Happy holidays without turning on the stove… As the magnet says: MAKE RESERVATIONS!! That is just what I did! Back in July, I thought about taking my “Grand Girls” to the Big Apple for Thanksgiving. NYC here we come (if the pocketbook could stand the expense of the trip)! I have always wanted to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person and now that I am getting older, I thought that I had better seize the moment NOW! I had this conversation with my precious Aunt Dot back in the summer and she was seriously considering making the trip with us. She died on October 12th of this year and her death made me realize how short life can be. Her funeral was on her 85th Birthday and she was a very vivacious “Energizer Bunny”. She could have kept up with us and never missed a beat. I know that she was looking down on us every minute of the trip and believe me I had so many thoughts of her. I have been very blessed to have her in my life!
Let me tell you, this was the best idea that I have ever had! No dirty dishes, no leftovers, no oven to clean and better yet ,no ROLAIDS or extra POUNDS. Made the reservations to go to NYC and we counted the days to the departure.
I planned every day very carefully to include everything that we could possibly do in four and one-half days. I had 2 things that I wanted to do FOR SURE: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Rockettes. Some of the other activities included were: the Broadway musical “The Addams Family”, Time Square, Radio City Music Hall, Ground Zero, the top of the Rock, Dinner at The View, the Empire State Building, Dylan’s Candy Store, Canal Street, Rockefeller Center, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, St. Patrick’ s Cathedral, Macy’s, Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, several rides on the subway, the inflation of the balloons the night before the parade, and last but not least SHOPPING! Of course, we had to work around the weather and we did just that! I told the group rain or shine, cold or hot we were going to see all that we could possibly see while we were in the Big Apple so get ready to GO! WE were NOT going to NYC to watch TV or play on the computer!
Mission has been accomplished and this might become a family tradition. These memories will not be found in a cookbook!
Stay tuned for some great Christmas activities with your children, grandchildren or friends!
doris in The Secret Garden on May 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm
I love reading about your family and seeing your pictures. I respect the fact that you are teaching your son's family values because so much of that seems to be going by the wayside anymore..maybe someday we will meet and by that time your son's may even have their own cooking show.lol..wishing you lots and lots of love from this country girl's kitchen to Brooke Deen's kitchen of love.
Linda Miller in The Makings for a Perfect Father’s Day on May 19, 2013 at 11:44 am
Love this idea. I want to do this for my sister n law for the new addition of the family. What a wonderful way to celebrate a new baby in the family.
Kimberly McKinney in How to Host a Sip and See on May 19, 2013 at 10:54 am
I love Orchids but fine it hard to kept alive for very long. I love the way you display
Syndie Reynolds in Paula’s Love of Orchids on May 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm