Our Hearts are so full!!! We still cannot believe it is really happening! Each night before we go to bed Matt asks me are we really having a baby?!?!?! Truly such a miracle!
🇺🇸 Kalyssa, Matt, and I just got back from Vegas a few days ago and feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to contribute to this beautiful Veterans Memorial. A memory our family will never forget! 🇺🇸
HydroShield is so honored to contribute and protect and seal such an amazing project. Opening today, Memorial Day 2016, the Las Vegas Veteran’s Memorial will forever signify and memorialize those that sacrificed so much in the service of our great country.
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Below are two Las Vegas News Videos that captured part of the Dedication Ceremony of the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial
Matt and I had so much fun taking Kalyssa to this concert and watching her dance and scream like crazy😂😂😂 reminds me of when I was her age and loved the New Kids on the Block🙈
Kalyssa was so anxious at the beginning for him to finally come out on stage! Here is vid from the much anticipated Grand Arrival with Bieber rising from below the stage in a large glass cube…beware of Kalyssa’s extremely high pitch screams/squeals that apparently I never knew she was capable of! haha and I promise I am done filling up your Facebook feed with the Biebs!:)
5 minutes of the highlights of Kalyssa’s First concert. Just in case you are wondering how a 10 year old girl acts like at a Justin Bieber Concert…LOL! Plenty of jumping, dancing, singing, and of course screaming:) Kalyssa’s Fav performance was the very last one on this video where he is dancing in the water and kicking and splashing water all over the crowd.
We just got back from visiting several States on the East Coast and had such a great time! As someone who loves history, the entire visit was fascinating!
Below I have included some of the highlights of our trip:)
The Boston Tea Party Museum was a big hit for Kalyssa as she is currently learning about this in school.
Located on the Congress Street Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts, this floating Boston Museum is unlike your typical museum experience. At the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, the experience transports you on an incredible journey back in time as you take part in the famous event that forever changed the course of American History! Live actors, high-tech, interactive exhibits, authentically restored tea ships and the stirring, multi-sensory documentary “Let it Begin Here,” are just a taste of what you’ll see, hear and feel.
Meet the colonists, explore the ships and dump tea overboard just as the Sons of Liberty did on that fateful night of December 16, 1773. Stop in at Abigail’s Tea Room for teatime and visit the Gift Shop for special souvenirs. Kalyssa of course found a couple of souvenirs to take home so that she can always remember the museum. It’s educational, entertaining and enlightening — an experience I believe is worth going to if you are in the Boston Area.
This Museum also has on display The Robinson Half Chest, which is one of two known surviving tea chests from the December 16, 1773, Boston Tea Party when 340 tea chests were dumped into Boston Harbor by rebelling colonists.
The Boston Tea Party Museum experience starts in The Meeting House, then following you head over to the Tea Party Ships, Griffins Wharf, 1773 Tea Chest Display, MinuteMan Theater, Abigail’s Tea Room & Terrace, and ends in the gift shop:)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
With having my cousin attend M.I.T and currently a Professor there with his own lab made this a must on our touring list!!! (The Pentelute Lab)~
The tour was amazing and I love how Kalyssa made sure she was in the front at all times so she did not miss anything!
Kalyssa has now decided this is where she would like to attend college and would like to have a lab of her own named after her someday:) She is our little M.I.T. = MILLIONAIRE IN TRAINING
It is never too early for kids to start dreaming and setting goals for their future!!!
The Liberty Hotel
No one pays money to spend the night in jail. Then again, most prisons aren’t Boston’s Liberty Hotel!! HAHA as soon as I heard about this hotel I knew exactly where we would be staying!!! The history of this hotel is so interesting. Call me crazy but it was so exciting to see and stay at this amazing national historic landmark and architectural gem built in 1851 – the imaginative transformation of the storied Charles Street Jail into a 298-room luxury hotel is unreal!
The luxurious 298-room Liberty Hotel is part of the Starwood Luxury Collection. Its creation from a prison is one of the most creative and unusual conversions of our time. It was converted in 2007 from the Charles Street Jail for $150 million. Completed in 1851, the jail was designed by Gridley James Fox Bryant, Boston’s most famous architect.
