Apr 14, 2011

Pennsylvania, April 2011

Last week LP and I went to Pennsylvania for a week to visit Nana and Pappy and to have a mini reunion with some of my college friends.

One of Pappy's favorite hobbies is feeding the local deer population corn.  LP loves to help with this (although he chatters so much that the deer won't usually get too close).   When LP isn't there some of the deer will walk right up to the wall where my dad puts the corn while he's still standing there. 

Here's Pappy putting the corn on the wall:

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Deer enjoying the free meal:

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This one is interested in LP:

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A view of the deer from my parents' bedroom- there were more than 20 at one point!

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While in PA LP, my mom and I got to visit with my Aunt Doris.   I hadn't seen her since I was pregnant with LP so this was a huge treat!  We had a great day and LP LOVED playing with Aunt Doris and her kitty cat. 

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We enjoyed some quiet time playing with trains (of course!):

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And then headed out to Carlisle, PA where I went to school to get our little reunion started!  Friday night there were 3 of us college friends and LP loved playing with his buddies who live out there.  They even had bath time together!

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The next day the rest of the gang arrived (3 more friends, 2 of their husbands, plus 4 more kids- making for a total of 6 of us who graduated together, 3 husbands, and 7 kids ages 4 and under!)

We took a few walks around campus, reminiscing about the old days.  LP loved playing in all the Adirondack chairs they have around campus now:

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Here's all the moms and all 7 kids!

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And here are the 6 of us ladies (plus one kid!):

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All 7 kids lined up in age order! I  can't believe they all stayed on the couch long enough for us to get this shot!

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When we got back to Nana and Pappy's house we visited with Cousin Gayle, Cousin Chip and Uncle Russ:

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And then had a little more time with Pappy and Nana before LP and I hopped back in the car to head home to Massachusetts.

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We were gone for a full week which was a long time to be away from Big Paul but we had a great time.  LP behaved very well and we had so much fun visiting with everyone!  Our mini college reunion was great- there was a bit of worry about having so many people in one house overnight but everyone behaved and the kids played together very nicely (they were ages 4.5, 2.5, 2, 2, 1, 10 months, and 4 months approximately so it was quite a house full!).  It was the first time all of us had been together in more than 10 years (and with kids!) and hopefully we won't have to wait another 10 years to get together!

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