Monday, September 27, 2010

Take Two

Last weekend we took a trip up to Boothbay to visit the Maine State Aquarium for the 2nd time. We made sure it was actually open this time! Eliot loved it. He was enamored with the shark touch tank. There was a Cat Shark and Spiny Dogfish. He touched and pet the sharks then took a spin around, then came back on and off for 2 hours. He wanted to jump in and swim with the sharks. He was certainly more brave than most of the adults there.

They have a very active volunteer program that involves kids starting at about 5-6 along with a parent. If Eliot keeps interested in under sea creatures I think it would be a place to learn.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Getting Settled

We are slowly settling into the new house. Day by day we are unpacking more boxes and finding spots for all of our things. I am sure it will be rearranged 100 times but that is fine by me. We aren't going anywhere for a while!

I feel lucky we were able to find a balance between my need for outdoor space and Kevin's need to be on a bus line or bikable route (he doesn't drive). We have about a quarter of an acre of South facing yard with access to tons of trails and yet only a few miles from downtown Portland.

It is an old house that was clearly loved and taken care of. The former owner was a cabinet maker so it has lots of tasteful updates and creative uses of space. We are quickly filling it up. Thankfully, we don't have much work to do to it either. I am looking forward to turning the yard into a productive little urban homestead. I am sure this blog will end up being a diary of the transformation.

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