Click the links below to read some very interesting information and history regarding this Hotel:
The original jail contained 220 granite cells, each 8 feet by 10 feet. Over its 140 year life, the jail had a number of famous inmates including Malcolm X, Sacco and Vanzetti, suffragists imprisoned for protests when President Woodrow Wilson visited Boston in 1919, and World War II prisoners of war from the German submarines U-234 and U-873. The commanding officer of the latter U-boat, who died in the jail, was the brother of Operation Paperclip rocket scientist Ernst Steinhoff. Also old clientele included Boston Mayor James Michael Curley, who served time for fraud in 1904 after he took a civil service exam for a friend; Frank Abagnale Jr., a 1960s con artist played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “Catch Me If You Can;” a group of thieves who pulled off the Great Brinks Robbery in Boston in 1950; and a German U-boat captain who was captured in 1945 and killed himself with shards from his sunglasses.
Architects took pains to preserve many features of the 156-year-old stone building and its history.
After the renovations, the jail’s granite exterior and expansive, light-filled interiors remain largely unchanged.
The old sally port, where guards once brought prisoners from paddy wagons to their cells, was converted into the entrance to a new restaurant, Scampo, which is Italian for “escape.”
In another restaurant, named Clink, diners can look through original bars from cell doors and windows as they order a delicious dinner from their waiters and waitresses wearing shirts with prison numbers. The hotel bar, Alibi, is built in the jail’s former drunk tank.
Instead of con men, counterfeiters and cat burglars, the guests now include Mick Jagger, Annette Bening, Meg Ryan and Eva Mendes.
Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge
“Where everybody knows your name!”
BUNKER HILL MONUMENT
OLD STATE HOUSE
The Old State House was the center of all political life and debate in colonial Boston. On July 18, 1776, citizens gathered in the street to hear the Declaration of Independence read from the building’s balcony, the first public reading in Massachusetts.
It was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis, and others encouraging independence from Great Britain. Now it is part of Boston National Historical Park and a well-known stop on the Freedom Trail. It is sometimes referred to as “the Cradle of Liberty”.
PAUL REVERE HOUSE
Built around 1680, the Paul Revere House is the oldest remaining structure in downtown Boston and the only home on the Freedom Trail. Paul Revere purchased the former merchant’s dwelling in 1770, when he was 35 years old. He and his family lived here when Revere made his famous messenger ride to Lexington on the night of April 18-19, 1775 that would be immortalized by Longfellow’s famous poem Paul Revere’s Ride.
OLD NORTH CHURCH
On April 18, 1775 Paul Revere met up with the sexton Robert Newman to tell him how to signal the advancement of British troops towards Lexington and Concord. Newman then met fellow Sons of Liberty Captain Pulling and Thomas Bernard. Leaving Bernard to keep watch outside, Newman opened the church and he and Pulling climbed the stairs and ladders up eight stories to hang two lanterns for a few moments. It was long enough for patriots in Charlestown to learn what has been immortalized by the phrase “one if by land, two if by sea” in Longfellow’s poem. The British were advancing by boat across the Charles River.
BOSTON HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL
The six glass towers of the Boston Holocaust Memorial
HARRIET TUBMAN PARK
Meet the first statue on city-owned property honoring a woman. This 10-foot bronze statue is dedicated to the memory of Harriet Tubman, the famous abolitionist and Underground Railroad ‘conductor.’ This small, shaded park honors African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who helped more than 70 slaves gain freedom using the Underground Railroad.
MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE
Designed by Charles Bulfinch, the Massachusetts State House was completed on January 11, 1798, and is widely acclaimed as one of the more magnificent public buildings in the country. The land for the State House was originally used as John Hancock’s cow pasture. Its most distinct feature, the golden dome, was once made of wood, but was later overlaid with copper by Paul Revere. It was covered with 23-karat gold leaf for the first time in 1874 and was painted grey during World War II to protect the city from bombing attacks.
GRANARY BURYING GROUND
It is the final resting place for many notable Revolutionary War-era patriots, including three signers of the Declaration of Independence – Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine – Paul Revere, and the five victims of the Boston Massacre. Near the center of the ground, a 25-foot-tall obelisk commemorates the tomb of Benjamin Franklin’s parents. Also Mary Goose, familiar to locals as being the original Mother Goose is buried here. This is just to name a handful of the many!
Ben Franklin’s Parents tomb Samuel Adams Grave
RESTAURANTS IN BOSTON
Manchester, New Hampshire
FUN PLACES TO EAT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
SEE Science Museum
The SEE Science Center is an interactive learning center established to promote the understanding, enjoyment and achievements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The LEGO Millyard Project is the largest permanent LEGO installation at minifigure scale in the world. The installation is in the SEE Science Center. The project represents Manchester’s Amoskeag Millyard as it might have looked circa 1900. The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company was commonly recognized as the largest textile manufacturer in the world by 1915. The Amoskeag mill complex spanned over a mile on the east side of the Merrimack River and half a mile on the west side. This model represents a portion of the east side, along with part of downtown Manchester, the city that the Amoskeag company helped to build
-This project was built with approximately three million LEGO bricks. By comparison, the Jefferson Mill, built in 1886, was built with an estimated five million bricks.
