I am planning on a new summer project for the boys and I. My father always wanted to build a sailboat and he frequented these sites Stevenson Projects and Chesapeake Light Craft while he was researching. I am pretty sure he always wanted to build the “Weekender” sailboat from Stevenson Projects.
I am not quite ready to build that boat but I think Alex and Nick would enjoy building this little one called the 3-in-1. I just purchased the plans today and will have to pick some time to take off this summer and start working on it.
Well, we’ve finally done it. We decided to replace our aging above ground pool with a new in-ground pool. The project began in early April with the removal of our old pool and the re-grading of the back yard. They put in forms and poured a new cement walled pool and then began work on the liner.
Alex and I spent last week up in Rhode Island at a Boy Scout Camp called Camp Yawgoog. It was a great experience for the both of us. Alex got to work on some Merit Badges for Scouts and he got to enjoy the outdoors with his friends. The camp was really amazing, each scout troop had their own camp site with either tents or lean-to’s or a combination of both. The boys were assigned daily chores and responsibilities. For example one day Alex was in charge of cleaning the latrines for our troop. Another day he was the waiter at the table in the mess hall. The Merit Badges he worked on were, Environmental Science, Rifle Shooting, Small Boat Sailing and Fishing. Each day he had a to attend a class session for each badge and in some cases he actually had homework to do back at camp. One day he and I got to take a sailing dinghy out on the water to do some sailing. We both had a great time and can’t wait to get the chance to go back next year.
We spent the July 4th holiday vacationing in Washington D.C. We got to see a lot of sights and enjoyed learning about our Nation’s capital. We toured the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and went to the top of the Washington Monument. We tried to get a tour of the White House but unfortunately you need to arrange that at least 6 months in advance. We watched the fireworks display visited all the Smithsonian museums. But my favorite part of the trip was when we went to Mount Vernon and got to tour General Washington’s residence.
Well the school year has officially ended and the boys are home enjoying their freedom. They are enjoying the pool and the nice weather we’ve been having. Pretty soon we’ll be going on our summer vacation. Can’t wait!
This year both Alex and Nicholas participated in Memorial Day traditions with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. First they went to Calverton National Cemetery and helped place flags on all the graves to honor our veterans. Then on Monday, they actually marched in the Smithtown Memorial Day parade. Although it was very hot they all had a good time.
This past weekend we took our annual camping trip. We stayed at the NYS DEC campground “Little Pond” which is in the Catskills in NY. It is a nice place, with well maintained facilities and very picturesque views. This year we chose to camp in a more remote site on the back side of the pond. The site was perfect, nice and quiet and natural. We were situated right up at the edge of the pond and the boys had fun catching fish, and salamanders. Alex spent his time out on the pond in the Kayak and Paula and I just enjoyed the quiet. The only down side was that since it was a remote site all our provisions had to be hiked in. We were about 1/4 mile in from the parking lot so all our gear was carried or wheeled in. And since it was bear season and the rangers had warned us that bears had been seen recently by our site that we should make sure to pack up all our food and put it in the car each night. The weather was a bit of a bummer but we survived and had a good time.
Alex, Paula and Nicholas were outside cleaning up the garden when they spied this HUGE grasshopper. It was really cool to watch as he ate the flowers.
Well, its come and gone. Our 2009 Outer Banks vacation was a success and everyone had a great time. We ran into a small snag just before we left. Our 2007 Honda Odyssey was in the shop the week before to fix a small transmission leak and on the Friday before we left we were told by Honda that it wouldn’t be fixed until the Tuesday AFTER we were supposed to have left. So much for planning ahead!! We ended up driving my Dakota down to NC which was a bit of a squeeze with 5 people but it worked out better in the end. We had the bike rack to bring our bicycles down and we even took the truck on the 4×4 beach twice! The house was beautiful and the weather couldn’t have been better. All in all everyone had a great time. We’ll be heading back next year, that’s for sure.
School is officially out for the summer! The boys are happy to be off and are looking forward to a long summer vacation. Both Alex and Nicholas will start summer camp in July and then on the days they are not in camp they’ll probably be in the pool at home. I am jealous!