Sunday, August 14, 2005

I'm Back!

Originally uploaded by Teckelcar.

As y’all probably guessed I’ve been on vacation this past week. We went up north to visit family, see a ball game, go to the beach and pick up some furniture.

Our first stop would be at my in-laws, otherwise known as Grandma and Grandpa’s house, in CT. It is a long drive, but we normally do it in one shot. I swore to Meryl that this time we would leave the house at a decent hour. We always plan to leave right after breakfast for our long drive to CT, but it always ends up being closer to lunch time. Unfortunately we had a little bit of a car related drama Thursday and I did not have the car at home so I could pack it the night before. Heck, we didn’t even know when we would be getting the car back. So we were very happy that the car was ready early Friday morning, but we still had to get the car and pack it. Once again it was almost lunchtime when we left and once again we arrive 11:00 pm.

We needed to get there Friday, because Larry had tickets for the Mets game on Saturday. Larry took Jake and Nate and met his friend Jon at the stadium. It was “Back to School Binder Day” so they left early to insure that the boys were among the first 12,000 kids and get their binders. As you can see they were successful.

Originally uploaded by Teckelcar.

You can just see Nate's smilling face in the bottom of the picture. The boy next to Jake is Jack. They just happened to be seated next to each other and hit it off. Jack is a little bit older than Jake, but they are both talkers and enjoyed each other’s company.

Max, Rebecca and I stayed at Grandma and Grandpas house. Instead of baseball we went to the local children’s museum Stepping Stones. I didn’t take any pictures, but you get a good idea of what it is like from the website. They liked the kinetic sculpture, the bubbles and the waterscape. The best part for them was the Toddler Terrain. They loved putting on costumes and climbing about. The cultural exhibit “Dragons and Fairies: Exploring Viet Nam Through Folktales” was a bit over the heads, and frankly not that interesting to Grandma and me (Grandpa elected to stay home). Afterwards we went to a playground on the other side of the parking lot. There was a really neat slide composed of rollers (the kid in the picture looks odd, but you get the idea). It looked like a lot of fun to go down. Unfortunately it was very hot out, and Grandma and I were very happy when it was time to go home.

Both groups had a good time and we all got back in time for dinner with Larry's brother, Uncle Andy.

I have more pictures that I’ll post tomorrow featuring beach fun, pineapples and furniture.

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