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Thursday, 3 June 2010
Run! Run! Run! ... Vermont Style
Mood:  happy
Topic: Vermont Events

Memorial Day Weekend is often a big weekend in the Ayer house.  First we reflect back on Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.  No matter your political views on the current situations in the world, we should always take time to remember those that go to serve our country.  It is the protection their service provides that enables us to continue to enjoy the freedoms we have in this country.      

The second reason this Memorial Day Weekend was a big weekend was because it featured the running of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon & Relay.  Friends and fellow photographers of ours from Boston ran in the race -- meaning we had a house full of visitors for the weekend and that, naturally, means fun! fun! fun!  Janice and Jeremy John ran in the race, while we were blessed to watch their two adorable children -- my two sweet loves.  They called Linda, "Auntie Linda," and Warren, "that guy," -- sooo cute!  Not wanting to miss out on the fun, Janice's parents (Grandma Alice  and Grandpa Brown), also drove up for the weekend, as well as Janice's sister, Laureen!  A true house full, but we had such a wonderful time!

Jeremy & Janice's 4 year old daughter participated in her first marathon --  1/2 mile -- finishing well up in the pack!  We are all so proud of her and she has a medal that is almost as big as she is.  Look out Key Bank Marathoners - we have a future star running up behind you.
Her younger brother spent most of his time playing with Jeremiah (our bichon frise) or cuddling with Grandma and Grandpa.  What a typical little boy.  I want to bottle up some of his energy. 
We all spent time walking the Market Place in downtown Burlington, eating outside at a little bistro and going to the park.  Never a dull moment when you have two little ones around. 
Monday, most of the family had to leave, but Brown stayed an extra day (a much needed day off from his very busy schedule as a Methodist Pastor).  Together we cooked the best curried chicken this side of India.  Brown is originally from India, so he brought his own custom blend of spices and special touch to make having curried chicken a little slice of heaven on earth.  Our kids even came over and we all ate till we could not move.  Of course, in true Indian fashion, Brown cooks for the masses, so we had a lot left over.  I was excited until our kids decided they wanted to take ALL curry leftovers home with them.  Kids!!!!
Tuesday, Brown left for New York leaving our house unusually quiet.  That of course was due in part to the fact our puppy, Jeremiah, just slept for hours.  His extended play time with little energetic kids all weekend seemed to have tuckered him out.
So as we settle back into our normal routines, we now look forward with great anticipation to the next time we are able to get together.  Maybe this summer we will have another opportunity to spend a few days with this great family.  If not, maybe they will return for another run -- next Memorial Day. 
Submitted by Linda

Posted by ayerphoto at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 11 June 2010 2:07 PM EDT
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