Sunday, January 15, 2017

Christmas 2016

We had a wonderful Christmas at home.

The girls noticed this year that as they get older, their gifts get more expensive and therefore there are fewer of them.

Santa brought an Xbox One and some new games. They've enjoyed that.

Audrey got a huge LEGO kit: the 2500-piece Parisian Restaurant. She spent the next couple of days assembling it.

Charlotte's big gift was a Chromebook all her own. It's a small one like she wanted. Bonus features are a screen that folds all the way over into a tablet, and a touch screen.

Carol received the Apple Watch she asked for, in pink. She loves it! Now she gets my texts on her wrist. She can even make phone calls on it - the Dick Tracy wristwatch phone is reality!

I got some great shirts: one for work and a couple of nice casual winter shirts; a wonderful book titled "The Eighth Day of Creation" about the birth of molecular biology; a science kit to do with the girls; and a bunch of other wonderful things. Thanks, Santa!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Charlotte Turns 11

Can you believe we have two tweens now? We can't!

Charlotte turned 11 at the end of November. These are photos from her first party with just family, at home. And from her second birthday party, with friends, that included an outing to play laser tag.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Audrey Art

The first trimester of middle school just ended and Audrey brought home the works she produced in art class. It's her favorite class.

She especially liked printmaking.

Click on the photo to go to the gallery. The password is always 'methot'.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Photo Flood

This year I did a much worse job than usual editing and curating photos as we took them. Over Thanksgiving weekend I spent a couple of days catching up. The result is the following 13 new albums. Enjoy!

Click on each photo to go to that album.

I can't believe I've been slacking all the way back to last Christmas! Well, here you go.

Apparently the day after Christmas was very pleasant last year because it looks like we went to the beach.

I made a couple trips to the UK for meetings in the other Cambridge related to my old job at Biogen. On both trips I also spent some time in London. During this January trip I found a concert by an African musician and had a great time.

So I never posted photos four our annual February trip and no one complained! Next time, let me know!

From January through early April we had our basement remodeled by the world's best contractor. He was a dream to work with. Now it's our favorite part of the house!

Audrey stopped skating, but Charlotte continues to enjoy it. Here is video of her group's routine in the annual ice show in March.

Here's a collection of favorite photos from the first half of the year that aren't related to a specific event.

Three neighbor families joined us for a weekend camping at our favorite campground: Pawtuckaway State Park in New Hampshire.

My second trip to the UK. More time in Cambridge and in London. This time I got to spend a couple of hours at the New Tate Modern gallery.

This year both girls went to circus camp for a week, at the same time. Carol and I had a week to ourselves and a date night, during which we saw a favorite performer: Sarah Jarosz.

Favorite photos from the second half of the year.

For her birthday in September, Carol traveled to Colorado to attend Girls Gone Grape with her best friend Kim. It was modeled after the famous "I Love Lucy" episode. They stayed in a swanky hotel in Vail, stomped grapes, went on a jeep tour, had a couple of nice dinners and best of all got to spend time together.

The girls started swim team at the YMCA in September. They are really enjoying their practices even though they come home exhausted. We've been to three meets so far, and there is video of all the events in this photo album.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mt. Monadnock

Back on my birthday in May the family decided I got to choose the activity. I chose to hike up Mt. Monadnock in southern New Hampshire.

It's one of the most popular hikes near Boston. I didn't understand just how popular until we got there. I think the parking lot at the most popular trailhead could hold 300 cars (and there are multiple trailheads). The trail was as wide as a road most of the way, and filled with a constant stream of people. It was definitely the most people I've ever seen on a hike.

Those of us who grew up hiking on the west coast are spoiled by having hiked trails that were mostly built (or rebuilt) by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression. They built trails to common standards, including maximum grade. To meet that grade limit, they used lots of switchbacks.

Well, on the East Coast the trails predate any trail construction standards. They go straight up, over huge boulders or whatever else might be in the way. The trails are steep.

Nevertheless, the family made it very close to the top. We stopped out of the wind below the summit to eat lunch. Carol and Charlotte were tired and stayed where they were while Audrey and I continued to the actual summit.

The view was very pretty.

Afterward we stopped for ice cream.

It was a lovely birthday.

The geeks among you might like to read about the MIT's Haystack Observatory, which we passed on the drive to Mt. Monadnock. And this weird program that involved the observatory: Project Needles.