Thanks to Bill (and some very generous people he knows ) we had a weekend like no other. We had 5 days off together with some pretty special events mixed in there.
1. West Point. We made a quick stop at this beautiful military academy. We didn't have much time there, but we were able to see probably the most scenic spot!
|Random cutie picture|
2. The New York Air Show. We didn't have tickets for the actual air show, but we were able to sneak a peak at the rehearsal the day before. Wow! Watching this in person is nothing like watching it on TV. It was amazing. The sights, sounds, and death-defying maneuvers left me with my jaw hanging open almost the whole time. So cool. We even got to see the Blue Angels. Go Navy!
3. Matthew's Birthday/Iron Pigs Game. Our little guy turned 9. NINE!!
You know the drill....morning doughnuts, plus waffles and ice cream as he requested....
(Side note: Cake by Ann. Upside down "6" candle by Mom. #momfail.)
We were gifted tickets to an Iron Pigs baseball game. (minor league for the Phillies). The weather was beautiful, the seats were great, and it just felt good being at the Great American Pastime on the 4th of July Weekend. There was even fireworks and running of the bases at the end and special message for the birthday boy.
4. 4th of July in NYC. On Tuesday we headed back to New York, but this time we were in the city. We made a pit stop at Bill's work to check in on those who help keep us safe. Then we had dinner at a nearby diner.
After dinner we went on a boat tour of the East River. We traveled up to the Statue of Liberty. The sun was setting and the views were spectacular.
Once the sun set, we were positioned in this great spot on the water to watch the fireworks. These buildings were behind us....
|Empire State Building|
It was spectacular. To see the fireworks up close and feel the booming in your chest as the sound bounced off the buildings behind us, and being so close to be able to smell the smoke coming from them..... Oh, and the boat had cookies and coffee on board and they were tasty...... So, every sense was incorporated. What a thrill.
So, it was an awesome weekend overall. I have to say, one of the best parts for me was taking a step back and watching Big Bill secretly looking at the kids. When he sees them all happy, that is when he is happiest. The look of joy on his face was one of those everlasting snapshots taken in my mind.
Love this guy of mine xoxo