Friday, July 20, 2012

This past Monday I got back from vacation. It's been a busy week so I haven't had the time to blog ... here goes.

For vacation we went to Cape Cod for five days/four nights. For the third year in a row we were very fortunate to use my Uncle's vacation home. Henry and Hazel were excited about the trip to the beach house. Even before she got there Hazel was saying, "beach house." Neither slept on the way out there because they were too excited. Henry even told us he was going to be in a good mood at the beach house!

For the most part Henry was right. We had 1½ rough days, but else wise things went pretty smoothly. There was even one point when all four of us were napping at once! We spent about three days at the beach and two days side tripping. I particularly liked how every trip we took the beach (or pond) had its own special character because of the location or the tides. My best memories of the beach is the tubing Meg did twice with Hazel and playing with Hazel in the ocean side waves. Henry and Hazel can spend quite a long time at the beach with little food or drink (not our intention, but on the beach it seemed even harder to get them to sit down and eat) they just don't like sunscreen too much - we learned evening, sunscreen free beach trips are everyone's favorite.

Other than our times at the beach I particularly enjoyed playing Legos with Henry one morning and our ride home. On the way home we stopped at the Heritage Museum in Sandwich. We went there last year and had fun, but this year it was even better. They had different old cars on display, both kids thoroughly enjoyed the carousel ride, we got to ride in a big golf cart twice (Henry and Hazel's big thrill) and we had a decent lunch out.

The pleasant vacation air continued when we got home. On Saturday I took the kids to a special fire fighter day at Olde Sturbridge Village (Henry even willingly ate chili as part of a chili tasting) and in the evening Meg and I got to go out for dinner. On Sunday we attended a family birthday party for Evan and I got the special treat that was touring his bedroom (sounds weird, but I hadn't been up there in a while and it was great to let him show me all of his stuff).

Here's some good pictures from the past week.

7 small dollars had nothing.

8,003 halves turned up two 90% silver halves (1964, 1964D) and nine 40% silver halves (1965, 2 x 1966, 2 x 1967, 3 x 1968D, 1969D).

12,600 quarters rounded up one silver Washington (1934), sixteen Canadians, three US pennies, nine US nickels, three US dimes and one Bermuda 25¢.

8,900 dimes got me eight silver Rosies (2 x 1946, 1950D, 1952, 1956, 1960D, 2 x 1964), eleven Canadians, three US pennies, one Singapore 10¢, one Bermuda 10¢ and one Venzuela 25¢.

4,720 nickels produced two War Times (1944D, 1945P), seven Canadians (3 Ni), one Bahamas 5¢, one Bermuda 5¢, one US dime and one arcade token.

5,000 pennies had thirty-seven Wheats, eighteen Canadians and one Bahamas 1¢.

1919, 1936, 1939