On our way up we went off the beaten path. We had a turkey cross the road in front of us in South Carolina and it was fussing at us the whole time! If we'd been headed homeward, he might have wound up a Florida turkey LOL
Then we stopped for the night in Gettysburg. We had enough time to walk through the cematary, something we didn't get to do the last time we were there. We got a fabulous hotel outside of town with three beds! It's always fun to get a really comfy big room. The greatest thing was the woods behind the hotel. There was a firefly presentation like none of us have ever seen. It was just unbelieveable, hundred of thousands of fireflies all in the trees, there was just a hint of coolness in the air, and for a Florida family we felt like it was Christmas time!
Sam had to have an EUA so this was him following the perfect exam! I still get choked up when he is being taken back to be placed under anesthesia. He does great and as usual there were no problems.
Our beloved Dr Aquevella and his new assisting doctor that I think we will love also:)
God bless that place!
this picture hangs on the boardroom of the Ronald McDonald House. Not only is it meaningful to us that they have pictures of our family up, this picture was taken just about an hour before the accident at the canal. But for the grace of God, this might have been the last picture we would have had of Sam. I'll be honest, it is very hard for me to go back to Rochester. I'm not one to cry but I was very stressed about going this year. I despise the Erie Canal and hate to see it. It's very hard emotionally.
After Rochester we headed for NYC! We left the city in 1997 so 20 years later it was our first time back! We found a Country Inn & Suites in Queens (Long Island City) that was wonderful. One block from Queen's Plaza (subway and bus stop) Blocks from the 59th street bridge!
It was bizarre to see the police & anti terrorists force out! NYCis a far different city than it was 20 years ago when we lived there.
So there is quite a joke in our family about the McDonald's on Times Square.....
in early 1995 I ate there and got sick on the subway before I could get home to Brooklyn. In fact I was sick for several days so I called them to complain.....when I never could get better I went for an exam and found out I was pregnant with Steve LOL I never did call them back and apologize. We always laugh when we see that particular McDonalds on TV or a movie!!!
Olive Garden on Times Square
Sarah and me in Central Park
Of course we had to go to the hospital where Steve was born, St Luke's Roosevelt (although it's another name now) Lots of memories for me- Steve was born here, we lost the twins here and I almost died.....
I swear this was the same bassinet Steve was in LOL
There was a family leaving with their baby and I wanted to grabbed them and tell them how fast time passes by.....but they would have probably thought I was nuts.
Of course you know I had to go to Trump Towers!
Sarah loved the ice cream at Trump Towers!
St Patrick's (now you have to go through a metal detector!)
this was my fitbit for our first day in NYC! I was so tired and it was soooooo HOT!
Yes Shad is asleep on a NYC bus!!
Sarah got really upset with the traffic and sounds so Jon and I started taking turns taking the boys around....
WHILE WE WERE AT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
our nurse called and said she had the hand delivered paperwork of Shad's citizenship!!!!!
You just can't make that up! It was amazing!!!!!!!!! 11 years it took! His paperwork was all kinds of ways messed up but he is now a citizen!!!
We had to keep up our strength!
Empire State Building
Brooklyn in the back ground
You know I love libraries!
Steve and Sam walking towards our hotel from the parking lot
We also spent a day going to our old haunts!
Brooklyn Teen Challenge
the building with the blue door we lived in
first we lived in the top right apartment.
Later we moved to the bottom left
The stairs to our old apartment right side
The Men's home where my husband worked
In 1986 I did an internship at Metro Church in the Bed-Sty section of Brooklyn
the store I got my 7-Up from every morning
the apartment I lived in 3 rd floor walk up
What a LONG trip we were so very glad to get home. On the way home, in North Carolina a truck lost its' ladder in front of us, it was a miracle we were not killed! Our oldest son was driving and he handled it well but it was very scary!!!!
Tomorrow I'll blog the 3rd part of our summer:)