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Archive for July, 2011

The Cute Potato family spent last Friday at Fenway Park with the Biddeford Tigers. The kids and their parents took part in a CVS Caremark All Kids Can Baseball Camp, which is designed for children with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Now in its 7th year, the baseball camp initiative — a team effort between CVS Caremark and the Boston Red Sox — is part of CVS Caremark’s national philanthropic “All Kids Can” program, which focuses on helping children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life. The day was particularly exciting for Maine: Biddeford is the first Little League Challenger team from the state to participate in the event.

The Biddeford Tigers with Coach Dave Magadan at Fenway.

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While MP and the kids were exploring the Yarmouth Clam Festival, CP#2 pointed out a brightly colored booth. “Look at all the buoys,” he said, tugging on MP’s hand. Upon closer inspection, we learned that the buoys were in fact baseball bats. CP#2 was enthralled. He grabbed a Buoy Bat and asked MP to pitch to him. The beauty of the bat is the nice, wide sweet spot. If CP#2 had his way, we would have stayed at the Buoy Sports booth for hours (though several unsuspecting passers-by were hit by foam balls).

CP#2 takes a test swing…

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While visiting the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth, we spotted the Build a Better Birdhouse exhibit. The June exhibit featured birdhouses designed by Maine architects, but there were also some fun versions made by local children.

The CP family is always looking for new ways to add color to the garden, so we thought, why not try decorating some birdhouses of our own? Here are a few from the library that provided inspiration:

MP liked the stripes painted on this cheerful birdhouse.

So sweet… one child painted ‘Welcome Birdies’ on her polka dot house.

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Many of our friends are composting at home, so the team thought it was high time we followed suit (translation: MP signed up to take a Saturday home composting class, while the rest of her crew stayed home and ate pancakes).

The 90-minute class was held at our local transfer station by the gregarious Phil Hildebrandt; the Superintendent of Transfer & Recycling in Yarmouth. Phil is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher. His first lesson shows the differences between carbons (browns) and nitrogens (greens), which come from the kitchen or backyard:

Greens: Cracked eggshells, pasta, fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, flowers or plant trimmings

Browns: Coffee filters, bread, paper towels/napkins, dryer lint, leaves, dry grass clippings

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While visiting friends from Lincolnville Beach, the CP family discovered a fun summer craft project. Our 5-year old friend, A., made this wonderful sailboat named Katie at school. The boat is easy to make with a few finds from the beach.

A. used the remains of an old buoy for the boat. Next she found some scraps from a canvas bag and asked an adult to cut the fabric: one small triangle plus a larger triangle for the sails. A. used sticks and twine to secure the sails to the buoy. Two flat stones at the base act as rudders and also add weight, so the boat can manage the high seas.

We love this little sailboat and hope to make one of our own for trips to the beach. For more sailboat craft ideas, visit Family Fun or this creative kids’ site, which suggests egg cartons, soap boxes or paper cups for homemade vessels.

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