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We flew to Dallas on December 23rd.  We had originally planned to stay in Dallas overnight but sadly, our hosts had come down with the flu so we grabbed dinner and continued on to Austin.  We wound up staying in Austin the entire trip and only returning to Dallas to catch our flight out on the 28th due to a little stomach virus that Keith and Jacob caught.  Nothing says Christmas like a stomach virus!

Despite our change in plans we had a wonderful visit and enjoyed spending time with the rest of the family, though we missed the Hornes.

On Christmas day we headed over to Great Grandma Brunone’s (GGB) place and caroled for her and all of her neighbors.  This may have been my favorite part of the trip, seeing the joy on all of the residents faces, not to mention all of their caretakers that were spending Christmas working instead of with their families.

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Only a week and a half late…that’s not so bad!

We celebrated our family Christmas in Connecticut on the Sunday before we left for Texas and I didn’t get too many pictures because we were having so much fun!

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…from our apple picking superheroes!

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And in case you are wondering what we did with all of those apples, we made 9 quarts of applesauce for our freezer, with 12 apples to spare!

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I’ve had this post written for a couple of weeks, but due to technical difficulties with some of the pictures, was unable to post before now.

Last Friday we took a day trip to Mystic.  Since Keith didn’t get home until 1am on Friday and Lilian slept til after 9, we got a bit of a late start and arrived right before lunch time.  We decided to have lunch before we started exploring the aquarium, so we made our way over to Abbott’s for some lobster with a view.

Not a bad view...

Not a bad view…

We arrived a few minutes before they opened so we soaked in the gorgeous weather and lovely scenery.

Posing by the sea

Posing by the sea

Where is my lobster roll?!?!

Where is my lobster roll?!?!

Once we ordered and sat down, certain members of our family got rather impatient to eat!

IMG_7599After we all enjoyed a warm lobster roll (all except Jacob who opted for a PB&J – weird kid 🙂 ), we headed over to the aquarium.

Watching the beluga whales

Watching the beluga whales

Our first stop was to watch the whales.  Both of the kids loved them and we wound up going back to visit them several times!

Frogs!

Frogs!

We stopped to see some of the other large, outdoor animals eating lunch before heading inside to visit some of the smaller guys.

IMG_7575Checking out some little fish.

Look Mama, a giant fish!

Look Mama, a giant fish!

So many fish!

So many fish!

Jacob holding a starfish

Jacob holding a starfish

Jacob also picked up a starfish and held it.  We were really surprised he wanted to touch it, but he held it fearlessly and even gave Lilian the opportunity to pet it!

Lilian touching the starfish - brave girl!

Lilian touching the starfish – brave girl!

Lilian hamming it up for the camera!

Lilian hamming it up for the camera!

Jacob enjoyed the aquarium but Lilian LOVED it!  I think she could have sat and watched (and talked to, and tickled) the fish all day long.

We topped the day off with a trip to a local bakery (no pictures, I was too busy eating!) and the four of us split a few desserts before getting in the car and heading home.  What a fun way for our family to spend a gorgeous day together!

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Ninety Six

Last Monday the kids and I decided to take Lolly to lunch. Unlike any normal person that might have called their grandmother and simply invited her out for a meal, I decided it might be fun to surprise her. I hatched a plan and enlisted Uncle Russ’s help to pull off my scheme.  After all, it’s not every day that one celebrates their 96th birthday!
Picture with the birthday girl!

Picture with the birthday girl!

I had Uncle Russ make plans to pick her up at noon so she would be ready, and the kids and I drove into town around 11:30. We made a quick stop at Jacob’s insistence that no birthday is complete without some balloons, and headed over to her apartment. My plan was to have Jacob ring her doorbell and present her with her balloons and a “Happy Birthday” when she opened her door. Of course you know what they say about plans…
As we waited for the elevator to unload so we could get on, who walks out but my sweet grandmother! She looked at Jacob and Lilian, who were each carrying balloons, commented on how cute they were and without so much as a glance in my direction, she started walking again. I called out her name to get her to turn around at which point she finally looked at me and said “I thought those children looked familiar!”
Goose Xing - I don't know who was more entertained: Lolly or the kids!

Goose Xing – I don’t know who was more entertained: Lolly or the kids!

Despite the surprise not going quite as I had anticipated, Lolly was quite excited (and surprised!) to see us. We enjoyed lunch (we were joined by Uncle Russ and Zach), and spent a few more hours with her before heading back to Connecticut.
and one with Uncle Russ and Cousin Zach

and one with Uncle Russ and Cousin Zach

Happy ninety-sixth birthday, Lolly!  We love you and are so happy we were able to celebrate with you!

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In June we had the pleasure of hosting Tricia and the Horne kids for a week.  We had a wonderful time while they visited, despite the heatwave the Northeast experienced throughout their entire trip.  Jacob and Lilian loved having their older cousins to play with and missed them terribly once they left.

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One of our first big adventures after they arrived was a trip to Flamig Farm.

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We took Tricia and Abigail in May last year when they visited, but the boys wanted to meet the animals as well.

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Despite the Texas-like temperatures, we all had a great time.

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In addition to hanging around in the air conditioning and visiting the farm, we also took a day trip to Boston.

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We took a walking tour of the Freedom Trail, visited the harbor and ate lots of good food in between!

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We were so sad to say goodbye when they had to return to Texas.  What a wonderful visit we had, and I hope we can do it again soon, next time with Jay as well!

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My little helpers preparing for our visitors from Texas that arrive today.

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