First of all, we had a great week in the Outer Banks with 29 of the Rossi's. Lots of food and drink, lots of laughs and good banter, lots of fun in the sun on beautiful beaches with comfortable water temps and nice waves for the kids (and even me). Even got a round of golf in with the young lions, Michael & Richard (they both took money from me). It was great just to see all the kids together and to spend some quality time with those we don't get to see often enough...Sorry, I don't have pics yet, I'm waiting on my more hi-tech family members to supply them.
We've had some big birthdays this year, but none bigger than that of our new matriarch, Vilma, turning 80 tomorrow, the 24th! Here's wishing you all the best Vilma!
Good Morning Family, Just read Paul & Judy's post re North C. vacation. I'm jealous. Wish we could've joined - bet it was fantastic - you said you'd post pics......... We (jill, leigh, betsy, brett, jay, rob...et al,) are doing well. Getting Mom and Dad's house ready to be sold :( That is more difficult than I thought it would be. (Although Leigh has basically been the project manager for the renovations and has been working on it 24/7.) Seems like it is going to be hard to say goodbye to 24 Sachem Rd. I get somewhat overwhelmed when I walk in now and see new fixtures and floors, but I hear Mom and Dad and all our voices - just the way they were from day 1. I imagine everyone will say goodbye in their own time and way - and I know we will take all our memories, of which every Rossi (all of you)are a part, and carry on the traditions and stories and love. Some things are just easier than others. No big vacation plans this summer - Danny is really busy with work, so we will try to do long weekends, etc. Chris and Kaleigh are both working a million hours - apparently saving so they can take good care of their elderly parents some day - hahaha....so long weekends will have to do. Was supposed to join "the girls" in Vegas in August, but had to back-out because of work. Have to wait until next year. (That's what I said last year). We are going to Toronto in August to watch the Sox and enjoy cooler temps - hopefully they'll do better than the weekend we went to Baltimore to watch them get swept. yikes. In closing, looking forward to Paul's pics, postings from more of us more often, and the reunion in September. Love to all- Jill
Hello Family, It took me awhile to get back onto the posting page, as I forgot my password... Anyway, I wanted to wish all a happy and fun-filled summer season now that it is officially upon us. Judi & I will be joining 26 other Rossi Family members in our 2nd trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina this weekend. Once again we have rented two big houses on the ocean for the week. All the little kids and big kids (us) are excited about the trip. Hugo is coming from Seattle, Tina from Tacoma, and Pam from Buffalo, all the rest of us are from the metrowest area of Ma. We will forward some pics when we get back... Did everyone see the picture of Donnie G. with his son Ben on the cover of the PawSox bulletin for Father's Day? It's a classic and befitting for a happy father & son! Hope this blog finds everyone well and if you get a chance, drop a line and let us know how you're doing, anyone out there.... Be well, Cousin Paul
I too have been conspicuously absent in my blogging in the recent past. All is well here, Maddy is beginning to drive and with it comes the usual rites of passage; a speeding ticket and two custom bodywork applications (damaged bumpers, both front and rear, luckily both were slow speed encounters and no one was hurt) to her otherwise pristine Hyundai.
Marijke is volunteering at the hospital every morning and she is really enjoying it. She is at the sharp end of the stick so to speak. She gets to impact people's lives when her spiritual guidance can mean the most to them.
I have been on two adventures this spring, one to Death Valley, CA and the other to the sandstone canyons of Southern Utah. The first was a long weekend trip on my brother's 1984 Honda V45 Magna with 7 other zealots. We rode along the loneliest blacktop we could find between SLC and Death Valley (and there is a lot of it between here and there). The second adventure involved three others and my Honda CRF 450x. Day trips along mining roads and single track led us into some really remote places like the mines at Hey Joe Canyon and vast desert landscape we rode through along the White Rim Trail. Both trips were a blast and gave me some considerable helmet time to think things through.
Somebody mentioned Paul had a book published and it sold 1400 copies, what book and how do I get a hold of a copy?
Hope all is well with all of you and that you have clean drinking water.
Well, atlast the sun is shining once again and the rivers have finally crested from all the heavy rains. Hope all survived the 10+ inches of rain we got drenched-in last weekend. Good ole N.E., you just never know what will happen next... Befor you know it the Sox will be back in Fenway, the Celtics will be trying to win the championship again, the Bruins will be hoping they are in the playoffs, and Tiger will be playing in the Masters (hopefully ending his career in the other games he was "fooling around" with). And for all you pretending to be Irish for a day (forgetaboutit), Happy St. Patrick's Day. Here's wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and sunny springtime.
