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June 28, 2012 / Nautical Mom

NY Grove

I’m back, back in the New York grove.  Anybody remember that Kiss song?

Well it’s true, the kids and I are rockin’ the big apple.  Woohoo.  Doctor appointments, school field trips, family reunions…my how my life has mellowed since 1979 when I really was rockin NYC and bopping to that beat.
The kids are great – they love being back at school.  The principal and the teachers were all super, letting them join right back in for the last three weeks.  Early reports indicate theyare on track, and if anything, much more focused and appreciative of the formal education.
We’re also grateful to many parents who have helped us transition, especially keeping Gigi in mind during all the graduation prep.  I learned they were able to photoshop her in to several of the yearbook group shots.  That’ll be fun to see.  Meanwhile we’ve gone out and gotten her 2 lovely dresses for the dance and graduation ceremony, so she’s ready.  I will be too, once I pack the tissues.
Jason’s friends have arranged many sleepovers, so he’s really getting out and about.  He played in his first ever softball game (yes, really) with his pal Galen and actually got a good hit.  It was a triple with 2 runs scored!  We’ll have to get him some more practice in Puerto Rico, since he seems to love the game.
As for me, well, it’s good to be here.  Everyone has been super welcoming.  The gym even gave me a free month’s membership. Dad and Gisela have been generous hosts, eager to provide nutritious meals and good housekeeping.  I’m hoping to improve my eating habits and lose some weight.  They’re thrilled to have the time with the kids.
Despite all this, we will in fact return to Puerto Rico toward the end of this month.  I’ve warned the children they cannot come back to NYC again until they’re speaking Spanish, so there should be some intense practice in the coming months.  We all desperately miss Dad and Booke, and look forward to some more sailing and quality family time.
Oil spill cleanup with remote control sailboat trailing absorbent spongeIn prior post, Jason did his science experiment on cleaning up oil spills.  Here in NY we saw a prototype for a remote control sailboat used to pull an absorbent sponge to clean up oil at the Science Gallery.

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  1. Marie Genteale / Jun 30 2012 2:01 pm

    Hi Shayna,
    Chris and I are sailing the jersey coast and will reach be in NYC by sunset. Our trip to Bernuda was excellent but getting home was more challenging. We had to reroute our course through the Gulf Stream. We are happy to hear that you and the family are well. We wil continue to kfollow your blog.
    Marie and Chris (Spirit).

  2. Shyna / Jun 30 2012 7:16 pm

    Thanks Marie. Just spent a few hours with Robert Coles. Your ears must’ve been burning because we were talking about your trip to Bermuda. Glad it was a good one.

    Come visit us at palmas del mar puerto Rico. It’s gorgeous and we’ll be here u.ntil August 1.

  3. Liza / Sep 15 2012 4:49 pm

    NY Grove? Are those ginkgos or apple trees in that grove? LOL. But seriously, can you clarify what all the school stuff means? Is it that you’re homeschooling while at sea/abroad but they are still officially enrolled at their public/private (don’t know which) school(s)? Very confusing. What is your itinerary? What are your plans for the rest of the year (2012)?

    • Nautical Mom / Sep 15 2012 9:46 pm

      Omg. Of 100 hits you are the only one who got that. WPLJ carol miller baby!

  4. Liza / Sep 15 2012 4:50 pm

    Did you kidnap the Obamas’ dog??

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