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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

It's Official

We finally bought plane tickets for the kids' trip this summer. Within the past few days, we (I) came up with the scheme of sending them first to stay with Grandma Donna. She is, to put it mildly, ecstatic. They will spend three full days with her and then take the 12 hour drive to my parents'. They are both very excited. Jesse can't wait to meet Donna's dogs (kids) who are a male and female jack russell terriers. She will keep them very busy as she lives near a large city (to remain unnamed) with lots of stuff to do.

Even though it's nerve wracking as a parent to send your kids off on a plane cross country, I'm really excited for them. They will not only build lots of self confidence from this trip, but this will be one of those trips that sticks in their memory forever.

We paid the extra $40 each way ($80 roundtrip for those of you counting) for the airlines to assist the kids during their trip. Even though Nate will be 14 and is considered a young adult, we figured that they will need the extra assurance that someone will be there to take them to their next gate. The extra 80 bucks also allows one person to get a gate pass, allowing us to pass through security and escort them directly to the gate. The same goes for the receiving end. It makes me think of the old days when you walked off the plane and got immediate gratification from whatever loved one was picking you up. Now you have to maneuver your way to the baggage claim before getting to have that long awaited hug. I guess one positive is that you get a chance to use the potty before becoming engrossed in conversation and what not.

Now that we have the kids' trip squared away, it's time to concentrate on making plans for Ron and I. We will have three full weekends (count 'em...3!) without the kidlings. We are more than seriously thinking of booking the trip to NYC (and looking forward to yummy donuts!). Bearette, if you're ok with it, I'd love to have any insider tips on visiting the city. We already know of a few things that we definitely want to do, but would love to get some first-hand advice.

Another possibility we were talking about is a "hike in and camp" trip. I've always wanted to try this as the only camping I've ever done is in State & National Parks, KOA (which is not really camping, and various private RV parks (ditto). What I would really love to do, is take one of those 3 day river rafting/camping trips. But since Ron is deathly afraid of bodies of water, I'll have to wait til I can talk one of the kids into going with me.

The third thing we've been wanting to do for quite some time, is visit a family friend in Cincinnati. She used to be really good friends with Ron's adopted mom and lived with them for a few years. It will be fun to visit and catch up with her. If anyone knows of any fun stuff to do in the Cincinnati area that is preferably not kid friendly, let me know. Since most of our trips involve finding stuff that's fun for both us and the kids, we'd like to fill our time with all those activities that would most likely receive a "this is sooooooo boring and sooooo stupid" rating from the kids.



  • At 2:33 PM , Blogger Bearette24 said...

    Well, I won't recommend Serendipity then (famous kid-oriented dessert place in NYC) ;) I think it's overrated anyway.

    We could have brunch at the doughnut place, and we can definitely recommend many restaurants. Other than that, some of my favorite haunts are Central Park, The Strand (books!), Union Square Park, The Ziegfeld is a fun old-time movie theater with balconies and everything, etc. I don't know too much about the museums but I think most of them are on a donation basis, which is cool. There is also an Ethiopian restaurant where you eat with your hands and drink honey wine...definitely an experience.

  • At 2:34 PM , Blogger Bearette24 said...

    The doughnut place also serves pancakes, eggs, etc. in case you're not in the mood for the doughnuts.

    I'll be out of town May 12-14 and Memorial Day weekend, but otherwise, we'll be around!

  • At 5:22 PM , Blogger Roxanne said...

    The kids are taking their trip from June 26-July 21. We are thinking about doing NYC on July 4-July 8. Know any good spots for firework shows? Ron said it would probably be a good view from the Staten Island Ferry. I have no idea since I know absolutely zero about the city.

    Mmmmm.....donuts. :)

    The Ethiopian place sounds interesting.

  • At 6:04 PM , Blogger Bearette24 said...

    Ron is probably right about that. We've only watched the fireworks once or twice; when we did, we went toward the East River.

  • At 11:46 AM , Blogger Rachel said...

    I am incredibly jealous of your trip to NYC. I would love to go there! One day, I will!

  • At 1:37 PM , Blogger His suzy said...

    You could try Union Terminal in Cinti. It used to be a huge train station but has since been transformed into, like, 3 different museums or something. I haven't been there yet myself since it's been changed around, but it's supposed to be pretty cool. And have some LaRosa's pizza!!! :)

  • At 2:07 PM , Blogger anne said...

    You'll have to wave to me from the city - I'm an hour and a half northwest of it!

    Your trip sounds great. I highly recommend the Bronx Zoo. I've also heard that the NY Botanical Garden is awesome (right next to the zoo) - http://www.nybg.org/ . Another thing I've heard a lot about is The Cloisters - http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_of_Art/introduction.asp?dep=7 - it's a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I enjoyed the Natural History Museum a lot, too.

    That pretty much does it for my city experience! I tend to head to the mountains and rivers rather than to the city. Have fun planning your trip!

  • At 2:15 PM , Blogger Liz said...

    I think I took my first solo plane ride when I was 12, flying to Ohio to visit my best friend. I had to change planes once and it was terribly exciting- there wasn't much time to make the connection and so an airport employee took pity on me and whisked me to the terminal on his little golf cart.

  • At 4:19 PM , Blogger Bearette24 said...

    The Bronx Zoo comment made me remember...there's a really cute zoo in Central Park. You can feed the sheep and llamas and there are even a couple of pigs.


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