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Fourth of July

Gavin and I arrived at the lake house around ten-thirty on Tuesday night. We got settled, talked with his parents for a bit and went to sleep.

On Wednesday, Ian, Karin and the kids joined, as did Aunt Lynn, for some barbecue and homemade strawberry shortcakes for dessert (with blueberries, which made them red, white and blue!)


We swam in the lake, went out in the kayak and canoe, and at night made a fire at night by the lake where we watched some of the locals set off fireworks from their lake-side backyards.


It was a really relaxing way to spend the holiday.


Hello Kitty!

Gavin’s parents went back upstate on Sunday morning. Since it was Ian and Karin’s last day in NYC (until next time!), we made the most of it by going all around the city.


We started at Columbus Circle on 59th Street, walked through the western side of Central Park up to 72nd where the lake is and those beautiful steps with the fountain.


By that time, the kids were ready for the next thing. They had climbed on every single rock along the way.


So we walked out by Strawberry Fields and went for lunch at Shake Shack. We got it to go and ate on the southern side of the Museum of Natural History which was nearby.


Next stop was Sanrio, also known as “the Hello Kitty store.” Jessica was with us by that time. She was nearby and had met up after lunch. After Hello Kitty, we went to Toys R Us in Times Square, then walked up Fifth Avenue to NikeTown. And then we walked back along the southern border of Central Park to Columbus Circle. I’m pretty sure we walked about 4-5 miles that day, all tolled. When we got back to the apartment, my parents came over- with Momma! By then I was also done. Again, we all ate barbecue together. I wasn’t feeling too well and I had work on Monday and Tuesday so I went to bed at a decent time.

My one and only goal for July will be to get myself back into sleeping eight hours a night. I’ve been in “thesis mode” for the past few weeks and it’s breaking me down. On a positive note, I am SO EXCITED to finally be married to Gavin! (I do need sleep though.)


On a completely unrelated note, I discovered that Branden actually enjoys feeding the cats. Hm, maybe we can keep him.

The Aftermath

The morning after the wedding, Gavin and I woke up together in the W Hotel A-Loft. It was super nice. We quickly got dressed (me in my regular clothes and Gavin in his tux- his suitcase was still at the Green Building) and headed over.


By the time we got there, Gavin’s parents had packed up about 80% of the car.


The remaining four cupcakes didn’t fit so we ate them (for some of us this was breakfast. For others, second breakfast.)


Once the car was packed, Mr. Thomas drove off and the remainder of us- Gavin, Ian, Karin, Mrs. Thomas, Mikayla, Andrew T., Branden, Andrew O. and myself- headed back to the apartment.


After an epic assembly line from the car downstairs to the apartment, we rewarded our hard work with some leftover Dinosaur BBQ from the wedding and then in varying intervals, proceeded to nap.

Later on, the guys went to return the tuxes at Men’s Warehouse on 34th while I took the subway down to Tribeca where Jessica was staying to bring her suitcase back. Since Gavin, Karin, Ian and the kids were already at the Statin Island ferry by then (for a ride around the Statue of Liberty), I stayed there with Jessica for awhile longer.

On the way home I took a cab since it was after midnight and the subway was running local. I was really involved in looking at wedding photos on the wedding app when the cab driver started asking me questions. I had my first opportunity to call Gavin my husband (!) The driver spent the next twenty minutes giving me free marital advice. It was surprisingly valid and actually quite interesting. Once I got back, I stayed up a bit with Gavin and Ian before heading to bed.