The trip down was quite interesting. I brought my mp3 player with me for something to do on the bus. I was curious about what all the menus on the mp3 did, that I started playing with them. At one point I ended up formatting my mp3 player. I had No idea what that meant, so I showed it to Ladybug. She said "Oh my god mom! What have you done?!?" Me, "I don't know that's why I'm asking you." Ladybug "You are Erasing ALL of your music." Bummer, now I had nothing to do for the rest of the bus ride. The bus company gave our bus driver the wrong address for our drop off. So we rode around NYC for about 2 hours, while he tried to find 48th St. and 6th Ave. We kept driving by the same places and the girls and parents kept shouting out "Look it's the Statue of Liberty again!". At one point I said to my daughter, "Look kids Big Ben, Parliament". She didn't get it, but I was very amused.
|Ladybug and Julie on the|
cover of American Girl
We stopped for some lunch at Five Guys, my daughter's new favorite place to eat. I know it's weird, but we always get the grilled cheese, oh so tasty.
After lunch we headed out to walk to the Fashion Institutes's museum. Here is where things got a little bit exciting. I had printed walking directions to several different places, because Ladybug was afraid to go on the subway. I looked at the wrong spot in the directions and so we ended up in Hell's Kitchen! Of course the whole time we were walking Ladybug is asking me (because the streets were almost empty) "Are you sure we're safe?" My answer was "Of course we're safe, we're just not in the tourist area anymore." Once I realized where we were, I let her know we had gone the wrong way and needed to head back. I didn't let her know till the next day, that Hell's Kitchen is a bad area, because I knew she would freak out and make us Really stand out. I actually had fun with us getting lost, and I even asked her if we could look for DareDevil while we were there.
|Alice with Alice in Wonderland|
|Me and Dumdum!|
She did get to sign the wall, so now the whole world knows how much she Loves them. I had to talk Ladybug out of buying a stand-up cardboard cutout of one of the band members. We just couldn't bring it home with us on the bus, plus neither one of us wanted to spend almost $40 on it. So she bought a t-shirt instead.
The bus ride back was as crazy as the bus ride there. The bus driver took an hour and a half trying to get us out of the city and onto the highway. One of the girls had brought the movie Brave with them, so we all got to watch it on the screens on the bus. Ladybug and I chatted over dinner, that we brought with us. And she thanked me for coming with her.
"Mom, I'm so happy that you came with me to New York. I had so much fun with just you. I know you've been very busy with the stuff for Duckling, so we haven't done much together. But it was really nice to spend time just the two of us."
I had to hold back the tears. I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful, thoughtful, and fun teen daughter, who still enjoys spending time with her mom.