Monday, January 24, 2011

Some Boston Pics...finally!

Posted some pics from our group trip to Boston back in September on our family blog if anyone wants to check them out. They are mostly my kids but still of the trip. We had such a great time and ended up with TONS of pictures!! Sorry it has taken me so long to post some! Check it out:

Boston Trip Day One

Liz K.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Free Candlelight Concert at Fryeburg Academy December 12th

December 12th at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission
Book tickets and save seats at the Fryeburg Academy website
Christmas Music

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Co-op is coming!

The co-op registrations are done and in the mail. Please be on the look out for yours. The turn around time is short, but hopefully this will prevent the paperwork from getting lost.

There are lots of really wonderful classes - music, art, foreign language, science, dance and so much more.

Important Dates: Registration and 1/2 tuition due to Elizabeth J by Monday, October 11
First day of Co-op and balance due Monday, October 18

If you are interested in joining our co-op or would just like a little more information please leave a comment on this post or contact us via email.

This is so EXCITING! Thanks to everyone who helped make this a reality.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Boston Trip Ininerary

Hi all
Those of you going on the Boston trip will want to print this out, but I also thought everyone else might like to see what we are doing in Boston. :) This is all tentative, but I have called most of the places to confirm details. Let me know if you think of something I may have left out. This trip is going to be sooo memorable for the kids! WOW! Sorry there is so much text below. :)

Tentative Boston Itinerary

7am meet at Conway Public Library for departure to Boston

10am Approximate arrival to Church, unload and head to Public Gardens

12pm T (pay $) to Public Gardens, lunch at the Make Way for Ducklings statues
Swan Boats
Snack _____________
Ritz Carlton lobby (reference to Trumpet of the Swan)
Boston Common (pasture land, British army, Boston architecture)
Snack _______________
State House (cod fish)
Granary Burial Grounds (Egyptian entrance, 4 famous people)
Snack _______________
Old City Hall (1st public school, elephant, Ben Franklin statue)
Snack _______________
Old Corner Bookstore (Dickens, Emerson, Longfellow, Thoreau)
Potato Famine memorial
Snack _______________
South Meeting House (Boston tea party, museum shop)
Snack _______________
Old State House (lion/unicorn, Boston massacre 5 died)
Snack _______________
City Hall Plaza (Ziggurat, bricks, teapot)
Snack _______________
Holocaust Memorial (SILENCE & observe, discussion at end)
Fanueil Hall (grasshopper, weaponry museum)
Snack ______________
DINNER Quincy Market and enjoy vendors and entertainment as long as desired

7:30 option
Free concert at David Friend Recital Hall
Arrive early for seats
On Boylston St between Boston Common and Fenway park
T (pay $) home to church


8:30 T (pay $) to Copp's Hill Burial Ground (revolutionary bullets in tombstones)
Snack _______________
Old North Church (climb bell tower)
Snack _______________
Paul Revere's House
Snack _______________

Lunch Christopher Columbus Park at Harbor edge

2 ½-3 hrs Aquarium visit (I know it sounds short, but it is the only spot I could fit it)
Snack _______________
3pm Tall Ships (2 hour harbor cruise)
Snack _______________

Dinner North End Italian Food MMMMM yummy!
After dinner
Play and hang out in Rose Kennedy Greenway (used to be the old Expressway, now a 1 mile park filled with vendors and a carousel $3/person) This wasn't open when I used to come to Boston. Should be interesting. Carousel open till 9pm? Visit
Didn't find any concerts in Boston Friday night
T (pay $) home to church


8:30am T (pay $) to USS Constitution & Museum (opens 9am-gets crowded should arrive early)
Snack ____________
Free Trolley to Long Wharf or $2.50 for Water shuttle bus to Long Wharf
Boston Harbor Cruise (first cruise 10:30 departs every hour-45 minute cruise)
Snack ____________
Lunch Pick a Wharf to eat on and watch the waves and boats and seagulls
Free trolley to next adventure
Pick an Adventure: (The rest of the day is open to your preferences-all free with go Boston card)
Museum of Science
Museum of Fine Arts
Children's Museum
Fenway Park tour 9-3pm Red Sox have a home game, tours end before batting practice begins
50 min walking tour start every hour on the hour
Tomb Adventure 11-5pm recreated 3,000 year old tomb, 45 minute adventure, located next to Fenway park

