We kicked it off with Joshua’s birthday, which means boys + airsoft guns + xbox controllers + food + staying up all night. It was lovely. Truly!
After a sleepover, I picked up Isaac at Parker’s house and we decided to go play a little mini golf (via coming home first and waking Joshua and convincing him to come along and opening up a 99 and having lunch for breakfast.) Kind of crazy on such a windy day but it was what they wanted to do. Joshua and I got in a bit of skeeball, too. Though I’m convinced these skeeball machines were not to the regulation size that those at Chuck E Cheese are.
We bowled. Ok – so this isn’t an actual photo from that day, but I didn’t take any and I like illustrations. We grabbed Joshua’s friend Austin and met Donna and Eva there, and Erin and Maisie, and Wendy and Parker. It was a fun gathering that snowballed. I’d told everyone to meet at 1 because that would be after lunch – but no one had eaten lunch so we started at Margaritas before bowling. Love love loved seeing Maisie bowl for the first and loved seeing how much fun Josh and Austin had. (And . . . got in some more skeeball this time with Erin, again not to regulation size).
Boston by train! On a rainy Saturday, the boys and I rode the Downeaster to No Station (our first time!). We’d planned to go right to the Museum of Art but then made a quick decision to do a little store-gazing first – going to Newbury Comics and the Prudential Center. There was an anime convention going on and the boys (and I ) loved seeing the costumes – Josh, esp, since he could identify many. Also discovered that next week is Comic con and Josh is working on rounding up a gang to go with him.
Again, I didn’t take photos – until the end. At the Museum of Science, I spent a long time in the new Americas Wing and the boys hit their favorites: Ancient Egyptian art, Greek Art, Asian art. Joshua’s favorite moment was when a young boy came up to look at one of Joshua’s favorite exhibits of a sabre and several handguards. The boy said, “what’s so special about a bunch of belt buckles.”
And on Sunday we collapsed. The Easter Bunny skipped us . . . or so we thought . . . until there came a knock at the door!
Here’s a page from Joshua’s birthday party – the morning after. We’re getting ready to spend a month “stash-busting” at Masterful Scrapbook Design and I’ve done a few things on this page to use up what I already have – clipping papers to heart embellishments I originally used as-is and combing through several kits for vintage boys.