Saturday, August 27, 2016

Day 9.230: A mermaid, dancing

Another busy stay-cation day started with my long run (19 miles before breakfast). We spent most of the morning at the beach - where we swam, walked, played and created a sun-lounging friend:

In the evening, Exile #2, Exile #3 and I went to see the dance company from the dance school's ten year retrospective - featuring one dance from each year - some danced by the current company members and others by two other local dance companies. It was great - here are the dancers and the choreographers who were there for the show:

One more day of adventures, then back to work.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Day 9.229: New England Aquarium

Today was the first day of our long weekend stay-cation. We had a day out in Boston today. The main event was a visit to the New England Aquarium which was pretty wonderful.

Below you can see (amongst other things): some tiny seahorses, a giant sea turtle, a piranha, E5N1 helping a sea turtle, a sea lion playing to a crowd, the top of the enormous multi-floor sea tank, two penguins having a moment, a fish with apparently huge eyes that E5N1 loved, a big eel and a lot of jellyfish.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Day 9.228: How to fill your pockets with sand

E5N1 found that half an hour or so of doing this was a very successful (and fun) method of filling his pockets with sand.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Day 9.227: Two more trips to the beach

We all went to the beach again today - but not together. My trip was during a 15 mile pre-breakfast run. I paused for long enough to take these:

Whether any photos were taken when the rest of the family had their visit while I was at work I don't know. What I do know is that E5N1 managed to come home with his shorts pockets laden down with an astonishing amount of sand. Exile #2 was so amazed, she stopped emptying them so I could witness it for myself. Sure enough, it was like a tennis-ball of damp sand in each of the four pockets. Although we wouldn't put it past him to have stuffed it in there on purpose, there is another explanation, but that will wait for another day.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Day 9.226: Beach (after the bear)

After we took some photos, Deli decided to return to the car for a sit-down, but the rest of us went for a walk until after the sun went down.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Day 9.225: Deli on the beach

Back on Day 6.354, we had visitors (as you can see), but there was one more visitor. A bear named Deli who was about to set out with his owner on a world tour. Today, we opened a package from that friend - with Deli inside.

The note he was packed with says,
Enjoy! [E5N1], you may not remember, but when you first met him, you really wanted to keep him :)
He's the traveling bear! He's been to six continents and counting...
Take pictures!

Why wait? We decided he needed to see Saco Bay...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Day 9.224: Exile #2's Sunday Column #119

Exile #2 writes...

High school sports are already kicking off, even before the school term begins (did we say sport is a serious business here?). We don't have a competitive sportsperson in the house but karate has already resumed for Exile #4, and Exile #3 is out this evening auditioning for her dance school's junior company.

She is also counting down the days until she starts High School. Her first day of school is August 31st, almost a week before the other young Exiles go back. Her timetable/schedule arrived this week, and she swiftly disappeared to begin texting her friends. Tomorrow we take delivery of a fancy and surprisingly expensive graphing calculator that she has to have for math, and supply lists will follow later (we've already stocked up on notebooks, binders, and folders with prongs for the others). To add to the excitement/trauma of the first day, she will be having her school photo taken, along with a photo of the whole intake - the class of 2020 as they will be. I'll leave you to insert your own vision-related comment here.