work at still being intentional.  So we have included Susan in how we live.  Part of how we live is to adventure where we are.  We live on the North Shore of Boston, and it is beautiful.  One Monday after school I took just Susan to Tuck’s Point, above, and we took pictures and explored.  Here she is taking pictures of the ocean.  She too loves to get out and see the beautiful place where we live.  She has lived on the North Shore and has not seen any of these places.

Of course we took her to one of our all time favorite spots, Halibut Point.  It was on a particularly cold day this March.

Susan commented on how good it was to get out.  It is good for all of our souls to adventure, to embrace, to discover.

Lately on Sunday afternoons after Cole’s nap we have gone on North Shore excursions.  We went to another favorite, Norman’s Woe, and enjoyed the view from the cliffs.

Here are the boys, being pensive.

Spring is almost here.  Our North Shore explores will soon be filled with leaves and flowers.  There is a beauty always in the just before . . . in the preparation.  It has a beauty all its own.

And while we are all in this time of in between, we might as well embrace it for what it is . . . and Cole would encourage us to  . . . 


Happy exploring, friends.

Saturday Adventure: Boston Scavenger Hunt

Today we headed off on our Saturday Adventure with Watson Adventures.

We chose the Freedom Trail Hunt.

This was Susan’s first time walking around Boston.  She had never been to these historic places.

This was no easy hunt, we were running all over, and the entire time Andrew had Colton on his back.

For our non-Boston friends, the Freedom Trail is a trail of bricks connecting lots of historic Boston places.  We chased it all around.

We went to the King’s Chapel Burial Ground and ran around looking for the grave of Elizabeth Pain, the woman who is supposedly the inspiration for Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter.

Question for you . . . why did Liza pose by this grave?

For a clue you should check out this post.

We loved that this Scavenger Hunt had the Sharpteam going to places in Boston they had never been, like inside the building that houses the Boston Clock Tower, the old Custom House.

Here are Andrew and Cole finding what year Dobbie got his money.

If you are ever finding the answer for this, don’t forget to look up.

Susan seemed to enjoy being in Boston.

I am not so sure she enjoyed the questions and answering them.

But here are her limbs helping us find some answers

(remember no pics of Susan’s pretty face can go online).


Our favorite clue was decoding this sign in the North End.

We had a great hunt.

We learned more about our city,

We explored more of our city,

and we had a beautiful day in the city.

A good day.

And Cole’s favorite thing was probably . . .