Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New York City 2017

We had a wonderful week in New York City. The first two days were spent with my mom and Tiffany and Keith. We visited the Freedom Tower and the 9/11 museum. We walked through central park and had our picture taken at Dad's bench. We ate dinner with Mario and Carol in Little Italy and we went out to Sleep No More and ate at the Empire Grill afterwards. The boys visited two Lego stores and mom and I ate at two different Eatalys. It was all wonderful.
We stayed at the Hyatt Union Square which was a really great boutique hotel in a fantastic location. We used points and cash and a suite upgrade and because of a snafu in reservations, we ended up in the fanciest room in the hotel with an adjoining room for the kids. It was a bit more money, but it was so nice to have all that space to relax and spread out, especially after many days of togetherness on vacation. We even had a huge wraparound private terrace. It was posh. Plus our globalist status got us free breakfast at the very fancy restaurant next door which was absolutely amazing.
After the family left, the kids got sick, so Michael and I spent his last day off wandering the city by ourselves. We walked and walked through mid town and then over to the highline. Then we checked on the kids and continued on exploring, visiting the south street Seaport and having a date and a check in at the Chase Lounge there.
In the following days, Michael worked and the kids took turns feeling unwell, and we acted like we lived in NYC which was super fun. Davis and I rode bikes around central park and had a date in Chinatown at Nom Wah. We took Sam through Washington Square park and got vegan cupcakes. We took the kids down to the Hester Street fair and ice cream social and looked at NYU and walked and walked and walked. We ordered in Chinese and Thai and watched movies in the evenings. I took the kids to the museum of natural history. Davis and I got our nails done. We had fun. It was good to have the kids attention for a while, away from friends and their routine. They are so fun to be with.
I am still completely in love with New York City. It is the place of my heart. I am so glad I was able to spend a week there pretending I lived in the city again.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tyler Place 2017

This was our third year at Tyler Place. Every year it has been more fun and easier for me as the social stuff is overwhelming at first. I loved getting to see old friends and new. The best part of the week was having my sister, Keith and mom with us. We had so much fun! I tried some new things this year. I did the cooking class, did yoga on the rocks, took the walking tour and tie dyed a silk scarf! I also did lawn games (even more fun with my sister) and every cocktail hour and sang on broadway night. I did a solo at Trivia night that went over well. I also competed with Michael and Davis in the mini triathlon called the Duckman. (I did the swimming portion). I swam in the lake and road my bike and took a tennis lesson with Michael and Sam. We lit sparklers and watched fireworks at the boat dock on the forth of July. The weather was wonderful almost every day. Michael and I took a sail one day and we all went on the champagne pontoon boat cruise over to Canada. Davis and Sam had the best summer camp week ever. Davis actually got promoted to bike shop apprentice and got a staff shirt to wear while he worked. He spent almost all his spare time there (except when he went with his friend Grace to the candy store or jumped on the tramps with Sam or used the new pedal paddle board at the lake). Michael played softball again this year and did the low ropes course. He also went on the canoe trip with Tiff and Keith. We got family photos taken and had dinner together every evening. It truly is an amazing summer camp and we do love it there very much.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Montreal Jazz Fest

We flew to Montreal on Thursday, June 29. We got in around 3:30 and made quick time of the airport, having gone through the easiest customs ever in Toronto on the way. Traffic was horrendous, but we made it to the Hyatt and checked into a nice suite with a beautiful view of the festival. My mom arrived almost right after us. Tiffany and Keith came in a bit later and we all went to explore the festival and have dinner. It was raining on and off and misty, but we did get to hear some good music while we ate.

The next day we explored Montreal. We walked through the rain to the Old Town, stopping at the Notre Dame and the waterfront. All of sudden it began pouring down rain. We took shelter in the maze building and then made a run for it to lunch. We found a nice place with delicious moules and frites. After lunch, Mom and Michael and the boys and I went to Chinatown and then on to jazz-fest to explore while Kade and Tiff and Keith stayed in Old Town. The rain let up and the evening was marvelous. We heard some amazing talent and had a great evening.

The next morning, we went to the Amtrak station and headed for the short 50 minute train ride across the border to Rouses Point, NY and to begin our week at the Tyler Place.