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… A Day

... A Day
Photo-A-Day #1620

Back on April 9, 2005 I decided that I wanted to take a Photo every day and blog about it. I’m very happy that I’ve been doing this straight for nearly 5 years. I find that my photos give me greater freedom to write about whatever I want. While I mostly write about my life and family I also get to write about my blogging tips, IZEA and sponsored posts. I never lack for content and each day banging away at the blog has been fun. In the next few weeks and months things are going to change, major changes that I can’t talk about yet. I do assure you that the main core of this blog will remain, the content, the heart of the blog will be intact.

The Brand

In the coming weeks a brand new brand will be coming. This is going to be so strong and amazing. I’ve seen previews and I even put up the new logo in a post a few weeks ago. If you want to see the preview check back through the archives. 🙂

The Crew

The IZEA Insiders crew has been building like crazy. I am amazed and excited about the number of bloggers who have decided to become part of the crew. I decided to create a NING Social Network today. I was able to invite all 1705 members at one time and that is what I love about NING and dislike about SocialSpark. I wish I could contact all crew members at once on SocialSpark but I cannot. I do dedicate time to contact every single blogger who is part of my crew and I enjoy that however occasionally I want to announce something to everyone. NING lets me do that easily. NING also lets me do some amazing interactions with everyone.


Are you going to IZEAFest? If so then you have a great chance of getting some brand new BenSpark swag. However, if you cannot make it to the show then you will have your chance to win some BenSpark swag prior to the show. The catch is that this swag is only available to members of the “I’m Not A Famous Blogger “Crew. You guys made it possible for me to be able to purchase the swag for IZEAFest 2009 and therefore I want to give some away to thank you. I’ll announce more about that soon on the new “I’m Not A Famous Blogger” Crew Social Network and also the “I’m Not A Famous Blogger” Crew Blog.

Storybook Day at Edaville Railroad

Storybook Day at Edaville Railroad
Photo-A-Day #1619

Today Allison and I took Eva to Edaville Railroad. But we’ll get to that in a moment.

Last night Eva would not go to bed at the Cape House. She completely refused from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Finally after Allison and I took turns with her trying to read stories and to get her to calm down she succumbed to the sleep she needed. Well, for few hours at least. She was back up at 3:30am screaming and crying. Allison brought her to our room and Eva wanted me out of the bed. So to get some sleep I ended up on the Goldilocks bed which contrary to popular belief was not “just right”.

We awakened worn and weary but eager for our trip to Edaville. We didn’t have Grandfather’s fabulous breakfast on hand so we went to Betsy’s Diner. We texted up our friends Neil and Andrea and asked if they were up and also up for Betsy’s. Neil, a man who knows breakfast, said “Be there or Be Square”. So, we knew they were on their way.

Breakfast was awesome and we are very grateful to Neil and Andrea for sharing that meal with us and taking us out. Also we are extremely grateful that they are friends in our lives. Their support and generosity is greatly appreciated.

After breakfast it was off to Edaville. Edaville Railroad is a small theme park in Carver, MA. The main theme is around trains and it also has some vintage rides. There is a beautiful carousel and a Ferris wheel (Eva’s too small for that and I really wanted to go up with her because she loves rides and speed, I bet she likes heights too).

Loving the Carousel

There are plenty of ride there for the little ones. I think when kids are real little say between 2 and 5 they love trains. It doesn’t hurt that Thomas the Tank Engine is such a PR giant. At Edaville they have a Day out With Thomas every once in a while where they have a small replica of Thomas come and pull the train around the track which goes through the working cranberry bogs.

Harvesting Cranberries

The really nice thing about Edaville is how it is very geared to the little ones, the rides the interactive areas and of course the train ride that comes along every 20 minutes. Eva enjoyed riding along on the train looking at everything out in the woods and in the cranberry bogs along the way. Edaville really shines at night in the winter though. That is when the train chugs along and there are lighted figures out in the woods and along the whole route. There is even a giant Noah’s Ark scene.

The reason that we went to Edaville today was for the storybook characters that would be appearing. On tap were The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Wild Thing, Clifford the Big Red Dog and the monkey Eva really wanted to see, Curious George. Every 15 minutes the characters would come out 2 at a time for a meet and greet where kids and parents could pose. When we got there The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Wild Thing were just going back in and Curious George and Clifford were coming out. We got in line to see Clifford and Curious George.

A very Stuffed Caterpillar

I went over to the snack bar to get Allison a water and that is where I met Tilden of Tilden Talks.

I mentioned that we were going to Edaville and Tilden’s sister-in-law Quilly left me a message letting me know that Tilden not only worked at Edaville and was the best cook there but she was also a member of my IZEA Insiders crew the “I’m Not A Famous Blogger” Crew. So I was there at the counter and a woman comes into the snack bar. I catch her name and I ask. “Are you on SocialSpark?” She looks at me for a moment and then smiles “Are you Ben? What are you doing here?” We chat for a bit and I explain that we were here for the storybook show and that the last time I was there I was 4. Things have changed a lot since then. I will have to see about finding some photos from when I was a kid.

We had a wonderful day at the park and then headed home for a memorial mass for Grandma Theresa. I think that Fr. Dave’s homily hit both Allison and I right where we needed and I’m grateful for that. Eva was in rare form at Mass. She was up and down and entertaining the people behind us. Of course Allison and I are mortified, exhausted both physically and emotionally. So we are trying to wrangle this little jitterbug and not doing that good a job of it. So we are kneeling and Fr. Dave is consecrating the host, as he lifts it to the air Eva lets out a “Yumm!” That broke the tension and Allison and I were fighting the inappropriate giggles. This means that the two of us were shaking and laughing hysterically while trying to hide the fact that we were shaking and laughing hysterically. I tell you, that kid has comic timing.