December 5th, 2016

Manikin Christmas Party

This year mom surprised us by coming up from Florida to attending the family Christmas Party get together.  It has been many years since she has been here for Christmas.  She thoroughly enjoyed the party and being with her family and we enjoyed having her.

We decided to get into the swing of the latest craze…A Manikin Challenge.  Check out our short clip from our Christmas Party.  Thanks to Ryan for filming it!

February 28th, 2016

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.

February 27th, 2016

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.


October 4th, 2015

It’s official

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!

September 28th, 2015

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.

Babs – Live The List Interview

September 7th, 2015

Team Grandsons

It is not very often when the grandsons are altogether in the same place.  Here are a few group pictures of the boys. 

September 6th, 2015

All digits on the age odometer….

Recently all digits on my age odometer turned over as I celebrated my 60th birthday party with family and friends.  A very special and heartfelt thanks goes out to Barb, Maggie, Jay and Mom for their great efforts in putting together a wonderful and successful party. 

August 12th, 2015

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.


August 11th, 2015

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.


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