Sunday, June 29, 2008

catching up

I'm only a smidge behind on my posts here in DamNelson land. Not only am I behind but, in case you haven't noticed, I've lacked a bit of creativity in my posts as well. Case in point, my last post about visiting York's Wild Kingdom and nowhere did I make any mention of me doing something unnatural to a frozen banana. Not good.

This post will be more of the same (no, not me doing the filet show on a banana) as I try to catch up but I promise to try to do better from here on out.

Below are some pics of a recent (three weeks ago) trip up to Grampa and Nana's.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

and even more zoo pics




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more zoo pics




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at the zoo

we went to the zoo. here are the pictures. i weave quite the yarn huh?

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Clifford Park

One sunny Sunday while daddy rode his bike in circles.

One hotdog. Hold the bun.

Climbing to the top unaided.

One tired little girl.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Our artist

Why does this one remind me of Bill Shepard? (JMA insider joke)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

more camping pics

Courtesy of Sally.

That water sure looks cold!



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Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Marcy and I have been introducing Brynna to camping slowly over the last couple of summers. The idea is to stay close to home, make sure a beach/swimming area is near by and most importantly (for Brynna at least) that there must be older "men" around to be coy with. With that in mind, we headed to Camden Hills State Park this past weekend. It's only a 40 minute drive from home, is on the coast with lots of swimming opportunities and there is an Italian family with good looking young men for B. Mission accomplished.

Last year, we did a weekend trip to Acadia and let B sleep in her pack-n-play (thankfully we had a big tent!) but this year, since B is sleeping in a big girl bed now we decided to let her graduate to a sleeping bag for this summer. We picked one up at Maine Sport and the kid couldn't have been happier than if she were suddenly shitting Dora and Boots paraphanalia. As soon as we got to the campground, the bag went in the tent and B disappeared with her bunny. If we didn't have to yell "shoes off in the tent!" 500 times we might have even forgotten that she was there.

Overall, the trip was a great success. B slept really well in the bag, I got a ride in, we got to visit with the Rusillo's, swimming was had in two locations and Marcy and I still like each other. The trip couldn't have been a bigger success.

Brynna in her sleeping bag.

Still sleeping 10 hours after bed.

Bunny in backpack

Enzo makin his move Scuba Steve style.

Does this flower make me look fat?

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Friday, June 06, 2008

let the deforestation begin

A couple of weekends ago, we headed over to the new property with chainsaws in hand and started clearing for the new driveway, house and septic. Here are the pics.

The driveway.

B hard at work collecting rocks.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

big sister

Apparently B needs a big sister. Everywhere we go, B gravitates to the older kids, both girls and boys (just shoot me now kid, just shoot me now). A couple of weeks ago at Auntie Jen's B followed Kyla around like a lost puppy eagerly soaking up every bit of wisdom.

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Jen and Tony need help on this one. They're redoing the kids bedroom and can't decide on a color scheme so they've put up some samples that you can clearly see in this photo. Jen likes the fake wood paneling but Tony prefers the flowered wallpaper. Leave a comment on which direction you think they should go!