Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Family Visits

April has been such a great month. The first week was filled with a wonderful visit from Dad, Mom, Nick and Trevor. A couple days later Jonathan's Dad and Mom also paid us a visit. Our apartment is now fully broken in, which is better than being broken into!

The Bond Visit
Having my family here was such a treat, though we missed Marie (come visit soon, Muz!)! I was lucky enough to have a couple days off from work and show my family around. With my two younger brothers, Nick (11) and Trevor (8), we were able to see a view of the city as kids do, making multiple stops at the NBA Store and Nintendo World. We also enjoyed Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, General Conference, Silver Moon Bakery and delicious restaurants - Bubba Gumps, Quality Meats, Shake Shack, Gray's Papaya, and Kitchenette. Jonathan's lasagne also made it as one of the highlights of the trip!

My Dad and I on the Staten Island Ferry.

One of my very favorite parts was riding the subway with Nick & Trevor. They loved swiping their metro cards through the turnstiles and trying to get it right the first time, hanging on to the poles and trying to balance, watching the street performers, etc.

I have the cutest little brothers.

One day we had great weather and enjoyed some time in Central Park. Jonathan, Nick and Trevor played frisbee while Dad, Mom and I soaked up the sun.

Cutest husband. Cutest little brothers. Hands down.

Dad, Mom, Me, Nick and Trevor.

The Curtis Visit
This is Jonathan writing. Mom and dad's visit to their 20-somethings in Manhattan chased away the grandparent blues by showing them just how cool it is to have cool children who live in cool places. My parents' typical "vacation" these days involves changing diapers, running to Costco, or taking grandkids to the park--their stay in NYC was a little different. Highlights include sipping hot chocolate at Cafe Lalo, going to the temple, strolling down 5th Avenue, visiting my school in the Bronx, a farewell to retirement funds on Wall Street, visits to top museums, authentic Italian food, and lots of walking. Mom dragged dad and I into the American Girl Place--4 floors of overpriced dolls and rediculous amounts of accesories. (This is Jamie again - for every girl this is a dream come true!). Thanks, Jamie...I am not a little girl, and it was not my dream come true. We played hard and had a blast--I just hope that we didn't march mom and dad around too much!

Wall Street! Goodbye 401(k)...hello 201(k)!

Jonathan gave his parents a tour of the Bronx Lab School where he teaches!

Although it was a rainy day, we enjoyed wandering around The Cloisters and viewing its beautiful Medieval Art.

One of our many strolls through Central Park.