The First Day of School is here again and there are just somethings that we have come to expect like a new outfit, the photos, and Green Eggs and Ham. Yes, Green Eggs and Ham.
It was a tradition that started with the Newby's in Joplin, Mo and our mom stayed with them on their sons first day of his senior year. They had Green Eggs and Ham that memory stuck with her. Now we have Green Eggs and Ham on the first day of school every year.
A fun party for our now one year old cousin was a great was to end the vacation. We got to be with our mom's family and play at Zilker Park in Austin. It was 102 degrees. The people and the icing on the cake melted, but every one was all smiles.
We walked for what seemed like miles in the summer heat to see the famed toy store. The kids drug their feet a bit and made comments like, "I sure hope it's worth it." The kids did stop to humor their mother and take a photo before going in.
Once inside we were in awe. It was difficult to keep us all together. Every one wanted to go see "their part" of the store. We built a custom remote controlled car, hugged Spiderman, and danced on the BIG piano.
Each child got to pick out a toy (with a price limit) from FAO as a momento. From the second we hit the door the race was in to discover the perfect take home toy. Mom almost cried when the only girl chose nail polish instead of a toy, but she helped the oldest son build the car and everyone left a little bit more excited.
The Boston Tea Party was amazing. We learned so much about the men and women who fought for what they knew was right. America sure does owe a lot to those folks... and that means us!
New York City is a great town. We really liked it. It's very different from home. Even though we only spent 24 hours in the city this trip, we learned a lot.
We learned that
- everything costs money, even a photo with your favorite superhero
- Lay Marbles is really a play about French people who like freedom, but it's sad and stuff.
- the city is loud and dirty, beautiful and eccentric - and bright all night long
- you can hear a zillion different languages and eat any kind of food you want any time of day
- we really like our own yard and love seeing the stars at night from home (You can't see them where we were)
- if it looks close on the map, it's not really that close. (We like the on-off tour bus)
- waking up at 5am to try to be on a morning show kind of stinks
- FAO Schwartz is the best place ever
- we definitely want to come back!
After watching the first episode of Nickelodean iCarly, where the main character decides to do a web show, my kids decided that they would like to do a "show". Choosing to share our experiences with others, sounded like a really fun idea.