Or how to overcome your homesickness and have a helluva good time.
Saturday: jump on a wolf plane,
arrive late at night with your uncle,
eat NY pizza (Good grief! Why is it square?! By all that's holy, NY pizza is SQUARE now?)
and drink a Shirley Temple.
In NY only a few hours and she's already boozin' it up. I have no idea how she's going to behave when she gets home and is cut off from the constant sugar mainlining that seems to be taking place.
Sunday: spend some time cooling her heels in church with uncle Matt,
listening to Aunt Dawn
sing with the choir. (Not a euphemism for getting a bad case of dead: Dawn is actually in a choir in which there is singing.) Then it's off to the NY aquarium!
Sunday night: one very intense, horribly homesick phonecall. Mom and dad soothe, soothe, soothe via phone. Caitlin feels better.
Monday: Coney Island! Where she did not try a snack of crispy fried frog's legs, although I did encourage her to ask for them. No, seriously! She did, however, get to try blue cotton candy and didn't like it. Hah! Turns out she was a few inches too short to ride The Cyclone, Caitlin made do with the kiddie rides (and a new sweater, I note).
And scored a Harley.
Apparently Dawn screamed like a little girl on one of those kiddie rides that she shared with Caitlin as they went spinning off into infinity.
Monday night: Caitlin cons uncle Matt into telling her a bedtime story that he has to make up on the spot. Uncle Matt is now firmly under the spell of Princess Charming.
Tuesday: A brunch trip to The American Girl Place on Fifth Avenue!
Where she spent her very own money!
After that, they trundled off to FAO Schwartz, where Caitlin approved of the Lego displays.
Then a trip to the Central Park Zoo where she posed with the Statue of Liberty.
Wednesday - Saturday: Hand-off to Cousin Janet who nearly dies from the Awesomeness that is Caitlin. First tomato crop goes to Caitlin!
Meeting 2nd cousin Matt.
Snuggling with Great Aunt Lenore.
A trip to the Bronx Zoo, a little face painting and an ice cream cone.
Caitlin is guarded at night by a cheetah
and Lexie the dog.
I feel certain I am never going to stop hearing about how we should get a dog once Caitlin gets back home. Ruh-roh!
Sunday: head to Canada where today she's off whale watching. I'm looking forward to those pictures!
Nice vacation, huh?