Happy Halloween! Our 10th Annual Bash

Our Dad/Grandpa, a retired longtime teacher, loves to party. Each year, we get together at his home to celebrate Halloween! This year was especially awesome, with some clever costumes, creative pumpkin carvings, beautiful day … and a full theatre presentation of “The Greedy Goblin” by the grandkids! Some highlights…

The teenagers.
The teenagers.

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A little football.
The bone hunting game is always a hit!
The bone hunting game is always a hit!

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Standing Ovation for our theatre stars!

Happy Halloween, all. Make it safe, sweet and full of laughs.

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Girls in the City: Introducing Our Daughter to NYC

Our eldest Julia had one 16th birthday gift request: A trip to New York City.

Oh, alright then. (It’s her parents’ absolute very favorite city in the world, and we have been to many cities on most continents.) So mom Elizabeth introduced her to this amazing city! We also met some other inspiring women along the way…

Girls who can do ANYTHING.

Our cab driver from the airport to our hotel was a lovely young woman who drove fast, smart, honked when necessary, and enlightened us on what Julia ought to see while in town. We had a lot of great airplane and cab rides!

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Women who history remembers (history rarely remembers well-behaved women!).

At St. Patrick’s Cathedral, my favorite Manhattan church:

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On TV and in-person.

We stopped by the Today Show, visited with the very smart, friendly Peter Alexander and Erica Hill. Family and friends back home said they saw us on TV. Jules realized getting up early has rewards.

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In killer shows.

We took in two Broadway shows, both led by ladies. Chicago and Wicked. Both are beautiful musicals. Chicago more simple and traditional but with lots of familiar music, fabulous dancing and wry humor. Wicked just over-the-top!

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The real women of Trump Plaza.

Inside this golden tribute to capitalism is tucked Niketown. It was one of our many shopping stops, and under these batons, to symbolize the Olympic Women’s Relay Team’s amazing win, our girl of summer Jules found some rocking new tennis to keep leading the race!

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Women of Wall Street.

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Obligatory Bull Market shot.

Several women are amongst those who have had ticker tape parades in their honors.

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The most amazing lady we met.

One of the Park Rangers at the Statue of Liberty really made Julia smile. Referring to the long entry lines, the female Ranger said, “Well, she is a very popular lady.” What a charming way to describe this incredible monument! We planned ahead (FAR ahead) and scored tickets to climb all the way into this lovely lady’s crown. Very cool.

It was a tad chilly on our ferry ride out to the very popular lady.
It was a tad chilly on our ferry ride out to the very popular lady.

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Here's where we're climbing!
Here’s where we’re climbing!

 

At the pedestal!
At the pedestal!
Up the spiral staircase to the crown!
Up the spiral staircase to the crown!
In Lady Liberty's crown. Most beautiful accessory.
In Lady Liberty’s crown. Most beautiful accessory.
What a view, huh?
What a view, huh?
Looking up to her torch. It was a very special moment, talking about how all those immigrants must have felt when they first glimpsed her torch, welcoming them to America. +chills+
Looking up to her torch. It was a very special moment, talking about how all those immigrants must have felt when they first glimpsed her torch, welcoming them to America. +chills+
Down the spiral steps...
Down the spiral steps…

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Ah, what a memorable girls weekend in NYC with our amazing young Julia. Thanks for showing her your best, women of Manhattan.