Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Life & Times of Westie the Library Bear

  The last week of school the children learned that our town's library has a bear named Westie. Even more exciting, was that Westie spends his summers going from home to home every week. Basically, Westie is a perpetual mooch, couch surfing though life.

  This past week was our lucky week & boy, were the children looking forward to having Westie come to stay.

  Westie came with his own little back pack of things, he had a story book, a collection of photos detailing past adventures, & a sleeping bag. Sadly, its probably the one thing I didn't think to photograph LOL. The children wanted me to take lots of picture. Over the course of the week, I think I was WAY more into photographing Westie than they were.

Westie hanging up his backpack for safe keeping

He was quite a social butterfly

He enjoyed Swedish meatballs

He brought his own sleeping bag, but greatly enjoyed having his own bed

Lights out Westie

Buckle up for safety

Westie got to visit the Warwick Childrens Library

He likes his burger extra rare

Waiting for the fireflies

Sleeping over in the great big bed

Well, adios Westie it was fun having you

  All said & done it was a very fun week, finding all sorts of things to do with a stuffed bear. I really love  & appreciate all  of the many free/low cost programs our local library system has. It really is a summer saver for those of us sticking to a budget. Have YOU been using your library? If not, go check it out & I bet you won't regret it.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Well it's been quite some time since I fell off the blogosphere!

  We moved to Newport, (I loved having views like this just 1 minute from my front door), and it was mostly a lot of fun. There was also a lot I didn't like, chiefly the flocks of people from May-October. The extra traffic made getting on and off the island, and even just from our home to the other side of the island tricky. 

  So after a lot of talk we decided to buy a house, the market was right, the finances were right, it was time. YAY!  This last move made a new record for me of three moves in less than two years. I am also thankful for the extremely dry winter it made moving in December easy peasy.

  Our children were NOT happy about moving, especially Chavi he was sick and tired of being the new kid in class. Well we can all breath a sigh of relief because we will not be moving again, unless of course we when the lottery.

 We are slowly getting rooted in trying to cross things off of the never ending list of things to do when you buy and old home. Sometimes I do miss living on the edge of an island and having the ocean right at my back door. Who wouldn't miss having THIS as their view every day!

  However, living in a row house without a backyard is for the birds, and those cruise ships are chocked full of rude elderly people! I might get frustrated with the long list of to do's we have but I LOVE my home and I can't wait to see it in 2-5 years when we get everything looking just the way I envision.

   The house is one hundred and twelve years old, she has great bones, most of the original hardwoods, a few of the original radiators. Our home has three bedrooms, 2 full baths (the upstairs is the original claw foot tub), a dining room, a great kitchen, living room, an unfinished basement, and an attic. Plus the one room out building that has electricity and plumbing already but needs a ton of work before it can be useful.

Mr.G is training for a deployment so he has been gone and will be for the rest of the summer. Chavi is going for a week of sleep away camp in a couple weeks, and Yaacov will have day camp around that time too which will be sort of a vacation for me too LOL. My Ima came for a visit right around the time Mr. G was leaving and that was wonderful I had not seen her in two years, I cried when she left. A week was not enough time. The summer will end with a camping trip to the White Mountains, I am taking the boys for 2 nights and 3 days and we are all very excited!