Five for Friday-August 21

It's been a long, emotional week, so I'm doing a little blog therapy and linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

We moved Bonny to New Jersey last weekend, so for the first time in 21 years we have no kids in the house.  :(  We got to work right away getting her moved in, unpacked, and tried to spruce up a few things.  Timm was assigned the task of painting her filing cabinet.  

Bonny and her roommate got things in order pretty quickly!

Once things were settled, we did have some time to do a little exploring, though I must say driving around New Jersey was a bit of a nail-biting experience!  I'm afraid my little Prius wouldn't be able to accelerate fast enough to merge onto those crazy roads when everyone is zipping by at breakneck speed!  

We were staying in a hotel and the IKEA was literally right across the street.  We had no idea how to get there because you can't simply go across the road.  We had to put it in the GPS!  Why can't you just drive across the street?!  I don't get it.  We did manage to find our way to the Hudson to check out the view of New York City.  What a sight!

Bonny and Timm would have been game to head into the city, but I am really not a fly by the seat of your pants kinda gal. Go into the biggest city in the United States with two other people who have no idea how to get around or where they are going and no plan of action?...uh, no thanks.  Shocking, I know, but I like to be in control of the situation and have never been a huge risk taker.  I'll be happy to explore the city with Bonny once she becomes more of an expert!

On our last day with Bonny we visited Lady Liberty, which was pretty exciting for me!  I've taught my students the history of the Statue of Liberty but never thought I'd ever have a chance to see it in person.  It was a beautiful day, and seeing the statue up close was amazing!

It was really tough heading home to Michigan and leaving Bonny behind, but thank goodness for cell phones!  We are talking every day and still watching our favorite shows together, texting all the while.  Gotta keep busy!  What I do best...

I have read a ton of books this summer and just finished a great one by Elin Hildebrand called The Matchmaker.  I've read several of hers before, but this one is by far my favorite!  If you, like me, are in the last weeks of summer and would like a fun read before school starts back up, you might want to pick this one up at your library or click on the link below.

Be sure to stop by Five for Friday at Doodle Bugs Teaching!

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