Christmas Fun!!! - Thursday - December 26, 2013

Our Christmas Celebration began on Saturday, December 21st with a party at Mark and Rhonda’s house.  They are our DIL’s parents and live here at the beach also!!!  They have this party every year and it is absolutely wonderful.  Their home is beautifully decorated and the food is the BEST!!! 
My mother joined us and I love this photo of our son, Brian and Mom!!!
00 -Brian and Grandmom
On Sunday, the 22nd,
we had brunch with Mom and got our car packed for an early departure.
On Monday, the 23rd,
  we headed to Raleigh to continue our Christmas Celebration!!
When we arrived at Julie’s, everything was ready…
the stockings were hung and the presents were wrapped:o))
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Of course, there was the pre-dinner game of Dancing Fan Tan;o))Christmas 5
Yep, if you can’t play a card…
You have to DANCE!!!
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Next came our Holiday Dinner and it was wonderful!!Christmas 9
After dinner,
we managed to get the Annual Family Photo.Christmas 15 
The grandchildren are all getting so big… 
This photo is a bit misleading… 
Andrew is now TALLER than Grandpop
Daniel is TALLER than Great Grandmom ;o))
Next, the kids were each allowed to open one present.Christmas 2
Andrew got a crazy roller coaster kit.
Andrew showed Uncle Brian how to assemble it;o))Christmas 4Christmas 8 
One more game of cards before bedtime….    
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Tuesday, December 24th was going to be our Christmas Day!!
The grandchildren were up bright and early.
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They were a bit excited!!
While they waited for the rest of the adults to arrive,
they got to open their stocking stuff:o))
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Finally… it was time to open presents!!!!!
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There were lots of HAPPY kiddos!!!
It was a wonderful Christmas…
we always have so much fun when we all get together:o))
The grandchildren are always saying,
“You don’t have to be weird to be in our family…but it helps!”
I just can’t imagine what they mean????
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 we ALL hope you had a Merry Christmas
your New Year is a Happy & Healthy one!!!!

It's COLD!! -- Friday - December 13, 2013

OK, I am hoping that our 30 degree morning here at Huntington Beach is just a
"Friday the 13th phenomenon!!!"
We are halfway through our month long stay and still waiting for it to warm up;o((
We have walked the beach
it is still beautiful
even though we are dressed like we were getting ready to go skiing;o(
Most of the birds have headed to warmer places,
 but we did see
Black Skimmers
Our Pelicans;o))
We spent four days in Raleigh, NC visiting our daughters crew!!
They are sure in the holiday spirit!!
They were quite busy decorating and preparing for Christmas:o))
We will be heading back that way with my mother on the 23rd!!
Most of our time here has been spent helping Mom with some errands and appointments.
We also needed to do a bit of Christmas Shopping ourselves:o)
Bill is getting a bit antsy...
It's been too cold to be washing and polishing Baby;o))
He even took my camera and snapped the following photo of a very gaudy motorhome!! 

Yep, it is maroon and gold with a purple door and window awnings!!!
It's time to move on before....
Baby gets a new look  :o(((

Summer Travels - The Month of August 2013 - Updated 12/3/2013

Below you will find a list of the posts from our travels from Maine to Murrells Inlet, SC.

We spent the month of July near Acadia National Park in Maine.
During the month of August we traveled in New York, Ohio and Virginia.

As I get a post finished I will list it below.

Click on the title to go to the post.
Travel Day to Salisbury, MA – Thursday – August 1, 2013

Crossing Massachusetts to Glenville, NY – Friday – August 2, 2013

Mohawk-Hudson (Erie Canal) Bike Trail – Saturday – August 3, 2013
Travel Day to Sampson SP, Romulus, NY – Sunday – August 4, 2013
A Hike Through Watkins Glen – Monday – August 5, 2013

Hiking at Taughannock Falls State Park – Tuesday – August 6, 2013
Corning Museum of Glass – Wednesday – August 7, 2013
Bike Ride at Sampson State Park – Thursday – August 8, 2013