Grandma came down to visit and Judd and I got some needed time away. And…. Grandma brought a bike for Charlie! He hopped on and started riding! So today Charlie, Lucy and I took our first bike ride, just the three of us.
Riding with these two in this beautiful spring weather was the best.
Judd and I really enjoyed New York City! What a place. It smells like cement and car fumes and wafts of stale water and halal food. But its full of people bustling and working their tails off, no end of good food or different cuisines to try, musicians in the park, and museums to stroll through.
In Times Square, the crossroads of the world.
Judd and I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and I couldn’t get enough of these paintings. Some of them look like a window you could open and be able to crawl right into their world. This sunset was striking.
And then there were Monet’s and Picasso’s and my favorite- Van Gogh. The painting above is a Van Gogh.
This is another Van Gogh and my favorite in all the museum. I love the white flecks in the sky and the trees, the purple in the dirt, the red flecks in the clouds. I don’t think the picture really does it justice but he has the most unique way and it is fun to see a pictures with so many different lines and colors all come together.
Judd and I bought tickets to ride a boat out to the Statue of Liberty. However, it was raining and the boat was overcrowded. We took one look inside and got back off the boat. We walked through the wind and rain (my umbrella turned inside out) and we stopped to warm up at a little Cuban restaurant. We were so cold at this point! And we ordered a real cuban sandwich, Spanish coffee, empanadas, plantains, and yucca. It was all really good.
The yucca. It was like a potato.
The plantains are the dark brown, they are like a banana that isn’t very sweet. And the empanadas had chicken in them. We also tried an empanada with guava and cheese in it for dessert. It was unbelievably good!
It’s funny how a change of plans can turn out to be a great memory. I loved this meal with Judd. Here he is with a three-milk cake and the empanada with guava and cheese.
On our last morning Judd and I met some friends and ate at The Loeb Boathouse, overlooking the lake in central park. Our breakfast was delicious and we so enjoyed visiting with Greg and Kimberly! Kimberly is a stewardess for American Airlines and Greg works at Fox News so they had lots of interesting stories.
Greg took us inside Fox News to see some of the studios! It was so fun! We couldn’t take many pictures inside unfortunately but we did get a couple.
Here’s Judd sitting in an anchor’s chair and watching himself on TV! He looks like a natural doesn’t he? “This just in…”
And then we flew home. It’s always so good to be back home.
Mom helped me in the yard before our trip and she did so many things to help me around the house. It is so refreshing to go on a trip and then come home to everything in ship-shape!! Of course I helped her on the yard work but she did so much and took care of the kids too. We had considered taking the kids with us to New York but they were much, much more excited to hang out with Grandma. You really take care of us mom! (How’s your tennis elbow?!)
Don’t worry, I did help her. 🙂
Charlie driving on the driveway after church on Sunday.
Look at those beautiful eyes. Natalie made a little science experiment and made a ring out of pipe cleaners and crystals.
Will the tree climbing never end? I used to think it was so good for them, but since Charlie has fallen out of two trees I question my judgement at this point. Can you see them way up above the five foot fence and in the top of the tree? They were having a great time! I gotta say, if you’re gonna climb trees, this is a great one.
Just hanging out.
Sophie took Roma to Zesto, an ice cream shop, over the weekend and I think it is the most beautiful picture I’ve ever seen of her. Oh, Roma, life sure is sweet.