Sunday, November 30, 2014


Nanna and Papa stayed over last night, and we had a busy morning with them, as they helped us continue to unpack and organize. One treasure we uncovered was Pachy - our favorite plush elephant. After the grandparents departed, Ace was very clingy with his long-lost companion.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

From One a Grandma to Another

We say goodbye to the Payne side of the family and returned to Maine, where the Dyer side awaited us. The Critter enjoyed playing Legos with Nanna, and was happy to have her read him a book back in his own bed.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Turkey Day Two

Grandma and Grandpa joined us at Auntie Amanda and Uncle Johnny's house today. It was great to visit, and Cousin Sara got a particular kick out of pulling Ace's wet hair after his bath.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Giving Thanks

We are very thankful that Ace has such a wonderful cousin in Johnny (not to mention Sara, James, and Estelle) on this beautiful Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Chase had the day off from school and experienced the Maine Children's Museum with Mommy. Then, it was a short walk through the snow to meet Daddy for lunch near his office.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lovin' the Coast

Mommy and Ace explored the beach at Fort Williams Park this afternoon and discovered this amazing, free-standing heart arch. A sign nearby asked visitors not to disturb it - it was created by a roaming artist. We love it!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Casco Reunions

Chase returned to one of Mommy and Daddy's old stomping grounds today, the Casco Public Library. The longtime librarian is retiring, and we journeyed up to wish her farewell.

While Ace didn't remember his last trip to the library (when he was a few months old), he enjoyed playing there today, including finding a hidden pig in this Christmas display.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cat's in the Cradle

The Critter crawled into bed with us this morning, where another critter was already comfortably settled in.

"Take a picture for Chase-a-Day with me and Birdie," he said. We couldn't refuse.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sledding Without Snow

Chase and the neighborhood kids slide down the hill adjoining our yard without the slippery snow. It's only a matter of time before the sleds really take off.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Our House

Chase insisted our house must have a roof. Inside there were various Lego people.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Blue Hand of Chase

The bad guys might have the white hand of Saruman, but the good guys have the blue hand of Ace.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Relaxing on a Rainy Afternoon

Chase enjoyed some quiet time before dinner. Mommy even let him watch one of her favorite cartoons, Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Today marks the day when ice formed on our pond and didn't melt during the day. Chase enjoyed breaking pieces of ice with a stick. This piece looked particularly like South America.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Kid Construction Worker

Ace dubbed himself "Kid Construction Worker," as he helped Daddy build a new set of steps for the basement. He really was a help!

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Boys

Chase loves playing with the neighborhood kids after school.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rock Lobster

Chase discovered a rocking chair fashioned out of lobster traps while at the Maine Mall today.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fast Friends

Still battling strep, Ace had to stay home from school today. Without his Breakwater buddies, he made do with companionship from Buzz Lightyear.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sunset Construction

We enjoyed a low key Veteran's Day, which Daddy had as a day off. Although Ace seemed to be feeling better, Mommy's intuition proved correct when we took him to the doctor and discovered that he's fighting strep throat.

He felt well enough for a late afternoon walk to the beach, where he oversaw the heavy machinery as Mommy and Daddy appreciated the sunset.

Monday, November 10, 2014


The Critter is feeling pretty sick, but he knows he has a Mommy who loves him.

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Auntie Amanda came up for a visit today. Ace enjoyed building a couch fort, taking a walk, playing games, and even practicing reading words with her. Thanks for the time and attention, Auntie!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Night Party

While Mommy and Daddy attended a parent potluck dinner for Chase's class, he enjoyed evening shenanigans with Kendra, as her big sister Shayla babysat him. He was exhausted by the time we picked him up - but he didn't want to go!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Just Hanging Around

Ace explores a new playground in South Portland. He's getting much more adventurous with his climbing and hanging.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Vote Early & Often

Ace dances in support of his favorite candidates and ballot issues on election day. Too early to tell if the races will turn out in his favor, but he's especially pulling for the library addition in Cape Elizabeth. Chase voted in favor of it 3 times...

Monday, November 3, 2014

Roken' Grandmother

Nanna turned an appointment in Portland into an excuse to visit Ace and help out at the house today. The highlight was playing with the Rokenbok construction set, which is currently dominating much of our living room.

Sunday, November 2, 2014


The Critter enjoyed the sweet taste of snow as we experienced an early season snow squall in our new house.

Saturday, November 1, 2014


It was our turn to take the class photo book home for the weekend, and Ace delighted in seeing the family pictures of his classmates.