Sunday, September 28, 2008

My trip to my Mom's

I have had the best week ever! I got to go to CT by my self to visit my Mom (and Mike :) ). It was so much fun we had the best time. Mike and My Mom are awesome they wouldn't let me pay for anything (thanks again guys) I even got yelled at when I would try to pay for my own food. It was really nice being spoiled for a week. OK so here are TONS of pics from my trip. This is a huge post so be ready........

Day 1 (Monday) SO I took Bart from Castro Valley to the SFO airport. It was nice and really easy. The only thing that sucked was I had to catch Bart at 4am, but you would be shocked at how many people are on Bart that early. I got to my Mom's at 5:30pm est and we headed right out to go eat at the Olive Garden. My flights were really good, long but good. It was nice to just finally get there.
I don't look to bad for being up at 3:30am
Day 2 (Tuesday) The Big E!
Every year New England has this huge fair, its like a state fair but for all of New England. Its called the Big E and let me tell you this was the coolest Fair I have ever been too!
There are LOTS of animal things going on. One of my faves was seeing the Clydesdale Horses. The are just so huge! We also got to watch Ox pulling (that was really neat).

There are so many exhibits and booths to see. Here is a huge pumpkin someone had grown then painted on.
Also one of the big things is the State houses. There are 6 and each one is a replica of what that states State house looks like. Then inside is a huge market of vender's from that state and stands of food of things that state is know for. This one is Road Island
Here is Massachusetts. I really liked the Lion and Unicorn on the top corners.
Maine, They had the best chocolate in this one and of course fresh Wild Maine blueberry's.
Connecticut (wwwooohhoooo CT rocks hehehe)
Connecticut I didn't know is known for Lego's and Peeze. I had no idea those 2 thing came from there. Here is Mom with a Lego Indiana Jones. Pretty cool :)

New Hampshire.......This one was my fave I just love how it looks.

Ok so as most Fairs go there is TONS of food, But the big E is known for a few things. One is there bake potatos, another that I tried and will have to make at home was fried dough. Yep you take Pizza dough and fry it, we had sauce put on ours, other I saw got strawberry's on them. Anyways it was really good. One of the best things I had that the Big E is famous for was the Cream Puff..........
Do I really need to say how yummy these were :)
Day 3 (Wednesday) BOSTON!!!!!!
I got to go to Boston and I love it there. The east coast never seems to amaze me. There is so much to see and do out there.
OK so to get to Boston we drove in to Mass then took the T train in to the city. We had to go through the Mass Turnpike witch was crazy. Its a supper LONG freeway, each exit is about 10 miles from each other.
Once in Boston we had the best time. Here is Faneuil Hall and a statue of Samuel Adams.

This is Quincy Market its part of Faneuil Hall witch is one of the first and oldest shopping centers. It was built when the settlers first came over and was also used for meetings and stuff (lots of history). In side both building is a world-win of shopping. Lots of stands and shops and food up the yinyang. Of course the settlers were very smart with all the snow Boston gets all shopping is indoors.

We also walked the Freedom Trail. Its a really neat thing to do, there is a brick pathway in the sidewalk that you follow and it takes you to all of these really historical sites. This one we went to was Paul Revere's house. Here is the bell he rang as he he shouted "The British are coming".
This was the front of his home, O and if you look really close at the street you will see its made out of cabool stones. It was really cool to walk around Boston and see some of the streets made out of the original cabool stone the settlers put there and all the old buildings. So much history about our county in one small area, it was amazing.
Here is a super cute Boston street. I just love how this city looks.
After walking the Freedom trail we decided to go grab a bite to eat, and where else are you going to eat in Boston then CHEERS.

Where Everybody knows your Name :) (O and they really do have good food, there fries were so good).
After eating we decided to hit the New England Aquarium. On our way there i saw this.......
Yep that's a 7-Eleven, I have never seen a 7-11 look so nice. I even felt a little under dressed to go in LOL.
Once at the aquarium we had a fun time, they have penguins there and lots of babies. They were so cute.
They also have this huge tank that runs from floor to about 10 feet from the ceiling of the building and this tank is massive. They have all kinds of fish in here, Sharks, needle fish, eels and even 3 sea turtles. This one here was the biggest. You can even see the divers that where in the tank cleaning it and the turtle was like 3 times this women's body.
Then we hoped the T train and headed across town to the Prudential Center. We went all the way to the top (50th floor) to check out the view.
Here is the city of Boston and part of the Boston harbor

Cute little city blocks, with homes and shopping
and this I found out is the same harbor that that Boston Tea party took place.
On the ground floor was a few restaurants. So we had to stop in the cheesecake factory for some desert before we left.
Here is the T train we took all over Boston.
Day 4 (Thursday) Lazy day
From all the walking we did the pasted 2day we decided to hang out at home. My mom took me to Joanne fabrics and got me my birthday gift. I got the knitting looms a bag and some yarn to make a scarf. It was so much fun learning how to use the loom. That night we went out to dinner with 2 of my moms friends Mary and Harriet. It was Marys birthday and she wanted to go to this little restaurant called Maria's it had really good food.
Day 5 (Friday) Lazy Day /Busy night
This was my last day at my Mom's and the rain had came in. Because of hurricane Kaile it had brought rain and little bit of wind to us. So we decided to do indoor stuff. We headed to this Dinosaur place, that has a big gift shop, and area of natural stones and lots of dinosaur stuff.

This little guy totally reminded me of Juristic park.
Look out he looks hungry.
This is the front of the place with Monty the T-rex. Now how on earth are you supposed to drive by this with out your kids going crazy. O and during xmas they put a santa hat on him and put big presents at his feet. Then for Summer he has sunglasses and a coke in his hand. It was so cool I love it.
That night I got to meet up with some of my step dads family that I just love. His sister-inlaw Melissa and His mom Mrs. C. my Mom, Mike ( how sweet he even took the day off work so he could hang out with me before I left), Moms friend Dawn and one of Dawns friends and I all went out that night to go play Bingo at this really pretty casino called Foxwoods. Let me tell you Bingo is fun and nerve racking at the same time. I had a blast playing and even more fun checking out the die hard bingo players with all there little good luck charms in special spots on the tables. We played like 4 hours of bingo, none of us won but we had so much fun laughing and just hanging out. Needless to say I dreamt of numbers all night.
So it fall time on the East coast and you see some really amazing colors on the trees. I tried to get some pics of the colorful tress so look close and you will see some of it. I love the red some of the tress turn and boy do some of them get bright.

Im so happy to be home I missed my family, but this trip really made me love the east coast even more. It even sparked Mick to want to go back and see more. Thanks again mom and Mike for a wonderful time, I had a blast being with you guys.


Kate said...

Hello Christal!

Thank you for your comment and thank you for visiting. i am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you I appreciate the support.

Kathryn said...

Looks like a fun trip! I love the east coast, too. So much interesting history there.

Millertime said...

I am so glad you had a great trip with your family. Especially your mom. Its always so nice to visit family. You never realize how much you miss them until you have to leave them. Its hard to be so far away. Your pictures were neat. Thanks for sharing.