May 3rd, 2017

Florida 2017

We recently returned home from our fourth trip to Florida in as many years.  We decided to take a more leisurely and scenic driving route south through the western part of Virginia and North Carolina.  This proved to be an unplanned benefit as we were able to skirt around the backside of a storm that was pounding the eastern coast.

As one of the primary reasons for the trip, we attended Kathy and Doug’s Hawaiian themed wedding reception.  We got to see and visit with many of Barb’s relatives including many cousins we have not seen in years.

We took some time to take in several rounds of golf.

We spent a day or so with mom and spent a wonderful afternoon sightseeing at Fort De Soto and the De Soto beach.

During the trip back north, we spent the Easter weekend with our son and his family.  We went out for a wonderful meal with Jay and Becka.  We got to watch the boys hunt for Easter eggs and open Easter presents.  Later, we took the light rail into Norfolk to attend a Norfolk Tides semipro baseball game.  Afterwards we returned to Jay and Becka’s for a great Easter dinner which included a ham that Jay had prepared in his smoker.  We do not get to see them as often as we would like and it was great to spend time with our grandsons; Briton, Ari and Owen.

On the final leg of the trip, we stopped overnight in Pennsylvania and visited the sites of Valley Forge.

March 12th, 2017

On The Boil….

Tony and Lauri have found that 2017 has become a great year for maple sugaring.  A series of warm days and cold nights causes the maple sap to flow into the buckets hanging from many of the maple trees they have tapped on their property.  It take a minimum of 40 gallons of sap to be boiled down to get a gallon of maple syrup.  They have collected over 200 gallons of sap in hopes to produce about 4 or 5 gallons of maple syrup.  The process, which easily takes a full day, takes a lot of care and attention to keep the fire stoked and the sap at the right temperature to boil off the water to produce the syrup.

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. 

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