In the past 3 weeks, we as a family have done the planes. We've done the trains. And, today we took a bus ride.
Grady has been asking for months to ride a bus. EVERY time we see a bus of any kind (including RVs) he says, "Ride a bus, Mama, ride a bus?" We've been promising a bus ride of some sort and today was his day. We rode a bus here in Beverly (where Joel's parents live...just north of Boston) and were on for a total of probably about 45 minutes. At one point (the end of the northern route before we turned back around) we had to just sit and wait for 6 minutes. We were the only ones on at that time, so the very gracious driver invited the kids up to check out things from her perspective. They got to push buttons, "drive," and honk the horn. It was great.
Also, FINALLY some pictures for you folks. It's just of today, although we have about 2 1/2 months of pictures to catch up on as soon as we get our website up and running (who knows when that will be, but we'll catch up). Anyhow, these were taken with our new super-great camera, a Canon Digital Rebel. We love it. Enjoy.
Oh, and a sidenote: It never dawned on me until we came up here and have been around Alexa, Grady's and Hadley's little cousin. Alexa was born with an adult head of hair. They cut her bangs regularly and have since she was probably a day old (exaggeration, but she has lots of hair). Some of Joel's family were surprised to find out that we've never cut Hadley's hair. And, to our realization, it does look like we cut her bangs too. But, just so you know (not that it really matters, just thought it was interesting), we have never cut her hair...the front of her hair just never has really grown. The back of her hair though, when wet and not in her little ringlets, is down to her shoulder blades. :) Funny. Now, on with the pictures.
A picture of the kids in the driver's seat. They really enjoyed themselves. It was such a treat.
A new favorite picture of Hadley. After we got off the bus, we walked to Dane Street Beach. On the way is a little park area. The kids got out of their stroller and ran around a bit. Joel shot away like a professional photographer. Hadley was cracking up the whole time.
Grady and Hadley posing in the gazebo there.
We had a picnic at the beach. Grady had tons of fun feeding the seagulls chips. The seagulls seemed to enjoy themselves too.
For those of you who want to see the H-Ruge belly, here it is. This picture doesn't do it justice though...it really is big. Most of my shirts are no longer able to cover it, including this one (I pulled it down just for y'all). As of today, I have 5 more weeks until my due date. :)