A trip to Lupa Zoo

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Summer days with my babies! I love being able to spend time with them. I love that I can concentrate on them and not worry about going back to work in a few weeks… I love being a stay at home mom!

And I also love Lupa zoo in Ludlow, MA. Back when I used to work at the Southwick Rec Center summer camp it used to be free to go here, but has expanded a bit and they really are a nice gem in Western MA… nice and close by!

Violet and Nathaniel loved it. My only regret was not feeding the giraffe…the kids were so good when I told them I didn’t have cash on me (only because we waited in line for a few minutes before I realized it cost extra). Overall it was a very fun day!

I didn’t take many photos of the animals, I was solo and usually holding Nathaniel so that he could see, but I did take some pictures of the kids posing with a bear, a gorilla, a tiger, and a turtle ;)


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I wanted to write a quick blog post about www.teacherspayteachers.com, or “TpT”.
Back in September, Jeff wrote me an email:
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The was a video about a woman from Georgia named Deanna Jump. She is a kindergarten teacher. She is also a millionaire. I have made pretty much all of my own teaching materials. I’ve spent countless hours perfecting notes, worksheets, reading materials, pictures, quizzes, etc. The only reward that I had ever been given for my time creating was a smooth lesson that I could put some love, joy, and pride into. But this website, teacherspayteachers, actually let’s you sell them. Of course they must not violate any copyright, they must be your very own materials. It is a lot of work because you have to make sure everything is absolutely perfect and construct eye-catching cover pages and previews. However, I love it because it keeps me connected to my pre-mom teaching life and so far I’ve made about 5,000 bucks! Woo hoo! It really makes me feel that much better about my decision to take the SAHM route, since I’m not earning a paycheck this is a great way to earn some spending money, while keeping in touch with my teaching content :)

G’Bye, Westfield!

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The Jason family is going on the most adventurous adventure of all…we’re moving! Our offer was accepted for a beautiful home in Wayland. I am excited for many reasons, most of all because I’m picking up Jeff’s happiness via osmosis… he does not need to sleep at the Framingham house anymore, he will feel that he has all the opportunities to excel at work, all because his commute time will be cut down!

I’ve always had the desire to travel, to see places, to explore the world (and I still do!); but I’ve never. It was exciting when Jeff and I both left UMass and embarked on our journey to the Boston area- so I am glad to be back :)

Funny enough, at the Cape most of our nights were spent watching HGTV’s Property Brothers and Love it or List It. We didn’t have access to these channels in Westfield, and watching them unleashed something. Here I am, 2 months out from my due date, and Jeff starts looking up houses. We started to get excited about it. We schedule home viewings on our way home from the cape.

About a month later…
we find…

our backyard

This house.

Goodbye this house:

westfield house

Hello this house:

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I am REALLY excited to make this move; though, don’t get me wrong, I will miss being so close to friends and family. I just keep reminding myself MA is a small state and we’re only about an hour away from Moira, Emily, and my sister, and only 1.25 hours from Papa and Grammie :)

Although I am looking forward to starting this new chapter… we close on this house August 23rd and I’m due with baby girl on September 5th! Lots to think about…

Cape Cod Trip 2013

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This year we went all out with our Cape trip. We rented a…. (drumroll, please….) HOUSE!
And we stayed for two weeks. The house was in Dennis, less than a mile from Carly and Serge and a short walk to Howe’s Street and Corporation Beach. We had a great time!
Some things we did:
The Beach (duh)
The Drive-In in Wellfleet (Monsters University and Man of Steele)
The Carousel in Hyannis, and icecream, too.
Breakfast at Grumpy’s (delicious).
Dinner at Captain Frosty’s and Captain Parkers (BEST CLAM CHOWDER HANDS DOWN)
The Zooquarium

The kids were great. We watched a lot of HGTV which sort of prompted us to get into house mode. We are looking to sell the Westfield house and move closer to Jeff’s work- details to follow!

Disney on Ice!

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Thanks to Moira, we scored some awesome seats at the Mass Mutual Center to see Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy. The four of us went and had a blast! Here are some pictures from the show, which was on Sunday, April 21st.

Pink or blue?

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For our last Jason baby, we decided to do a gender reveal cake. I figured it would be a cute idea for the kids to participate in (and everybody loves to eat cake, right?!)
After my mid pregnancy ultrasound, the sonographer wrote down the sex of the baby and sealed it in an envelope. I then drove to Big Y and explained to the bakery what I was doing, the two women working at the bakery hadn’t done this before. I told them I didn’t know what the sex of the baby was and that the inside of the cake had to be filled with pink or blue frosting, but no hints on the outside. Twenty minutes later my cake was done. I couldn’t wait to drive home and share!


Easter Weekend 2013

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This Easter weekend it was so nice outside! A little windy, but not bad for late March. We decided to go to Stanley Park on Saturday. It felt so good to get out of the house and to get the kids playing outside.

Sunday was our annual Backyard Easter Egg Hunt. Nathaniel wasn’t really into it :P I’m hoping next year… then again, am I hoping for sibling rivalry? I guess that what makes it fun! Let’s hope Violet grows up to be a good sport! Hey, I was a big sister, too… it’s tough, but doable :) Violet of course loved the hunt and was excited to find eggs and eat them!

Stanley Park Videos 3/30/13

Easter Egg Hunt Videos 3/31/13