back in town

6 Jul

Part 2 of our 4 part Richards Family Tour has been completed. We returned last night after 15 hours in the car, from a 1450 mile round-trip to New York. My husband has family in New York and we went for a great family reunion. Being that we’ve never had the resources before, either time or money, we felt that this year we needed to make it a priority to be there and we were happy we did! Our kids had a blast playing with cousins, seeing family, and exploring new sights. On the way to New York we were able to stop and stay in DC for the night. While we were there, we went to two of the Smithsonian museums – the Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space Museum. They were great!

the US Capitol

We also saw the US Capitol building, the Washington Monument, and the White House. A crazy thing that happened was that we had best friends, Steve & Elizabeth Martin that lived here in Columbia, SC. They moved several years ago to Texas. Well thanks to Facebook, we found out they were flying into DC the same night; they were going to be there on vacation. We got to meet up with them before we left and had lunch. So great!

Times Square

After DC we went on to New York where we spent 4 nights with family. We went into the city on Saturday and brought our kids with us to Toys R’Us, Times Square, Central Park, on the Staten Island Ferry, and to see the Statue of Liberty. It was awesome! The train driver from Long Island (where we were staying) into downtown Manhattan, let us sit in the front with him and he gave us a tour as we entered the city. We really had a great time! Between DC and NYC we rode a bus, taxi, subway, ferry, train, and walked 10 miles.

riding the Staten Island Ferry after being in NYC all day


We’re home for a week and a half before heading to another family reunion in Michigan for my family. Today I feel like I have vacation hangover. I’m tired and just trying to get things back in order. of course, 3 hours at the pool helped with that some! I’m looking forward to routine and regular day to day living!


Tomorrow on the blog I will have a giveaway for you! While on our first trip to Tennessee, I met a young musician, Erin Elisabeth Aubrey. She shared a CD of hers with me for you to have! Tomorrow we’ll meet Erin, hear what she has, and have a chance to win her CD. Trust me: you don’t want to miss this! So come back tomorrow and be ready to leave a comment or two!


One Response to “back in town”

  1. Melissa July 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Glad you are back! Looks like you had so much fun!! Let’s hang out soon!

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