Thursday, March 28, 2013

You remember Hurricane Sandy, the storm that devastated the beaches of New York and New Jersey.  Yesterday my daughter took me on a tour of the Toms River beach area, and while many homes and streets have been renovated over the past 5 months, there's still a lot more work to do.  Here are a couple of pics...

Only the top floor is left of this house

and this one, too

It's sad to see this.  There are still many houses marked with large red "X's" to indicate they will be razed and either rebuilt...or not.

Real estate signs are up on many once-prime properties

I wonder if property values will ever recover. In the meantime, it's a buyer's market.

And on a much happier note, for those who have asked for a grandbaby update, here's my little guy at 7 months!

Later that day, he was fitted for a pint-sized, skull and crossbones print helmet, which he'll wear for a month or two to correct a little flat spot at the back of his head, something that developed when he was turning his head to only one side (and corrected with physical therapy).   He looks like a little football player, doesn't he? He quickly adjusted to it and seems to prefer helmet on to off!

And Liam's mama is in her fourth month of pregnancy with the twins.  It looks like they'll be due around the same time as Liam's first birthday. For a couple who needed in-vitro for their first baby, it's a triple blessing!


Monica said...

That is wonderful news for you and you better take classes in making kids clothes! well Target is an easier option.
The devastation is horrendous and most of those homes should never be rebuilt there as it is such a low coastal area and in constant danger of the sea's wrath.

Holli said...

Wow, I cannot believe the devastation that is still out there for many people. It's so sad Teri. On a happier note Liam is getting HUGE and looks perfect in his helmet. I love it! Ally is going to have her hands full with 3 birthdays all in one month!

Janet Ghio said...

what a little cutie he is.

Thauna said...

Oh that baby is so adorable!!

suziqu's thread works said...

Baby Joy all round for you Teri!
Amazing that Liam's little flat spot can be corrected with that little helmut - it must make him feel secure and comfortable!
It is going to be one huge time of Birthday celebrating when the twins are due.
Have a great Easter!
x Suzy

Eileen Bellomo said...

My first ten summers were spent in Belle Harbor, and my brother sent me pix of the boardwalk there. Only trouble, there is no boardwalk left! Very sad.
But, ending on a happier note, your little footballer is too adorable for words, and what a sweet disposition!
Here's hoping that Ally's final five months are easy. Can't believe you'll be a grandma X three!

thepinkrachael said...

So sad the devastation that's still out there, brings it all back again how much people have lost and had to cope with and how fortunate we are for what we have...especially little cuties like that one! He is adorable!

thyme Sarah said...

He is a doll! And twins on the way. Congratulations to you...those will be some huge birthday parties every fun!