Kirsten: Why I Like Danley.org

I’m excited for our family blog. It will be nice for us to share our thoughts and keep everyone up to date, as we have many friends and family with whom we don’t communicate regularly. I also think it’s a great way to keep a record of our lives. I have thoughts, ideas, and experiences that seem significant, yet too quickly they are forgotten.

I love that this blog allows our family to connect with each other. I feel like we have a unified purpose. I think it’s going to be fun and I believe it will encourage the girls to think more about different things and allow us to share and be exposed to different perspectives and ideas.

Brent: Why I Like Danley.org

My hope for danley.org is that it helps us connect with family and friends, tightens the bonds we have with each other and provides a place for the girls to share their creativity with others.

It’s ours. And it’s better than an annual Christmas card. This long-term project is for us but we enthusiastically welcome participation from others. If you have ideas and suggestions please send us an email or leave a comment.

The plan is to have weekly post assignments for the family. We will also be posting whenever else we have something to share (drawings, videos, audio recordings, recipes, pictures, announcements, travelogues, poetry, book reviews, links and stories). With five people regularly posting it should always be fresh.

Anybody can comment on posts (please do!) but all comments will be moderated. Kirsten and I will work hard to keep the site clean and safe.

We hope you enjoy our newly revamped site. Please add our post feed or comment feed to your favorite aggregator and our link to your blogroll.

Hayley: Why I Like Danley.org

I like the family blog because our friends and cousins, and even other people can know more about us. I like putting pictures on and writing about things I do in my life. I want people to know about my favorite things.

About the drawing: Mom asked me to draw a picture about myself for the blog. That’s me at Fairfield School. We’re lining up. I’m the caboose, that’s why there isn’t anybody behind me. In the foreground is our playground.

Skye: Why I Like Danley.org

I love this blog because I can tell the whole world about myself and things I do. Daddy made an artistic, thoughtful, detailed and cool idea for a family tradition. I want to continue this over my lifetime and forever. I think it’s a good idea for the family.

I especially love when we have an assigned topic to all type about. I can see all the interesting things everyone came up with for the same exact subject.

About the drawing: Mom asked me to draw a picture about myself for the blog. I want to be a super hero (except there’s no such thing). Because C. K. Burns is my school, I decided to fly over it on a nice sunny day.

Jenna: Why I Like Danley.org

I like doing family blogs because I like writing things.  And drawing pictures.  I love typing on the computer and when people see all about us.  I love thinking about my life.

About the drawing: Mom asked me to draw a picture about myself for the blog. There’s a little groundhog because it’s Groundhog Day (no other reason than that’s what I wanted to draw). In the background is my school, Fairfield. That’s me behind the cat. I drew the cat because I thought it would look nice in the picture. His owner is halfway off my drawing. It’s spring, that’s why there’s both snow, a little bit of leaves on the trees and flowers. I like rainbows.

Finally, A Day Together!

Yesterday Kirsten “called out” so we could spend the day as a family. I’m glad she did. Our work and school schedules rarely allow for us to be together during the day. And the day was absolutely gorgeous. Fleece weather, my favorite. We brought the cameras along.

Enjoy.

Kirsten made a wonderful breakfast of scrambled eggs with cheese, toast, grits, bacon, orange juice and coffee. How lucky am I?!? Jenna read to us the book, “Fairly Stupid Tales”, which is hilarious, especially the way she reads it. At different parts she is quiet, loud, fast, slow, and inflects her voice where appropriate. It was great fun to listen to, and watch, her read this super silly story.


Does it get any better than this?

Jenna is hilarious! And a terrific reader.

Conversing

After breakfast we all went to church. Kirsten hasn’t had many experiences with church outside of Mormonism and I really wanted her to see how religion is done right. Hayley and Skye went to Sunday School after the children’s sermon and Jenna stayed with us up on the balcony. It was nice to be alone with her for a short time. Kirsten enjoyed the experience, as did I.

Related posts:
An Atheist and the UCC – Oct. 3, 2008


First Parish Congregational Church of Saco

Skye didn’t have to twist my arm too much to get me to take the family to Portland Head Light. I’m so glad it is becoming one of their favorite places, too.

Related posts:
My Favorite Place – Oct. 14, 2008
My Cathedral – Oct. 27, 2008

We did a family photo then shots of the girls together and individually before releasing them to go play on the rocks. Kirsten and I enjoyed each other’s company as we talked, watched the girls play, and relished being Mainers.


The girls are not allowed in my car
unless they have a book

The Danleys

Directing the models

Our girls

Shooting my baby

Hayley and a light

Skye and a light

Gulls and a light

Jenna and a light

“Just one more.”

I always tell the girls, “just one more”, while we’re doing a shoot. It’s never just one more. It’s become a running joke. After every shot I told them, “just one more”, and by the time I took this they were all in stitches.


No wind machine necessary

The photographer

My sweet Kirsten

Nice photo, Skye

Maineiacs

My first trip to Maine was a stopover in Bangor on the way to England. We were dragging across the pond a couple of F-16 fighter aircraft the Belgians had recently purchased. The Maineiacs of the 101st ARW were very good to us. I noticed their sticker on the flagpole at Fort Williams State Park a while ago and have been meaning to take a picture of it ever since.


