2nd grade

I can’t believe my baby is in 2nd grade!!
2ndGrade

The League Premiere

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My friend Ingrid got tickets to The League premiere at the Gramercy Theatre and I got to go! Yes, it’s a terrible photo of the cast!
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From the left are the 2 creators of the show, Kevin, Andre, Ruxin, Taco (!), and Rafi (!) The cast was really funny and it was cool to be able to watch the first 2 episodes of season 6 on a big screen. I was hoping we were going to get some swag but we didn’t. Probably better off!

Summer ends

Some miscellaneous happenings from the summer!

First family bike ride!

First family bike ride!

Birthday outing with S and S

Birthday outing with S and S

My birthday flowers

My birthday flowers

My birthday cake!

My birthday cake!

Rockaway

Rockaway


Swimming at Vinny's house

Swimming at Vinny’s house


The kids at Manhattan Beach

The kids at Manhattan Beach

Beach hair with Jess at Manhattan Beach

Beach hair with Jess at Manhattan Beach

Last hurrah at Coney Island

Last hurrah at Coney Island

Bushkill Falls

I usually like to take a trip right before school starts. I remember visiting Bushkill Falls with my family when I was younger. I thought it would be fun to visit again with my family. We stayed at a Homewood Suites in Allentown/Bethlehem. They had a hot tub! :-)

Bushkill Falls was nice but very touristy! The waterfalls were very pretty and we did a bit of hiking but there were definitely more people around than I am used to!
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Sienna took this!

Sienna took this!

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This is just over the bridge from Easton, PA so I think this is the Jersey side.

This is just over the bridge from Easton, PA so I think this is the Jersey side.

I had no idea this was here! And we've been to Easton, PA a few times!

I had no idea this was here! And we’ve been to Easton, PA a few times!

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Storm King

We ventured up to Storm King Art Center in the Hudson Valley. I’ve always wanted to check it out and glad we finally got the chance (despite getting a speeding ticket afterwards, on the way to dinner! coughSpeedTrapcough) It is a beautiful area! Zhang Huan was the artist on exhibit but many artists were showcased as well.

Beautiful Trees

Beautiful Trees

An overview

An overview

Roy Lichtenstein!

Roy Lichtenstein!

This beauty caught my eye. I've never seen anything like it!

This beauty caught my eye. I’ve never seen anything like it!

Sienna took this shot and I thought it was so cool that she was taking a photo of me taking a photo!

Sienna took this shot and I thought it was so cool that she was taking a photo of me taking a photo!

I love butterflies!

I love butterflies!

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Sienna took this shot too

Sienna took this shot too

Being silly under Zhang Huan's sculpture

Being silly under Zhang Huan’s sculpture

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Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan and us

Zhang Huan and us

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We went to dinner in Tarrytown since it was on the way home. This is when I got the speeding ticket. Yes, technically I was speeding but I feel it was unfair as it was all downhill and I was coasting! And I actually had to go to court for this to the town of Highlands (October!) Aaah! It was super annoying to have to drive up there as it took me close to 3 hours due to morning rush hour. The drove home was much faster. $150 and a day of my time. It could have been worse! Anyway, we went to Little B’s. They have a make your own burger option and Parmesan truffle fries! YUM!
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Last day of MB 2014

Last day photos of the condo we stayed in. And of course, we found a really good breakfast place on our last day!
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Murphy bed

Murphy bed

Good breakfast place!

Good breakfast place!

Found this lunch place via Yelp while on the road. I don’t have it written down and I can’t remember where it was but it was good! I think it was called Crepe Cafe or something like that. And it might have been Virginia?

I needed this salad after all the fried foods I ate!

I needed this salad after all the fried foods I ate!


Couldn't resist getting a dessert crepe! Look at it!

Couldn’t resist getting a dessert crepe! Look at it!

Myrtle Beach 2014

We aren’t strangers to Myrtle Beach, we’ve been there in 2011. See here. So this part of the trip was truly just to be a beach bum. We rented a condo on the beach, a different place than last time. The condo was located in the Caravelle building but rented through it’s owner. It had the usual pools, lazy river, jacuzzies, etc.

Our view from the condo

Our view from the condo

Buried!

Buried!

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Boom Boom Shrimp from Mr. Fish.

Boom Boom Shrimp from Mr. Fish.

Sky Wheel

Sky Wheel

He always gets Pad Thai

He always gets Pad Thai

Silly!

Silly!

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Big Bass fun

Big Bass fun

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Yeehaw!

