We went down to Maryland this weekend and the guys began to rebuild our beloved dock which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy (I wrote about that here.)The weekend was filled with hard work, good drinks, fun, and cats. I mostly took part in the good drinks, fun, and cats. Saturday was rainy and Sunday was ridiculously buggy, but they worked through it all and got a lot done. Some supplies have to be ordered to finish it so we'll be going down again next month.
Apparently there was more structural damage than anticipated. The boys had to spend some time in the cold water for the beginning repairs.
Ken also had to replace the bay window in the other house.
And when Cara and I went to the other house, we played with Ya's new kitten, Maxi!
While we were playing with Maxi, Ming daydreamed about playing outside.
We also celebrated a special birthday this weekend...
Us girls went into town Saturday afternoon and picked out these awesome shirts for Pop at the Dollar General!
Look at all the bugs in the air! Sunday was brutal.
Sleddddggggeehammerrrrrr! Cue the Peter Gabriel song. This is all Sister Sledge wanted to do this weekend. Love her.
We folded up the tarps with style.
This is what's left to rebuild when we come back down in a few weeks. Almost ready for summer! Good work guys!
Yesterday, my brother Sean sarcastically said to me, "Did I ever tell you how much I love having a photographer as a sister?" I found it amusing, as I do with most things that come out of his mouth. Especially because I know I can be annoying when I get shutter happy. Then tonight as I was looking through all the photos I took yesterday of the family, I stopped at this one of my sister. I imagined her saying the same thing to me and it cracked me up. I'm sure I annoy her with my camera as well, but she just keeps it to herself <3
This past Saturday (May 4th) was National Homebrew Day. John and I went to a local Homebrew Festival for the 2nd year in a row. It's so laid-back and fun. Although how could beer tasting and good music not be fun?
We got to hang out in John's friend's tent and I got to watch John "co-brew" his first batch of beer.
^ My seat was so tiny, it looked like I was floating!
When he wasn't brewing, we'd walk around and fill our glasses with all kinds of beer concoctions. My favorite was a Honey Pale Ale and both of our least favorites was one that tasted like shrimp water. I don't remember the name of it. Now I absolutely LOVE shrimp, but this was weird.
I'm looking forward to trying the two beers they made that day, especially "Kings Highway." Hopefully that will be some time in August!
The news didn't reach me until a week after, but the wonderful musician Richie Havens died a couple weeks ago. I had the pleasure of seeing him play in South Jersey 8 years ago. And I also had the great honor of meeting him.
Please just take notice at how large this man's hands are!
When playing guitar, he would strum so hard and break his picks. During a short intermission, I jumped over and grabbed one off the stage.
And of course I still have the signed ticket and guitar pick :-)
Richie Havens was most famous for his performance at Woodstock. He was the unplanned opening act. The band who was supposed to open were apparently stuck in traffic. Havens was kept on stage until they finally arrived, which I believe was almost 3 hours. After he ran out of material, he improvised this...
And one of my favorites is his cover of Dylan's "Just Like a Woman"...
Yesterday was Thursday. And Thursday was wonderful. It was such a GOOD studio day. Oh how I wish this was my every day.
I was on the go from 6:30 am yesterday to 12:30 am today. Around 3:00 pm I felt a bit worn out so I took a break to do my pilates (something I'm doing now and LOVE) and I almost fell asleep on my mat after I was finished. So after my shower I poured myself some more caffeine, for I had a LOT more to do. Like photograph and list these suckers...
I can't wait to do more color combinations with these cameras. By late morning I was getting sad because I was running out of canvas, but then VOILA! ...the dogs are barking like crazy, I run upstairs, look out the window, and see that a big box was just delivered to my porch filled with canvas. Magic trick.
Kaitlyn was in the Special Olympics this past Saturday. It was her first time and all I can say is I am one proud sister. I can't even begin to describe the joy it gave me to watch her. I thought my heart was going to burst. The whole event was filled with happy and inspiring people. It was wonderful.
^ My parents waiting for their little girl's turn to compete.
Katie did a walk and a run. The walk was first and I didn't know it was a "walk" so I was shouting out "Run, Kate, Run!" I think all three girls participating heard me and picked up speed. Oh my, how embarrassing.
After she was done her race, she seemed ready to go home. She was tired, squinting from the sun, and hungry. I got her to look at the camera for some of the shots, but as I've mentioned before, my sister can be a very difficult subject to photograph.
I hope she does it again next year. Now that we have one Special Olympics under our belt, I'm pretty sure next year she'll have an even bigger fan club there cheering her on.