Sunday, July 22, 2012

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 Seattle and cousin in Minneapolis, so you can see why getting everyone together is a rare occasion.

My Nana has 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. My sister is the oldest grandchild at 39 (I hope she doesn't kill me for revealing that ... almost 40, gasp) and then I come next. The youngest is 16. My extended family is very Italian and with my sister & I clearly do not fit in with our blond (ish for her) hair and fair skin. There is only 1 other blond among all the cousins!!

I love my Nan and all her Nanisms. If I had to nickname her, it would be Cost Cutter and I definitely attribute some of my frugality to her teachings! Always on the lookout for a bargain! She has also shown me great strength over the years as she took care of my Pop Pop in his ailing health from 1979 to 2004 when he died. That is dedication and commitment!

In any case, it was a nice family reunion and to revisit my roots at the Jersey Shore. Yes, the real Jersey Shore where the MTV show is filmed. Growing up, I affectionately named it Sleaside (real name is Seaside). Name and reputation aside, the boardwalk is filled with TONS of childhood and teenage memories for my sister and I. It was nice to share it with my niece & nephew (even though there was a wicked, somewhat scary, storm while we were on the boardwalk!). I am proud that Curly Locks has followed in my footsteps as the queen of Skeeball!!!

On a side note, after the reunion, the family from Alaska went to Phoenixville, PA, for Blobfest to celebrate my aunt's 60th birthday. If that alone wasn't cool enough, they ended up on TV!

Friday, July 6, 2012

We are famous!

Okay, not really, but a local TV station did a piece on the lodge/hostel for their Backyard Adventures Series. A 2-minute segment on the news is enough fame for me!

Here's the link to watch the video (it's only active for the next 2 weeks):

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Let the visitations begin!

There's so much I want to write about, but so little time! For now, I wanted to share some pictures of all our wonderful visitors. We have pretty much had visitors every week in June and I expect this to continue through July and August!! In fact, we have more visitors coming from New Hampshire this coming weekend!

First we had UncleSlickG/Pete in for his SECOND visit since we've been here. I say he was here to see us and to visit our beautiful surroundings, but the truth is he came in to join Deal for 2 concerts--Neil Diamond and the Beach Boys. Either way, it was a nice time!
Our next visitors were DrPilot/Pat and theDancer/Bri, who live in the Baltimore area. They just had their second baby, so we were able to meet their newest cute addition!

Next up was Rambo/Van and Prom Queen/Nikki from Danville. They were on their way up to Pittsburgh for another friend's wedding and used our place as a halfway point. So it was a quick visit, but we know they'll be back!

The latest visitors included the whole McIntyre family, better known as the Fire Marshall's family. They have constantly provided for us, so it was nice to be able to provide them with a little hospitality.

One of the best things about moving to northern VA is that we already have a bunch of friends who live in the surrounding area! Of course, it's almost impossible for us to go visit them since we are in a 7-day/week operation, but it is a nice change to have friends to start.