Thursday, June 28, 2007

Hot, Hot, Hot






Yesterday was the hottest day of the summer for us. The temperature reacted 102 degrees. We ended up not doing much of anything. We just came back to the hotel and watch TV. The kids actually got bored.

In the evening, we went to visit our old friend Mike and his two girls, Gabriella and Selina. Mike cooked a delicious meal for us, and then the kids went swimming. Since it was night time, I had to use the night vision on my camera. They are neat pictures, I will post later. A thunderstorm came, so we had to go inside. Mike, Chris, and I played cards, which is our typical pass time with Mike. Mike won, as always! We had a great time as always and didn't get back to the hotel until Midnight. I was a really fun evening!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Germantown

I just found out we are actually in Germantown, PA. There is a ton of history here. Also, where the first American Bible was published. And where the first Kidnapping happened... note to self, keep kids close!

Pictures

Okay, So... I finally uploaded my pictures! They are a little mixed up, but you can probably figure out what is what. We were supposed to be in Philly today, but it's more like Valley Forge, PA. I haven't figured out where we are going today, but I know there is a lot of history here. Got to go!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New York City





















Well, I did it five children and myself in NYC. I have to admit it wasn't bad. The worst thing was all the comments. I had a few very nice comments about our family, but a lot of very rude comments. A few of the worst, "I'd hate to be You, Stop having kids, Your crazy lady, I feel sorry for You", and the number one comment, "You've got your hands full." Let me just say, I HATE hearing these comments. My kids held hands and all walk right beside me, they were wonderful!

We started our day off with a REAL bagel. Mmmm... I searched for the dumpiest bagel shop I could find, not a Dunkin Donuts! Junkie Looking bagel shops always make the best bagels. After breakfast, we went to Toys R Us. If you have never been to Toys R Us in NYC, there is a ferris wheel inside the store, a Jurassic Park T- Rex, a huge Barbie House you can walk in, Candy Land, etc... There is a ton to do in the store, we actually spent almost two full hours there, and the only thing we bought was a new pacifier for Elijah (we lost his that morning), and a few samples of different fun candies. Chocolate covered potato chips, oreos, and gummy bears! We then checked out the new M&M store. Everything in the store had the M&M logo on it, three levels! If you know me well enough you will know that Peanut M&M's are my favorite candy. One thing that I got from my Mom, her favorite is Plain M&M's. We had fun looking around. We went to a few other stores and then went to lunch. We had NYC pizza, once again we found a nice junky place for the best pizza. This place was right next door to a gentleman's club. After lunch, we went to Rockefeller Center. We had fun seeing all the sights. We then went to Bryant Park, and read books in the park. It was nice to sit down and rest! We then walked down to where Chris was working, picked him up saw a few sights and had dinner. It was a very long day, and I slept very well!

Today, I am hanging out at the hotel, and then driving down to our old NJ home. Chris will ride the train or bus down after work. I have to get things together, since we will be going to Phili tonight. Not sure what we will do today, but it would be nice to just chill today.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday



















Wow, what a weekend!

On Friday, the children and I had a nice day, seeing more historical places. We visited Historic Speedwell. Birthplace of the telegraph. We also visited a historical Ironworks, which was very neat. The children all tried to lift pig iron, which is extremely heavy. If any of you have visited my home, you know I like wrought iron, and seeing how people used to make iron tools, like axes and plows was VERY interesting. We also saw an amazing chestnut tree, pictures coming soon. We also toured of Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Located on Frelinghuysen Estate, the gardens are amazing. The children and I took a nice walk around the Estate. The children enjoyed running around on the greenest lawn I've ever seen! Funny story, their was a old folks home that was touring the same time we were, and we had a old little man following us around. I think he thought I was giving a tour, because, he kept asking me questions. I was showing my children how they trained these fruit trees to grow outward instead of up. They were very cool. The little old guy told me in all his life he had never seen such a thing. Ha Ha. Maybe you had to be there!

