17th Mar 2013Posted in: Travel Blog Comments Off on New York!
I had a great time visiting Long Island which is in New York. Madeline her family were great hosts and took very good care of me.
This life of a homeschooler is very busy and exciting…every day Madeline SKYPED with her friends from all around the US and the world (Taiwan, England, Scotland, Costa Rica and Australia…) I didn’t know homeschooler’s spent to much time socializing. Madeline’s focus this year is International Communication and she is doing a really good job of it; remember–we are all interdependent.
On Monday mornings we took the 2-hour train ride into New York City, Madeline has a great art teacher there and she also attends a cool Stop Motion animation class. Often we stopped along the way so I could marvel at some of New York’s most famous sites The Empire State Building (one of the highest buildings I’ve ever seen), Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue Public Library and one of my favorites FAO Schwartz and the Apple Store. It was really fun seeing all of the places I’d read so much about. Below is a picture of Madeline carrying me in my special bag at the train station.
Superbowl Sunday – Madeline and her family are rooting for two different teams. You should have seen the epic finish of Super Bowl XLVII as Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31 to claim their second championship. It was one of the best games I’ve seen. It’s just a bunch of really big guys trying to get a ball kicked into the goal (or carried).
Mardi Gras. It was a great day on Tuesday – February 12. It was amazing…music, parades, picnics, floats, excitement…and one big holiday in New Orleans! Everyone was wearing purple, green, and gold, and adorned with long beads caught from the beautiful floats. They sit on the ground throwing balls, playing music, having a picnic, and watching the crowds walk by between parades. During Mardi Gras, all of the businesses and roads are practically shut down–people walk everywhere and meet new friends. People are dressed in crazy costumes, kids are everywhere, and they love it!
Valentine’s Day – a day to send love out to all my friends that have read me, to all the happy faces in my book, to all the friends I’ve yet to meet that will read me someday around the world.
President’s Day was fun. Everyone thinks of past presidents and our president now. There are lots of sales in the stores and regular type schools are closed for the day so people can rest. Lot’s of people rest on holidays and don’t really celebrate.
Today is the Indy 500. I can’t wait to see if Danica wins—it’s called the Indy 500 because it’s race that’s 500 miles in Indianapolis. Lot’s of cars, lot’s of noise…lot’s of people – It has been considered to be the largest single-day sporting event in the entire world.
It’s the last day of February. It’s leap day – what are you going to do with the extra day? Leap Day has been around for over 2,000 years. I know in Scotland, it used to be considered unlucky for someone to be born on Leap Day. In Greece it’s said to be unlucky for couples to marry during a Leap Year, and especially on Leap Day.
I also really liked the local library. They let you borrow videos to watch on your DVDs at home, or you can take home tons of books, or you can stop in for story time and hear stories read to you. We spent a lot of time there, it’s a quiet place but definitely worth hanging out in.
I also dropped by the beach. Got a little sandy but Madeline cleaned it off. There weren’t many people at the beach because it’s still cold here in March. Too cold for my friends to go in the water. Lot’s of different color rocks, pieces of wood that washed ashore, and some broken shells that the tide brought in. The wind is strong and makes little waves on the water. No boats out today in the water but I see some local people fishing.
My coming out party was cancelled due to a huge snow storm. I was amazed and a little scared when I saw 36 inches of snow outside the window. We spent all day shoveling. It’s cold and there are no cars passing by because no snow plows have come by. Maybe my new friends will make a snowman or play with their sleds in the snow.
This is the Bookstore, my favorite place. It’s a world of new books which means new ideas, new stories, new thoughts, excitement!
Cute picture of me and the kittens over at Petsmart in Port Jefferson where I volunteered to care for and socialize homeless kitties. I love doing this because I love animals. Madeline has a dog named Logan and three cats named Tristanne, Big Foot, and Precious. They all seem to get along and they make my friends feel happy.