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Monday, July 12, 2010

The Long and Winding Road

Sweet Boy and I have begun packing for an upcoming trip. We leave tomorrow and will begin with a visit to great Grandma. Our mission is to help get her settled into a new assisted living home. I will be taking my 88 year old granny and 8 year old son on a pontoon boat ride around one of the nearby lakes. I am not sure who is more excited at this point.

From there it’s off to Philadelphia and a visit with Auntie, Uncle and our cousin. Sweet boy wants to jog up the “Rocky” steps and I can’t wait to head out into the Pennsylvania countryside.

We’ll also hop on a train bound for NYC. Sweet Boy is so excited to be going to the Museum of Natural History. I have picked up a big bone for “Rex” in case he desires a game of fetch. We’ll be staying with good friends. Our friendship goes back to our  military days in Warner Robins, Georgia.
Our trip will also include a little something to pacify our love for the theater. We have wanted to see “The Lion King” for ages. It is thrilling to think about seeing it on Broadway.
The final leg of our trip will have us at the Jersey Shore. We’ll be bypassing Snookie and The Situation for somewhere a bit lovelier, Cape May. I hope to visit with my dear friend Deborah. Our time there will be spent at  the Chalfonte Hotel, a turn of the century charmer.
Upon our return at the end of the month my mother’s ashes will be placed at her families cemetery in Delta, Colorado.
A long and winding road in the journey of life to be sure.
I will be taking a break from blogging and will return at the end of the month. Feel free to read my archives.
How are you spending your summer?


Tracey said...

Hi Laura! I'm sorry I missed your amazing was a busy week and I didn't get a lot of time at my computer. At any rate, I hope you have a wonderful and enjoyable trip!!!

Hugs ~

:) T

April said...

You will be missed--may God's mercies be with you as you travel!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Have a wonderful are going to be visiting some of my fave places!!! Thanks for the present you sent was beautiful and I loved it!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Laura! I will be keeping you in my heart as you start your journey with your son to place your mother's ashes.
I know you'll have the most fun being with your friends in New York! Oh, you're going to love seeing The Lion King! We saw a few years back and I felt like a kid - it's wonderful!
Oh, you sweet thing! I received my gift from you and I love it. I'm soaking up the wonderful tonight in the tub! :) Thank you so much - you didn't have to do that but my heartfelt thanks go out to you!
Have a wonderful trip and we'll see you when you come back to Blogland.
You are a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

miss corner cape said...

have a wonderful trip, comin' around my way!

Vicki said...

Sounds like a super trip! Have a great time with your family and friends. I'll be looking forward to your return, catch you at the end of the month.

Carrie said...

Hope you have a wonderful trip. I hope we have wonderful weather for you on your Colorado leg of your trip.

glor said...

Safe travel and blessings on this wonderful journey. You will absolutely love The Lion King, its amazing! Look forward to seeing your adventures when you return.

Kit said...

What an incredible trip to be taking! Stay safe, and enjoy yourself. Tell Sweet Boy to look for the footprints at the top of the steps and have his picture taken there as he pumps his arms. The view from there is incredible of a lovely Philly. Cape May has a wonderful seafood place called the Lobster House. Can't wait to hear all about your trip. Kit

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laura, this sounds like a trip with some sad and some happy times in it. I know your son will remember this forever. Enjoy every minute with him and all the sweet memories you two will make. Hugs, Marty

The Pennington Point said...

Whew! I hope you have a wonderful time. You deserve a vacation.

Me, I'm enjoying staying home. I travel a lot during the year and I am staying home for the summer. Yeah! :) Lisa~

The Boston Lady said...

Laura, I hope you have a wonderful trip - it sounds full of fun and adventure. The Maven and I will begin our trek back across the country starting August 10. The week before that Mr. Tennis and I will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Southern Calif. coast. All our best to Mr. Decor and if it looks like W and I pass through Phoenix we would love to take the Decor family out to dinner.

Visual Vamp said...

What a wonderful trip you have planned.
Alberto and will be in NYC July 23 - will our paths cross?
Much love to you and thank you for the great comment you left today.
xo xo

Debby said...

Wow, you have a full plate ahead of you. You will have so many memories of all that is about to happen. Good luck, travel safe and I hope your heart finds peace.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Oh Laura, it sounds just wonderful!! Have a wonderful and safe trip. I can't wait to see the pictures when you return!

French Basketeer said...

I wish you a tres bon voyage and am sure you will come back with lots of fodder for great blog posts! Enjoy every one of your vacation days...every stop along the way sounds like tons o' fun, and to be with those you love, ah...

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Wow! What a trip you have planned, Laura!

We have no vacation plans, but a bunch of Mr. Magpie's family is coming to visit next week for my birthday and his brother's birthday which we will celebrate together.

