Another Mystic Seaport Sunday

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This morning Will, Izzy and I were up early and headed to the Mystic Seaport to get out of the house. Ben and Susanna slept in and decided to skip today.

Playing at the Mystic Seaport Children’s Museum.
Driving the boat at Mystic Seaport. And being a silly Izzy!

I enjoy taking a few hours on Sunday mornings to get away from the house. We needed to get a membership at the Mystic Seaport for Will to volunteer¬†last summer, so why not make it a destination when the weather supports? It is a great place for Izzy to walk around, and the boys don’t mind going on the weeks that they are here. I get lots of pictures while we walk around. The boys don’t like to have their pictures taken, but Izzy isn’t old enough to get a choice yet (and she loves looking through pictures of herself on the computer).

Exploring the Mystic Seaport
A brisk morning at the Mystic Seaport!

I uploaded these over the past month or so, but haven’t added them to any posts:

My kitchen “helper”
A foggy morning at the Mystic Seaport.
Exploring the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum
Mystic Seaport (August 2017)
Exploring the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum
Our little Yoda! Halloween 2017
Thanksgiving Day!
Hiking in the woods with the cat (Taz)
Sandbox time – a warm November morning.

A few random pictures from the past few weeks:

Isabella at Mystic Seaport
Heading out to the Norwich Mom’s Club Halloween party
Mystic Seaport
Cherry drawers for the coffee table.

Sometimes it is easier to start projects than to finish them. Okay – it is almost always easier to start than finish. The new coffee table was no exception.

I had the table frame and top constructed in May. Then life came in the way. We had to complete some house projects and replace windows. Travel for work. Yard projects. Time with the kids. It is easy for the days to slip to weeks and to slip to months. But the project is finally finished and in the living room. It isn’t perfect, but it is the most complicated project I have made to date.

It is constructed of solid cherry – with the drawer bottoms made from 1/4″ plywood (I was running out of wide cherry, and the plywood bottoms can be glued into the drawers and won’t move with the seasons. I finished the project¬†with a single coat of shellac and then Enduro-Var as a top coat. This is my first project using Enduro-Var, and it is great. The water-based finish dries quickly and looks great. I think I have my new go-to finish. Next time I’ll try spraying it.

Cherry coffee table – drawer detail.
Cherry coffee table – completed.

We got a membership at Mystic Seaport at the beginning of the summer to allow Will to volunteer there. With a membership, I don’t feel bad making a short visit, and I have gotten in the routine of taking Izzy (and sometimes Will and Ben) for an hour or two on Sunday mornings while Susanna goes to the gym.

Exploring the ships at Mystic Seaport
Looking over the stern of one of the boats at the Mystic Seaport
Playing in the gravel near one of the anchors on the grounds of Mystic Seaport