Boston Aquarium + Campsite Cleanup

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Last week was our spring break for school and unfortunately, my eight year old ended up with the stomach bug for 4 of the days. He is at the age where he realizes that his vacation was ruined (he thought) because he was sick. His sisters were here for a portion of the week so we managed to sneak in a trip to the Boston Aquarium once he was feeling better. We had to get one fun adventure in!

Boston Aquarium Boston, Ma / Spring break

They all wanted the same stuffed penguin which was kind of amazing. They never want the same thing!

The campsite where we have our seasonal spot also opened this past weekend so we spent all day Sunday cleaning up. It was pretty exciting watching all the campers move in for the summer. I think everyone was thrilled to get here after the long winter we had.

campsite cleanup 2015

Our camper happens to be nestled along the lake in the woods so the leaves are out of control.

campsite cleanup 2015

Although this year was nothing compared to last year. If you have been following us for a while, you know we started our camping adventure last year as newbies. The site was a complete disaster in major need of deck repairs and yard cleanup. You can see our campsite before and after transformation from last year here and the deck over the lake transformation here.

campsite cleanup 2015 We had a few casualties over the winter where the camper cover got ripped in a couple spots. Fortunately, the cover took the beating from the large limbs that fell and the camper didn’t get scratched but that little o’l cover wasn’t cheap so I am kind of bummed about that. I see a DIY patch repair on the horizon!

campsite cleanup 2015

We made significant progress in the clean up department and today, I plan on getting some simple green and scrubbing the deck. Last year we painted the decks and I was pleasantly surprised with how well the paint held up over the winter. Between all the limbs, leaves and debris, the deck only needs a few touch up spots of paint. We are on the hunt this year for a screened in patio to attach to the camper. I have been reading about the Patio Mates but haven’t decided if they are worth the money. I need to do a little more research and hopefully find something that is affordable, functional and pretty!

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  1. Oh how cute are the Penguins! Not to mention the adorable kiddos!! Yeah Spring!!

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