Have a great time on your trip!


Sheila :-)

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Sounds like a great time. You will love the Lion King.
Come by for a giveaway if you have not already.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a world traveler and you don't even have to leave the United States, Laura! I wish you and sweet boy a safe and wonderful trip. I'm sure this will be a great time to bond even more. I hope you both enjoy yourselves!

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Laura-

What a great trip not only for you, but a terrific experience for your son - so much you are going to see - nature, architecture, city, country, entertainment, life and death. I hope you have a wonderful time. Travel is so much fun- Enjoy.
Where does your Aunt live in Pa?

The Shiny Pebble said...

Have a safe trip. May God bless and protect you and your family.

Liz said...

Have a safe trip! And a relaxing break! :)


P.S. I got to meet MCG too! I was so thrilled! She is soooooo nice. I couldn't believe it.

Liz said...

I forgot to menetion... I love your little cardi chains! How clever are you!!!! :)



Have a wonderful holiday with your family and stay safe. We'll be here awaiting your return. xx's

My Cottage Charm said...

I'm gonna miss you while you're gone! :)
We are actually on our vacation right now. We took our boys to see Fort Sumpter at Patriot's Point in South Carolina. We've gone to Charleston and walked the historic streets (took TONS of photos) now we're relaxing on the shores of Folly Beach. I'm enjoying soaking up some rays and just vegetating! :)
Hope you have a wonderful time! We took a NY city trip a few years back and had a blast! I'm jealous you get to see Lion's King! ;)
Love ya much

Privet and Holly said...

Hi sweet Laura! Just thinking about you today, as your lovely package arrived! Sending a separate note but wanted you to know it found its way here : ) Your trip sounds wonderful and your son will remember it, always, I'm sure. You are going to come home refreshed and full of memories and inspiration from all that you've seen and done. Enjoy every minute, my friend! And of course, take a lot of pictures!!! xx Suzanne

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Laura,
What a marvelous holiday your have planned with Sweet Boy! Best of luck with getting your grandmother settled! You'll be seeing so many great places and the Lion King - your son will like it. Anxious to hear all about it.
Safe travels,

Jennifer said...

Have a great trip Laura! It looks as if you have fabulous plans!


Jen @ said...

What a great trip. Have a fabulous and safe trip!


Mimi said...

HAve a wonderful trip!!it sounds so fun and something I would love to do!!!ARe you guys driving or flying one place and then traveling to other places???I take it that is the Case, I AM Sorry, I am tired tonight and reading and commenting on so many. I would love to stay at that charming inn!!SO fun, Lion King, I saw it at Gammage,you will love it!!
Look forward to updates along the way!!

Alison said...

Have a safe trip with Sweet Boy

Syd said...

Have a safe trip!

Linda said...

I'll miss you!! But what an awesome trip to be making!! Praying safe travels and blessed fun!

While our Summer is waning, with the start of high school in one month, it does seem that it's been a long summer since the end of May... We've had numerous little vacations and road trips, wonderful time with family and friends - so really, I couldn't ask for more.

Love and blessings,

Karena said...

Hi Laura,

I know this will be a very memorable trip for you. I am keeping you in my thoughts,

Art by Karena

Miss Sandy said...


Have a safe trip and I hope you have some amazing and memorable experiences with sweet boy at your side. Enjoy the break it is well deserved!

bonnie said...

Have a wonderful trip. I think you'll have no trouble avoiding Snookie and the Situation in Cape May. I second Kit's recommendation of The Lobster House. If you like seafood, it's the place to go. Look forward to hearing about your trip. Safe journey.

OneCraftyFox said...

So many places to go and see!!

Happy travels, sweetie :)

Debra@Common Ground said...

Laura, I just wanted to thank you so much for the sweet gift that came in the mail! The bath salts are wonderful and the lavendar is in my undies drawer! Thank you, dear girl. Hope you're having a wonderful trip with your family!!
Prayers for safe travel,

LuLu Kellogg said...

Safe Travels Laura for you and Sweet Boy! Have a most wonderful time!

LuLu♥ said...


Counting the days! I just posted on what you have to look forward to.

Your Friend,

Sam said...

Have a great time on your trip! Make sure to take lots of pictures! I'm excited to see them!


Kenzie said...

Ohhhh The Lion King on Broadway is my favorite! I've seen it 3 or 4 times and am amazed EVERY time!! You'll love it!

<3 Kenzie

Artzy Heart said...

Dear Laura...I stopped by your blog before and remember now how beautiful it is. I think you may have come by my space for the studio party, but I was held up a bit. When you return to blogland, I invite you to revisit my space--My Way although it's very primitive compared to yours.

Jorgelina said...

Wonderful trip!
Happy summer.

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE those flowers!!! GORGEOUS photos!