Yeehaw!

Mini Golfing!

Mini Golfing!

Brick Oven Pizza from Little Italy

Brick Oven Pizza from Little Italy

Cheeseburge from Hamburger Joe's in North MB

Cheeseburge from Hamburger Joe’s in North MB

So Long NC

Here are some images of the cabin, taken right before we were checking out. Yes, that little monitor on top of the fire place is a tv. We didn’t use it except for the last day, when I was curious and turned it on. I believe there was some PBS kids show on so of course, Sienna was all into that. The cabin was a nice stay, the whirlpool tub was nice (especially after the Chimney Rock hike!) but the internet never worked. We survived tho!

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After breakfast at Medina’s (the lunch place we went to yesterday), we headed off to Myrtle Beach. We stopped off for lunch at a place called Harry and Harry Too. The food was really good and the inside had all kinds of stuff hanging. Sort of like Cracker Barrel but authentic, I’m sure. We found out that there was a place we had to stop by, if we were close to the restaurant, called Pearl Friar Gardens. Pearl Friar is a man that retired from DisneyWorld. I think from the look at his property, you can guess what he used to do at Disney. It was beautiful!
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2 of Sienna’s shots!
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Last Day at Lake

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It was the last day in Lake Lure so we hung around town. We did some “gem mining” in town, which was fun but didn’t really last very long. We ate lunch at Medina‘s and they are known for their cinnamon bun. Everything is homemade so you know I really love that! It was all delicious and the people were very nice. I wish we discovered this place sooner on our trip!

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We stopped by the Flowering Bridge, gardens along a 150 foot bridge that is no longer used for cars. It was beautiful and so many butterflies! I tried so hard to capture some on my camera but wasn’t very successful. It was a real hot day so we decided to go in the lake. I was a little hesitant since it was kinda all gross and spider webby when we checked it out the other day. I’m glad we did! We spent about 2 hours in the lake when we saw the clouds descend. We made it back to the cabin in time before the downpour.
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password is secret

The Lake from Lisa on Vimeo.

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I’m not sure how long the downpour lasted but soon the sun came out! We wanted to go check out the town of Hendersonville, the woman at the Visitor’s Center told us it was similar to Asheville but not as spread out. By the time we got there, after a stop into Wal-Mart, most of the stores were closed so we couldn’t browse. They did have a bunch of painted bears along the street. We had dinner at Flat Rock Wood Fired Pizza. We got a little confused at first because the sign actually said West First Wood Fired Pizza. Oh my gosh, it was DELICIOUS!! We started off with this awesome spinach, goat cheese and artichoke dip. I filled up too much on that as they gave bread with the dip. I know bread makes sense since it is a pizza place. Sienna got a regular cheese pizza from the kid’s menu that was the same size as our pizza! I got a campari (roasted garlic olive oil base, tomato slices, garlic and fresh mozzarella-with balsamic vinegar reduction and fresh basil) and Yves got a prosciutto (aged parma ham, fresh mozzarella, & fresh arugula on crushed tomato sauce.) We were stuffed but Sienna had room for dessert! Homemade ice cream sandwich, which was actually ice cream between 2 brownies! Oh my!

My pizza!

My pizza!


So we headed back to the cabin with full bellies to get our things together to start the 2nd half of our vacation tomorrow! Myrtle Beach!

Lake Lure and Asheville

Here are some shots we took while enjoying the boat ride around the Lake.
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Did you know part of Dirty Dancing was filmed at Lake Lure? These stairs is where Baby was carrying the big watermelon. Do you remember that scene?

Did you know part of Dirty Dancing was filmed at Lake Lure? These stairs is where Baby was carrying the big watermelon. Do you remember that scene?

Lots of mansions!

Lots of mansions!

Tourist Sienna

Tourist Sienna

Interesting house!

Interesting house!

After the tour, we drove over to Asheville. The ride was a bit curvy and although Asheville wasn’t very far, it took longer because of that. During our stay, we have come to drive a bit on the same road. There is a town called Batcave and I kept meaning to take a photo of the sign but never did. Drat! Anyway, Asheville is a cute little college type, hippie like town. Very similar to Berkeley and Austin.

I like their cans

I like their cans

Do people actually donate to this?

Do people actually donate to this?

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head shop!

head shop!

The aluminum on this piece is soda and beer cans!

The aluminum on this piece is soda and beer cans!

At the Thai restaurant, where we had dinner.

At the Thai restaurant, where we had dinner.

A cute mural!

A cute mural!

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