Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Gotta Love Them Reunions!

These 3 day reunions seem to work with us. The Ashton side had one 2 years ago. Now the Fowlers got together last weekend to hang out and have some fun. There was even a little Reiki involved one day, which unfortunately I have no pictures of.
Here's some hard evidence of the fun we had:

Three of my cute nieces on our way to catch us some fish at Arlington. Notice the girls all have our Fowler Love pink T's on.

Building a fire to roast some Hot-dogs/Some Mores.
I can remember 4 years ago, it was this very spot that Austin tried to create a fire without our supervision using lighter fluid. Flames rising 15 to 20 feet in the air. Major major trouble that kid.

Look at these precious Grandkiddos. One day they'll be bringing their own little families to the 3 day Fowler Fest. This is where it all started...

And... I saved the best for last. Granddad and Grandmother with all The Originals. Some more original than others I might add. Take note of the boy in the center doing the splits. Ouch. That's what years of being a Master Yoga Instructor will get you. Photos like this. I wanted them to do something crazy. Make a silly face. Maybe show some funny expression.
Who followed through here? Is this as crazy as it gets folks?

I'm glad I could hook up with this fine family...I love them all.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Top 10 reasons to visit NYC with your 12 year old.

Following a tradition that we started with Ace, BWD and I took Coby on his 12 year old vacation.
We chose NYC again because it's like visiting 6 countries for the price of one.
Here's the top 10 reasons why you should consider going here with your little loved one:

  1. If you love to people watch, there is no better place, period. We saw and heard people from all over the world! Anything goes here. You can dress any way you want, look at freaky as you want--you not only fit right in but you are embraced.
  2. Conquer your fears. Take a 30 minute walk down 125th street and Harlem and see what it feels like to be the only Caucasian around. Be led into a dark alley by a little Chinese lady trying to avoid the police so you can buy a Coach knock-off. Ride in a taxi.
  3. The Pizza. The Soups. The Pies. The Sandwiches. The Breads. The pounds you will gain will be well worth it. Coby especially liked the cannolis.
  4. You will appreciate good old home conveniences like hopping in your car to get to the grocery store in 5 minutes, being able to see for miles and miles, and the smells around you.
  5. Visit all the places you've read about in books or have seen in movies. Grand Central Station, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, NYC Library, Apollo Theater, Broadway, Empire State Building, SoHo, Ground Zero and Wall Street.
  6. Learn how to commute by Train, Subway, Taxi, Bike Carriage and Ferry. And of course, Foot. We walked miles and miles each day.
  7. Phantom of the Opera. Fabulous.
  8. Laying down in a comfy bed at the end of the day. Even more Fabulous.
  9. The Manhattan Temple. Truly an escape from the chaos around it. And the guard outside the door is totally entertaining.
  10. You will leave there with a new found love and appreciation for your own cost of living.
We heart NYC.