We have a new grandson!
Benjamin arrived on Tuesday, Jan. 18 along with a bunch of snow!
His Moms had to arrive early at the hospital for his scheduled arrival.
There was quite a bit of snow that day and the boys went out and cleared the drive way.
Tuesday night, Kate, Chris, Ted, Jack, and I took a ride to the hospital to see the new bambino.
On the way we stopped at Jackie’s Galaxy for some splendid food.
I told Chris I thought things went well…. no one spilled his milk. 🙂
Ben was a bit chilly after his birth, so we couldn’t hold him right away. Kim was keeping him warm.
Auntie was the first (besides Anne and Kim of course!) to hold Ben. From the looks of it he enjoyed it.
Oh! There will be lots more to follow.
You can also check Kim’s and Anne’s site for some excellent snaps of Ben.
Jan, Leah, and Cory invited us to their home for dinner this year.
So we packed up the baby and the old lady and headed north. 🙂
Actually, Kim and Anne packed up the “baby” and we picked up GG. 🙂
It was a pleasant day … no snow! or rain, and the company was delightful. It had been quite some time since we had seen Emily. Alex said he and Carol had not seen Jack since GG’s 90th birthday party! It was nice to get caught up with everyone.
The turkey was especially tasty. Jan thinks it is “letting it sit for an hour before carving” that lets the molecules ….? something about commingling or something. LOL
We believed her. She taught science at Lowell High School.
Someone let Jack take some photos with my camera. I’ve got to admit, at 3 he takes some pretty good snaps!
Here he has captured his beautiful “Auntie”.
After the main course some of us hopped up and took care of the first round of dishes. (Not me! I got up when they were nearly done and took photos. 🙂 )
The Patriots were playing Detroit during dinner. 🙁
But the fans were good about dashing to the TV room when there was a lag in the dinner presentations.
Some fans didn’t want to cooperate for the photos!
At last it was time for dessert! Jack had helped his Moms bake a cranberry raisin pie for GG. Auntie Jan thought that merritted some praise.
For dessert we were offered apple pie, chocolate cheese cake, cranberry raisin pie, pecan pie, and pumpkin cheese cake.
The Covell-Barretts do love a good dessert. 🙂
It was a great day. The Turkey did it’s job. 😉
Then it was time to go home.
GG gives Jack a ride on her “red Cadillac”.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
The kids came to town for the 90th birthday party and stayed for Halloween.
First a little pre-Trick or Treat party.
Attended by Snow White!
The kids got all decked out in great costumes.
Now we are ready to go …..
To the Hall for a group photo.
We had a couple of Witches, 2 guys from a Swat Team, Batman, a hippie type, Snow White, a Frankenstein Monster, and a LOBSTER!
One very cute Lobster!
Sporting “light sticks” and buckets for goodies we were off and running!
Happy Halloween 2010!
Kate and Ted flew into Boston for the big event. 🙂
Auntie opened her home to us. We met in the Boston Garden and the boys had a great time at the playground.
The boys loved the city.
With Halloween around the corner, Jack tried out a monster hat.
The boys loved the stairs at Auntie’s .
Shopping at Whole Foods. 🙂
Next stop? Grammie’s!
(to be continued)
My kids have been hearing about my hair
from early on ….
and still it continues…..
Always with , “What am I gonna do with this crazy hair?”
Ooops that’s not me , that’s Mom! And look at that great hair!
My Mom liked to keep my hair short.
There were hair cut episodes when I wanted to wear a paper sack over my head….. and one time I actually did!
As an adult I tended to wear it long. Liked how easy it was to just pull it back in a ponytail.
Next thing you know ……
I needed to color the gray.
I figured colored hair wouldn’t hold up too well in a long ponytail, so I cut it to a medium length.
But it only looked good for a few minutes a day …. SERIOUSLY ! !
Mom wanted to see how gray I was. Kim didn’t want to be grayer than me. (She has a loooooooooooooooong way to go for that!)
Then my long time hair dresser retired from hair care!
Most of all, I was becoming tired of dealing with the roots. The roots, that’s what put me over the edge.
I made a pact with myself when I started to color, to stop coloring at age 60.
I’m a bit over 60 now.
The process was painful. Temporary color to cover roots didn’t work. Instead of washing out completely, it lightened and was a “lovely” shad of orange!
Silver, orange, and black.
It was not great.
My new hair dresser tried some tricky stuff trying to soften the harsh line from black to gray.
On about July, I had had it.
I went to my hair dresser and said, “cut it to the roots. Cut all the color off.”
She was a bit nervous. She asked, “how about I shorten it up and if you don’t like it in two weeks, come back and I will cut it to the gray then.”
I only thought about that for a second or two and said, “cut it to the gray now.”
She said I was very brave. 🙂
(Actually, the truth is I’m just old.)
We were both amazed and pleased with the results!
Unfortunately, I have no photos of the cut that first few weeks. This photo is 2 months into it. I liked it better at first. It was spiky and edgy. Drastic and surprising.
Now it is showing the curl. And I can’t get it to stand straight up!
It is pretty much back to doing just as it pleases. 🙂
( Christine thinks that ‘s a good thing. She didn’t like the wild look I was sporting) Maybe some ‘dippity-do” …..
So to all the questions I get at work ….. here are some answers!
No, it is not a summer cut.
No, it wasn’t to be simpler to take care of.
No, I didn’t think I would be ravishing if I cut it.
Though it was a vanity that made me cut it short….. very short.
Don’t get me wrong; I do love wearing my hair long.
But, ya know? I’ve been coloring it for quite some time now. I needed to stop.
This was from way back in July!
I just happened to check old posts and realized this post was trapped in the drafts!
So, in the realm of better late than never, I’m dragging this birthday post out, and posting about Kim’s and Chris’ birthday celebration.
Jack helped decorate the cake.
But …..Who is that serving the cake?