Monday, July 10, 2006

Well it's Monday afternoon and I have just returned from a Nuclear Stress Test Part I: Just routine, no worries.

Our week off was great. We wound up spending Saturday and Sunday nights with our niece and nephew in Manahawkin, NJ. That is officially "down the shore" for anyone who doesn't know NJ. They are two of the best hosts I have ever met! Especially since we called on Saturday to ask if we could come. I love you, Kathy and John. We had fresh crabs caught off their pier, a wonderful Sunday afternoon on their boat in the bay, and lots of good conversation and time together. Oh, and not to forget showering outside in the sea breezes and sunshine. Lovely!

Our other highlight was going to the half-price matinee of Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Half price but the price still made me gasp! It was absolutely the most wonderful experience. The music is breathtaking and the voices were flawless. The scenery and the pyrotechnics were also quite amazing. What a memorable day. It was quite rainy and humid so we found a little bread and soup restaurant to eat before the matinee. If I never see another Broadway play, I will have seen the best.

To round off our week, we also went to Turtleback will be more fun with the grandkids. From there we went to visit Thomas Edison's estate which has just undergone several years of restoration. Quite interesting to see how the other half lived at the turn of the century.

We cut our week short one day to babysit our boys. We took them to a local farmstand
that has animals to feed. Caleb puts his hand behind him and says "No Thanks" when asked if he'd like to feed the animals. Isaac has no fear, just has a little trouble grasping the cracker. It was fun and relaxing and tiring all at once.


helen henry said...


Glad you had a good week. Our turn comes up in two weeks when grandson Josh is in town and we go up to Silver Spring, MD for some fun with James & Hilary!


Crystal said...

Aunt Ruthie,
I am so glad to hear you had such a good time on your week off. (Paul's favorite musical is Phantom...and someday I would love to take him to see it on Broadway! I can only imagine how awesome it must have been!)
Have a great weekend!