This last weekend of summer I spent in N.Y. city with my 2 daughters and husband. What an experience! It was fun to see the sites and to do major shopping, but it is absolutely wonderful to be back in Kansas. I can walk outside and breath the air and it smells... clean. I kept thinking as I walked around N.Y. that I needed to go gather up the dirty towels in the kitchen sink and wash them. That smell kept coming up from the vents on the streets. I think it was the subway below us. The dirty kitchen towel smell was an overwhelming smell. NY was a fun weekend vacation but truly "There is no place like home."!
My favorite part of the entire weekend was spending time with my 2 daughters and husband. The memories we made were fun and will last til I'm old and can't remember anymore.
The first night there was good. We had traveled by plane to Baltimore to get my oldest daughter and then by car to N.Y. When we got to our hotel room, I could not believe how small the rooms were. I think I was too tired to care and had a good night's sleep. Everything in NY has little space but lots of people.
In the morning we headed out for Central Park and it was beautiful. I felt bad for the homeless people I saw on the sidewalks. That bothered me significantly. Central Park had many things to do and see, not just the homeless. I was glad we went. When we came back, I showered and rested for a while but my husband took our daughters to H and M and did some afternoon shopping.
I have pictures of my husband trying on men's Capri pants. I am sure they will be in the Midwest soon (ha, ha) but for now my husband decided to not make a fashion statement and leave the pants in N.Y. I think this was a good decision on his part.
We went to different restaurants and different tourist attractions. We went to the top of the Rock and once I got past my dizziness, I thought the NY skyline was a magnificent site. Walking along the sidewalks was a cultural extravaganza with different languages (we counted 8 different languages) being spoken all at once around us during one of our shopping excursions.
This whole trip was to celebrate my youngest daughters 18th birthday and was her graduation gift from high school. It was also our summer get away vacation. In less than 2 weeks, she will move to Lawrence to start her college career and my oldest daughter will return to finish her last year as a Kansas Jay Hawk. I am thankful for the fun weekend we four spent together and the laughter we shared! Time is changing and transitioning for all of us. We will continue to embrace it and move forward towards the next stage of our journey together.