On Saturday, the family spent the day at Delaware Water Gap. NJ side, there is also a PA side. The Delaware River is what separates PA and NJ. We took our water shoes and we had a fun time wading in the water. It was too cold to swim. I took a ton of pictures. We also stopped at two scenic overlooks which had amazing views. I realize that I do love to look at the mountains! And the Gap was AMAZING! So beautiful. We got pizza in the evening and watched a movie, while I did laundry. I had to get those mud stains out while they were fresh. Also their was a dead fish floating five feet from where they were playing. Gross!

Today, Sunday, we had the blessing of visiting two different Churches. In the Morning, we visited Emmanuel OPC in Whippany, NJ. It was so nice to visit another Orthodox Presbyterian Church. After the service we chatted with Pastor Howard Currie. We enjoyed the fellowship, and Caleb had fun racing the pastor to the pulpit and back. I didn't get a picture, it would have been great for this blog! Ha Ha... In the evening we debated on where to go. We were going to visit Grace WPCUS church (former pastor Anthony Dallison) but they weren't having an evening service, so their elder Brian Hanley, suggested an other church Trinity Baptist Church. We discovered Albert Martin was the pastor, and Chris said, YES! Rev. Martin ended up not preaching, but we did see him from afar. Instead we were blessed to hear Ken Harris. Wow, the Preaching was GREAT, those Reformed Baptists really tell it how it is! I think I said Amen a couple of times! And when those people sang, it was like a army! The second song we sang was 'O the deep deep love of Jesus. I could have just kept singing on and on. It was Amazing! I really enjoyed the service. We may go back to a morning service when we are back in Parsippany in two weeks, Chris really wants to hear Rev. Martin. We had a great day of worship. What a weekend!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Jockey Hollow






I have no clue where they came up with this name? But this is where George Washington's soldiers stayed in 1779-1780. We went to the visitor's center, where we watched a video about the troops. It was the troops complaining about how cold it was, and that they had no food. We saw authentic revolutionary outfits. We also climb a huge hill to the soldier's huts, and got to go inside. We saw the old Wick family house, where Mrs. Wick hide a horse in her closet to protect it from being taken by the soldiers. Then, we went on a short walk on Primrose Brook Trail, where the kids played in the brook. We ended our day by driving by Washington's headquarters. This evening a friend of ours is coming to hang out with our family. And I really will load the pictures, soon.

A beautiful day!





Yesterday, Wednesday, we had a full day. I had to deal with my wallet, calling the police and making a case, and canceling cards. ugh. Then we went to Morristown, NJ. We went to the Historical Society and got a Kids Tour Guide. The kids tried to figure out the map, directing me around town. Honestly, I even thought the places we saw were kind of boring. There were a few interesting things, but for adults. We hung out at the library for a while, and then went to Fort Nonsense. They call it this, because it was never actually needed since the British never came to that area. So the towns people thought it was nonsense. I bet they wouldn't have called it that if they did need it! It was beautiful, high above the city. I was told that when the twin towers were still standing you could see them from this point. There was a beautiful clearing to look out over Morristown. I loved the huge trees. We spread a blanket and did Bible time, while sitting there reading God's word, a deer came up the clearing. It was so awesome. The kids had a lot of fun playing on and around the cannon. I took a ton of pictures. Which I will upload soon. Before we left we had a nice prayer time praising God and singing a few Psalms. When we got back to the Hotel, they had a BBQ for the guests. And we had a Great evening with Daddy. It was a really great day.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Lost Wallet!!! Visit with Denise



I can't find my wallet ANYWHERE! I don't know if I lost it or if it was stolen. I had it on Sunday, and last night after we put the kids to bed, I ran out to the local grocery store to pick up a few things and I couldn't find it anywhere! There was only $20 in there. But it makes me sick to think it's lost! I am trying to be optimistic. At least it wasn't our car keys, we only brought one set.

Today, the kids and I traveled to visit with our good friends the Alon's. For those of you who don't know the Alon's. Chris, me, and three of our children lived with this family for three months, after we sold our condo, and before we bought our NJ home. Denise and I have been great friends for five years now. And it was just like old times hanging out at her house, and it helped take my mind off my lost wallet. I took pictures, and will load them soon. But it's now 10:30pm and need to get to bed.