Christmas in Newtown

My sister has lived in Newtown for the last 10 peaceful years. We have spent Christmas at my sister’s for the last 10 years (give or take a few). You can imagine that this year was quite different. The black cloud lingering over Newtown is not going anywhere anytime soon. You just feel the sadness…

An Extended Visit

During the last week in October, my mother-in-law, MamaF, scheduled a 4-day trip. It turned into a 7-day trip because of the storm and flight cancellations. For most people, 4 days with their MIL is a nightmare, let alone 7 days. For me, it’s only a bad dream. KIDDING. I am one of the lucky…

40 is the new 20.

My big sis (Janice/Quick Question) turned 40 last weekend! To celebrate, we ventured to sunny and hot Florida–Captiva Island to be exact–with 4 of her girlfriends. The agenda included a whole lot of nothing. Five out of six of us have kids, a job and a very busy lifestyle. I don’t have nearly as many…

Deal’s Family

Almost immediately after my sister’s family left, Deal’s family arrived! First, his preggo sister (our third niece or nephew to arrive in November!!) SILMeow/Julie and her hubby Napolean Dynamite/Russ. They were only at our place for one night before we ventured to Virginia Beach (all the way on the other side of VA) for a…

Steadee’s Family

Quitting my job was timed perfectly for our oodles of back-to-back family visitors. First up, my sister and her family spent 5.5 days with us. I can’t even imagine working while they were here, because we all know you need a lot of energy to keep up with those kids!!! On a side note, we…

86 Years Young

 A few weeks ago, my Nana (my mom’s mom) turned 86 and we got the WHOLE family together to celebrate. The majority of my extended family lives in New Jersey, but there are a few exceptions like myself and my sister. I also have an aunt, uncle and cousin who live in Alaska, cousin in…

SURPRISE!!

Aren’t you lucky? 2 posts in one weekend!!! My sister (QuickQuestion) traveled 376 miles by train, bus and car to surprise me for Memorial Day Weekend!!! She, Deal, and my parents were in cahoots to work out the incredibly complex logistics planning. My sister is about as directionally challenged as Deal is. In fact, I’m…

Hut, Hut, Hut

2012 is all about new adventures, right? Well, we had our first new adventure for New Year’s. We took our first ski-to-hut trip in Colorado! Let me first give you an education about the huts in CO. Back during WWII, the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army trained in central CO to prepare for…

On the road again …

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Festivus … All that good stuff. We had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed our time in the Northeast. Because I like the numbers game, that’s how I’ll break down the last 17 days.We spent 10 days in NJ at my rents’ house, 3 days in CT at my sister’s…

Tis the Season

Where in the world are Steadee & Deal??? That’s a good question. For the last two days, we’ve been in one place–my parents’ house in NJ. A record for us. We are actually staying here for the next 7 days. It’s a very good thing. We needed to catch our breath. Plus, we reunited with…

Post-trail Life

We have been off the AT for more than a week and you would think now that I have easy access to cell service and computers, I would be blogging more often. Clearly not the case. I’ve been so busy … doing practically nothing! Well, we did have the wedding, which was not just a…