Friday, April 10, 2009


Grandma left this morning.

She was here for approximately six days and how it flew by!!

Here's the quick and dirty rundown.

She was slated to arrive at 5:15 p.m. But due to delays in Seattle she showed up at 7:15 p.m. in a dark corner of Newark Liberty. Alaska Airlines has a very very small presence at EWR.

Chunky went to a birthday party that he had previously committed to and rationalized his going as he didn't want to "Hog Grandma" all to himself. Ha ha! Me and Moochie and Grandma went for a drive to Noorick where I showed her where I worked while Dr. Mad Scientist took Chunky to the party.


That evening Dr. Mad Scientist and I ditched the boys with Grandma and he and I went out to dinner and a movie by ourselves. Expensive as all HELL but you know what? The last time we went out by ourselves with no kid(s) in tow? January 2002. It's been seven years--it was worth every penny!!!

We went to an Irish pub for dinner and then saw Adventureland. Not a bad movie. Kinda tits-and-fart humorish, with a splash of indie flick and a dash of date-movie.


Monday & Tuesday
I worked both of these days and Dr. Mad Scientist had class at night. To top this off the weather was crappy so Chunky couldn't get outside much (this week was his Spring Break--no school!). But from what I understand while I was at work they all had a good time playing board games and just messin' around.


We took Grandma into NYC. After our failed attempt to take Moochie into the city with my sister in February--I was a little nervous about this one.

But this time we had the stroller and a tad bit warmer weather.


We gave her the Dr. Mad Scientist Patented Quick And Dirty NYC Tour. This is where we hit a ton of iconical NYC sites in rapid succession:

--Pop out at Penn Station to get a picture of The Empire State Building;

--Hop the subway down to Union Square to hit the Strand Bookstore;

--Take subway downtown;

--Check out Trinity Church and all the Dead White Guys in the churchyard and revel in the shittiness of your camera's ability to take pictures in the dark;


--Hit Wall Street to watch the crazy tourists try and fondle statuary bull testes;


--Cruise on down to Battery Park to take a quick picture of the Statue of Liberty (and a self portrait);


--Hightail it the hell out of Battery Park because it's effing cold by the water and was actually snowing;

--Have a typical overpriced New York City lunch at Grand Central Station;


--Hit Times Square at the Toys R'Us and while Chunky, Grandma and Dr. Mad Scientist ogle the store, you hang out with an exhausted Moochie is hypnotized to sleep by the rotation of the indoor ferris wheel;

--Go down about a block to check out M&M World where it is Dr. Mad Scientist's turn to duck into a quiet corner to keep Moochie asleep while the rest of us got our M&Ms on. Of course Dr. Mad Scientist was able to bask in the glowing coos of hot chicks who are magnetically pulled to Moochie by his insatiable cuteness when sleeping.

--Hightail it back home for Jersey because you're exhausted (and proud of Moochie for having lasted all day without being too insatiably fussy like he was the first time we took him to NYC). Of course you pause for photos in See-Cock-Us with the Electric Boogaloo Cattail 1% For Art statue.


Grandma's last full day with us.

We first dyed Easter eggs.


Then we played a little Monopoly.


I let Moochie hold Boardwalk for a bit before I was bankrupted. Being a slumlord doesn't pay.

After Moochie went down for a nap, Grandma, Chunky and I took a walk up to "the swamp" where we were hoping to see some Canadian geese nesting. The boys and I do this every year and every year we get hissed at by the geese.

Sadly no geese this time, but a beautiful day.


If you look closely at that last picture you'll see the white egret we saw. Made up for not getting to have any geese hiss at us.

We also used Thursday to get some group pictures.


Because Grandma couldn't find a flight from Newark to Cincinnati (where she flew on to visit my sister T.--and then next week she'll go visit my Younger Younger Brother and his family--of the Christmas Hat fame. Because when you only see your Lower 48 children once every four or so years, you make sure you see them all in one fell swoop!), we had to drive her to the Philadelphia airport.

