Monday, October 30, 2006

At Long Last...

My write-up of our trip to Pennsylvania!

Grandmom and Grandpop's House

The Good
The lenghty car trip to Honesdale went by without much note. I still hate driving through tunnels since they remind me too much of my poor driving in tunnels in Gran Turismo. No minivans going the wrong way on the interstate this year either. I did all the driving for the trip there and teased Kris about it the whole 12 hour drive :)

Sunday, my aunt cooked a full Thanksgiving spread for us to partake. Mmmm...turkey and mashed potatoes! I completely crashed afterwards, guess all the driving wore me out!

The Project
Kris and Grandpop Working

This year, Kris helped Grandpop put up a gorgeous wood ceiling in his workshop. They started Sunday night and worked pretty much all day, everyday while we were visiting. It was finished by Friday afternoon, much to the relief of Grandpop's back and Kris' shoulders :)

Close-up of the Ceiling

Grandmom and I agreed that Grandpop has a much fancier ceiling in his workshop than any of the ceilings or floors in our homes :)

Last Ceiling Board

Kris and I are thinking of finding a room in our home that we could put up a similar ceiling. Just such a pretty look!!

Kris and Grandpop Afterwards

Pretty Fall Colors
We were in Pennsylvania for the peak of leaf season. Boy, did we see some pretty mountains!

Tree in Grandpop's Orchard

80 pound pumpkin Chelsea grew that we brought with us for Grandmom and Grandpop

Rock wall by the back porch

Natural spring

The Fam
I'm really happy that we got the opportunity to meet up with all of my family that lives near Honesdale. On our last night of the trip, we joined Grandmom, Grandpop, Aunt Dar, Uncle Mike, my cousin Meghan, Uncle Dean, and Aunt Sue for dinner at a local Italian restaurant.

From the front going clockwise: Aunt Dar, part of Grandmom's head, Grandpop, me, Kris, part of Mike's head, Meg, Aunt Sue, and Uncle Dean. Yeah, no clue where I got the red hair from :)

The Bust
After dinner Friday night, we all headed up to Grandmom and Grandpop's house to chit-chat and watch Battlestar Galactica. (Kris and I have to have our weekly BSG fix!) Their house is located at the end of a gravel road past two other homes. Now, I'm VERY pleased to say that their evil vile horrible mean bitchy neighbors have moved out. *insert big cheers from me here* So, it was a bit odd to see all the lights on, no cars in the driveway, and a HUGE pile of teenagers hanging about the house. We all called the local cops to see what was going on. Turns out, a party was starting up after one of the old neighbors' kids broke in through a window. Brilliant, always have to have some neighborly drama when we visit :)

Overall, it was a wonderful trip that went by much too fast. I'm hoping to get out there next year earlier in the fall since it got pretty darned cold in late October!