We headed up North to Massachusetts for Danny's birthday and my niece's graduation. We left last Wednesday and had dinner with Grammy and Grampy:)
Thursday morning we drove around our old haunts, our old house, old jobs and Dan's house he grew up in and then visited with his parents.
Kissing on Dan's parents :)
They cleaned off the stone and then Victoria heard me comment about the lack of flowers and then picked flowers from other people's stones and placed them on top :)
Checking for ducks at the pond
We had lunch with Dan's daughter Tracy and her hubby.
Dan was happy because he got to have seafood :)
Woo Hoo! Our cousins are out of school!!
Victoria and her best bud Nicole together again :)
The crew at Stone Zoo on Friday morning, Danny's Birthday! Thanks Nana!! We had a great time :) Unfortunately so did 12 school buses full of kids :) :)
Taking a walk with Nana
Hanging out in an old wagon
Hanging out in an old mine car:
everyone loves meerkats!
Lots of geese everywhere. We had to stop several times for them to cross the road.
nap time :)
How cool is this bounce house? We had it for the whole weekend and the kids loved it!
Saturday was Danny's birthday party!! Bouncing with daddy
Swinging with my bud, Coley!
Danny did the zip line several times!
Giving Grampy a kiss and sharing my lovey!
Blowing out the candle on his spiderman cake!!
We had a critter crew come out with really cool animals. This was a great way to end the party!! Anything cuter than a chinchilla taking a dust bath??
They all loved the big floppy bunny, kisses :)
The hedgehog finally poked his head out!
Many of the kids actually held the scorpion:
Danny wouldn't let the lizard on him, but Victoria had no problem
The frog taking a slow walk on the turtle
After the kids listened and held the Madagascar hissing cockroach it was time for a snack :)Is there anything cooler than watching a Madagascar hissing cockroach getting eaten? the kids LOVED it!
I can touch this iguana thingy Danny, just watch
Ok, Katie - you hold the corn snake and I will touch it :)
Can I kiss the turtle? I really like it :)
Hey daddy, lay that big ole snake on me!
Alligator-I'll touch it, but I don't want to hold it!
The group photo at the end of the critter show. Danny picked the Chinchilla as his favorite animal for the shot.
This was a great time for all!! Thanks Grampy for the present, Danny and the other kids had so much fun!
Victoria loved her magnet dress up girl, her big cousin Katie helped her out :)
Dan left to have dinner with his son and a bunch of guys from high school. It was nice to just chill out with the kids at my sister's. Eat way too much, with the kids having a great time together.
My girlfriend from way back came to visit. The kids love to play with Auntie M E!! So good to see you kiddo!!
Sunday was our beautiful niece's high school graduation. Dan met up with an old buddy and I had the kiddos. Ms V was under the weather, so we had to stop at T*rget and buy some meds. I did some laundry at sis's and the kids played with the bounce house one last time before we wrapped it up to bring it back. We had a little party at my older sis's house. Great food and great company.
This is the only picture I have as my camera battery died yesterday.
Our musical entertainment :)
Danny was so intent playing his recorder. He loved it! He and Michael played for quite a while :)
Victoria modeling the dress we bought while in Guatemala I wouldn't let her wear it out, but will save it for her :)
Monday was a nice quiet day. We made our usual trip to visit dad and friends at his company. The kids love to visit and get candy :) The ladies love to see the kiddos and how much they have grown. Dan was very happy to get some really good cheese steak :) All of us dressed up to head out for professional photos. Both sisters and families were along too. We had so much fun! There are some awesome photos. Once we get the real ones I will post some copies! This is the first time we have had a professional photo done of our family. Monday night we had leftovers and spent out last night together! Tuesday was an early morning, poor sis had to pick us up at 5:15! Our flight was supposed to leave at 7:00, but we did not leave till 8:00. Then we had to detour around New York because of a big storm. So we ended up getting into Atlanta just as our flight was leaving :( Delta had already changed our flights for us so we sat down and had a great relaxing lunch! Everyone napped on the quick flight to Jax! It was so nice to be back home, our own beds!! It rained the whole time we were away and the sun has been out since we got back! Both kids were asleep by 7:30 and slept till 7:30 am. Danny had camp this am and Victoria went to daycare. Both were so happy to tell about their vacation. We spent the time cleaning the house, laundry, yard work and putting everything away. The dogs were very happy to see us, the dogsitter said they were great!