It’s been a LONG time! The days are passing very quickly and we have just 1 week left here in New York. Next Wednesday we fly from La Guardia to Salt Lake City to visit our son, Zack, and his family who were recently transferred there by the Army. I’m really looking forward to seeing grandbabies #1 & #3, Paityn & Cameron…we haven’t seen them since May of 2013! Way, way too long!
Michael has continued his work on the 4th bedroom. Once all of the drywall was up on the walls and everything was mudded he started construction of 4 foot walls on either end of the room as the room was basically an a-frame. The short 4 foot walls will provide small storage rooms on either end of the room.
After getting the walls erected it was time to get the drywall put up on each wall. Today he is working on mudding the seams, screws, etc.
Other than mudding he still needs to install a few electrical and cable outlets, get the heating/air conditioning system hooked up to the room and possibly will have time to do some sanding as well.
When we leave Dan and Amanda may have some sanding to do and will need to paint. They’ll also need to have carpet installed as well as install molding around the windows, floors and door. Luckily, they’re still in touch with the builders so that shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Last Friday Amanda and I made Michael take some time off and had him go with us and the babies to the beach. We drove north to Crab Harbor Beach which is in the town of Northport. We visited during low tide so it was hard to get to the water but we walked as near as we could, picking up seashells along the way.
We spent much of the time we were there letting Alex play at the nice play area. Papaw and Ben sat on a bench in the shade chatting with an elderly gentleman who was there with his wife and their 3-year-old grandson.
I flipped back and forth between taking pictures of Alex playing on the equipment and sitting on the bench chatting. Poor Amanda ran around chasing Alex from one place to another while trying to keep her feet from being burned by the hot sand.
Afterward we stopped at Panera Bread for a bite to eat…gotta love gift cards! Also gotta love their Broccoli Cheese soup!
Dan & Amanda have been wanting to buy a new dining room table for a while. They’d found one at Ikea that they liked and on Saturday we piled into two cars and went and picked up the table and chairs. Well actually we picked up the table…the chairs were out of stock. They went back Sunday morning and picked up the chairs that were now in stock.
Just love Ikea! We weren’t there long enough to enjoy browsing so we’ll have to plan an Ikea outing very soon so that Michael and I can get our fix!
We stopped at On the Border since it’s next to Ikea and enjoyed a nice Mexican meal. Of course it’s not Texas Mexican but it’s pretty darn tasty.
The table is big on it’s own…seating 6. But when it’s extended it will seat 10. Our immediate family is currently at 10…so it’s the perfect size for when we’re all together.
While Dan and Amanda were picking up the chairs at Ikea on Sunday the boys stayed home with Nana and Papaw. Alex, who is just starting to show an interest in using the potty chair, decided he wanted to sit on the potty. Papaw accommodated his every need….books, cup of apple juice, Mickey Mouse on the TV…and we were rewarded when Alex peed! We rewarded him with M&Ms for a job well done! Ok….so maybe this isn’t travel blog material….but it’s Nana & Papaw blogging material! We were very proud of our 2 1/2 year old grandson!
Yesterday (Tuesday) we met Dan for lunch at the Noodles & Company in Westbury. It’s kind of becoming a tradition to meet our kids for lunch one day while they’re working…not sure why….but I like it. It was a quick lunch but nice none the less.
We visited the same restaurant last summer when we were here. At that time the store wasn’t even open to the public yet. Amanda received an invite to come to a tasting and could bring guests! It was pretty cool.
While we were out Amanda took us to Eisenhower Park to show us the war memorials and the 911 memorial. We walked through the war memorial area where there were memorials honoring those who fought in Vietnam, Korea, Southeast Asia, World War II etc. Alex enjoyed the various flags flying and had to stop and sit on several of the memorial benches.
Unfortunately, the 911 memorial was ribboned off as there were a couple of men making repairs. I was able to get a couple of pictures from a distance. Maybe the next time we’re visiting we’ll go back so that we can visit the memorial up close and personal.