Thursday, April 8, 2010

Today Was a Better Day

New York redeemed itself today.

Even though the day was filled with lots of standing in line at the major tourist attractions, 
World Trade Center... 

The Statue of Liberty

Ellis Island

and riding the subway...

 The best part of the day and night was seeing Phantom of the Opera

My middle daughter is a fan...she knows every word to every song...
and has watched the movie eighty-eleven-hundred times.
My mom and I really enjoyed the show...but my middle child simply had a blast!

Aren't kids great?!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Big Apple

I am here:

After a grueling day of travel that began at 2 a.m....and I do mean grueling...we arrived in NYCity by about 11 a.m.

The reason we left at such an ungodly hour was to be able to have an extra day in the city by getting started on the same day we arrived.

Do you think it worked out that way??
Of course not!

It seems as if some silly underground electrical something or another had caught on fire in one of the hotels not far from ours.
These poor folks had to be evacuated from their hotel...
Guess where they were evacuated to???
You guessed it!!!

Which, of course, meant that our rooms were not ready...

Please imagine standing on the sidewalk in the middle of Times Square with your suitcases.
You can't check in...there's not even enough places to sit down.
You're starving to death because you started this trip at 2 a.m.
You rode for 2 1/2 hours on a chartered bus to the nearest airport bc you live in such a small town that there are no airports any closer than that.

Please also imagine that your bus driver is 87.
I don't mean his ID number was 87 either.
Mr. 87 had trouble staying on the road all the way to the airport.
So much trouble, in fact, that other cars kept honking at him to wake him up and warn him that he was about to run over them.

Close your eyes and imagine as vividly as possible that your group consists of approximately 125 human beings (no animals on this trip)... including a majority of teenagers (ok, maybe a few animals)...
Which means that checking in baggage, retrieving boarding passes and security lines were absolutely ridiculous.
Which means that you had to run to get on your plane before they closed the doors!
Which means that you did not have time to stop and eat breakfast in the airport nor go to the bathroom nor, most importantly, have that first cup of coffee!

You've already experienced all of this by the time you arrive in NYCity only to find out that your rooms are not ready.
And, that they won't be ready at least for another several hours.

Please imagine that on top of everything else you've experienced today, that NY City is HOT!
Could have even been 90 degrees in the direct sunshine...which you were standing in at high noon with your suitcases because you arrived early to get an extra day.

Now, I feel the need to tell you that this is not my 1st trip to NY. 
I heart NY.
But, Lord have mercy on my soul if today was not a direct challenge to my love for NY.
It seemed as if every tourist in America got together and decided that today of all days would be the very best day to visit Times Square.
And, on a WEDNESDAY!
(Notice how I'm pretending I'm not a tourist)
It's my firstborn and middle daughters' first trip to NY and I really want it to be special.
It seemed as if all day long though, the forces of the universe were working against me.

After some much needed rest, we do have a great trip planned.
My mom, my firstborn and middle daughters and I are seeing "In the Heights," "Wicked," "Phantom of the Opera" and "West Side Story" while we are here.

Here's hoping that Scarlett was right...and that "tomorrow is another day"...
Even in NY City.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday

Every Easter Sunday I have the responsibility of taking "family" photos.
It is really the only Sunday of the year that we are all dressed and ready at the same time.
I love this, as you can imagine, but it ain't always easy. 

I took 179 photos this morning.
Everybody was on their best behavior for the first few photos:

My firstborn and my mom.

My youngest.

My brother and his wife.
See, very nice calm photos...

It's wasn't long though before this kind of behavior began to rear its ugly head:
Yes, my brother is eating the limb of the Dogwood Tree under which he and his lovely wife are standing.

There's always an instigator...but once the laughter begins,
it's quite the challenge to snap a controlled photo of any kind.

My youngest tried to gain control of the situation...

Even my brother's sweet wife tried to help.
This is her dog Nook.

After we dismissed the extended family, I took my children to the backyard...
You can never tell what will happen when all three of my daughters are in the same picture.
Things were looking good at first:
My firstborn.

The youngest.

My middle child.

And, then this shot...which may be one of my favorites in a long time.

Notice the middle child sending the youngest the silly signals...even my firstborn knows what's inevitable now...

My middle child knows that if she can ever get the youngest off track...chaos will ensue.

I also accidently encouraged chaos by suggesting they pretend they could see squirrels in the woods facing them...
My youngest is a squirrel fan.

All semblance of calm was lost forever.

They were delirious!

Sisters :):)

Happy Easter!