New project

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.

Family Ski Trip

We just got back from a weekend ski trip into the Poconos in PA.  A friend of the family has a house out there that she let us use for the weekend.  It was just 10 minutes from Camel Back Mountain so we took the boys up to check out the skiing and see if we could all learn how to snowboard.  It was fun but being that it was a holiday weekend the place was really crowded. 

All of us took lessons to learn how to snowboard and we gave it a try.  I think Nick got the best lessons and certainly did the best out of all of us.  Overall we had a good time and will definitely want to go try snowboarding again soon.

Confirmation

Alex celebrated his Holy Confirmation today at Christ the King Church in Commack. The ceremony was very nice and Alex looked so grown up. I can’t believe he is almost as tall as me now. After the ceremony we all came back to the house and had a nice little celebration. Alex picked his Aunt Jeanie as his sponsor.

New Pool

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.

Holy Communion

This past weekend Nicholas celebrated his first Communion at Christ the King Church in Commack. It was a beautiful day and the ceremony was lovely. Nicholas looked so grown up and handsome in his suit. Afterwards, we all went back to the house and enjoyed a family celebration. A lot of relatives showed up and everyone had a great time.

Newport, RI at the Fo’c’sle

This Labor Day weekend we took a ride up to visit Loren and Peter at their house in Newport, RI. The house is aptly named “Fo’c’sle” and it was built in the 1800’s. It is within walking distance of the main area of town and all the shops and restaurants. It was really nice getting to see their house and spend time with Peter and Loren. We took a walk (4.93 miles) down along the cliff in front of the huge mansions. You can see the track here on Google Maps (Cliff Walk). On Sunday we spent the day driving around and seeing more of the island. We also visited Fort Adams and got to tour the inside of the fort. It was really amazing to see all the interesting defenses that were built. We even got to go down into tunnels under the fort that were used for listening for invaders trying to tunnel under the fort. And then on Monday we took a tour of the mansion called “The Breakers”, which was owned by the Vanderbilt’s.
We really had a great time and are looking forward to when we can go back again.

 

Washington DC trip

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.