Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Lake Party

We got an invite we couldn't say no to - cookout on Lake Archer with some of our favorite people!

The boys loved the water - and desert even better!
Little Miss Macie and Grant were quite the pair!

Jay and Amy under the arbor - how sweet!
Two of the best friends a girl could have - Jami and Rachel!
Here's Grant after his hose-down.

Me and my girls!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sleepover with the Boys

The handsome boys came to Auntie Amy's and Uncle Jay's for a sleep over a few weeks ago! We had a blast. The boys amused themselves with Play-Do for about an hour. Grant loved it!

Here are the boys hanging out on the couch having an evening snack. Hank loves when little kids visit - he just acts like a hoover and snarfs up all dropped food!

The boys helped Uncle Jay install an air conditioner. Drew got to hold the screwdriver and pass it to Uncle Jay when he needed it.
Drew was so proud to be working with Uncle Jay - it was soooo cute. Here, he threw his arm around Uncle Jay and proclaimed that they were working!
Grant and I had a bit of a communication breakdown, but when he picked up the clicker I figured out that he wanted some TV. On came the Wiggles - Uncle Jay's favorite show!
On the ride home, Hank refused to sit in the front seat! He settled himself in right between the two boys and kept them company for the whole ride! It was so cute.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day Trip to Plymouth (or Plimoth)

During our staycation, we decided to do the tourist thing in Plymouth - one of my all-time favorite towns. We started off with a trip to Plimoth Plantation. Here we are along the Eel River (one time my dad, two sisters, and I actually caught a bunch of eels in this river using pitchforks and then brought them home and grilled them for dinner -gross!).

Here's Jay learning how the Wampanoag Native Americans make canoes.

Here's their winter house.

Jay found something to play with in the colonists' village.

View from the fort - so beautiful.

Then we had Thai food in Plymouth Center, took a walk down to Pilgrim Memorial State Park to check out 'The Rock.'
And Plymouth Harbor.
We went on a tour of the Mayflower II.

And then over to the National Monument to the Forefathers, where two ospreys have built a nest on her head!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Nelson Family Death March 2010

The day after the 4th of July - Jay woke me up with a yummy breakfast. I had him put his hand in front of the skillet to show you the size of the eggs - we had fried quail eggs with sauteed mushrooms and onions for breakfast. It was really yummy.

Then we went down camp and Dad took us on a Nelson Family Death March. Seriously, it was SO FREAKIN' HOT and we went for a hike in the pine barrens. I drank all my water in the first 10 minutes and was dying by the end. It was so hot that even Hank gave up a few times! We really had to encourage him to keep going!
But we did see some cool things. Dad took us down a small trail to an old homestead.
We found the old pitcher pump,
And two gravestones. We think they are for dogs. One says 'HOPE 1927-1936' and the other says 'MOLLY I forget the dates, but similar.'

Here's the old garbage pit - people have been digging through it doing their own archeology studies.

And a wicked old car just rusting away in the middle of the woods.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My New Nephew, Isiah James

My little baby sister has a new little baby boy! I got a call from Jessie this morning at 4:45am! She was in labor and was calling in the troops for support and Thea amusement. I uploaded the pics wrong, so the baby pics are all the way down. I've been up for 18 hours straight and have driven 250 miles today and I just don't have it in me to reload the pics.

Here's Thea feeding Delaney as we wait for the new baby.
Granpie Jim vegging on the couch with the Chex Mix!

Lady Love - Miss Thea May, the new BIG SISTER!

Becky and her twinnies! Delaney and Griffin, now 8 weeks old (neither one weighs as much at two months, what Isiah James weighed at birth!)
Here he is! Jessie was a trooper - she did great! She had an all natural at-home birth - crazy! Isiah James came at about 3pm, weighing in at 9 lbs and 6 oz and length of 20.5 inches!

Proud Daddy!
Nana Sue gazes in adoration at the new baby.

Auntie Amy says Hello!
Grampie Jim just loves his namesake!