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giggle. June 18, 2009

Filed under: fun times,general information,ME — Katie @ 7:50 pm

Today is the first day I’ve had to babysit this week. I spent the first three days of the week trying to recouperate from the road trip. I have kept myself rather busy… running errands, working out like a madwoman (trying to make up for the vacation food!), doing laundry, etc. Even though I have been busy, I was ready to see J! She is such a fun kid and keeps me well entertained. When I went to J’s house this morning, she wasn’t even awake… so I wasn’t sure what to expect for the day. I was hoping for a trip to the library or Children’s Hands-On Museum, so when she woke up I started prodding for her input.

With a tear in her eye, she says, “But I wanted to go to your house today and play with Arnold!”

So… we came to my house! It’s free, it’s comfortable, and I can get stuff done. I felt bad at first for bringing her here because… well, I don’t have any kid toys and I don’t want her to get bored. But, a ride on the tractor and a three hour visit from my 6-year old cousin kept J pretty occupied.

My favorite part of the day was listening to L & J giggle. They were just playing in my room (dress up… in my clothes!) and the sound of their giggles filled the house. I remembered what it was like when I was 6… playing with friends and only needing a few items of clothes, some high heels, and a wild imagination.

Oh to be a kid again!!


lost in NYC June 11, 2009

Filed under: family,fun times,ME — Katie @ 11:05 am

It’s day nine of Mom & Katie’s American Adventure. I have been meaning to update a little more often with pictures, but I forgot my camera cord, so… pictures will have to wait. 🙂 It’s currently 6:51 a.m. and I’m sitting in a Howard Johnson in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. So far, our trip has taken us to some incredible places. On our first day, we toured the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. Next up was the home of the Cincinnati Reds, where we sat in the dugout, walked through the press box, and got to hang out in the Proctor & Gamble skybox. On day three, we toured the Hershey Factory and Museum and ate some tasty chocolates.

Then it was on to Maine.

I wasn’t really looking forward to Maine just because I don’t relax well and I thought we’d be stuck in some cabin in the woods without anything to do. Boy, was I wrong! Maine has by far been my favorite part. We stayed in Greenville right on Moosehead Lake in the most adorable cabin. All of my aunts and uncles were together for two days and there were three grandchildren, plus my Grandma Max and her family came up for the memorial service we had. We went to Guilford (my granddaddy’s hometown) and saw his old yearbooks and talked to people who knew him. I saw the house he grew up in. I spread his ashes in Moosehead Lake. It was a phenomenal weekend…. we even stayed an extra day. It was just fun to be in my granddaddy’s old stomping grounds with my extended family. They are so fun and it was such a neat way to honor my granddaddy’s life. Campfires, marshmallows…. oh, and I got to ride in a seaplane! Needless to say, Maine is my new favorite place!

We left Maine on Tuesday morning and headed for Boston. The Red Sox were playing the Yankees that day, so we were not able to go to the ballpark. But, next time we come to Maine, we will stop in Boston and do the tour like we had originally planned. So, instead of seeing Fenway, mom and I went to get massages. Best decision ever! After Boston, we headed for NYC. We got lost headed to Yankee Stadium, but thanks to some really nice New Yorkers (and I do mean REALLY nice!), we made it just in time to go on our tour. We got to sit in the dugout AND walk through the clubhouse! It was so neat! Then we had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and then what happened next made me want to cry…..

We got lost.

For like…. three hours.

First, we were headed to the Bronx Zoo to meet one of my mom’s former youth students who now lives just outside of NYC. We had directions to the zoo (and very accurate ones) given to us by a cook from Hard Rock. The only problem was that I took one wrong turn and we drove down the wrong street for about 30 minutes. When we finally reached the zoo, the kid we were meeting was at a different parking lot and it took him almost 45 minutes to find us. I was not happy. Finally, we headed back to Yankee Stadium to get on the interstate….. but somehow you can’t get on I-87 S from there and so we ended up lost in NYC for two straight hours just trying to get the heck out of there.

We finally had the brains to call my uncle Mark who pulled up directions online and talked us through the whole process of leaving NYC. It was so confusing… we would’ve never figured it out on our own! (We DID have a map, but just trust me… it was very, very confusing!!) We have done SO well not to get lost this whole trip – even when we took a wrong turn, we were able to get back to where we needed to be or I was able to reconfigure the directions. But, we eventually got out and now I can say I have DRIVEN through Manhattan. I feel accomplished. I drove right down 34th street over Park Ave., Herald Square, and some other major New York City streets. I don’t plan to ever do it again, but I definitely ended up having a good time and felt like a complete New Yorker when I totally cut off a big city bus! Hey, I had the right of way!!

So today we’re sleeping in (which, as you all know, sleeping in is 6:30 a.m. for me) and mosey-ing to Baltimore. We’re watching the Orioles play the Mariners and then we’re going to be headed home. I miss all my friends terribly and I especially miss my sweet little Arnold! We will be home sometime on Saturday and I’ll add some pictures to this post for dramatic effect. 🙂

This is going to be one of those trips I talk about for a lifetime… so much bonding with my mom and with my family. That’s the best part of all.


american adventure June 2, 2009

Filed under: family,fun times — Katie @ 11:52 am

This time tomorrow morning, my mom and I will be on our way to Louisville, the first stop of our ten day road trip. We are going on an all-American road trip that centers around a meeting with my extended family in Guilford, Maine. When my granddaddy died this past January, my aunts and uncles started planning this trip and it couldn’t have worked out more perfectly. My granddaddy was cremated and his wish was for all of his children (and some of the grandchildren are going, too, obviously!) to spread his ashes in a lake near his childhood home of Guilford. He traveled there every summer after retirement and was able to take each of his children there with him at one point. I have been to Guilford once with my parents, but I was only ten or eleven.

When the trip was first being organized, I asked if I could join my mom. I was very close to my granddaddy and I really wanted to be there. We first planned to simply fly in and stay for a few days. But, what it turned out to be is so much more.

My parents always dreamed of touring the country after retirement. My mom’s biggest dream for retirement was to see all the major league baseball parks. She and my dad wanted to buy an RV and just…. drive. When my dad died, so many of my mom’s dreams seemed to fly out the window. But, what she didn’t realize was how much her daughters love her and want to help make her dreams come true. So, I came up with the idea to take a long road trip and see the sights of the northeast. In ten days, we will hit: Louisville, Cincinnati, Hershey (that’s a stop for me!), Guilford, Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. We are going to do ballpark tours in all but two of the MLB parks and we are at least going to see the Orioles play the Mariners. We’re going to the Louisville Slugger Factory, ChocolateWorld, the Boston Public Library….. and so much more.

I am sure I will post updates as we go along….. I’m hoping for some memorable moments….. to get Phillies/Mets tickets….. and to soak up every moment with my mom.