Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving in California

Yesterday I told you about our rather traditional Thanksgiving here at home. Well, here is what Tucker has been doing these days around Thanksgiving.

First there was rock-climbing in Pinnacles State Park near Solidad, CA.

The next is a photo of Tucker and Allison on Allison's sailboat.

And here is a photo of Tucker flying an airplane!!

Here is their view of the Golden Gate Bridge!

Looks like they had an adventuresome Thanksgiving!

Happy Black Friday. I went to the mall around 8 AM with the goal of getting a pair of my favorite sneakers, that I wear every day at school, that were on sale at Dick's. I had an easy time getting my size and only had to wait in line behind one other person. I got my Christmas cards at Hallmark for a great price and with minimal waiting in line.

Jim, Corey and I went to see the movie The Blind Side and we all really enjoyed it. It is based on a true story and was engaging for the two hours that it ran. Looking for something to do~check out this movie and you won't be disappointed.

Hope all is well.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for today? Research tells us that people who regularly take time to be grateful and appreciative of what they have are happier and healthier.

I am thankful for all my family and friends, for a job that I love most of the time and for my health and the health of those close to me. I am also thankful for some little things like having the leaves raked up and yarn!

Corey arrived home on Tuesday afternoon and thanks go to GrandDad for picking him up at the Victor exit on the Thruway. I quickly recruited Corey to cook dinner for us on Wednesday and he made Tilapia Tacos! Yummy!!

After dinner we took Corey to see Grandma and Grandpa's new digs. He got to try out the scooter!

Jim got up early this morning to run in the Race with Grace and he wasn't real happy with his time, but he won his age-group and the cash prize for that covered his entry fee. While he was running I made a grape pie for Thanksgiving dinner. Later, Corey and I raked up the last of the leaves. Jim and Corey cleaned out the gutters after lunch, but the rain came in before they could put out the Christmas pageant of lights!
We went to Gram and GrandDad's house for our Thanksgiving dinner and the smell of the cooking turkey that greeted us when we opened the door was sooo welcoming! As always, Gram made a great meal, with a perfect turkey at the centerpiece.
After dinner I documented who was celebrating Thanksgiving with us this year.

Tomorrow I will try to buy myself a new pair of sneakers. The brand/style that I like are on sale for a great price if I buy them before 1 PM so I will have to see how the crowds are. I hate standing in long lines and am generally a very poor shopper.

Happy Thanksgiving and hope all is well.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Home from the Big Apple

Our trip home from New York City was as easy as the trip down. We had a short walk to Grand Central Station, our train to Poughkeepsie pulled out of the station on time and it was a pretty ride up the Hudson River to our waiting car. After loading our luggage into the Vibe, we walked to the newly opened Walkway Over the Hudson.

This Walkway is a former railroad bridge crossing the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie. The bridge ceased functioning as a railroad bridge in 1980 and in 1992 a group was formed to raise the money needed to convert the bridge into a multi-use walkway. It is over 200 feet above the river and about 1.25 miles across. Here are some photos from our walk across and back this bridge which re-opened just this past October.

This is the Mid-Hudson vehicle bridge that includes a walking/biking lane so it is possible to walk/bike a loop between this bridge and the new Walkway bridge. What a great local resource!
It was a great day for our walk and we would recommend a stop in Poughkeepsie to do this walk if you find yourself in this area.

While we were walking on the bridge my cell phone rang and it was my Mom inviting us to dinner when we got home, which we quickly accepted! Thanks Mom (and Dad) for the great pot roast dinner.

Tuesday is Amy J's birthday. Happy Birthday, Amy! Is this one of those big birthday's that end in a zero?!

Back to school tomorrow for a short week.

Hope all is well.