First Visit with Owen
In February, we took a trip to Virginia to see our newest grandson, Owen Quill, who was born in January. Following the visit, we continued on with some vacation time in Florida. We left New England with a snow storm nipping at our heels for a good portion of the east coast. This trip had already been postponed once due a previous snow storm. During our stay, we got to watch our grandsons Britton and Ari doing Taekwondo. In Florida, we enjoyed spending some quality time with Barb’s sister Kathy and with mom, including many games of Rummikub. During our vacation, we got to see the Ringling Museum, Solomon’s Castle, the Tuskegee Airman’s Memorial and played some golf. On the return trip back we stopped back in and went out to supper with Jay, Becka and family. Then back to life as usual in the cold winter of New England.
Sylvester McMonkey McBean
The third grade class at the Bement School performed a stage production of a Dr. Seuss story. Ethan was chosen for the lead role about a monkey who happens to be a “fix-it-up chappie” named Sylvester McMonkey McBean who appears and offers the Sneetches without stars the chance to have them with his Star-On machine, for three dollars. The production lasted about 9 minutes. The video clip below is about a minute and a half of his opening monologue. Ethan did a great job. If you are not familiar with the story, here is a link to a brief overview.
Becka passed her NCLEX test this week and is officially a nurse! Becka has been working hard on making this dream a reality since I met her. She has had MANY MANY late and sleepless nights studying for tests, exams, and large projects, all while dealing with sick and crabby husband and a potty training toddler. We are so very proud of her.
All hail Becka!
Live the List
Via the family Twitter account, we were recently contacted by Drew Myers, a radio DJ from 95.3 KOME in Texas. Drew runs a regular Sunday Night segment called “Live the List”. Drew seeks out individuals who actively live out their “life lists”, often known as “bucket lists”. Drew ran across an article on the Internet about Babs and her sky diving “bucket list” adventure. He did a phone interview with Babs for the next edition of his segment. The following is a link to the 23 minute interview.
All digits on the age odometer….
Another completed bucket list item is “to dive for”!
With a recent sport tandem parachute jump, Babs continues to shorten her bucket list. She completed her jump along with her son and grand daughter. Prior to the jump, one of her daughters called the local paper to let them know that three generations were making the jump together.
Jumpin Jack Flash…….
On August 7, 2015, I along with my mom and niece did a sport tandem parachute jump at Jumptown, Orange, MA. We exited the plane at an altitude of 13,500′ (over 2 1/2 miles). Our 100+ mph freefall was about 55 seconds long before the chute opened continuing with a six-minute glide to the landing zone. The weather and the view was outstanding.
We learned about bugs….
Ethan invited his grandparents to “Grandparent’s Day” at The Bement School. They learned he has been studying insects with his “bug” of choice being the firefly. The grandparents learned a few things about insects as well. In addition, the grandparent got to see some of Ethan’s art work, school work along with sports and a theatrical presentation.