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Jersey and The Big Apple

Last week was a fun week visiting my family in New Jersey.  The parentals had a trip so I got to come up and lend my babysitting skills.  Although it isn't really babysitting when my sisters are 17 and 12.  Regardless, got lots of girl time with my little sisters, which is one of my favorite things!

We had dinner out Sunday, then Callie (12) and I went to the movies on Monday after school (Divergent is AWESOME!!!).  Just the normal busy stuff - and I definitely don't miss getting up early!  They got a new puppy just a few weeks ago, so I got to be on puppy duty...which I love!!

Meet sweet Berlin.  She's a beautiful Great Dane and unbelievably sweet and smart.  She gets along well with their other Great Dane and Shih Tzu....so cute and clumsy :)


Winnie (big Great Dane), Berlin, and Zoe (the Shih Tzu)
Then on Thursday, my stepmom and I went into New York City for the day!! Soooo fun!  We went to see Live with Kelly and Michael, shopped and ate at Carnegie Deli.

On set!
Me and Sarah - so excited!!
Gelman! 
Mel B. and Michael - Kelly was out all week :(

Ending the show
TEMPTATION AT ITS FINEST!!  Carnegie Deli
Our lunch - open face pastrami rueben - yumm-o!!
I caved :(
I'm bummed that I gave in and ate some sweets (which I gave up for Lent)...but man, was it worth it! AH-MAZING!!!  I'm claiming it was strawberries and cheese...nothing sweet there ;)

Finished up the week in Jersey with a massage - yes!! And then headed home on Saturday morning.  I did bring home a souvenir, unfortunately it wasn't one that I wanted - A COLD!!!  I've been coughing and sneezing and blowing my nose.  Thankfully, I'm feeling SOOO much better.  But, now the darn pollen in South Carolina is in full force so now I'm sneezing because of that.  I'm over it!


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I never thought about losing a parent before.  As I grew up, I lost my grandparents and understood that I would have to worry about losing others as they too got older.  But, I never imagined being 30 and having to think about a parent leaving my life.  What a scary thought.  It definitely got me thinking.

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