We’ve Been Hacked :(

June 2nd, 2013

Marty discovered that our blog has been hacked — the damage so extensive that he is trying to restore and recover everything — he hopes it will be available again soon.


March 26th, 2013

If anyone is still reading (please comment if you are), you’ll notice I haven’t updated the blog since the beginning of January. Ever since I joined facebook, the blog entries have been lagging, and I’ve also had less down time to post updates with increasing amounts of freelance. I still have the best intentions for keeping the blog going, but in the interim between posts, check me out on facebook.

Charley’s Robot Art

January 3rd, 2013

Happy 2013!

December 31st, 2012

Seneca and Flora’s Illustrated New Year’s Eve Agenda: 1. Drink cocoa; 2. Do doll hair; 3. Eat candy cane; 4. Do art; 5. Play in snow; 6. Eat dinner; 7. Get jammies on; 8. Test bed; 9. Watch TV

Item 1 on Agenda — Drink Cocoa.

Fondue (photo by Charley).

Flora had a special New Year’s Eve sleepover with Seneca, and the other three of us gorged on cheese fondue and sparkling apple cider. I was asleep by 9:30PM. Happy 2013 everyone!

View Flora and Charley’s “New Year 2012/2013″ photos

Christmas 2012

December 25th, 2012

Christmas Eve Dinner at Taiwan Cafe in Chinatown, an Annual Tradition

Matching Christmas Toes

Cookies from Amma

Presents from the Grandparents

Milk and Cookies for Santa

Food for the Reindeer

White Christmas

Tree on Christmas Morning (presents from Santa wrapped in red and white stripes)

Favorite Present — the LEGO Monster Fighters Haunted House

Favorite Present — American Girl Doll McKenna and her Accessories

Favorite Present — Hergert Family Plate by Charley

The Aftermath

Christmas Dinner

View all of Flora and Charley’s “Christmas 2012″ photos

The Nutcracker

December 13th, 2012

Flora’s friends Mackenzie and Raessler were performing in the Northeast Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker, so Hanna and I took Seceneca and Flora to see the show, then followed with a dinner at the Andover Inn where Marty and I got married a hundred years ago.

Second Chomper Falls

December 4th, 2012

Flora’s Haunted Halloween Art

December 3rd, 2012

Just in time for Christmas.

Home for the Holidays

November 30th, 2012

Home for the Holidays starts Friday night with the lighting of the City Hall tree, caroling down Main Street, and Santa arriving via fire truck. Out evening ended with warm and filling Thai food. The celebration continues Saturday with activities all throughout town, including “reindeer” rides, gingerbread houses, and photos with Santa. We lucked out and got a family pic in the retro photo booth just before the festivities ended Saturday afternoon.

View Flora and Charley’s “Home for the Holidays” photos


November 29th, 2012

Oh that sneaky Elf on the Shelf. But we lost most of his pics when Marty lost the little digital camera, coincidentally called an Elph.

View Flora and Charley’s “Eugene” photos

Charley’s Birthday Chair Pics

November 26th, 2012

Six months late. Tough guy now, tatts and all.

View Charley’s “Fourth Birthday Chair Pics” photos

Swim, Bowl, Art, Eat

November 26th, 2012

Two of our favorite things to do when family visits, especially the Swans — swim in the hotel pool and Candlepin Bowl at the Bowladrome. We also worked in a trip to Plaster Fun Time and Meletharb ice cream.

View Flora and Charley’s “BSC Pool” photos

View Flora and Charley’s “Wakefield Bowladrome” photos

Thanksgiving 2012

November 23rd, 2012

Turkey Before

Turkey After

Pretty Pie

Kids’ Table

It’s all about the food.

View Flora and Charley’s “Turkey Day 2012″ photos

Turkey Art

November 21st, 2012

Charley’s Pre-K School Pic

November 18th, 2012

Now this is more like it — a new take on the quintessential school pic!


November 17th, 2012



Flora’s First Grade School Pic

November 17th, 2012

Quintessential blue background, awkward pose, and fake smile.

“I Love My Rum”

November 14th, 2012

I *do* love my rum, but what Flora meant to spell was “room.” The illustration is of her on her bed, *not* her mom passed out in the garden bed :)


November 12th, 2012

Fun field trip with friends to the Esplanade playground where the kids got to climb, swing, spin, and slide on some very cool equipment. A picnic lunch next to the Charles River followed. Taking the train to and fro was about as much fun for the kids as the playground :)

View Flora and Charley’s “Esplanade” photos

First Snow

November 7th, 2012

First snow of the season. Kids can hardly contain their excitement!


November 7th, 2012

Flora lost her first top, front chomper. Can’t seem to keep her tongue outta the gaping hole :)

Trick or Treats

October 31st, 2012

On Halloween Night, we hit up our block for tricks or treats then met friends to hit up theirs. Treats were definitely had, including a KING size candy bar score!

View all of Flora and Charley’s “Halloween” photos

Lynch Park in the Fall

October 27th, 2012

We love to go to Lynch Park in Beverly all summer long, but this time we visited in the fall with Gram Kaye. It was really beautiful to see the mingling of summer sand and fall leaves. The kids happily walked the shore looking for shells and sea glass and braved the chilly shallows to find crabs and creatures.

View Flora and Charley’s “Lynch park in the Fall” photos

Holiday Decorations

October 26th, 2012




We, okay I, had tons of fun decorating the house this year for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!

Just Because…

October 24th, 2012

…I like this photo.