Thursday, October 28, 2010

Overcome by the Took-ish side...


The Tookish side took me all the way to New England... a trip planned almost but not quite at the last minute.  I think it was when Stephanie talked about kissing chubby cheeks on baby Anna that I knew I had to meet her (Anna... not Stephanie) in person, not to mention seeing her new house.

Then when she told me Sarah Clarkson would be visiting for a couple of days, I knew I just had to make my way East.


Travel is not easy for me but it was so worth it all.  I'll share more pictures later (as I'm really not back for good for a few more days... resting from the trip as the Baggins side of this Hobbit takes over again).  But I just could not wait to share at least some of our remarkable and wonderful trip.


It was wonderful to be together as a family again.  There was lots of sightseeing (New England in October... what can I say?), tea and scones, coffee shops, books (and going "booking" as our friend, Sarah, calls it), church, late night chats, friends, and fun.


Before our trip, I told Stephanie the one thing I KNEW I wanted to do was to go to Old Sturbridge Village again.  A trip planned for our first full day there... a good thing since it turned colder just a little later.


When looking through all the "Village" pictures, I realized there were only a few of David and in them he was moving!  That would be David jumping from the wagon to the... ummm... what is that???


I'm certain Stephanie will say something about posting a picture of her before she takes off the "baby weight" but I think she looks fine.


The scenery was beautiful!  Old Sturbridge Village is one of my favorite places to visit, especially this time of year.  There was lots more to do, we only saw part of the Village before heading "home" (to Stephanie's house).  I'll share pictures of her new home soon.

Oh... there was one other cute person with us but she was rather bundled up!


Pictures: All pictures taken by moi' at Old Sturbridge Village and can be enlarged by clicking on them.  

I do ask no pictures from this blog be reproduced without my permission (for obvious reasons).  :)

14 comments:

Mrs.Rabe said...

Lovely Brenda! I am so happy that you got to go visit your family! What a blessing!

I am sure you enjoyed those chubby cheeks!

Ann said...

Wonderful pictures. I grew up in Vermont and spent 25 years in the Boston area so Sturbridge Village was a familiar place. How nice you could go to visit family in such a beautiful place at such a lovely time of year there.

Vee said...

Oh wonderful journey to New England and family. How wonderful for you to meet your new grandgirlie...she's adorable. Stephanie looks beautiful...absolutely. And all the grands look hale and hearty. Hope that it won't take you long to get back into the swing of things in your own home. I do love Old Sturbridge Village, too. What gorgeous pictures you took while there!

(Good idea to specifically request that the photos not be used. I was recently surprised to learn that some of my grands' photos are now in Google images. I've requested them to be removed and have changed my settings so perhaps that will help.)

Michelle said...

Beautiful pictures..Do you know how to disable enlargement if you so desire? I can e-mail you if you wish.
but it's easy really..you can also watermark them in picnik for free if you have concerns.

Lisa in Texas = ) said...

Great photos! Looks like a wonderful place to visit! Glad you had a good time.
Lisa :o)

Donnie said...

What a lovely trip and such a beautiful family.

freetobeme - Anita said...

It's soooo good to hear from you again. I'm so happy you got to visit your grandchildren. What a blessing.

jAne said...

i'm so thankful you and hubby were able to pack a bag and just *go*! sometimes those trips are the most fun. :o)

jAne

Cheryl (Copper's Wife) said...

Oh! So very happy to hear you were able to make this trip!!

Heather L. said...

What beautiful pictures!!! it looks like you have/had a wonderful time!!! I'm so glad. anna is so cute and has grown so much since I saw her picture last. Can't wait to hear more.

Anonymous said...

Lovely Photos...thanks for sharing! And I would LOVE to look as good as Stephanie does!! Ah, reminds me of the days when I THOUGHT I was fat...ah-hem, and NOW I truly am!! So nice you got to finally see your new grandbaby...it is hard to wait...and so far we have had to wait to see every one of our 4!

Blessings, Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

I too, am so happy you were able to sneak away for a few days and enjoy some quality family time. I'm also glad you shared with us! You've been missed!

Vic and Ver said...

That looks like a great place to visit. Nice photos

Deb said...

Brenda, so glad that you had a good trip and made it back safely. I prayed for your car holding up. Your Sturbridge pictures are so fall-y and beautiful.

We enjoyed our New England trip, too. Niagara Falls was fantastic...except I had a big fall near the Hurricane Deck and that made the rest of the trip quite unbearable, especially riding hours home and turning around the next day and driving to Florida! But that was just a minor thing compared to all the good times we had!