Posts Tagged ‘grandparents’

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NYC, what is it about you?

August 18, 2010

Sung to the Annie Tune…NYC, of course.  And yup…we were in NYC this weekend.  Aunt Megan had been living there all summer and I was determined to get down while she was there.   Typical, this meant that I would wait until the last weekend she was there – but we made it.  We made a reservation, packed Maya & all of her stuff in the car and off we went.  We planned the trip perfectly with her first nap (which has been at least 2 hours lately – often 3)…perfect!  It took her a little while to fall asleep, but once she did it was perfect…for an hour!  Why is it every time you plan on a nap it’s WAY shorter?  So the rest of the trip involved me turned around from the front seat entertaining her!

I will say, she did pretty well.  Not too much fussing…as long as we were paying attention to her.  But we made it.  We listened to lots of kids music, and I discovered one thing about our kids CD that is in the car…it holds Maya’s new favorite song – Ring Around the Rosie.  The song plays twice in a row, music interlude, two more times, music interlude, and two more times.  Every time we heard the musical interlude…Maya started making the ‘more’ sign.  And everytime the song really ended she did it again.  I think we listened to the song itself at least 18 times, on the way there.  Each time we got a gigantic smile and wiggle dancing from the back seat!

Once there we unloaded and headed out to the city.  Subway ride to Columbus Circle, met the fam (Grandma, Grandpa, Erin & Megan were all there), had some lunch and then on to Lincoln Center for a poetry slam.  A stop by Times Square to see the ‘Kissing’ statue, a visit to Toys R Us, walk to Bryant Park for snacks, continue on to Washington Square Park for a NY Pizza Dinner & then home for the night. Not a bad day in the city!  Top it off with an early Sunday Brunch & a walk to Wall Street & through Battery Park to see the Statue to Liberty & you pretty much have the perfect 1st trip to NYC (for a 1 yr old).  Maya was great the whole time!  She skipped naps, and slept okay, but with so much to see she had a GREAT time!  As you can see through some of the pictures.  I was nervous about the trip, but it turned out to be perfect!  Exhausting of course & I was pretty useless the next day, but it was worth it.  We topped off the trip with a stop to visit the Andreopoulos’ and their new little one Alex in Longmeadow.  It was a good stop considering Maya woke early from her nap yet again.  All in all NYC was a success…what’s next?! 🙂

Riding the subway

Dancing in Lincoln Center

The girls in Times Square!

1st NY Pizza in Washington Square Park…mmmm,mmmm

Almost home…we can make it!

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What a deal!

July 15, 2010

In honor of Gramps wake today I thought I’d reminisce about one of my other favorite memories…what a deal!  Gramps was a master deal finder.  We used to joke that they paid him to take the soda home.  You see gramps had the system figured out.  They lived in Methuen, right on the nh border.  So he would scour the weekly ads, find the sales, then use a coupon…at the nh stores of course.  Then (and here’s the big kicker) he would return the cans in MA for $.  Brilliant!  He was so good he really did pretty much break even.

Now…if you could see gramps basement you’d think we were being invaded.  A good deal was, well…a good deal, and you can never have too much of a good thing.  They have stockpiles of everything you can imagine.  But you always knew what was on sale that month.  Like the time we we offered devil dogs every time we visited & were sent home with our own boxes…after every visit.  and let me tell you…those devil dogs were delic!!

I have to admit…I have a little bit of gramps in me.  I can’t pass up a good deal…and I always buy more than I need!  This is true of food and clothes in particular.  I can’t tell you how many ‘same shirt, different color’ I have because they were cheap.  But I’ll be ready if there’s ever a time I need to change colors without changing the look.

What’s your favorite thing to find a good deal on?  What about stockpile?

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Gramps.

July 12, 2010

Amidst all of our PI preparation we had a sad day yesterday.  Andrew’s beloved Gramps passed away somewhat unexpectedly.  He was a wonderful, kind, caring soul who will forever be loved an missed.  Although he is gone today, I see so much of him live on in Andrew.  So many wonderful things!  Just to list a few:

1.  A twinkle in every smile.  Gramps always had a smile and a ‘how are ya’ for everyone, no matter who you were.

2. A GRAND sense of adventure.  The war stories we heard about his travels in Germany sounded fantastic.

3. A love of the simple things.  ‘Betty – did you try those muffins…wow are those good!’

4. A little bit of mischeif.  Always trying to get something by someone…but usually telling on himself in the end.

5. A great love & devotion for his wife.  Though we can only hope to be married as long as they were, almost 60 years, the most amazing thing to see was how they cared for eachother, they were the best of friends.

All in all Gramps loved LIFE.  He loved his Patriots…and the other Boston teams too.  ‘Can you believe it?’ he’d say about every little trade, change or bad play.  He loved to see his grandchildren.  And loved Maya to pieces! There will be so many good things said about Gramps in the next week, but it will never be enough.  All I can say is I’m glad a little, or a lot of him lives on in my Andrew.  So thanks gramps!  Thanks for all you did to make us smile! We promise to do our best to pass it on to your girl Maya!  Love you forever!

Gramps meets Maya

A handsome man & his bride

Gramps FAVORITE Maya picture!