Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Thanks, Jersey

It's unfortunate that New Jersey has such a bad reputation.

But, I guess, if I only knew the Newark Airport or downtown Trenton or the Real Housewives...I wouldn't expect much either.

Luckily, I live just ten minutes away from the Garden State and get to enjoy its hidden treasures on a regular basis.

Like today. With seven long days of summer vacation still to fill (Is it my imagination or does this last week of summer move in slow motion?) and a husband conveniently biking with friends in Whistler (I will not make sarcastic comments. I will not make sarcastic comments. ) , I felt the walls closing in around me this morning.

So, I loaded the kids into the car and we crossed the Delaware to discover a little New Jersey gem.

After an hour or so of this...

and this...


and a quick stop here...


we landed at the most delightful, old-fashioned li'l amusement park smack dab in the middle of New Jersey farmland.


The kids loved it and I did too. (BTW: If you happen to be having a bad hair day, a bad body-image day, or just a serious case of the uglies, spend some quality time at your local amusement park. Your self-esteem will increase dramatically. Ordinarily I feel like the chubby mom at our neighborhood pool, but I took a look around today and left the place feeling positively svelte and actually quite stunning.)


We did it all.


This was our favorite slide. It's really called the Sidewinder, but now known in our family as the MEGA-WEDGIE.

(Disclaimer...photo actually not posed in New Jersey. But aren't they cute? In any zip code?)

Thank you, NJ...see you down the shore!

17 comments:

Ilene said...

This is what I call a win-win visit: the kids had fun and you felt fabulous.

cami said...

Yes, they ARE cute in any zipcode, and I can't wait until you are all visiting MY zipcode!!! :)

Annemarie said...

That is a perfect way to spend a day! And yes, they are adorable.

That self esteem boost you felt...I feel the same way after shopping at Wal Mart. The place does wonders for your self esteem and diminishes any thoughts you have of being a bad parent.

diane said...

I also enjoy a trip to the grocery store in a neighboring retirement community. I'm always the youngest one there.

Your kids are adorable. You are a good wife.

the wrath of khandrea said...

you are awesome. seriously. you rock the mothering world up and down.

did you meet any mafioso? didja? huh? huh? huh? i want a secret life in the mafia so bad.

Christie said...

I have only seen bits and pieces of Trenton while driving through to your house. I really should give Joisey more of a chance. Those pics look stunning!

Amanda D said...

What a good idea! Glad you had fun.

Marci said...

You are such a cool mom. Seriously. As if taking a super cool road trip wasn't enough, you do amazing field trips too? I need to take mom lessons from you. And we had season passes to Lagoon this summer. I absolutely know what you mean about amusement parks. Gotta love them for that! And yes, your kids are adorable. Absolutely!

Rochelleht said...

I LOVE New Jersey. I wouldn't want to live there because there are way too many weird laws and regulations. Texas for me, please! BUT, I think it is one of the most beautiful spots on the map. Love it. You have been such a stinkin' good little mom this summer doing all your little adventures! I'm so impressed.

Cathy said...

Love the photo of the kids, so cute! What a nice family, and nice quick fun trip, good job mom!

Travelin'Oma said...

The real housewives live in New Jersey? (I take it they weren't at the amusement park showin' their stuff.)

I overheard your kids planning a "Let's send mom to Hawaii as a thank-you for our great summer" vacation. (Not really; but they should.)

Lauren in GA said...

...sorry to be commenting in this weird format...my computer has locked me out of blogger and I can't log in...I can't even post on my own blog or read any private blogs...anyway...

what I was gonna say is...

That last week before school starts I have to repeat to myself...like a mantra..."Only one more week...only one more week..."

You are a great Mom, Gabi.

wenderful said...

Yes, definitely cute no matter what! I miss the east coast. Lucky!

calibosmom said...

I lived in NJ for three years. I loved it there. I love the giant wedgie slide!

♥Shally said...

That looks awesome.

And feeling extra good about yourself is such a bonus!

Did you eat fried twinkies or oreos?

Melissa-Mc said...

I love the comment about going to the amusement park. I am always amazed at what some people wear, big and small.

Holly said...

Glad Jersey came to your rescue!

I've never been on a slide like the Sidewinder/Mega-Wedgie--but I want to now.

Snicker, guff-faw, HOOT about your self-esteem boost comment. So true!

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