Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mother's Day Monday

Kate took Monday the 15th off so we could make the Mother's Day trip to La Festa Pizza in Dover, New Hampshire.  We went there last year at Kate's request and decided to make it an annual adventure.

We planned to go on the Monday as we had a busy weekend with plans to help with the church clean up on Sunday with a taco party payoff. However with the rain it was cancelled.  So we just had a nice lazy day at home.

Monday morning after dropping the bigs at school Kate, Wesley, and I pointed Vanna south for New Hampshire.  Our first stop was at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye just south of Portsmouth.  When we got to the lot we watched three school buses unload and debated not going in, however we had driven all this way and said let's just do it.  It's good we did as the school kids had projects they were doing outside and didn't spend much time inside at all.

I had found this place on the internet,, and it looked cool.  They talked about exhibits including a touch tank and fish tanks.  Wesley really liked the fish tanks section, they had step stools all around so he could climb up on them for a better view.  However the other exhibits and the touch tanks were sorta ho-hum.

Incidentally, last year on Mother's Day it rained and this year it rained on and off and was dreary and overcast for most of the day.  Here's hoping next year it's clear and sunny.

Next stop was Conner Bottling Work's in Newfields.  They produce and make 27 flavors of glass bottled soda, their brand is Squamscot, since 1863.  I had no idea what to expect as the website just says, stop in and say hi.  So I did.

Walking through the front door the bottling machine is right there, they were bottling Maple Cream when I got there.  There was just one guy working, friendly as can be, he gave me one fresh off the line.  It was good, tasted like Maple cream soda, and I don't like cream soda.  I was also surprised that the soda is bottled ice cold. 

He was fixing to close up for lunch but he turned the machine on for me and ran a dozen through so I could see the process.  You can buy any of their soda for $1 a bottle, or a six pack for $5 and a case of twenty four for $17.  I bought a sixer, they make their diet soda with splenda and pure cane sugar for the regular.

Kate and Wesley stayed in the van as the boy was napping.  We drove to Dover for lunch at La Festa Pizza where you can buy pizza by the giant slice and they have some very unique toppings.  The pizza is cooked and then re-heated when you order so it only takes a few moments.  They also have these amazing garlic knots that you so flipping good!

Dining in Kate had two slices of buffalo chicken, I had a pepperoni and buffalo chicken, Wesley a half of cheese slice and we had a couple knots.  We got slices to go for dinner, another buffalo chicken, pepperoni, a pepperoni & sausage, and something called and R2B2, the R2 is roni & ricotta the B2 is bacon & BBQ sauce and of course a couple knots.

The final stop was at Duston's Baker for desert, a place we found last year.

We'll got back next year and a trip to La Festa is now officially Kate's mother's day destination.

Later Readers!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Maine Discovery Museum

Friday April 21st was my second day off, it was school vacation week, we had the big kids and all day cares were closed.  So Kate took a vacation day and we took AJ with us as we headed north to Bangor and the Maine Discovery Museum.

Leading up to the day I had done some research and I'm amazed how much is still closed even during vacation week.  Trains, museums, even Fort Knox closed until May.  The weather also drove us inside being overcast with on and off rain in the mid 40's. 

Driving up we took the long way via Route 202 through China, Albion, Unity, Dixmont,  and eventually into Bangor.  It was a really lovely drive and helpful as that is my coverage area in dispatch and it's nice to be able to see it for a change.

We had lunch first at Chick-Fil-A, I know surprise right.  Wesley boy refused to sit in the highchair he wanted to sit on the bench of the booth like a big boy.  So we let him and he did excellent. 

We had to park in the parking garage and the elevator had a glass wall that all the kids thought was exciting.  The museum is located on main st and all four kids, aged two to eleven thought it was three floors of fun! 

There are nine themed exhibits over three floors, Amazing Animals, Artscape, Body Journey, Booktown, Dino Dig, NANO, Nature Trails, Sounds Abound, and Tradewinds.  

The kids each had there own favorite exhibit;

Wesley liked the truck especially when his favorite girl would ride with him.  He would keep saying momma down and pat the seat next to him until she would sit down.  He would then yell "yeah!" and clap his hands. 

AJ liked piloting the cargo ship. 

Addison loved the recording studio, we had to pull her away.  They all liked the studio but especially Addison.  Kate even has a video of myself and the three kids jamming out.

Canaan really liked this jungle tree house exhibit on the first floor.  It extended into the second floor but you couldn't get out on the second floor from it.  It was actually pretty cool, all the kid climbed through it.

We were there for just over two and a half hours and none of them wanted to go, until I told them I would buy them a cookie.  We drove a half mile down the road to Frank's Bake shop.  

Wesley and I got a molasses cookie, Kate a sugar, AJ chocolate chip, Addison a no bake cookie, and Canaan a chocolate dipped macaroon.  Wesley ate his cookie, half of mine and most of his mothers. 

We had a really fun day and there will be plenty more this summer. 

Later Readers!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Robyville Covered Bridge

Presidents Day 2017 was a perfect storm of days off and weather for this cold winter.  The kids were on vacation, Kate's bank was closed, I was on my second day off, and the weather was in the mid 40's and sunny!  So Kate, myself, the kids, and AJ jumped in Vanna and headed north.

The first stop was in Corinth to visit the 1876 Robyville Bridge that spans 73 feet across the Kenduskeag Stream.  Robyville Bridge is the only completely shingle covered bridge in the State of Maine and was designated a Maine Historic Engineering Landmark in 2002.

With a visit to this bridge Kate and I have now visited all nine covered bridges still standing in Maine.

Because of all the snow we had to park a short distance up from the bridge and couldn't go down to the shore.  We walked back down and of course across the bridge which Wesley just loves to do.  That and stomp through puddles which he got to do.

We loaded back up in the van and headed to Bangor for some Toys R Us action.  We had told the kids we would take them sometime to use the Christmas money they had saved.  Canaan got two Nerf guns as they were buy 1 get 1 50% off and Addison got the Toys R Us version of an american girl doll.

After a quick stop at Jo-Ann Fabric's we had lunch at Chick-fil-A which was hopping!  Kate mixed it up and for the first time got a grilled chicken sandwich, which she enjoyed.  I too got a little crazy adding extra pickles to my original chicken sandwich.

We got the three youngest some nuggets and waffle fry's to split.  I had gotten Kate a fruit cup which Wesley claimed as his own and devoured all save the apple pieces.  It was a really nice fruit cup.

We concluded out time in Bangor at Books A Million before making the drive back south taking the bigs to their mothers and AJ to his abode.

We finished out day with a trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics in Topsham so Kate could buy material to make curtains for the living and play rooms.

It was a delicious small taste to the day trips we have planned for this year!

Later Readers!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


As you can see I have updated the blog and changed the name of it was well to Labbe Family Voyages.  I also went back and deleted several posts and are re-posting a couple dozen of them on my wrestling blog.

It's a New Year and that means new adventures and we've got some ideas of things we'd like to do.

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Later Readers!