Archive for May, 2007

Family reunion at the Jersey Shore

May 28th, 2007 1 comment

A few weeks ago, I drove up to Cape May Point for a family vacation with Mom, Bruce, Isaac, Grandma, Pete, Rebecca, and Miriam. Mom and Bruce rented a very nice and spacious house right on the Jersey Shore. It was great to hang out with family. The highlight of the trip was visiting Woodbine, NJ, the ancestral home of my maternal grandfather’s family. We were greeted like celebrities at the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage ( which is housed in the town’s former synagogue. Evidently, my maternal grandfather’s family (the Chasens) were well known in the Woodbine Jewish community. Then, we drove to the old Woodbine Jewish cemetery where I saw the resting places of many family members. My maternal great grandparents came to the US from Eastern Europe, my maternal grandfather grew up in south NJ, parents in Ohio, me in Texas, and my future children will grow up in North Carolina. When you come from a family that moves every generation, it is pretty neat to see where your roots are.

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Home Improvement

May 28th, 2007 No comments

Color SwatchAfter more than a year of planning, 701 Bluestone Road is finally receiving a not-so-Extreme Makeover. While there will be no shouts of “move that bus”, we are getting the outside of the house completely repainted in tones of green and white. The swatches above are based on the samples provided from the Sherwin Williams website, though don’t represent the colors too well.

We hope that we can show off the house to many summer visitors. Indeed, over Memorial Day weekend, we had some friends over for relaxing outside by the firepit and making s’mores.

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Memorial Day Weekend

May 28th, 2007 No comments

More than just a day to head to the beach, watch a movie, or have a backyard cookout, Memorial Day has its origin in 1866. Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday honored those who dies serving the Union during the Civil War. After the First World war, the holiday was changed to commemorate all who died serving in the armed forces of the US. Memorial day was first celebrated as a national holiday in 1971.

To “celebrate” the holiday, Suzanne and I wrote to, and sent care packages to soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.

Suzanne and I took the weekend off to enjoy the weekend. Around soccer and yoga class, we got some housework, and assorted errands done. The highpoint of the weekend was enjoying the fire pit Sunday night.

As a spur-of-the moment decision, we invited some people over on Saturday, and had a quiet evening on Sunday with our friends Wendy, and Shea. Once the sun went down, we lit our tiki torches, as well as the fire pit, at sat on our new park benches. It wouldn’t be an evening around the fire pit without smores, accompanied by wine and beer.

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