Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Happy Belated 28th

My birthday was on a Thursday.  Nathan had work on that day so I thought that it would be better to celebrate after Nathan's work week.  On Monday Nathan took me up to Hampton.  We went to a movie but it wasn't your typical movie theater.  We actually had a meal and full service at a Cinema Cafe.  Since it was a work day we thought that it would be better to see a movie during the day.  We chose to go for lunch and see Ratatouille.  It was pretty cool.


After the movie we thought that we would drive around.  There was supposed to be a mall not too far from the theater but of course it was under construction.  I did walk around the new JCPenney but I wasn't that impressed.


 



Monday, July 16, 2007

Home

It was so good to be home but plenty of laundry to do, dishes to get done and a car to clean out. I also had to go grocery shopping since we emptied the fridge of anything that could spoil while we were gone.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Heading Home

It was raining all morning in New Hampshire so we decided to get on the road earlier than planned. It took us about 14 hours to get home. The traffic in Connecticut was horrible again. The same three towns caused problems. Stop and go traffic over the George Washington Bridge and a 5 mile back up in Washington DC. YUCK!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Santa’s Village

Chris and Sarah cooked breakfast before we left for Santa’s Village. It was a full and fun day at Santa’s Village with the kids.
We headed back to the campsite in the afternoon to check in on Angel and to try to take a nap before we had to cook supper. A nap didn’t work out and I helped Donna wash the breakfast dishes. Salmon on the grill and chicken in the crock-pot were a big hit.
Some quality time was spent up at the hot tub with my sister in law and then a game of horse shoes against couples.
Dessert was whoopie pies and smores. We stayed up later after all the sweets.

Friday, July 13, 2007

New Hampshire here we come

It took us just under 4 hours to get to New Hampshire. It was a hot drive. When we arrived and checked in at the front office of the Lantern Resort Nathan’s grandmother and parents met us in the parking lot.
We took the afternoon to set up the tents and just hang out. Chip and Donna cooked supper followed by camp fires and smores.
Later in the evening it rained and it was very cold. It reminds me why I don’t do well camping.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Lazy Day in Boston

The day was spent doing laundry, cleaning out the car, reorganizing the trunk, packing and going grocery shopping for our weekend camping trip in New Hampshire. We did go out for lunch with my aunt and cousin. In the evening after supper we did take Angel out to play.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Boston Museum of Science

Thanks to Nana’s physical therapist we got to enter the Boston Museum of Science for free. We paid to see some of the special exhibits which almost cost the same as it would have been for entrance into the Museum. So it was a really good deal for us. This is another place where you can spend the entire day. There are lots of interactive and hands on activities in the Museum.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

New England Aquarium and Freedom Trail

In the morning we take the subway and head to the New England Aquarium. Please if you are Active Duty ask for the Active Duty discount. It won’t count for dependants but it will count for you. It is a 50% discount. It will cost you extra to see the exhibits and Imax.
After the Aquarium we had lunch and then decided to walk the rest of the trail. We walked by Old City Hall, Granary Burial Ground and Boston Common. There are plenty of places to go shopping through this part of the Freedom Trail.
We head back to Nana’s in time for supper.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Freedom Trail

In the morning we take the subway and head into Downtown and decide to walk the Freedom Trail. The New England Holocaust Memorial and the Paul Revere Mall are interesting walks that are full of history. Stop off at the Faneuil Hall Market for shopping, food and entertainment. We walked half of the trail and then headed back to Nana’s before supper.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Boston Hometown Roslindale

We head to Boston. It takes us 9 hours to get to Boston from PA. We hit traffic in NY which for one of the few times wasn’t too hectic but still slow. Then there was traffic backed up in three different cities in Connecticut.
The rest of the weekend we helped my Papa fix and update his computer and took Angel out to play.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Hershey, PA Unplanned Stop