Cannot believe it has been this long since I last logged on to check our family blog. My excuse, though not a good one, was I got a new pc right before Xmas. The Rossi Blog website was saved as a "favorite" on my old pc and I never got around to setting it up on my new one... Long story short. I should be sorted and have enjoyed reading everyone's previous posts.
We are doing well here in Melrose. Jack even got out in to the sandbox for 40mins today so hopefully that means Spring is not too far away. He was not too happy about coming back in to the house for lunch/nap time.
We were on a cruise in January for my birthday and had a fantastic time. Weather was good adn we had a blast. We went with 4 other families for a total of 10 adults and 8 kids. Lots of laughs. We have been back about 5 weeks now and just waiting out the winter...so far so good.
Paul got a promotion at the first of the year so he has been crazy busy with work. It was good we had already booked our cruise as we wouldn't have been able to take it otherwise. He has been putting in long hours since we returned.
Paul also found out that his book has sold 1,400 copies worldwide so far-I am very proud of him and his accomplishment!
On that note, I must bid you adieu as Jack is starting to stir from his slumber.
We are off to FL the end of March to spend some fun in the sun with my parents adn spend Easter with them as well. We are looking forward to it. My mom and dad, Donald and Lorraine, are doing well in FL though it hasn't been the warmest of winters down there. After some health problems at the end of 2009 they both seem to be in good health and enjoying the lack of snow down South.
I hope everyone is well and look forward to reading yoru posts. All the best. Love, Susan
It looks like the East coast is getting pounded with snow. How are things up in Boston? Are you suffering with snow-mageddon or snow-poculoups?
Here we had a little snow, maybe 2 inches. The funny thing is that the weather person didn't know it was coming. This morning he explained that it was a warm front, not a cool front and "they are a little trickier to see". That's why they get the big money. I wish I had a job where I could be wrong all the time abou the future but that didn't matter because I look so good telling everyone what did happen.
I meant for this to be a posting rather than a comment so all could read it.
Hi Paul and Ya'll,Glad to hear you have electricity. I posted the daily Hawaii logs after I got back from our vacation so no one would use my house for a fraternity initiation rite or a festival locale.
Have fun in Florida, the home of the eternal left turn signal.
Hello Family, This is going out to Alex in SLC: did you hear the power just come back on? I guess we're just deprived of sun and warmth back here in N.E., I havn't got my "need it bad" fix yet down south, but we're leaving next week to get some sun & fun in hopefully warmer Florida.
It really hasn't been a bad winter here in N.E., but there's still February to deal with and the cold is coming back this weekend. We were in Stowe, Vt. last week and I was surprised how little snow they have had thus far, but there was enough to snowshoe and I got a good workout on my new hip and the new parts seem to work just fine.
It sounds like you had a great trip to Hawaii, but yes, it is always good to get back home. I was a bit confused with the dates and times of your other blogs, but now I understand (I think).
I too am hoping that more family members will respond to this blog, but then again, maybe they havn't got their power back on yet...
There must be no electricity in the Northeast. I guess everyone is so overwhelmed with the weather that communicating is difficult. Maybe my subtle reference to the mild temps and unending sun and surf in Hawaii ruffled some feathers, sorry.
We are now back in SLC and firmly entrenched in the smog and cold. The good news is the ski resorts got 5 feet (yes 60 inches) of snow over the past week.
My tan is fading and I am slowly getting back into my PVSS (post vacation stress syndrome) routine. I have almost forgotten what it was like not to wear socks for several days in a row.
For those of you who are astute observers of both this blog and my "World According to Pedro" blog you have noted the incongruency with respect to the Hawaiian vacation. I say we are back yet the posts on WATP continue about Hawaii. How can this be?
Through the magic of electronic communication and some help from by brother Steve I learned how to write a post and set it to publish at a later date. That way I could live the vacation twice, once in real time and again when it posted. Pretty clever huh?
I hope you all can get your power back on and your hands unfrozen to let us know how things are in the right side of the country. Have fun.
Haven't heard anything from this group since the New Year. How is everyone?
Marijke Maddy and I are getting back into our post Festivus routine. We are doing our annual vacation in a sunnier and warmer climate. We will be back in SLC tomorrow. All is well here; brown, warm and without socks. We can't wait to get back to winter.
Here is a picture of our view this morning. I hope your's is as good.
It's hard to believe we're already into a new decade, but that's life, just keeps moving on... Here's wishing The Rossi Family great health and happiness in this new year and let's stay away from the funeral homes! Hope we can get a reunion together this summer to have some fun and to meet our newest family member, Mason Rossi Campion. Stay warm, stay well, and stay happy!