Sunday, July 13, 2008


We just got back from a two week vacation with my mom. My mom came into town and a few days later we drove to Galloway, New Jersey and stayed at the Marriott. It was our second time vacationing there so we knew what to expect. It is a great place that is geared towards families. They have large suits that are bigger than my apartment and all sorts of activities for the kids to participate in. I don't think there was a single moment that the kids got bored. My favorite thing was the enclosed patio and Ocean City. I love being able to sit and eat without a single bug around. I also love the boardwalk. It has everything you could need plus more. I took Coolidge on his first go kart ride. It reminded me of how I used to do it with my dad. I am looking forward to when Coolidge can drive his own. The one bad part of staying in Galloway was the Greenhead flies. I have never experienced such a persistent bug in my life. They bite and it hurts. I had one sit on me and continue to suck blood from my leg. They are not like a typical fly that sits on you and moves off when you move. They get on your skin and with in a moment you have a bite that feels like someone stuck you with a pin. The worst part was there isn't any repellent that works on them. They also for some reason liked wet skin more than dry. I have never dried myself so fast after getting out of the pool. These bugs put quite a damper on our trip but didn't ruin it.

After we stayed there for a week we drove on to the Poconos, Pennsylvania. It was our first time there and we had no idea what to expect. It was hard to go from a 5 star hotel to a 1 star. We also went from a large 2 bedroom fully equipped villa to tiny one bedroom apartment. I can go on and on about the bad things at Mount Laurel Resort but I don't care to re-live it. There were some things we really enjoyed. They were owned by a place called Split Rock and it had a great lake equipped with an outside bar and activities. We spent most our time there swimming and watching Coolidge catch baby catfish and a crawdad. We were enjoying the outdoor life without having to sleep in tents. We took nature walks almost everyday to see the rabbits, groundhogs, and chipmunks. I even managed to get away for a horseback ride. Thank God there were no green headed flies but there were some black flies that would bite here and there. This vacation reminded me of the movie, "Vacation." I laughed more and did more cheesy touristy things than I have ever done on any trip. We even went to check out the World's largest General store. They failed to mention that it burnt down so it wasn't as impressive as I hoped it to be.

Ben and I celebrated our 7th anniversary on this trip. We went to Atlantic city and had dinner at Wolfgang Pucks restaurant. We had a great time eating drinking and we even lost a bit of money. Atlantic city is quite a dump but the hotel that we dined at was beautiful. It doesn't feel like we have been married 7 years. I have been with Ben for almost 11 years and I just love hanging with him no matter where we are. I am very lucky to have met someone that gets me.

I also want to share some wonderful news. My girl, Nicola is engaged. I have never seen her so happy with someone and Gleb is a great guy. I wish them all the best and can't wait to see them get married.

I am off for another vacation in few days. I am taking the kids to Seattle for 5 weeks. I am extending it a week this year because I want to fly home with my mom. As many of you know Ben didn't get into the DGA. He worked very hard and I am very proud of him. I never thought they wouldn't take him because if you know Ben like I do, you know he is born to work in film. However, I guess they didn't get a chance to see that in his last interview. That is why I planned to fly home with my mom. I thought he would be working very hard and I could use the help with the boys. Ben is still working hard to get into the film business so don't be too sad because he doesn't have his head buried in a pillow. I appreciate all your prayers and good thoughts.

My friend John is doing well. He has said some words and they even moved him out of ICU. He has had quite a bit of movement and showing affection. The last I heard they put him back in ICU because his chest infection has returned. I can't thank you enough for all your prayers and I am asking to please continue to add him to your daily prayers. I believe that next to his huge will to live that your prayers have been the reason for his great recovery.