Friday, June 27, 2008

New York: Day 2

Day two started out with leaving the hotel at 6:30 am to head to Bryant Park to see Maroon 5 in the concert in the park series with Good Morning America. Gracie befriended one of the stage guys and he gave her the script of the days show.

We then got on the Hop-on Hop-off bus and went Downtown to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

We returned to the hotel to dress and head to see Xanadu. Xanadu was great! Lots of great music and funny!

While at Xanadu, my Mom returned to our seat and said she saw a movie star but couldn't remember his name. I asked what he looked like and she said she thought he was in Boston Legal. She said that she recognized him and almost went up to him and asked if he was from Sedalia!!!! We have teased her about it! After the musical was over, we waited outside for him to come out.....can you guess who it is????

It's the guy in the black suit...he was in the Titanic and Legally Blonde.....Victor Garber. He walked within a foot of me and smiled!


Oh my! I LOVED Wicked! We saw it the first night we were in New York City! I completed one of my 40 before 40 things! I got teary eyed at the end of the show! It was fabulous!!!! I would recommend it!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

New York: Pictures with the Stars

On day one, we had our pictures taken with the stars....wax stars that is Madame Toussad's. It was quite interesting seeing how tall or short some of the stars are!

Jessica Simpson and the girls.

I will post more pictures. (my battery went dead and I used my Aunt's camera and she will get the CD of pictures to me when we get home!)

New York City: Day One

We are in New York City! We took off at 7:00 am from Kansas City and arrived in New York City around 11:00 am. We had a great was Sydney's first time on a big airplane!

After a horrible experience with our shuttle (we were placed on a shuttle and the driver turned around and took us back to the airport because he picked up the wrong group-we changed shuttles, moved our luggage around, etc.) But we finally made it on the road to our hotel. I took lots of pictures on the bus. After checking into our hotel, we headed down time square to get our tickets for the NY Pass to see the sites. We picked our tickets up at Madame Toussad's Wax Museum. That was a treat! I will up load those pictures later (my camera's battery went dead, we used my Aunt's camera and her batteries went dead too!) After touring the museum, we changed for Wicked! It was fabulous! One of the best musical's I have ever seen! We loved, loved, loved it! The girls enjoyed it! Enjoy the slide show of our first day! I completed one of my 40 before 40 things today....seeing Wicked in New York City!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

My Summer Resolutions

Yes, you read that correctly....summer resolutions! I am one year and almost a month away from turning 40 years old and I have not even put a dent on my 40 before 4o list! Also, with each new transition, I always set goals and try to achieve them....start of summer, start of the school year, start of a new year. It's an opportunity for me to look at what's working in my life and what isn't....and work on improving and making changes that will not only benefit me but my family as well. So what are my summer goals?

We will be having our family meeting on Monday, June 9th....figure I will let my kids relax and enjoy the first three days out of school and I am planning on sleeping in and enjoying the first couple of days.

1. Developing and establishing new routines with the kids. Bed made each day. Showered and dressed each morning by 10:00 am.

2. Chores. This summer the boys will get the opportunity to learn how to sort, wash and fold their laundry. Each week they will rotate who's job it is!

3. Each week, two will help with the grocery shopping. This means, cutting coupons, looking at ads, planning what we will eat week, help with the shopping, cooking and cleaning up.

4. Setting and enforcing house rules. We just had new carpet installed downstairs from our sewer back up in January and had the upstairs carpet cleaned so no time like the present to enforce the shoes off at the door and no eating/drinking in the living room & family room.

5. TV/Video Games/Computer Time will be limited each day this summer. I want to spend each afternoon at the pool soaking up the sun and working on my tan to hide my cellulite-tan fat looks better than white fat!

6. Workout each day. Connor has a 1 mile run that he must meet under 6 minutes 4 out of 5 times during HS Soccer tryouts so we will be spending some time training on the track and trail. I would like to achieve my goal of losing 20 pounds over the summer.

7. Putting in a garden. We are planning on planting tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and a herb garden.

8. Finish deck.

9. Finish painting house.

10. A Garage Sale, start working on cleaning out the attic.

11. Sort Christmas decorations that have been piled on the saw horse table in the garage and placed on the shelves in garage.

12. Plus have fun this summer reading, spending time with my family and soaking up the sun at the pool.

What's your plans for this summer????