Archive for the ‘outings’ Category

A day at the museum

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

This morning we headed over to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) for story time. We used to go quite a bit last summer and for some reason it slipped my mind that it existed until recently. I remember the experience being a little harrowing last summer trying to wrangle both girls, but today we had a great time.

Suzy Magoozy read a story (complete with puppets) to a room packed with kids, and then the kids did a little dance to some music. Rosie was extremely engaged, she followed all of the dance moves perfectly (dance school is definitely in this kid’s future). Lulu had fun and interacted, although she was still shy and a little clingy.

They typically have a little arts and craft activity afterward the story (today was coloring hearts for Valentine’s Day). We had a quick snack and then we went back into the kid’s exhibit so the girls could run around and play with all the stuff.

(Oh and Rose actually let me put her hair up in a ponytail today. How cute is she?)

Two Lucilles are better than one

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

A few weeks ago we headed down to the South Shore to visit Lulu’s great-grandmother (Forrest’s 95 yr. old grandmother), Lucille, who we hadn’t seen in a while as well as Lulu’s grandparents. We ended up going out to lunch and Lulu was on her best behavior. It was a great day.





Goofy girl

Goofy girl

Lucille squared

Lucille squared

having a good time with Nana

having a good time with Nana

it's a cute picture, but deep down I know she's trying to figure out how to grab Nana's glasses!

it's a cute picture, but deep down I know she's trying to figure out how to grab Nana's glasses!

three generations

three generations

Days go by and still I think of you

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

The days are getting shorter, the temperature is getting much cooler and my belly is growing to massive proportions waiting the arrival of 2.0…

Summer may be gone, but we have some great pictures to show for it. Since getting a single photo of Lulu with both of her parents is as rare as a Sasquatch footprint, here’s what I’ve managed to scare up!


in the park


the photo Forrest has been dying for: his lil girl with him on his motorcycle


I know...she's my Mini-Me!


I like the candidness of this pic. It's so cute.

all three of us!

all three of us!


On the ferry from Boston to Salem


Saturday, September 19th, 2009

“She’s a sunflower, she’s my one flower, She’s the flower of my heart.”





Friday, July 17th, 2009

The lack of posts means we’ve been out and about lately going visiting, hanging out locally and most recently we’ve been going to the beach!

The first 10-15 minutes after getting there is always a bit frazzling for me. The combo of laying out a blanket, slathering her with sunblock from head to toe (and then myself) and the constant tug of war with her to keep a hat on her head can be a bit frustrating.

Lulu *LOVES* the water! She jumps up and down in the waves and yells “wow whoa wow whoa“! It fun to watch her get a little more daring as she inches deeper into the water (deeper being hip high on her and ankle deep on me!) and lets the waves splash her belly. I’ve also brought her a little deeper in while I hold her and dunk her legs into a wave as it breaks. Obviously the deeper the water, the colder it is, so we don’t stay deep very long.

She is very much an observer and really loves people watching (much like her parents). She especially loves other kids and gets excited when she sees them running and playing in the sand. Deep down I know she just wants to jump up and join them, but she just isn’t there yet. Soon!

We typically stay for 3-4 hours and toward the end of our day when she’s getting tired, she’s content to sit with me while I coax her to munch on snacks and hydrate herself, while we listen to the surf and watch people stroll by.

sitting pretty

sitting pretty

her shirt says "call a vet, cuz these puppies are sick!" (courtesy of Auntie Mel)

her shirt says "call a vet, because these puppies are sick!" (courtesy of Auntie Mel)

nice smile with those crazy chicklets

nice smile with those crazy chicklets

staying warm with Mum

staying warm with Mum

testing the waters

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Since we had an absurdly hot day in April, we headed for the beach! A friend of mine was going to Good Harbor beach in Gloucester, so when Lulu got up from her nap we packed up and headed out. I thought that today would be a good test to see if she actually liked the beach, since I am planning on spending many summer days there.

She loved it! She loved the wind coming off of the water, the sand (it was delicious) and I even dipped her little toes in the water. The water was still very cold and the first few little waves that came by she actually pulled her feet up so they wouldn’t get wet. But when she got used to it she was jumping up and down and squealing.

I see many, many beach days in our future!




Suddenly it’s Spring

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

The first 70 degree day of the season drove us outdoors to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air. We spent a good couple of hours on Salem Common, taking a long walk, swinging on the swings and sitting on a blanket in the sun. Well, Lulu sat on the blanket while I prevented her from putting fistfuls of grass in her mouth…

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Swing! from Lulabean on Vimeo.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Since Lulu is about 25% Irish, we went out for a little fun on St. Patty’s Day. Dad left work a little early and we headed over to our neighborhood pub, O’Neills for dinner. Of course, it was pretty packed in there and the irish music was nice and loud. She seemed a little overwhelmed at first but when we got a table and sat for a few minutes she was right at home. Surprisingly, she doesn’t own anything green but I found a green hair clip and managed to find some hair long enough to clip it to!

All the drunkie-bums thought she was so adorable that I was ready to smack their hands every time they tried to touch her, but she took it all in stride. She was so great during dinner, taking in all the sights and people-watching.

First St. Patrick's Day!

First St. Patrick's Day!

Dad must've had too much irish whiskey when he took this! :)

Dad must've had too much irish whiskey when he took this! 🙂

Yay, boiled dinner!

Yay, boiled dinner!

Honestly, being able to capture pictures of Lulu that aren’t completely blurry is somewhat of an enigma. She moves so fast and frequently that half the pics we take she’s a big blur. Well, here. This should illustrate why it’s hard to get a good picture of her!

Elfin magic

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Lulu got a new fleece jumpsuit from her Aunt Mouse and Uncle Cross. It fits her really well and she looks really cute in it.

Little Elf with her dad-the Unabomber

Little Elf with her dad-the Unabomber

taking a cat nap while out for a walk

taking a cat nap while out for a walk

Big smiles

Big smiles

After some fresh air, we had some floor time and she showed off her mad sitting up skillz.



another cup of coffee

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Yesterday we started our day in usual Saturday morning fashion. The three of us headed on over to the Front St. Coffee shop for breakfast. We usually sleep in a little later (Lulu will sleep in anywhere from 8:30-9:30 in the morning), get dressed quickly, grab a bottle for her and walk on over. Since we’re there every Saturday there are some other regulars who always come over to say hello to Miss Lulu, check out her latest outfit or see which cute shoes she has on that day and she loves to hang out and watch all the people.

The coffee shop has a nice mellow atmosphere. It’s always nice and warm in there, the colors on the wall and the lighting is  soothing and usually the music is good.


Lulu gets her breakfast first.

sitting with Dad

sitting with Dad


Cute moment

She’s usually content for about an hour or so before she gets too squirmy or too tired. We usually head home for a nap, but she decided she needed to blow off some steam so we played on the floor for a while.

I was happy to see that she can pretty much sit up on her own. She’s learned to master the balance required when she starts to list to one side. And when she’s on the floor playing she loves to roll and she rolls from her back to her stomach to her back again. We can see that she’s starting to figure out how to kick her knee up for leverage and that when she pushes she actually moves. Crawling is definitely in our near future.


She loves grabbing for the camera.


when the thumb goes in the mouth she's starting to poop out.


losing steam fast.


she actually rolls away from me to get away from the camera. Plus I think her backside is cute.


Like a fed up actress she grabs the camera. It's time for bed.