Sunday, July 26, 2009

Back from Vacation!

We are back from vacation and where to start.... hmmm
We left at 4 am on July 16 to head out to Maine. We arrived in Buffalo, NY around 6 pm and decided we really needed a meal with real food... So we went to Bob Evans for dinner. It was next to the Red Roof Inn we stayed in. After dinner the adventure to Niagra Falls began!
We found it on the map and headed out. Finding parking was crazy!!! So, I see this little lot and hardly any cars. I told Boyd to pull in there.. well, bad plan. We were now in Canada! LOL No passports, no visas... no id for the kids except for their health insurance cards. So, we couldn't just pull out of the lot, we had to go into Canada.... Funny, yes and no. Kaci was scared to death, Kole was saying, why are we here for? Kali was embarrassed. I was so tired I could have cared less. Anyway, we had to go through immigration in Canada to come back to the US. Apparently we are not the only ones to do something like this! So we did see Niagra falls from the Canadaian side, but saw most of it from the New York side in the dark.

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We returned to our hotel around midnight to wake up around 6 am to leave for Maine. We found one way to get across to Vermont. A ferry ride! It was so cool. You pull on this ferry and across you go and then you drive off. We arrived in New Hampshire late and called Wanda to see how far yet and she told us to call her when we reached Farmington, ME for directions to her house in the middle of nowhere. The lady at the Mobil station where we stopped for gas in Gorham, NH was very helpful. She told us how to watch out for Moose. Did you know that a Moose's eyes do not glow like a deer's does? You just watch for a hulking shadow up higher than a deer. By then it is pouring down rain, road construction, new blacktop with no lines, oncoming traffic.... then we saw a frog hop across the road, a few miles later, a fox ran out... Then a few more miles a racoon with a fish ran out! No moose... whew! We made it to our home away from home late that night, then off to bed!

While we were in Maine we went to the big birthday bash for Boyd's Aunt Jerry. A huge success with many members of the family from Boyd's mom's side. The kids had a blast meeting all these relatives that they didn't realize that they had! The next day we had a really nice picnic with relatives from Nova Scotia, California, New Hampshire, Massachuets, and Maine. We played washers (also called ring toss), drank and ate and laughed until after dark. The next day it was off to Sugarloaf mountian resort and touring the mountains and streams. We visited little falls. We had to hike up into the woods to get there. It was so pretty... And yes, I did take a small tumble trying to climb up there.

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The kids of course had no problem at all! After that we went to a mountain lake for the kids to swim and us to just enjoy the sunshine. We visited family some more and went back and chatted into the night. Then the next day was ocean day! We took the kids and others all to the Atlantic Ocean! We went to Pemaquid Point and saw the lighthouse and climbed the rocks. The coast is very rocky and just beautiful!

On Thursday we packed up and headed to Easton, MA to drop off Garnet then on to Washington, DC! We spent a day site seeing and just hanging out. Then we went the next morning to see VIVIAN!!!! We couldn't have been any happier than to see her well and good.

The kids were in total shock when they saw her! Kaci said, I thought I knew who it was, but then she spoke and I knew!! Kali said "I am in so much shock!" And Kole says "That's not Vivian!" But we knew it was her and she is here with us now!

We arrived home last night around 11 pm after 16 hours on the road!

Pictures can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbringolf/?saved=1

Look for the saved set Vacation 2009!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Catching up

Wow, it has been a while since I updated the blog, so I guess today is the day.
We leave Thursday for our first family vacation... I know I shouldn't post stuff like this, but voila! We have a house sitter and a neighbor watching and our friend who happens to be a police officer in our town coming by to check on things. Besides, who in their right mind would want to try and get past, a doberman, Shepard Mix, Boston Terrier and a dachsund mix for not a whole lot worth while. When you have kids you can't afford anything really nice! LOL

Our vacation will be taking us thru Indiana and up toward NY to see Niagra Falls... Then on to Maine to visit relatives... After a week in Maine we will be off to Washington DC for the night and to just see what it looks like.. We have never been... Many of the places we are visiting we have never been there, so this is going to be sooo cool! From DC we will head home and go over a huge bridge: http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=XFA132-017

Looks pretty scary to me and then work our way back home. We are so excited about this trip. This is our first real family vacation.... I wonder if it will be anything like that movie with Chevy Chase... Wasn't that called National Lampoon's Vacation? LOL

The past weeks have been filled with everyday living and chores and just doing stuff. The kids are home with dad so they swim or play wii or read or draw and run and ride bikes. Whiffle ball has become a favorite when the pool is too cool to swim in... yes, I did say too cool. We had unseasonably warm weather and then cooler, then rain again and again....

Reiko was feeling bad this past week so we took him to the vet, he had an infected anal gland, again... He had the same thing in May, so it looks like some minor surgery for our little boston to remove the cursed gland....

Mia has lost weight on her diet and looks like a real doberman with out her ears cropped and we had Tasha shaved and she looks so little now! Sweetpea is doing well and loves it when things are quiet around here. Too much hustle and bustle and she gets upset... Guess she better get over that in a hurry. Or we will just have to deal with it.

My job has been in jeopardy lately due to the state government here and it looks like I might get laid off or just not get paid or get paid not what my contract states... So I had to make a very difficult decision to put my resume out for other employers to see. Every year for 17 years I go through this and every year it is worse and worse. I can't lose my job and leave my kids and husband without a home, so I will take what I can get even if it means relocating to another state. Currently we are looking at Maine, Wisconsin, Indiana, New York, Nevada, Virginia. I might even be open to other states that I had not thought of as of yet.
We will see what happens. The kids are not happy and I was hoping to retire in this house and then move to a smaller when when the kids were out on their own... but sometimes plans have to change.

I don't have any pictures to share this time, but just wait until we get back from vacation! The pictures I will have then will be awesome!