Home again, jiggety jig.

How could I abandon you all for so long!!?? I felt somewhat bereft without my laptop, but  our visit up north was so packed full of activities that we barely had a spare moment to  catch our breath.

There was of course the birthday party for little Taylor which spilled over two days. First at home, with a pool party for friends and parents.


The cake was HUGE and tasted really delicious. I ate quite a big piece, and still had room for salmon, steak, shrimp, salads and ‘Keenwah’ which is apparently the latest health fad up in NJ.


The following day there was another party at the local Gymnastika just for the kids. The foam pit was very popular,


as were the pizza, macaroons and cupcakes afterwards.


We attended Taylor’s school talent show, where she got stage fright at the last minute. She was all set to sing ‘Castle on a Cloud’ from Les Mis, but couldn’t go through with it when she saw all the people in the audience, even with dad there to hold her hand.


Sienna proudly showed us her ‘Potato Clock’ exhibit at the school Science Fair.


She also had a part in a kid’s musical ‘Milan’, which was excellent. She’s the one in the middle. The only problem was that we were seated directly behind the grandparents of the girl who had the lead role, the girl in the white dress, and the whole family were busy videoing the entire show, so I had to peer around their cameras the whole time.


We all went to ‘Build a Bear’ and Max got a dog,


whilst Taylor chose a rainbow bear named ‘Sweetie Pie’.


On Thursday night we went to see Chris Isaak in concert at the Wellmont Theatre. He was amazing and was on stage for the whole show which lasted for almost three hours. My favourite song of his is ‘Wicked Game’. How many of you remember that big hit from 1989?


On Friday, Hubby and I visited the One World Trade Center and Observatory Tower, which I’ll show you pictures of in a later post. Then it was sadly time to come home again.


Before we knew it, we were back in Florida.


Hubby of course is back to work on the house renovations, and after I’ve done the laundry and food shopping, I’ll do my best to catch up with you all over the next couple of days. Hope you’re having a great week.




71 comments on “Home again, jiggety jig.

  1. What a great trip you had,Sylvia! No time to get bored 🙂 or hungry with that impressive cake! Welcome back home to the sunshine state!

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful time, Sylvia. Poor little Taylor – a big audience can be so daunting! 😉 Sienna’s potato clock is intriguing! Too bad those silly parents in front of you videoed so much, that’s very frustrating. Welcome back 😀

  3. I know that guilty feeling. At least you had a very good reason;) sounds like you had a great time too!!!
    I’ve been in a lull,of sorts. Hoping to be back very soon. Take care

  4. A great Report, Sylvia, you had a great time, I see. Why would you have spent one thought about us? such a nice Family and great activities. Good to have you back, however.

  5. Sounds like a fun trip, Sylvia. Welcome back! Too bad about the stage fright . . . but seeing one out of two perform isn’t too bad for a quick trip.

    Wicked Game is a great song.

  6. You did pack your short trip full. How did you manage to get both grandkids performing, not overlapping, but available for your viewing pleasure? What an amazing time. !! 🙂

  7. Sounds like you had a great week! I love the song Wicked Game too. I first heard it on an advert and bought the CD. See – advertising works! Except the advert was for a car, a Jaguar, which I certainly didn’t buy…..

  8. Lovely to see your family celebrations .. I know our kids really enjoy having all the family around … Makes for good memories

  9. Isn’t it wonderful to see the next generation share their creative spirit. It is not easy to get up on stage, but these baby steps are the building blocks to help them take their positions on the “stage of life.” Beautiful moments. Thank you for sharing…

  10. It looks like you had a fabulous time with children and grandchildren. I’m sorry poor Taylor got stage fright. I admire her for even trying. It would be pretty scary to be that young and have to sing in front of a large group of people!

    Glad you’re back safely! We’re still going through our renovations here. I’m so tired of all the noise and upheaval!! 🙂

    • Thanks, Cathy. Our son said he would have sung the song for her if he’d known the words. 🙂 I know just how you’re feeling about the renovations, but we have to try to think positive. it will be worth it all in the end. xx

      • Oh, that would have been funny if your son had sung that song, and then started stumbling over the words!

        Yes, I’m trying to think positively about the renovations. I am seeing progress and I know now we’ve passed the halfway point. 🙂 Good luck to you too. At least you don’t have strangers in and out at all hours!

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