Sharing my world in New Jersey

At last, I can sit down to do a post. I have to take the chance when I can, as there always seems to be something going on here. This morning, I grabbed my laptop and was just about to start wading through my 750 e-mails, when our son called up the stairs, “Mom, are you ready?” “Ready for what?” I asked, fearing the worst. We were apparently expected at a 3rd birthday party, so on with the boots and jacket, into the car and off down the road. I think that parents of small children are so brave to invite all these little people to their house for a few hours. The dad was in one corner of the kitchen, churning out little handmade pizzas, as if his life depended on it. Various moms and dads were trying to control their toddlers, and stop them from destroying the property. Much food had been lovingly prepared, labelled and set on plates, ready to be half eaten, dropped on the floor, or left for the family to consume over the next couple of days. The cake was really lovely, and I did have a piece, against my better judgement. Sugar overload! 😯


It started to snow after we’d been there for about an hour, and looked so pretty out of the window, but it made me wish I’d brought a long sleeved jacket instead of just a fur vest, and had worn my snow boots rather than my fashion boots with heels.


Yesterday, was also quite a cold day, and the family decided to go to the ice rink,


I didn’t try skating, as I figured that I’ve got this far through my life without it, so why do I need to risk a twisted ankle at this late stage. One young woman did fall, and it was a good hour before she was stretchered off, after lying there on the ice whilst someone with a clipboard asked her a whole lot of questions, and made copious notes. I’m sure she must have been quite frozen.

Little Taylor made a valiant effort, helped along by her dad.


After a while, she gave up and came to watch with me, through the glass.


Down in the basement here, I was cajoled into playing hula hoop. Sienna is an absolute star.


We had a competition to see who could hula with the most hoops, and I was the loser. 😦


Whilst little Max was busy ‘cleaning’ the floor with his favourite Christmas present,


I was roped in to sing Christmas carols with Sienna and her cousin.


We also had a visit to the doctor, for Max. The waiting room was so beautifully decorated with murals,



but Max was much more interested in watching the fishies.


Out in the car park, I spotted this rather long limo. We could really fit the whole family in that, no problem.


Tonight we’re going out for dinner and to see the movieLes Misérables. I’m so looking forward to it, and wonder how it will compare to the stage show I saw a few years ago.

We are still here for a few more days, and tomorrow were going into the city to the Natural History Museum. I always love a visit there, as the exhibits are so fascinating. Thanks so much to those of you who have visited my blog over the past few days. I will catch up with you all as best I can, even if it’s only on the long drive back down to Florida. I hope to manage another post before then, children permitting, but now my presence is required elsewhere. 🙂





Big smile, Big cake.

The weekly photo challenge “Big,” is I think, answered by this photo of my seven-year-old granddaughter Sienna, with her big smile and her gorgeous big birthday cake. How I wish I could have been there for her party on Saturday.

We spoke to her on Skype yesterday, and she showed me how she scored ‘Big Time’ with her presents.  Her prize new possession is an American Girl Doll, who comes complete with wheelchair, crutches, and a cast, as well as bandages, plasters and a hospital gown. She also has her athletics kit for when she’s all better and able to go to the gym. 🙂 Dolls sure have changed a lot from when I was a child.