Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Barbara's Birthday Bash

Saturday, we celebrated Mark's mom Barbara's birthday (a milestone, but you didn't hear which one from me) with a backyard party at the family homestead. Mark's sister Andrea and I had fun planning the party together. We'd been admonished to "keep it simple," so we chose a county fair theme and enjoyed barbeque, Cokes in glass bottles, and homemade pies brought by friends. A handmade bean bag toss brought out the competitive streak in everyone, as did guessing the number of peanuts in a huge Mason jar. Unable to procure a barbershop quartet (would you believe they were all at a convention in Delaware?) we played bluegrass and country CDs. Everyone took home Mason jars filled with vintage candies. We hope the birthday girl had as much fun as we did! -S.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Mystic Seaport

We had planned to drive back from Massachusetts, in order to bring back a car for the Dinoias. We decided to stop and see Mystic Seaport, Connecticut. It's a living history museum consisting of a village, ships and 17 acres of exhibits depicting coastal life in New England in the 19th century. In three hours, we barely scratched the surface, but really enjoyed ourselves. Even though Mark had left behind his professional camera, he got some great shots.

Kelsey's Baptism

This weekend, we flew up to Springfield, Massachusetts for Kelsey's baptism. I became a proud godmother again, and we got to see college friends Mike and Mandy, and meet their adorable 1-year old twins, Aden and Maille. Mark also snapped the adorable photo below of Kelsey and Grandpa Kirk.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Playin' Hooky

Since my week off from work wasn't entirely a vacation, I also took Monday off for R&R. Mark and I were finally able to take Mom out on the boat. We pulled up on a beach and cooled off in the water, then went to Annapolis and up Mill Creek to Cantler's to pick up crabcakes. We anchored and ate our crabcake dinners on the boat, watching a heron fish for his dinner at the water's edge.