Frozen Skye

Frozen Danleys

To get their picture walking back to the car I repeatedly told the girls to “freeze!”. Skye seems to have overacted just a bit. :)

The girls always love going to the Children’s Museum of Maine. And, since we have an annual pass, we go whenever they ask. They played for a long time as Kirsten and I talked and flirted with each other. They enjoyed themselves so much they didn’t even get to the second floor by the time we had to leave.


Warped

Hayley enjoyed playing in the fire truck

Full Service

Feigning boredom

Lobstering

Children’s Museum of Maine

I hadn’t eaten since breakfast so Kirsten made me one of my favorite meals, a Reuben sandwich. It was wonderful!


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I Took the Girls to Boston

Skye has been asking me to take her to Boston for a while now. She loves the city. Her GT (gifted/talented) class is going in four years and she’s wonderfully excited. She said she loves Boston more than she loves Maine.

I have most of this week off work and about a bazillion Choice Privileges Points so I decided to take the girls on a mini-vacation before it gets too cold. Kirsten, unfortunately, had to work. :(

Sunday morning we drove to Boston, parked the car at Quincy Center, and took the Red Line train into Park Street Station. Skye wanted to check out the Granary Burying Grounds so we headed over there. Then we strolled around Washington Street before heading to Marriott’s Custom House (my favorite Boston building) where we would see the city from the 26th floor observation deck.


Park Street Station in the Boston Common

Granary Burying Grounds

Washington Street is a pedestrian shopping
area in downtown Boston

Sitting on mailboxes on Tremont Street

Inside the Custom House Tower

Departing Runway Nine
Graves Light

To see the girls had to climb the short wall

They carried their Halloween candy everywhere

After the girls were too cold to stand out on the observation deck at the Custom House Tower we walked over to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The girls enjoyed running around a fountain and playing on the concrete structures.


Hayley

Jenna

Hayley and Skye race and chase

Hayley

When they finally tired of playing and decided it was time for swimming we walked to Government Center where we boarded the Green Line. At Park Street Station we switched to the outbound Red Line (Braintree) train. The drive to Hull from Quincy was nice. Our hotel was the Clarion Nantasket Beach Resort Hotel and Spa. Our room had a balcony with ocean view, fireplace and whirlpool tub. The girls were very excited! After spending a long time in the swimming pool Jenna and I played Battleship while Skye and Hayley watched Cartoon Network.


Waiting at the oldest subway station in the US

“All aboard!”

Skye loves the subway

Clarion Nantasket Beach (not my photo)

I beat her, but just barely

Monday morning we got all freshened up, went downstairs, and enjoyed a long breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant. The girls, especially, loved the buffet. After breakfast we got a late checkout so Skye and Hayley could go swimming again. After a brief swim (and bath) we strolled along the beach in front of the hotel before again driving to Quincy Center to catch the inbound Red Line subway.


Hayley

I asked Hayley, “Do you not like mornings?” “I do like mornings, I’m just really tired.” She is always the last daughter awake and is usually the last to fall asleep at night. Interesting.


Hayley lost her first tooth!!!

Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Hayley loves to play on the steps

Skye improved her fish skills significantly

Buddies

I love to read and hang with my girls

One thing the girls miss about
Kansas is having a bathtub

Across the street from our hotel
in Hull, Massachusetts

Clarion Nantasket Beach Resort
Wash me!

Sisters

My girls


The Red Line back to Boston

The girls insisted that we go to the Custom House Tower again so, after getting off at Downtown Crossing, we ran and walked as fast as we could through the financial district. We got to the Custom House right at two o’clock, which is when the daily tour starts. We were all a bit tuckered out after that. The views were impressive and the weather significantly warmer this day.


City Hall

Boston’s North End

Custom House Tower

After the girls were done at the Tower we took the Blue Line from Aquarium to Government Center where we switched to the Green Line to Boylston Station. Our waitress at the hotel told us we could ride the Swan Boats for a dollar but they weren’t running. So, we walked around the Boston Common and Public Garden and took lots of pictures.


The Blue Line’s Aquarium Station

Boston Common in autumn

Jenna poses in the Boston Public Garden

Hanging out

On a bridge

Under a tree
(Jenna’s idea)

Sitting in leaves

Playing in an empty fountain

The equestrian statue of George Washington

From the Common and Public Garden we made our way up the Commonwealth Avenue Mall to Copley Square and the Boston Public Library.


Commonwealth Avenue Mall

Boston Public Library

I love the architecture, design and decorating
of the Central Boston Public Library

When we were done at the library the girls and I were tired and missed Kirsten. Besides, it was getting dark and the mercury was falling. We decided to call it a couple days and head home. On the way home the girls were very hungry (they hadn’t eaten since breakfast) and Jenna asked if we could have dinner at Hooters. We had a great time there (is there any way to not have a great time at Hooters?). Hint: if you ever go to the Hooters in Saugus, Massachusetts, be sure to sit at Tia’s table. She’s stunning and sweet.


Dinner at the Saugus, Massachusetts Hooters

Hooters in Saugus, Massachusetts

It was a wonderful two days in our favorite city, but we were all glad to get home and give Kirsten a great big hug!

These photos were taken with my DSLR, phone and video recorder. Quality varies accordingly.