This weekend was warm – so we thought. But we’re near the ocean so temperatures are never too extreme. Then we ventured to the “Valley” and we quickly went from 81° F to 99° F. Luckily our friends have a pool. Quinn was thrilled.
A great weekend with friends. It’s always a success if someone falls asleep on the way home.
We spent the last week in New York, visiting our friends Angela and Oz and her parents. This was Quinn’s second trip to New York, although she doesn’t recall the first visit.
DAY 1 – Long Island Aquarium
We started off the first full-day with a trip to the aquarium. It’s a small aquarium, but Quinn enjoyed herself.
DAY 2 – Long Island Children’s Museum
DAY 3 – Manhattan
We took the train in from Long Island . From Penn Station we walked to Central Park. I have to be honest, it was challenging for Quinn – she’s not used to this much walking.
On our way out to Strawberry Fields, we ran into a street performance.
We met up with friends (why didn’t I take a photo?!) at the Mighty Quinn Barbeque restaurant.
We ended the night with Mr. Softie
The first thing on our list was to go to Totonno’s for pizza. We’ve tried twice in the last ten years, the first time they weren’t open and the second time, we were too late – no more pizza. The only make a certain amount of dough and when it’s gone – they close their doors.
Then we to an old favorite, for traditional Sicilian pizza in square slices.
Our drive back to Long Island took two and half hours due to an accident on the highway. But we were still happy we made it to Brooklyn.
DAY 5 – Adventureland
Oz suggested we go to Adventureland amusement park to give Quinn a fun day. He didn’t realize how much she enjoys rides.
These parks really reel in the kids, Quinn so wanted to play game to win a prize. Oz and dad strategized and decided to play a game where they were the only competitors, guaranteeing that Quinn would get a prize.
We had a wonderful dinner with Aggie and Angelo. And Quinn found a new friend in Nick. Earlier that day she had ask me, “why does that kid go to work everyday?” Nick is 23 year old, but still a kid in Quinn’s eyes.
DAY 6 – Statue of Liberty
Quinn had studied the symbols of America in kindergarten and really wanted to see the Statue of Liberty. We asked several of the families that we traveled with to China to join us. Everyone traveled, the Cathermans came from Pennsylvania and Nielsen’s from upstate NY.
We had a terrific trip and Quinn really enjoyed herself. She didn’t remember our first visit. And was actually surprised to see a photo of herself with Angela and Oz displayed in their house. “How did they get my picture?” she asked. She didn’t realize we took the photo in their house at our last visit.
I think this trip will be memorable. Quinn’s photos will be coming later. It will nice to see her perspective!
It’s hard to believe how quickly this year went. It’s amazing to see that Quinn can write brief sentences, sound out words and express herself in English. And can write simple characters and speak full sentences in Chinese. We now converse in Chinese! Things I didn’t expect at the beginning of the year in August. I’m looking forward to giving Quinn some fun time, although we she’ll still have a pretty regular daily schedule of camp (while we are at work). Here’s to a fun summer!