Friday, June 29, 2012

Mom's Visit

Joe and I officially had our first visitor here in New York. My mom flew out for a week and I was so excited for her to see just why I love our new home so much. 

She had to take the red-eye here so that meant she would be landing around 6am. Luckily for us my mom insisted on hiring a car service so we didn't have to get up at 4am to pick her up from the airport. (Even though we would have been happy to do it) So last Wednesday I received a call at about 7:30am from Mom letting me know she was at our front door! I gave her an official tour of our place and she got settled in. Even though she has flown in on the red-eye we were not going to waste the day. We took the train to the city to meet my Auntie K for dinner in Soho and do a little site seeing.
Just outside of Grand Central Station
Mom enjoying people watching inside Grand Central Station.
The entire time Joe and I have lived here the weather has been perfect but the day mom landed it was nearly 100 degrees and not very pleasant. We decided to walk around Times Square after dinner despite the heat.
To our surprise there was a yoga event going on within Times Square. For about ten minutes we stood and watched hundreds of people doing yoga in the the dead center of the city streets. It sure was a site to see!

For the next couple of days the three of us relaxed and just enjoyed the town of Mount Kisco. On Friday we rented a car and headed off to see the town that my mom grew up in, New Cannon Connecticut. 
Getting excited!
Before we went to see my mom's old neighborhood we just had to stop at Ted's. Ted's is a restaurant that was featured on Man vs. Food. The unique thing about Ted's is that they steam their burgers and they were amazing! We actually drove about an hour out of the way to stop here but it was worth it!

Next stop on the trip and the main part of the trip was to visit the neighborhood that mom grew up in and where my Grandfather built their home. 
The first house we stopped at was my Great Grandparents house. My mom said the house used to be red but it still is so cute.
This pond was were my Grandfather used to ice skate and pull my Mom and Aunt on their sled. My Mom also believes that this is were she learned to swim but she is not 100% positive about that.
Unfortunately, the house that my Grandfather built has been replaced by a mansion but it was fun to take a tour of the old neighborhood.
From there I was determined to take my mother to the beach so we headed to Stamford Connecticut.
We enjoyed a nice day in Connecticut and did a ton of driving. (Or I should say Joe did a ton of driving) During Moms visit she told me many times she was excited to see a couple thunder and lighting storms. I guaranteed her that the storms here are nothing like the ones at home and you basically have to sit outside to hear the thunder. I guess I should have kept my mouth shut because on the drive home from Connecticut we drove threw the biggest storm I have ever seen. We received another huge storm later that week which was a little more fun because we were at home but I guess my mom got her wish.

Joe plays softball once a week with his fraternity so on this night Mom and I decided to cook dinner. It tuned out amazing!

Tuesday was the dreaded day that we had to drop mom off at airport. It was a long sad drive but we all know she will be back soon. 
Mom saying goodbye to the city for now.

During Mom's visit we had the worst heat yet and two of the worst thunder and lighting storms. It just contributed to make this a very memorable trip. Mom loved it here so I know she will be back many MANY times!

Who will be our next visitor?

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