a couple shots from our apres swim class Shake Shack picnic on Saturday down at the Charles River for the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Head of the Charles Regatta, 2014

Every year down by the banks of the Charles River, one of my favourite events occurs; The Head of the Charles Regatta, one of the largest head races for rowing the world. It is a spectacle of sport and even if you do not know a thing about rowing it is a wonderful excuse to go down to the river and see a beautiful event. Personally, it is a family affair for us. Matt works as a rowing coach and director of coaching education at Community Rowing Inc. One of Oliver's favourite activities is going to "daddy's" boathouse to see the boats and erg. And of course rowing is how Matt and I met (insert awww). We both participated in the club rowing program at Denison University and during my freshman year I had the pleasure of coxing the woman's eight in the Head of the Charles.  

my two bugs.

such a handsome boy.


watching more closely

bonus, there was a race car in the Vespoli tent and Oliver got to "drive" it.

on the winner's stage.

with daddy. 

it was a gorgeous day. 

wrapping up the day before we head home.


I call this series of images; Oliver in respite. His naps are few and far between but when he crashes he crashes hard. And then it takes a rather herculean effort to rouse him and get him outside to run around at the park. So when I go in to get him up I have been snapping these pictures just because he always looks so sweet and small when he sleeps. I love him in his big boy bed with his Avengers sheets and about a million books stuffed under the pillows, I love the handsome, bull headed boy he is turning into who plays hard and yet still loves to cuddle. How sweet it is, even on the stubborn, exhausting days. 


Wow, sorry I have been lagging on the blog front. I have a couple of posts sitting, waiting to be finished in my draft file. But I do like to try to stay somewhat on top of the 52 project because in a sense, time is of the essence. 

Can you believe how many Cars Oliver has? It is crazy, I know. But he (and I) know all of the names. An impressive feat if you ask me. I am going to do my best to get back on the blog band wagon but we are dealing with a lot of change over here. Most noticeably at the moment is the fact that Oliver has stopped napping in the afternoon. Now I know I should not complain seeing as I have an almost four year old who still napped until last week. But it is still a shock to our schedule. Naps were when I blog, prep dinner, and perhaps read a chapter in a book. It was a nice time in our day and frankly Oliver has been a mess come dinner time. Last night, he was sobbing over his chicken, saying that the only thing that would help was sleep. So yeah it's been interesting. Oh and to add insult to injury, he woke up way too early this morning which was just oh so thoughtful of him!

library dates. we read about a million books each time we go. it's great. 

superhero on the scooter 

the negative space of toddler art work.

practicing his balance.


and just so I can be all caught up with the 52 project here is Oliver at the Boston Children's Museum from Monday way up high in the climbing structure. He loves this thing and he even has a spot at the top where he lounges which he calls "his couch". fearless, this one.


This picture just about sums up how I feel, in need of a good nap (although Oliver is faux-napping here).  This post is going to be a medley of pictures from before and during our jaunt down to DC. So read on and catch up!

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

This post has been in my draft box for more than week. Heck Oliver and I have been to DC and back but we had such a lovely morning that I still wanted to share it. We have been having some epic fall weather, you know the kind you wish you could bottle up and open in February? (although I must admit today is grey and rainy) So on such a gorgeous day we struck out to the DeCordova Sculpture and Museum to wander the grounds and explore. I actually have been meaning to bring Oliver here since we moved back but it just kept getting moved to the side. Well, silly me! We had a ball exploring the outdoor sculpture park and Oliver was engaged while I dorked out a bit explaining some of the various in and outs of the works, I guess he is used to me rambling when it comes to art!

Click through to see a bunch of pictures.

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