Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend my parents, Matt and I went to Fitchburg (near Boston) to visit my dad's side of the family. It was a short trip, and there were lots of people to see, but we had a great time!

My Grampy is pictured below giving a speech on Monday at a Memorial Day ceremony. He is a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge.... we are all so very proud of him!

Below is my cousin Travis (who is a Marine and will be going to Iraq soon), my dad, my Gramps, my cousin Brad, and my Uncle Mark.
Here we are with my Grammy and Grampy!
Here's a picture of their house, but looking through the car window =)

Every Memorial Day, my Auntie Susie and Uncle Dom have everyone over for a HUGE family cookout. They have a beautiful house on a beautiful lot, with a swimming pool, basketball court, volleyball court, bocce court, kids playground, and a pond with ducks! So much excitement! This year there were 54... yes FIFTY FOUR people there (six kids). And not all the family was there. We had a great time and GOOD food!

We squeezed in some site seeing over the weekend. Our first trip was to Coggshall Park.


I like this picture below because my dad looks like a midget. There were lots of HUGE rocks.

We also went to the Old Mill. It's a restaurant, gift shop, and has beautiful scenery! This is where my parents got engaged.

Quack quack! I took LOTS of pictures of ducks this weekend... I thought I'd save you all and just post a couple ;)

Here is a very old cemetary we drove through. My dad used to work here as a kid mowing and digging. We decided to get out and look around at all the old headstones. Majority died in the 1800's, but there were some that died in the 1700's. This is a very old city!
The one below reads "James Reed - Born at Woburn 1723. In various military scenes in which is country was concerned from 1755 to the superiour conflict distinguished in our history as the REVOLUTION. He sustained Commissions. In that Revolution at the important post of Lake George he totally lost his sight. From that period to his death he received from his country the retribution allowed to pensioners of the rank of Brigadier General died at Fitchburg, February 13th, 1807." Matt looked him up and found out more about him.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Reed_(soldier)
Abraham Bennett... soldier of the Revolution, died July 25, 1833
George W. Phillips - died Nov. 6, 1863.

If you've never walked a cemetary, you should... it's very touching, especially one so old and that holds so many soldiers that died serving our country.
New England is very different from Texas...the roads and architecture. I DO NOT like the crazy roads but I DO like the homes! Here are a few I wish I could move to Texas!

My dad's old high school...
We even found time this weekend to sneak off to an antique store... I found me a grinder with a RED lid....
A fireking bowl with RED kitchen designs....
AND a mixer WITH the pitcher (you NEVER find them with the pitcher/bowl).. with a RED handle! so fun to find treasures! They will go great in my kitchen!


The Throne Family said...

It looks like you guys had a great time! Glad you had a safe trip.

Beth said...

I loved hearing about your weekend. You sure made the most of your time and saw and did alot of neat things. We hope we can go next year. That's really cool that you got to visit where your parents got engaged. I'm so proud of Grampy! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Dina said...

I love those old houses and I really love your new red and white kitchen things.

I DO NOT love cemetaries though. I am always afraid someone is going to grab my ankles and pull me in the ground. Do you think I saw too many scary movies?