Monday, August 25, 2003

so happy

We had the new Harry Potter to listen to (all 23 disks), beautiful, clear weather, no traffic (we completely bypassed New Jersey by going up to I-84 and taking that to Scranton, then 81 down to pick up 80) ... getting here was actually a pleasure this year. It took 7.45 hours from Norwalk, CT to just past Youngstown, OH. The Super 8 in Austintown, OH, was just fine -- we'll stay there again. Then, seven hours later, we were in Oscoda, MI. Ben and the creatures are all good travelers (well, the cat can be pretty noisy when we start out), so it was a fun trip.

It is so good to see Mom and Dad. Today is Mom's birthday. This afternoon, we'll take Ben shopping for Mamie's bd present and then go to the beach. Nice.

I don't even mind being on dial-up.
posted by lee on 08/25/03 at 05:15 PM
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Tuesday, August 26, 2003

just beachie

It was a gorgeous afternoon--perfect weather. We decided to spend a couple of hours at Three Mile Beach before we took Mamie out for her birthday dinner. Ben & Ginger had a wonderful time:

Digging away -- a joint venture


Working hard at ... whatever?


But the best was Lake Huron


Doggie Surfing!



Later, we went to a nice restaurant in East Tawas to celebrate Mamie's mmphfth birthday. And we managed to get Terminator 1 at the video shop, fulfilling Ben's primary request (he, of course, loved it, except for the smoochie scenes). He's having a pretty good vacation so far. Especially since I didn't yell too much when he consumed a quarter pound of fudge in about five minutes. He picked out a beautiful Wind Deva for Mamie, and just got back from Putt Putt golf. We'll be going back to the beach in a bit unless it starts to rain before we leave. (Even if it does, it gives us more of a chance to listen to Harry Potter 5.) And he's been zzing away a lot--fresh air and lots of exercise have been knocking a lot of the insomnia right out of him so far ... hope it continues working.
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Thursday, August 28, 2003

more vacation pictures—and my sister’s vacation too

Yesterday was just gorgeous--blue, breezy, absolutely clear and dry air. So of course we headed to the beach again.

A perfect day:

Stanley and Ginger

Instead of standing around talking ...

Stanley, Ben, and Ginger discussing the meaning of the universe

It's better to just run

running along Three Mile Beach, August 27, 2003

Ben has this thing for making holes ...

maybe he'll find Jumanji

He looked!


We were driven from the beach by the biting flies. Word of advice: Off Skintastic does NOT ward off biting flies, even though the packaging says it does. Next time, we'll try the deep woods stuff.

Later we went to see Freaky Friday, which Ben loved (most of. He didn't like the kissy stuff.) Stanley and I liked it too. Then home to watch a video of The Two Towers. Or part of it, anyway.

Right now, Dad, Stanley, and Ben are canoeing the mighty Au Sable River. We slathered so much sunscreen on them all I hope they can hang on to the paddles.

Then maybe Stanley and I can try to reverse our luck at the Mikado bingo tonight. On Tuesday night, Mom won $160! (Too bad that other lady won too, drat it all.)

Don't know yet what's on tap for tomorrow--maybe Norman's, if they even allow heathens and other non-Christians in the place. We'll see. Ben needs a souvenir t-shirt or two.

My sister, Kelly, her son Leo, and hubby/daddy Dale went to the Black Hills & Mt. Rushmore for their summer vacation. Of the approximately 6,000 pictures Dale sent to Mom and Dad, these three are the ones I like the best:

Kelly is some tropical garden somewhere in SD:


Leo in the same place, gazing at a passionflower:


Mother and son:


It looks like they had a good time. Some day, I'll get to see Mt. Rushmore. I want to get a Winnebago and travel the continent when we retire, but Stanley just looks at me like I'm nuts when I suggest it. Okay, so maybe not a Winnie--maybe a pickup truck with a camper ...
posted by lee on 08/28/03 at 06:12 PM
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