Friday, September 20, 2013

Catch up post!

Wow - where does the time go?!!  Our time in PA flew by at record speed.  We had a busy three weeks and kept quite busy with family.  We had a great seafood picnic for Labor Day and ended the day with bike rides.

Ann, Sarah, Pauline and Landon

Colleen and Doug's new puppy - Abby

Picnic in the garage - weather was too iffy to have it outside!

Ann and two of her grandsons

Hunter and I  

Dan and Hunter racing bikes

Everybody got in on the action!
Dan's great nephew, Hunter, LOVES riding bikes with us.  He is such a cutie and calls me "sweetheart"! We ride in circles on the driveway and he goes really, really fast for a 4 year old!! One afternoon we rode over a mile....all in circles!!  I am quite sure that the next time we see him, he will not be using training wheels.

We saw several beautiful sunsets at the farm too.

The day before we were leaving, we chatted on the phone with our friends Charlie and Dot. They were in the area and we ended up meeting them for lunch.  We got caught up on each others lives and bid them "safe travels".  We will see them again in a few months in Cedar Key for the winter.

We made it to NC safe and sound after an unexpected pit stop in Carlisle, PA.  After we had been on the road for about 3 hours, Dan noticed a vibration. He pulled off the interstate and into a truck stop and found that we had a bulging tire on the truck.  Rutroh.  After new tires and an overnight stay in a campground close-by, we were back on the road.  The tire never blew, we didn't have any damage and we were safe.  Can't ask for much more than that!!

Since we've been in NC, we've been going non-stop catching up with family and friends.
Kork always has "Welcome Home" signs out for us!
I got to hang out with both of my kids last Saturday.  They make me laugh with their crazy antics- it is so good to see them again. I had a girls day out with two of my sisters and we went thrift store shopping and had lunch out as well.  I've had girl's night out with my bestie, Linda and Dan has reached out to several of his friends as well.  And, we've had tons of laughs and have shared a few meals with Kork.  Kork, her Mom, and I also had a girls day out.  Late yesterday afternoon, Kork and I dressed up like pirates and went to the local Krispy Kreme.  They were giving a free dozen donuts to everyone who came in dressed like a pirate.  It was International Talk Like a Pirate Day!!  Dan thought we were crazy but we had a blast!!
Arrrgggghhh - our best pirate faces!!
We only have a few more days before we start our trip south again.  Because we will not be back to NC for the holidays, we are celebrating "Christmas in September" tomorrow with the kids.  I did some Christmas baking today and wrapped presents.  Our itty bitty Christmas tree is out and tomorrow I will cook a traditional Christmas dinner. After we eat, we will play games.  :-)  Ho ho ho - it's going to be fun!

Life is good!!


  1. Great times and wonderful memories:o))

    Merry Christmas to Everyone!!!

  2. Glad you didn't get a blowout with the tire. That could have been disastrous. Gotta love 'Talk like a pirate day'..especially at Krispy Kreme! We're now in PA for a couple weeks, gotta get to a KK for sure :)

  3. Merry Christmas! Enjoy your family time and we'll see you soon!

  4. Time sure does fly when you're having fun! Beautiful sunset at the farm. Great looking pirates. Merry Christmas to all!

  5. Way to go Dan on noticing the vibration! Outside of that it sure sounds like you two are having lots of fun. I would love doing pirates and Christmas in September.

  6. Merry Christmas!! Love the pirate costume! Talk like a Pirate Day is becoming a big thing. We actually celebrated it at work this week. It was fun!

  7. I'd happily dress up like a pirate for some free Krispy Kremes. Yum!!!

    Merry Christmas! Great idea to celebrate it with the family now while you're there.

  8. Glad the fun is continuing for you two. Can't wait until you're here on Friday. FUN TIMES AHEAD!

  9. Love the sunset picture. You and Kork make great pirates. It was great seeing ya'll!