T (pay $) home to church
Costs of T:
$2 per ride x approx 6 rides per person = $12 per person
OR purchase an unlimited week pass for $15

Saturday, June 12, 2010

June and July Events

Here is what we planned at the monthly planning meeting the other night:

June 14th
- Tennis 9:30am @ Davis Park
June 14th -Music Class 12:30 @ Mt. Top Music

June 17th - History Mystery 10:30am @ Schouler Park. There are no spots left for this if you have not already signed up.

June 18th - Emerald Pool Hike (this will not be rescheduled). Meet in the parking lot at 10:30 with a picnic lunch and we will eat at the pool. We also will be planting a letter box as a group! To find out more about letter boxing click here. Also here is where you can find the clue to our letter box planted at Sabbaday Falls.

June 24th - Book Club 2:00pm @ The River Church
Younger - Little House in the Big Woods
Middle - Treasure Island
Older - The Daughter of Time

June 28th - Strawberry Picking 8:30am @ Schatner Farm. After picking we will get together for a strawberry taste testing extravaganza! Each family should make a strawberry recipe and then we will set them out to share! Please decide what you are going to make and then share it one the yahoo group. The recipe can be assembled before or after picking depending on what it is, kitchen space will be available.

July 1st - 4th of July t-shirt making and parade decoration day! We will meet at 10:00am @ the Kelley's house. We need to come up with a design for the T-shirts before this date and collect the materials. Be watching for emails concerning this on the yahoo group.

July 4th - 4th of July Parade 2:00pm in Conway Village. This year our theme is patriotic! We will be sporting homemade t-shirts and red white and blue. Kids can decorate their bikes (or mom's with strollers) and ride or walk together to promote our group and our love for the U. S. of A!

July 5th - Monthly Planning Meeting 7:00pm at the River Church

July 9th - July Hike...more info coming soon!

July 12th - Raspberry picking and Earl Family Farm tour. More info coming soon!

July 22nd - July Book Club 2:00pm @ The River Church
Younger - Little House on the Prairie
Middle -
Older -

Thursday, June 10, 2010

This was posted through the yahoo group, but thought I would share here for those who aren't on the group. HINT - join the yahoo group! So far there has been a lot of interest in this so I am sure it will be going forward. It looks like the practices will be in Fryeburg. If you have questions you can post them in the comments here.

I spoke with Mike Mendonca, the Lovell Rec Director about coaching a fall homeschool running club. He is interested, if we can gain enough interest in our group. He would need at least 10 children to commit to meeting to run weekly. He would also need some amount of compensation, though he understands we are all on tight budgets. If i have clear commitment from enough children, I will go back to him and see what he can do for us. Hopefully, we can find a day/time which will work for all who are interested.

This would be a cross-country type program, with lots of fun thrown in. Basically, learning proper running technique and running on trails and through fields. We didn't discuss an age minimum, but I am thinking school age with a desire to run long distances? He coached a program like this for some Florida homeschoolers and was impressed with their organization and commitment. They even had running shirts made-up and called themselves HEAT(Home Educated Athletic Team). He also coaches a running club for New Life Christian Academy in Fryeburg.

There is a 5K in Lovell the Saturday before Thanksgiving, so maybe the goal for some would be participating? It is run around the athletic fields, so it's not a road race and is appropriate for all ages...even babies/toddlers in jogging strollers! Lots of fun,prizes and good food after.

A little about Mike: He is a Christian dad with a lifetime of experience running and training others to run both for the military and as a Recreation Director. He is a bi/tri(?)athlete and trains daily. He leads a weekly bible club for teens at Fryeburg Academy called the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also coaches Nordic skiing for the Rec and Middle School while leading exercise classes for the Rec. Coolest of all, he is a *super* nice guy, is patient, kind, soft spoken and cheerful and *loves* working with kids. My boys think is Superman. :-)

Let me know if you have any questions and if you think your children would be interested. We can bounce thoughts around and try to decide by the August Mom's meeting.