New York City

21 06 2008

I know it’s only been a few hours since I posted the beach pics, but the kids are all occupied so I thought I’d go ahead and do the NYC portion of the trip too. If you haven’t yet seen the beach pics, scroll down to the previous post.

Let me first of all say that my intention was to eat my way through NYC and I think I pretty much accomplished that goal. I am a bit of a foodie (but not nearly as much as my sister) and I really enjoy trying new things. I kept a list of what I ate. Here it is:

asparagus quiche with balsamic greens, blue corn pancakes with grilled duck, red snapper, a white peach margarita, everything bagel, sicilian pizza, banana pudding, chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing, mint lemonade, cheeseburger, street vendor hot dog, asparagus-potato-leek soup, chilled curry corn soup, crudite which included veggies, olives, feta cheese, bread, mango chutney and vegetable tampanade, prosciutto bread, macaroon, chocolate lace cookie, humus with pine nuts and pita, guacamole with blue corn chips, yam fries with dill dip, a vanilla strawberry freddo, canoli from Little Italy (considered the best on the planet and I might have to agree), beef brisket, cole slaw, french fries, raspberry margarita.

I realize the above list looks pretty extensive for only 3 days. Some of the foods I ate from start to finish, but a lot of them were a bite here and there or even a spoonful of someone else’s entree’. All of these foods were carefully chosen from highly recommended restaurants, some fancy and some just a little hole in the wall recommended by a local. We waited in line for 30 minutes to get the banana pudding and cupcake and it was worth every minute. Let me also say that when we got home I discovered that I had actually lost a couple pounds, which should tell you something about the amount of walking we did. Okay, enough about food. I’m salivating just recalling it all. . .

This was my view for most of the trip: the backside of my brother and sis-in-law. My brother does everything in high speed, including walking which meant we were always about 10 steps behind.

These are all mushrooms at the market in Grand Central Station (only a true foodie can appreciate this picture):

The Subway:

Eating the cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery in Chelsea that we waited in line for 30 minutes for:

Next to eating, this was my favorite thing: trying on jewelry and bartering with the vendors!

Let me tell you a story about this picture: It was pouring rain so we all crammed into this doorway (except for Conrad who was brave enough to take this picture). We were debating whether to wait out the downpour or to just bite the bullet and run through the rain. As we were arguing about what to do, my brother ripped a Great. Big. Fart. Ahem. As only a big brother can, and made the decision easy. We all took off running and laughing hysterically through the rain.

Here are the 6 of us on the steps of the Harlem brownstone where we stayed:

Here we are on the Top of Rockefeller Center on our 10th(!) Wedding Anniversary.  That’s the Empire State Building in the background.

My sister will be posting pics on her blog very soon.  Feel free to click on her link from this page to see more pictures.

All in all it was a great trip.  I had a lot of fun with my siblings and their spouses.  We plan to do another trip like this someday.  But, until then, the pictures and memories will do.  Thanks for indulging me by reading this extra long blog. . .


The Beach

21 06 2008

I’ve decided to divide our vacation into a couple posts so I can include lots of pictures and not overwhelm anyone.  First, the beach.  We spent 2 and a half days at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware with Conrad’s family.  We rented a condo not far from the beach which made life much easier.  The girls had a great time with their cousins and the adults played games, stayed up late just hanging out, and generally relaxed.  It was a great start to our vacation.

All 3 girls were sound asleep on the way to PA. . .it didn’t last long, but we enjoyed it while we could!

Ellie’s first time at the ocean!  She loved the giant sand box!

Conrad with Bryn and Lydia and the crashing waves:

Excavating for the sand castle:

Cousin time:  the 2nd and 3rd from the left are Conrad’s sister’s daughters and they have another girl on the way (have we caught up with the Nisly’s?):

Bedtime stories with Uncle Jeff:

We also spent some time on the boardwalk.  This is Bryn and Ellie on the carousel:

Here’s one of Bryn, just because I like it:

Stayed tuned for New York City pics. . .

Home Sweet Home

19 06 2008

This is just a quick note to say we made it home from our travels.  We had a great time, and best of all, no one got sick!!  Hooray!  Pictures and details in a future blog. . .off to unpack!

Packing and Packing and Packing

7 06 2008

I’ve been too busy to think straight, much less blog.  But, I have a moment to catch my breath while all three girls are eating lunch (mac and cheese).  The older girls have been out of school for more than a week and life has picked up its pace.  I don’t miss the morning chaos of rushing them out the door by 8:00, but I’d forgotten what it’s like to have 3 little girls vying for my attention at all times.

I’ve been getting up early (6:45) and walking with a friend in the mornings.  It’s a great way to start my day.  I love the opportunity to get some fresh air and clear my head before the chaos begins, plus the time with a friend is refreshing.

My days are filled with trips to the swings and the sandbox, the cupboard for snacks and the fridge for juice boxes.  My mom and sis-in-law and her 3 kids were here for a few days this week which was fun but very busy.  The kids loved playing with their cousins but by the time they left they all needed a little space from each other.  We did manage to get in a shopping trip without the oldest 4 kids which was a fun break for all of us.

Now my focus has shifted to the upcoming week which will be crazier yet.  We leave for PA on Monday afternoon, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Tuesday afternoon, then on to NYC Saturday-Tuesday, then we’ll head back to PA, pick up the kids and come home. . .WHEW!  I’m exhausted just thinking about it!  But I know we’ll have a great time with family.  My biggest concern is everyone’s health.  My longtime readers will recall Conrad’s Salmonella in Florida and my strep throat in Michigan, and before this blog there was a trip to the ER for Lydia while we were in Michigan.  I think I’ve had my share of trips to the doc while on vacation.  Time for a care-free, everyone’s-healthy kind of vacation.

So, today I’m getting my house back in order and the suitcases are out just waiting to be filled with all that’s on my lists.  It takes a lot of organization to think through the details of a trip of this magnitude.  But, rest assured, my priorities are straight:  the first thing in my suitcases included everyone’s swimwear, my poker set, and season 3 of The Office.  What can go wrong?