Sunday, July 29, 2007

Good Shoes!

To respond to the shoe question....
Cory helped me find these shoes the first day at Daffy's on a sale rack. They are comfortable and saw most of the NYC action. They are foamy, cool, and even waded into the Atlantic! They were non slip for the rainy day as well. Annie said they would form to your feet...and they did! Of course they were a bargain...$90 shoes for less than $20! A great find! Thanks for asking....I always like to talk...SHOES!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Sharing My Last Day in NYC...a fabulous trip!

Thanks to Annie for posting a lot of my adventure pictures on Cory and Annie's Blog. So I will give you the last day's happenings, so you can understand how packed each day really was.
This day started with going to the Empire State Building. Then on to shopping on 5th Avenue. I purchased shirts, key chains, and post cards.
We were heading north so we went to the NY Public Library. This place was amazing inside...marble, paintings, woodworking, carved marble staircase railings....over the top! Our bags were checked by security 4 times in our short visit!
I loved the Diamond District! There were some nice pieces of jewelry. I could only see 1 price on a smaller Yellow diamond with smaller diamonds on each side of the ring....$62,800! It was NOT one of the larger rings! Woo Woo!
Not pictured here, we ate at 'wich Craft it was a sandwich place that had really crafted sandwiches! Yummy!
This is one of the window displays in a bank or office building. Simple everyday things painted silver, strung from the 20 foot ceiling....wonderful conversation piece! (The art and ideas are amazing!)
Dylan's Candy Bar was an amazing place! Giant everything! It's amazing what you can do with a simple product to attract business. I was a little shocked that my bill for 4 simple items was $9.75! The old fashioned Teaberry gum...$2.50 a pack...well it had 16 sticks in it! But, still fun!
Next we took a sky tram across the river to Roosevelt Island. The views were fabulous! On the left is Manhattan, on the right is Roosevelt Island.
The walking areas were clean and well landscaped. The sound of the water and a few boats passing by really gave a relaxing feeling on this island so close to the big city.
Just this short distance from the city was so peaceful and relaxing! Calm! Quiet! away from the people, cars, hustle and bustle of the city! There are 3 hospitals on this 2 mile island. I saw more wheelchairs than ever before in one place.
The water on both sides of this narrow island was a perfect place to snap pictures of Manhattan and Queens. This is Manhattan side.
The town, schools and residential part is to the north. It reminded us of going to Vail but smaller. There is only 1 main street in the town. Only 1 grocery store, and few places to eat. We did walk through a thrift store. It was clean and quiet living. You can see the water on both sides of the island as you walk down the street! Cory said it is mostly retired living and low income apartments and condos here. There were cars, but the
only car bridge is from Queens.

We returned to Manhattan lower east village by a subway that runs under the river! It was 3 long escalator rides down to get to the trains. We walked around this village. Cory found an Indian place to eat...the food was too spicy for me. I found Two Boots Pizza and had the best pizza I have ever tasted! Then we went for the best cupcake in the city...Sugar Sweet Sunshine has wonderful Pistachio Cupcakes! Cory and Marvin, "Little Marvin", had a show to do at Mo Pikins comady place. I got to see the guys do a short show. The crowd loved them the best. I could watch the crowd and the show. It was fun! Afterwards, we went waited for Marvin to have dinner and we headed home. We got home about 10:30. (After Annie got out of school, she met her friends from Fresno and went shopping with them.)
Well here is our last photo before I left at 3:30AM. Cory and Annie are doing great and love the city! Little Marvin is not so little at 6 foot 4 inches. (I loved him from the first time we met! Smart, Upbeat, Handsome, Thoughtful!) They all showed me a great time!
Thanks are fabulous!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Hello from New York City!

Hey....I finally got on!
This 6th day of my NY trip is very wet and rainy. I am at Annie's school in Harlem. I think it will be too wet to proceed with any of our sightseeing plans for today. I have walked many places in "The City." I have visited Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Statton Island (briefly). Cory is a great guide and host! Annie continues to be very busy with school and side jobs, besides hostessing 3 California ladies from the Central Valley. I hope to post pictures when I return to CA on Wednesday.
Thanks to Lyle for holding down the fort!
Appologies and Regrets for not calling Nate and Meg on their Anniversary!
Love you all!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Another Happy Anniversary....

Congratulations and well wishes go out to Nathan and Meg on their anniversary today July 20th. It's their 5th. We hope you both have an enjoyable day and celebrate many more together. I would normally have a picture of them posted but alas I don't know how to scan one and get it to the blog. I'm pretty much still in the cave. Anyway Happy Anniversary, we love you.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sad times.....

There has apparently been a total malfunction of the blogging camera in NYC. This means there will be no day by day reportage by the typical tourist lady visiting her kids in the Big Apple. We'll all have to wait for her return.

I want to take this time to address something else, and that would be the other son....Raptor Boy. In his shortest of the family's foray into the blogging world, he has seen fit to raise the blog bar so high as to be unreachable for the average mid 50's parent. I feel it would have been much more respectful to have waited a liiiiiitle longer to shove it down our throats and run off and leave us with our cave drawings. While I'm not ruling out some progression of our site, there will probably be considerable plodding for some time. Clomp Clomp Clomp

Patiently waiting....

I, like the rest of America, am waiting for the eastern arm of the clan to post the latest blog. I would have put something up, but have been stripped of all the cameras. Hope to see something soon.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Nate's 28th

Nathan came home this weekend. He will be 28

He always loved guns. He shot ping pong balls
for the dog to fetch. Problem was, she did not
want to let go of them.

Nate enjoyed seeing Diane and Eric Wright at
church this morning. They are long time friends
from his high school days.
Happy Birthday Nate...this blogs for you!
Love, Mom and Dad

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Happy 5th of July....

Last night, the 4th, we went to the high school to see and be seen and watch the fireworks.

This was shot early on, but by the time the show started the place was full.

There were lots of activities for the kids.

Typical fireworks watching couple,

and their shoes.