Hubby had a little surprise up his sleeve. He planned a stop at Hershey, PA. The town of Hershey is absolutely beautiful. The town puts a lot of work and care into their community. It is beautiful. I honestly wouldn’t mind retiring there. We just spent a couple of hours at Hershey’s Chocolate World. It was a free tour but I guarantee you that you will spend money in there.
We have to go back to DC and see the rest of the sites and we do have to go back to Hershey’s.
We ate supper in a gazebo in Hershey. We had pizza and a salad and just hung out. It was raining off and on all day in Hershey and some of the thunderstorms were severe.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Fireworks and Grouchy Hotel Neighbors

In the morning we were up early. We thought that we would head to the National Museum of Natural History first thing. I thought that they opened at 9:00am but I was wrong. We ended up trying to walk to the World War II Memorial but we couldn’t make it. We turned around and walked back to the National Museum but not before stopping to get some pictures of the Washington Monument. The National Museum was cool. Ladies the Hope Diamond can be found on display in the Splendor of Diamonds Exhibit.
Following the Museum we stopped to see the 4th of July Parade on Constitution Ave. We didn’t stay for long. It was very hot and humid that day and we didn’t want to burn. We grabbed some lunch and then headed back to the hotel.
We took a nap and then tried to head to the Spy Museum but it was rather expense to pay to walk through the Museum. We walked around again and decided to tour the Navy Memorial. There are lots of interesting things in the Memorial. We stopped at the Navy Log registry office and overheard someone talking to the assistant in registering a family member for free. I stopped to check and see what info they had for Nathan. Pretty cool! Our next stop was the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.
We try to head to Gordon Biersch for supper but they were packed. So we grabbed some subs and then headed back to the hotel to relax before we headed out for the fireworks. At 5pm when we got back to the room there was an alert for a tornado warning. Talk about scary! No tornado but some good thunderstorms. The real bummer is all the people who had their spots picked out on the National Mall lawn were sent to the Federal Buildings. The storm passed and the mall was reopened. We took Angel and headed down to the Mall at about 8:00pm. We found a spot pretty easily and weren’t too picky about where we sat. I recorded the entire show on the video camera.
We walked with a crowd of about ½ million people back to the hotel. I was walking into the hotel room when both a male and then a female stopped me to tell me our dog was barking all day. The lady was a little rude and in one of the few moments in my life I spoke up. The lady didn’t like that so she made a complaint to the front desk and then later showed up with her husband at our hotel door. She was really worked up and he was screaming and swearing in the doorway. It was rather ridiculous and their complaints had no standing. Anyway they did have me so upset that I cried the rest of the night and got 3 hours of sleep. In the morning I packed us and we left. I didn’t want to stay. They had totally ruined our time in DC. Nathan thought we should stay and just switch rooms but I didn’t want to put up with even meeting them again.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Our Road Trip Vacation Begins

We head out and are on the road at 10:00am. The traffic in the Hampton Roads area was ridiculous considering it was a Tuesday and after morning rush hour. We made it into Washington DC at about 12:30pm. We checked into the hotel but of course we had to do vale parking since the parking garage for the hotel is a couple of blocks away. I guess we should have known since it is a pretty busy city. We ended up rushing to get everything out of the trunk of the car.
After checking into the Hotel Monaco we decided to get started on our site seeing. We headed to the National Building Museum. The building was dedicated to celebrate engineering, design and construction. Our next stop was right across the street from the hotel, the Smithsonian Institute. This place is unbelievable. You can honestly spend the whole day in here. There is so much to see. Here is the history of the Institute.
In 1826, James Smithson, a British scientist, drew up his last will and testament, naming his nephew as beneficiary. Smithson stipulated that, should the nephew die without heirs (as he would in 1835), the estate should go “to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.”
The motives behind Smithson’s bequest remain mysterious. He never traveled to the United States and seems to have had no correspondence with anyone here. Some have suggested that his bequest was motivated in part by revenge against the rigidities of British society, which had denied Smithson, who was illegitimate, the right to use his father’s name. Others have suggested it reflected his interest in the Enlightenment ideals of democracy and universal education.
In the evening, after supper, we take Angel down to the Navy Memorial where the Navy Band has a concert every Tuesday evening. That was the end of our first day in D.C.