-The project has approximately 8,000 minifigures. Amoskeag once employed as many as 17,000 people.
-This project was built in phases between October 2004 and November 2006. It took more than 10,000 ‘person’ hours to complete the project. The Amoskeag Company built all of the mill buildings between 1838 and 1915.
-All of the LEGO bricks used here were once in sets available to the public. No pieces were custom made.
-If all the LEGO bricks used in this project were lined up end to end, they would reach from the SEE Science Center to the Museum of Science in Boston and back. At its peak, Amoskeag produced enough cloth to reach from Manchester NH to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania each day.
Millyard Museum is housed in Mill No. 3 at the corner of Commercial and Pleasant Streets in the historic Amoskeag Millyard. The Museum features the permanent exhibit, Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, that tells the story of Manchester and the people who have lived and worked here. The story starts with the native peoples who fished at Amoskeag Falls 11,000 years ago and continues with displays on the area’s early farmers and lumbermen, and the beginnings of industry in the area.
The exhibit then focuses on the story of the development of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. This powerful corporation would become one of the largest textile producing company in the world, employing over 17,000 people, including immigrants from many countries. The company’s vast brick millyard still dominates the cityscape today. The story continues into the 20th century, as innovative businesses flourish in the city and new groups of immigrants come to Manchester to start new lives.
World War I Memorial Bridge
Memorial to the Sailors and Soldiers of New Hampshire and Maine who served in The Great War (WWI)
Spans the Piscataqua River, connects Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME
VIEW OF DOWNTOWN BOSTON
America simply wouldn’t be what it is today without Boston, going all the way back to the country’s founding. That’s because the city played host to some of the most important events during and leading up to the American Revolution.
Many former Woodward School students fondly remember crossing (or should I say sprinting) across Tabernacle Street to buy old fashion soda, candy, breadsticks and cheese or ranch, and other goodies at the store. If you didn’t get there fast enough you knew the breadsticks would be sold out! LOL! And believe me they sold out of them every single day! What was so amazing about these breadsticks is how big and fluffy they were, chewy and yet crunchy on the bottom, and they were always seasoned just perfectly:) It is really hard to explain how tasty these breadsticks were if you have never had one! So I wanted to post today a recipe that my family and I have used over the years to make the perfect Judd’s Breadsticks. Trust me this recipe will not let you down.
I love that Judd’s Store has kept the same vibe over the years as an old candy store with creaking wood floors when you walk in and a variety of old fashion candy and soda pop. It reminds me of a candy store right off of Little House on the Prairie haha! I had so much fun taking Kalyssa there and sitting outside on the most beautiful sunny day just soaking in the memories:)
Here is some history on the store itself. According to the Washington County Historical Society, it’s the oldest ongoing business establishment in St. George. The store is now 105 years old, having originally opened in 1911 across the street from what was then the new Woodward School.
Originally Thomas Judd’s store carried general merchandise, including supplies for sheep and cattle ranchers. The business remained in the family until 1982 when the folks behind Green Gate Village saved the building from condemnation and demolition.
Okay so the secret to making these breadsticks so big and fluffy is making sure they are 2 inches wide and then folding the strips into three’s and twisting them. Pack them in tight and they grow together, but you butter them well so they dont stick together. Let them rise doubling in size before sticking them in the oven… Enjoy!
I usually half the recipe because it makes so much also I use Kraft grated parmesan cheese in the green bottle.
Kalyssa and I received a special delivery for Valentine’s this year from Matt.💝 It was so cute to see how excited Kalyssa was when she opened the box. Matt was super creative and got Kalyssa and I Sweet Pete’s Candy.🍭 For anyone that watches “The Profit” I am sure you are familiar with Sweet Pete’s. We watch the show as a family weekly and Kalyssa loves Marcus Lemonis! Kalyssa from a young age has decided she would like to have her own business someday and already has a name for her business and a website domain..lol! She is still on the search for a product though. We are always telling her to be aware of her surroundings and to always be looking for something that everyone needs or a product that could be a solution to a problem. She is always brainstorming and sharing her ideas with us, and without doubt someday will come up and create a product for her business. We love bringing out that entrepreneur in her at such a young age. The future and what this generation is capable of is exciting!!!
I have yet to try everything we received, but I will have to say their Sea Salt Caramels and their Salt Water Taffy are amazing. Kalyssa loves the Peanut Butter Meltaways!