Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Fall Day at the Pond

Jay and I both had the day off yesterday (Yea)! So we packed up the car and headed down to the cottage for the day. It was a chilly and somewhat grey fall day, but I bundled up in a quilt and settled in a chair on the beach to read for a while. Then we took a walk around the pond, cooked some cheeseburgers for dinner, and took the back roads home. It was an AWESOME day!

Then today I was on my way to two-tore-ing and saw a black grey squirrel. Check out these pictures - the second one also has a grey grey squirrel in it, so it's easier to see the coloring. Weird!

Click on this photo to see it bigger and you'll really see the difference between the black and grey squirrels.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Rachel & Brian's Wedding

Rachel & Brian are married! It was a wonderful wedding and Rachel looked stunning! Maybe Jay and I will be next (don't hold your breath).

Rachel and her Dad walking down the aisle-

The bridesmaids, Ali and Becky -

Rachel and Brian's first dance, so sweet -

Me and Jay -

Vicky's rocking it -

Jami, Andy, and EB -

The gang -

Jami & Andy -

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Day Before

Rachel's getting married today!! Yesterday the girls spent the morning getting our nails done and drinking mimosas, then we headed to Jami's house for pizza and cackling!

Here's the blushing bride - I can't imagine being as cool, calm and collected on the day before my wedding!

The Rice girls:

Vicky, Amy, and EB:

King Philip High School, Class of 1995 - Amy, Jami, Rachel, Vicky, EB

My Best Friends:

Then Jay, Hank, and I headed back to Jami's to babysit Drew while Jami and Andy were at the rehearsal.

Cutest and Best-Behaved Little Man EVER (Drew can say my name now - woo-hoo)!

Uncle Jay reading Drew a story:

And Hank...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Full Moon Memories

Every year at Fearing Pond we have Full Moon Parties in July & August when there is a full moon. It pretty much involves eating, drinking, and laughing. I didn't make it to either Full Moon Party this year because of work and Hawaii. I was so bummed. But, I was going through some photos this morning that I haven't put into albums and came across these. They are from 3 or 4 years ago - so funny!

Here's Mom, Dad, me and Becky:

The crazy Fearings Girls - Kathy, Amy, Becky, Auntie Nancy, Lorraine

Me and Becky:

Me and Erin:

This was the funniest! My Auntie Angela fell off her chair! We laughed so hard!

Becky, Julie (my cousin - she just started her freshman year of college!), and me:

Crazy girls again! Becky, Erin, Lorraine, and Kathy

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tornado at Fearings

While I was on vay-cay I got a call from my pal Tim, letting me know that a tornado, yes -A TORNADO, had touched down just south of Fearings Pond. Jay, Hank, and I checked it out. The damage was pretty surreal and here are some pics - - -

Obligatory photo of swamp dog Hank in front of the swampy pond that he swam and swam and swam in:

We also went to Gooseberry Island this weekend. Tropical Storm Hanna had created some intense waves. Hank was a little scared of them (so was Jay):

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Books I'm Reading

With the traveling and the sickness, I've been doing a lot of reading. I'm always looking for good book recomendations (Mr. Welsh - what's on my list of recommended books?), so here's some for you:

On the trip to Maui I got about a third of the way into The Poisonwood Bible. I usually like Barbara Kingsolver, but this one is hard to get into. I've put it down for now and will pick it back up in a few weeks.

Next I picked up The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. This was right up my alley and was great. The author predicts what the world would look like if humans died off quickly. It was a great read and I'll probably have to read it again soon as it was so full of details and facts that I'm sure I missed about half of them.

For the beach, I picked up a fluff book (in my opinion), called Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens. It was a good story and easy to read - great beach book. I do want to read her other book, The Girls.

On the plane ride home, I started Eat, Live, Pray: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert. The first 50 pages or so were good, but my sister stole the book from me, so I didnt' get to finish it...grr!

While sick I read The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. So, so, so GOOD! I loved it even though the ending wasn't what I wanted to happen. If you like a good story and you like dogs, you'll LOVE this book. Can't wait to see what else Mr. Wroblewski has in store for us in future books.

And lastly, I'm reading The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson. I find his writing to be funny and wry. He always makes me laugh out loud and I'm liking this one. I'm going to pass it onto my dad when I'm done as he probably had many of the same growing up experiences.

That's all!

Friday, September 5, 2008


I've been back from Maui for almost a week, but haven't posted anything as I picked up a sinus infection and double ear infection on the plane ride home. Ug. I'm feeling a little better and thought I'd share some pictures from my wonderful vacation to paradise!

Here is Tutu's house that we stayed at -

My sister, Becky, and Tutu enjoying dinnner -

Becky and I took a hike to a place called "Twin Waterfalls" -

We took the road to Lahaina and then kept going on a tiny one-lane road that hugged a cliff the entire way around. It was super scary, but the views were awesome -

Here are a few of our favorite beaches -

Finally, Iao Valley-