We left on Friday afternoon and met my friend, Carly, to lend her my folding table for her yard sale this weekend. I was so embarrassed. My plan had been to be ready to go straight from picking up Andy at the bus stop, go to lunch at Chick-fil-a and meet Carly and then drop the boys off to Steve. Wayne has somewhat of an issue with estimating how much time things take, so we ended up leaving much later than planned and Carly was waiting for me. For a long time. I wanted to crawl in a hole, so embarrassing.
We were finally on the road about two hours later than my original plan. We dropped off the boys to Steve and headed to Jersey, arriving around 6 pm. Another change of plans. Originally, we had decided to do my Mothers Day rodizio dinner on Saturday but there we were in Newark, we were hungry, and there was no wait at the restaurant so off to dinner we went on Friday night. That decision screwed with our evening plans a little. We were supposed to go to the movies with my long-time best friend, Maria, and her boyfriend, Jeff. Jeff was late getting home from work and we took longer at dinner than planned so instead we just hung out at their place until way too late.
Dinner, by the way, was excellent. A festival of meaty goodness and sangria.
It was rainy and gray on Saturday morning. Our plan had been to go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island-- kind of an appropriate day trip after all the arguing I did last week over immigration. Can you believe that growing up in New Jersey, I had never been to the Statue of Liberty? We held off from going, playing video games and hanging around my parents' house until the weather got better. We drove over to Liberty State Park and got on a ferry over to Ellis Island. The water was so rough and choppy, it was a little scary. The wind was INSANE.
Ellis Island was overwhelming. I'm glad I had sunglasses because I was a little teary-eyed in several places throughout the tour. Wayne and I took the necessary photos and then got on the boat to go over to the island where the Statue of Liberty stands. We didn't have monument passes so all we could do was walk around outside the statue, but that was enough. She's enormous and beautiful. Again, I had the teary eyes.
From Liberty Island we took the Ferry back to Jersey City and drove over to Secaucus to get something to eat. It was in the Houlihan's that we found out there had been a Staten Island ferry crash! I wasn't surprised at all given our experience on the same water that morning!
When we got back to my mom's, we pulled in right behind Steve and the boys. We sent them upstairs with a movie, we went upstairs with The Blind Side (AWESOME!!!) and that was Saturday.
For Mother's Day, we'd planned an epic meal: 15 pounds of snow crab for 8 adults, plus Spanish BBQ: chicken , ribs, fries and rice, shrimp with garlic and a salad for good measure. My mom also made two Paula Deen desserts-- a Mississippi Mud roulade and a black-bottomed banana cream tart. O. M. G. There was an insane amount of leftover food and we all left the table feeling a little over-full.
Is it weird that my family does gifts for Mother's Day? My mom sent me a new crock pot and a pasta machine. (Perhaps there will be fresh pasta for dinner tonight?) My sister gave me a box of Godiva truffles and my Aunt Anne, who is my godmother, gave me a pretty silver ring. Wayne's mother's day gift, aside from the amazing weekend, is the scrap/craft studio in the basement. There's some expense involved in setting it up and a lot of hard work, so I'm totally psyched.
I got my mom a gift cert for a restaurant she saw on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in Baltimore. I didn't really get anything for my sister and aunt, so I'm going to have to come up with something cool.