Monday, August 2, 2010

Our Mini Vacation

We had a wedding to attend in Delaware so being that was weren't able to take a big vacation this summer we thought we'd make a mini vacation out of the weekend.

You know the expression " we plan , God laughs" well he was getting his jollies with this trip. It started with Saturday morning a half an hour before we were to meet three cars of family members at a local Starbucks so we could caravan down to Delaware together. I get myself and the girls ready and go into the bedroom to see what keeping John. I find him still in his sweats leaning over the bed-he turns to me and says " I don't feel good". So being the kind and nurturing woman I am I immediately say" Are you friggin' kidding me?" He tells me he's been felt sick all night. I get him pepto chewables and make him toast. He manages to eat the toast and then proceeds to throw up everything he's eaten for the last 2 years.Apparently that is what he needed because after that he felt good enough to get on the road. What a trooper.

We finally get the Delaware after a 4 hour drive and it's like 104 degrees and extremely humid. I send him to the hotel room and take the girls to the pool so they can get in a quick swim before the wedding. After an hour we go back to the room expecting to see John showered and ready instead he's curled up in a ball on the bed in worse shape then I left him. I decide he's not going to the wedding in his condition and get him Nyquil,soup,pretzels and water and get ready for the wedding.

We head out to the wedding which is being held at a vineyard.
In 104 degrees
For 5 1/5 hours
'nough said

Besides that it was a lovely wedding and my cousin and her daughters looked absolutely stunning and she married a wonderful man with 2 adorable sons. I have no pictures because in the rush to get there I forgot my camera

Day 2 was Philadelphia.John was back to his old self (thank goodness) We got there around  2:00 and it is still extremely hot and humid and really impossible to comfortably site see. At this point Gabriella is miserable and making sure everyone knows it but managed to give a semi-smile so we could take the rare family photo

We decided after this to go to the hotel and the girls and John would go swimming and I would take a little rest as  at this point I had a pounding headache.

The hotel by the way was wonderful . We stayed at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park. I got a really great rate so we stayed at a stunning hotel in a great location for less than I would have paid for a room at an economy hotel. When we checked in the girls got backpack filled with goodies and received milk and cookies at bedtime. I got tea delivered to the room at 7:15 am  with my choice of newspaper-all complimentary!

Here's our view-sorry about the reflection
Looking to the right

Looking left
Back to the trip-not 5 minutes into my rest on the super plush bed they return to the room. Apparently the pool closes early on Sundays. We decided to all just chill out for awhile. While we're all resting we have a major thunderstorm which immediately lowers the temperature 15 degrees and no more humidity.
We decide to do a little site-seeing now. We go to Independence Hall which is pratically across the street from our hotel & because it's after 5:00 the tour is free. Then we head to Chinatown where the girls go to a little store to get Hello Kitty stuff and then we had a really good dinner.

Day 3- We have a wonderful breakfast at the Hotel's restaurant and do some more site seeing. We go to the mint(boring), Ben Franklin cemetery( I thought it was beautiful- girls thought it was creepy) Betsy Ross House and  then to a comic store for Gabby. After that we head out. We were going to NYC to see friends but what Sophia didn't know was we were stopping in New Jersey so she could see the home of her favorite show-
Cake Boss. She is obsessed with this show and has seen every episode at least twice

We get to Hoboken New Jersey and do a drive by of the bakery and we see this enormous line going down the block. I had warned John that there would be a line but he had no idea it would be as long as it was. After a 1 1/2 wait outside we finally made it inside where we waited another hour to be served.

Here we are right before we went in

Some of the beautiful cakes

These red velvet cupcakes came home with us-delicious!

That's Remy-one of the shows bakers and Buddy's brother-in-law
Buddy's sister Maddalena-the only sister we saw
Doesn't she look thrilled that I'm taking her pictue?

Buddy was in Italy when we were there. Was the wait worth it? Yes-Sophia was thrilled beyond thrilled and the cupcakes and the carrot cake we bought were delicious. We would ever do it again? Nope

After that we headed to NYC went to a Japanese bookstore for Gabriella then met our friends and their beautiful baby boy for dinner then headed home.

Our mini vacation started off rocky but ended well but I'll never again try to jam so much into such a small time frame again

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