Highlights of the New England Trip!!
SO! My 3 sisters, my friend Carolyn and I went on vacation to New England for 10 days, and we all had a great time! Hannah wrote up her photo blog, and so I’m gonna do a blog, too. Basically, I’ll just write about some of the highlights (which I keep spelling “hightlights”). Enjoy my first disorganized blog of the week! 🙂
1. We went to New York City! And we saw Phantom of the Opera! It was fantastic, the show was fantastic, the city was surreal, it felt just like the movies… it was great. The NYC adventures included: getting rained on at the top of the Empire State Building, traveling by train, subway and TAXI, eating street vendor food in Central Park, viewing Times Square, and taking fun pictures at Madame Tussauds.
(Silly Blurb: At the top of the Empire State Building, I put 50 cents into the telescope excitedly to see if I could see the Statue of Liberty. But it was so rainy and foggy that all I could make out was a blur. But I was so excited to see that blur, I exclaimed, “I see something! I don’t know what it is, but it’s something! Hannah, do you want to see something?” I repeated this bit when Bekah came up, and all 3 of us got to see something. 🙂 )
2. Canada! We drove up to Maine and our hosts took us to the border where our car was searched before we could enter the country. Passported and excited, we drove into the country and took a picture at the first sign we saw. Then we found an exit off the highway, turned around and drove back. The nice guard to let us into America asked us if it was worth it, and we said yes.
COOL PEOPLE WE SAW
Well, everyone we saw was cool, but they come in different categories, so here they are.
1. Internet Friends! We had the pleasure of staying 2 nights with a family very dear to me, the Inmans. I used to snail-mail pen-pal with 2 of the daughters for years, and our families have gotten together several different times since we’ve known each other. Though it wasn’t very long and one of them had a baby so we couldn’t hang out much :-D, it was great to see them again. We also got to stay with some internet friends of my mom’s. Getting to know the families and just hanging out was a blast. Their hospitality for strangers reminded me so much of my days in New Life, and I think we all had a great time.
2. Relatives! We stayed with my Dad’s brother in New Jersey (Uncle Andy), as well as the aunts on my mom’s side in Rhode Island! Though we only got to chat for a few hours before he left, Uncle Andy took us out to a classic New Jersey diner, as well as recommended a fun
breakfast place in the morning. The aunts, who we stayed with a few days longer, took us to Waterfire one evening, Newport the next, and then also bought us some clam cakes and chowda, since only Hannah remembers ever eating those. It was lovely to see and hang out with all of our relatives, including a few cousins and uncles. Miss you guys! 😀
3. New Life Alumni! I was so glad to get to see Jojo and Jose on this trip, 2 good friends of mine that I traveled with in the drama company. From swapping NLDC stories around the dinner table, to spontaneous worship time around a campfire, and ending with a late-night evening of girl talk, it was just a lovely time of fellowship. The camaraderie that I feel with my NLDC friends was something I’ve missed a lot since I’ve been home. And even when we don’t always see eye to eye, the friends I made there will always be near and dear to my heart. That stop on the trip was extra special for me.
SILLINESS THAT HAPPENED
Along the way, there was just a lot of silliness that happened. Here is some of it. Even though all these may be “You just had to be there” moments, I’ma tell you anyway! 🙂
-Playing Catchphrase with my family is always a blast. Us 4 sisters played a few rounds at Uncle Andy’s house, and these were some of our favorite clues:
“You do this to stop the bad guys from coming in!” (Answer: Lock the Door. Bekah said “Now all I can picture is a huge swarm of bad guys trying to come through your door”.)
“It’s like, ‘Whoa! Whoa!’ And I think it’s an ice cream place?” (Answer: Yo-Yo. when the time ran out, Elizabeth looked at it and suddenly remembered what a yo-yo was)
We had gotten the words “Hello Mary”. Next hint: “Skip to my ___!” “Baby! Hello Mary Baby!” (Answer: Hello Mary Lou.)
Hannah gave these paraphrased clues, and Elizabeth gave these answers: “It’s like when you’re on your feet, but you’re the other way.” “Lying down!” “No, it’s up and down. It’s like you’re upside down; you’re not on your feet.” “Stand on your head!” “No; you go up and down, but your feet are not on the ground!” “Somersault! Levitating!” (Answer: Hand Stand.)
-We were on the grounds of a lovely mansion and enjoying the view of the ocean and the
distant neighborhood. I said, “I want to live in that house with the turrets!” Hannah replied, “I want to live in that boat.” To which I said, “I want to live in that lighthouse.” To which she replied, “I want to live on that fence.” This went on and on, with each thing we were living in becoming more and more ridiculous. “I want to live in that guy’s backpack” was quickly followed up with “I want to live in that guy’s mouth”. From bugs to leaves to cracks between the rocks to dumpsters to windows to the wind, we tried to come up with as many as we could. But my ABSOLUTE favorite was in the parking lot when Hannah said, “I want to live in the spot on the ground where I will get run over the most amounts of times.” Cracked. Me. Up.
-During our dinner of clam cakes and chowda, Hannah and I got on the subject of her mocking me, and for some reason I had the rhythm for Dr. Seuss’ “Sam I Am” stuck in my head. So I asked her, “Will you mock me in the rain? Will you mock me on a train?” Soon it became a back-and-forth conversation that went on for a good half an hour. It went something like this:
“Will you mock the way I drink?” “I will mock the way you think.”
“Will you mock me with a smile?” “I will mock you all the while.”
“Will you mock my Facebook status?” “I will mock your favorite catfish!”
“Will you mock me if I eat that one?” “I will mock you if you have a fat son.”
– Hannah brought along this storytelling card game called “Once Upon a Time”. Each person has a certain amount of cards that they play, in turn, to try to create a coherent story. If nobody interrupts you, the person who started the round CAN put all their cards down and end the round if they think quickly enough. For us that night, each person would generally only play 1-3 cards in a row before another of us jumped in with our own. But one round, Elizabeth managed to get all her cards into 1 story all by herself: all 7 of her noun cards, plus her Ending Card. It went something like this:
There once was a queen who lived in a castle. One day her daughter wanted to to go the woods. But the queen said, “Make sure you bring a brother or a sister along, because you might get eaten by a wolf. Or poisoned by a witch! And we would have to go live in the ruins.” Then they found out that wolves do hunt in packs. And they both died. And they were buried in the same grave and the kingdom mourned for them.“
And some final pictures!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