Which was cool--the boys had never been to Pennsylvania before so they can cross that off their states list now and Grandma can now say she has travelled the whole height of New Jersey.

First I had to get gas though.


We made it there in great time thanks to the time her flight left in the morning and the fact it was Good Friday and I want to say most people had the day off.

Even though Grandma's visit was exhausting...


...we were sad to see her go!!!


See you in another four years Grandma!!!!

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Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Wow, that a whirlwind trip! It looks like you guys managed to fit ALOT in. Glad you guys were able to have such a great time. By the way, that bull fondling pic is hilarious!

8:53 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

What a great week!

Is it just me, or does Chunky look like he's grown up a whole bunch recently?

8:57 PM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

Well, it looks like it was a great visit!

And holy CRAP is Moochie getting BIG!!! And Chunky is, as always, a total cutie-pie.

9:35 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Moochie really has grown by leaps and bounds hasn't he? What a cutie! You and your mom are so cute together. That self-portrait of you two is awesome.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Moochie is adorable, and he's gotten so big so fast! You definitely look a lot like your mom (and you've got a young looking mom too, by the way!). And of course I'm totally jealous that you live so close to NYC!

10:09 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Phew! What a week! I need a nap just reading about it ;).

It's really nice that your mom could visit, though. It sounds like you had a blast ... and her, too :).

10:53 PM  
Blogger janna said...

It looks like everyone had a great visit -- but it makes me sad that you get to see your mom so rarely.... :-(

(and my verification word is amomen - with mom right there in the middle!)

11:53 PM  
Anonymous nikBudnik said...

I know we cannot compare to the NJ fam.... I sure as hell would not want to let go of Moochie.....I am glad to see you all had fun, and we cannot wait till Grandma Arrives in the Rocky Mtn State! I know, I know, you were here first...but, I will try my hardest to show her a good time here as well. Thanks for the photos!!!

2:07 AM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

YAY! I am so glad you guys had a wonderful time :)

7:13 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I love your photojournalism. Looks like a great trip for your mom- I hope the rest of her traveling is as much fun!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Shrinky Inky said...

whew! I'm tired after reading that!! But clearly a good time was had by all (except maybe that bronze bull...or not!)

7:53 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Looks like a great visit!

8:56 AM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Wow!! Looks like you all had a fabulous week!! So much fun!!!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

Looks like you had a great time. Great pictures!

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds (& looks) like you guys had a great time. Loved all the pics. Love, Aunt Susan

3:53 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Awww Great trip and photos! Thanks for sharing!! Is is me or did Chunky just grow up a ton!! Moochie too! Glad you had a great visit!

10:06 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

What a great time you had with your mom.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Ah ....your mom looks like she had a great visit. Always sad to see them go.

How fun you got out to dinner....defiantly you were deserving of it....that is a long shot without some alone adult dinner plans!

I watched a great show on Alaska the other damn interesting. I thought about you when I was watching it. I even wrote stuff down that I want to read about when I have a few free moments lol

12:49 PM  
Blogger Cindy in Happy Valley said...

...and a good time was had by all.

Your mom looks so young for having such a large family!! Wow! How does she do it? And there's no denying that you, your mom and the boys are related.

Very cool!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

First of all, you look great! What is your secret for shedding the baby weight?
Secondly, you look just like your mom!!
And, finally, Chunky has grown up so much and Moochie is the cutest thing! Does he like women who are just a few months older? If so, I can hook the cutie up! :)
Glad y'all had such a nice visit!

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Rosi G. said...

what the HELL are you feeding Moochie??? Your boob juice is really some powerful shit!

he's totally adorable and you look just like your mom.

Chunky ALSO has grown at least a foot since I last saw him.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

What a fabu whirlwind trip!

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am back in AK and had a GREAT time with everyone!! Now I am catching up on blogs, bills and housework!! Love, Mom

11:49 AM  

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