Monthly Archives: June 2014

Sunday Scenes – The Backyard Edition

We made a deliberate decision to stay in our own backyard all day on Sunday. It was a very good decision.

‘Summer has filled her veins with light
and her heart is washed with noon.’

~ C. Day Lewis

A Drive-In Movie Theater

Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theater is America’s oldest drive-in and I could not wait to go.

DSC01668Recently, the weather was just right and they were showing two movies that our clan wanted to see. You always get a double feature at this drive-in – if you kids can stay awake for the second, 11 p.m. showing!

The movie does not start until dark (estimated around 9 p.m.) but to get a spot, we arrived around 7. People spent their time before the movie playing lawn games, board games on top of coolers or just relaxing – on their patio furniture they brought from home in the back of their pick-up trucks. People had all types of cool set-ups to keep themselves comfy for the many hours they would spend here.

We followed suit by setting up camp and enjoying a picnic dinner. We also played games, took a few walks and took in all the sights and sounds. The time passed quickly.

DSC01656 (1) DSC01661 DSC01663 DSC01670 DSC01691It was a wonderful evening under the stars and basking in the glow of the high-quality digital movie. It was breezy and required sweatshirts making it a cozy night and a happy summer memory for The Boyz.

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.’
~Wallace Stevens

Ethan’s Birthday Post

My most popular blog posts are always about Ethan.

DSC00705 (1)Maybe it’s because his gigantic personality is crammed into his 4’11 & 3/4″ frame. Maybe it’s because Ethan goes big or goes home – in all the best and worst possible ways. Maybe it is because his brain works so unbelievably different than the rest of us and he gives us a tiny view into a different dimension – sometimes I think it could really be that.

DSC00739He is our resident ‘psuedo-hoarder’ (only because I won’t let him go any further) and the most frustrating DJ (he usually only plays 2/3 of a song) there is.

Ethan turns 19 today.

He is remarkable and I am honored to be his mother. I am glad that his story is being written right here next to me. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Fort Hancock, NJ – Historic Walking Tour

Fort Hancock is located within Gateway National Recreation Area – same locationΒ Sandy Hook Beach.

We’ve meant to take this engaging and beautiful historic walk many times. With the promise of cool bay water waiting, we took in the sites that were instrumental during several wars and for the years between 1895 and 1974. As Gavin and I are in the middle of watching History Channel’s The World Wars, it seemed as good of a time as any to get a reference point to that place on the timeline.

Pick a day with fabulous weather and head over to the water when you are done. There are tidal pools full of marine life on the bayside and crashing waves on the ocean side – you can’t pick wrong – it’s all right at Sandy Hook!

‘I’ve never let my school interfere with my education.’
~Mark Twain

Sunday ‘Father’s Day’ Scenes

First, there was the Annual Father’s Day hockey game at Greenbrook Hockey Club.

DSC01484 DSC01489 DSC01504 (1) DSC01528 (1) DSC01535 (1)Then, there was this.

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Hockey with Pop-pop

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Cat Play

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In which we find out Sean is afraid of heights πŸ™‚

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Rigging an easier way for the little kids

And then this happened.

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3 Generations of Costello men – and a photo bomb from our little neighbor πŸ™‚

Silverball Pinball Museum

With Summer ‘unofficially’ here (official in my house!), I wanted to let you know about a neat little nook on the Jersey shore. It’s right on the boards in Asbury Park.

Silverball Pinball Museum is a classic arcade game/pinball ‘museum’. You can play all of the games without coins or tokens with the price of admission. You’ll find games you played as a kid and it’s a great way to show your kids more pixels than they’ve ever seen in their hi-def lives πŸ™‚

There are so many good things about playing pinball and video games and at Silverball, one of them is that it gets you to the beach – and that’s always good.

We happened to visit Silverball on the heels of Gavin and I having just finished ‘Ready Player One‘ by Ernest Cline. If you are inclined to share some great 80s pop culture and an epic, MMO/RPG-based adventure with your teen, it was a cool book πŸ™‚ After you visit here, go here.