Saying goodbye and thanks...headin' home
Trip Start Aug 23, 2009
22Trip End Oct 02, 2009
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If you can believe this...we spent the entire stay in NY with Doug's parents and even stayed a week longer than I had thought we would. I was so worried that we would be 'too much' for that long. Thelma, Doug's mom, is such a trooper and probably with good reason and much practice. LOL. You should see the number of house guests she turns over every year. However, I think we broke nearly every working piece of equipment in her house. I wish I could say "send us the bill", but you'd have to wait sometime to collect. Unfortunately, and my friend Kim M. will get a chuckle out of this,Thelma's not the kind of girl who says..."shoot...now I'll just have to buy a new one", laughing on the inside and excited to do so. Well, here's a potentially helpful suggestion to anyone who really would like to 'replace' anything in their house....just invite us over for an extended stay. LOL...anyway, it was great fun to get to watch the girlies play with their grandparents. We are so grateful for letting us stay with you. Thank you.
Some of the highlights of our NY stay included a visit to Constitution Island across the Hudson River from West Point, where we visited a Revolutionary Military Camp where 'the great chain' that spanned the river form West Point was staked to, preventing British troops from accessing the upper Hudson Valley. We even saw a section of the chain and took a boat ride and a carriage ride around the island. We loved the town of Cold Spring which is the town the island is accessed from. It's a cute little harbor town with lots of tourist attractions and old colonial homes, brownstone shops, etc.
Thelma took us to visit Bear Mountain State Park and the Zoo there, which is the home/refuge of native animals which can no longer survive in the woods due to injury. The park, itself, is part of the Appalachian Trail and is just beautiful with its densely wooded forests and trails. We LOVED it and will definitely get to know that park better in the future.
Mara and I had a REAL treat and all my book-loving and Library friends will be so envious. We went to Sunnyside, which is Washington Irving's home in Sleepy Hollow (you know the headless horseman and rip van winkle storyteller). Some non-profit group was sponsoring Children's Book Day. There were about 25 FAMOUS children's authors, many of which we met and spoke with, including one of Mara's faves Jean Craighead George, who LOVED that we were from the Jackson Hole area and that I used to live in a cabin in Kelly behind her son. Other authors included Peter Sis, Jules Feiffer, the guy who writes the "Take me out of the Bathtub" spoof books, that guy Jack (maybe Prelutsky)guy who illustrates for the San Souci bothers' books, gosh, I can't even remember them all. It was AMAZING.
This weekend we took the train to Grand Central and then the subway as close as we could to the Guggenheim Art museum which is Frank Lloyd Wright's somewhat corkscrew-shaped building design. It is such a cool building, in itself, let alone museum. It is a ramp that winds down (or up) with rotating modern art collections and a couple of permanent galleries, which are the homes of several impressionist pre-WWI paintings. We got to see Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Rousseau and many more. It was so crazy how busy it was. The line to get in was outside and down the street. Mara's highlight of that trip into the city was seeing the rat running over the subway tracks. Aren't kids great?
We spent a lot of time driving around and visiting different communities. In this part of the lower Hudson Valley they all seem to sprawl into each other. I found one perfect house just a mile away from Doug's parents. It's a little 1930's ranch, about 1200 sq. ft with some remodeling, a garage and adorable little yard and a nice street close to the elementary school Doug went to. $500K. yeah.....
Well...that's about a wrap for what we've been up to...here's what we know. We miss Spikey Kat and are so entirely grateful to Sammy and Sharon for taking care of her ALL this time. I am THRILLED that I've found my Soap on the Internet, in it entirety without commercials, and now my favorite neighbors across the street won't have to come home from work to find me and my kids in their house watching their TV because we axed our cable (JK Scott & Kim). Mara is 'DYING' for BBQ ribs...I'm hoping maybe Scott can assist her with that when we get home. I am DYING for a full day or two of daycare and I'm hoping Renee can help me with that. The girlies are so looking forward to playing with Lily and Jenni, I am so ready for Pendyl's and a girl's movie night...make sure you line Dennis out. LOL. Kim Z....we are already talking scrapbooking AND shots, and not the vaccination kind that penetrate the skin, and Sharon and Sammy, we have saved almost all of our art lessons for you guys and are excited to camp. Kimmy M, my beloved friend, I am so sorry I have no idea what is going on with you, I am calling you as soon as I am out of this state. Please come visit us soon. Anyone else, Corina, Kat...let's party when we get home. Hopefully, this weekend. I am ready to cook in my own kitchen. Oh, and I can't forget, Megan, THANKS so much for your posts, they keep me going when I've about run out of juice. I hope you are hanging in there. I will call you when I get home. I've been thinking of you, especially when Canyon calls.
Mom....are you out there? you are about as bad as my husband for never posting anything on our blog! We are fine. I miss you and will call when we get into Pennsylvania today. Pat, I hope you are well-rested and enjoying cocktails again. Congrats to my sister Bobbi whose family is now officially complete. I am so happy for you guys! Now get your butt our West and visit me before I'm out of Dodge.
We are on our way home, as fast as possible, through territory I've never seen...my saving grace is my friend Laura in Indianapolis, who is just the person I need to see right now. This could be a long winter...Doug, we love you so much. Thanks for loving me for the control freak I am. Nobody but you could do it.
Stay tuned for westward bound posts and Mara's home movies. She's so excited to show you Zoe's nostrils.