The day started off nicely, with Rachel's good friend Karina arriving from California at 8:30 a.m. Mom and Rachel met her at JFK, then brought her home with us to chill out for awhile. Rachel had class, so while she learned about Belief, Truth and Knowledge, we hung out in the Bronx. :-)
After her class ended, Jeff, Mary & Karina met Rachel in the Village and had a nice dinner at a vegetarian restaurant called Red Bamboo. Then we took a leisurely walk through SoHo and decided to head home so Rachel could enjoy some of her gifts--the full set of the Bourne movies on DVD.
Like the life of Jason Bourne, it has been an action-packed week, with Rachel returning home from Croatia late Saturday night, starting summer school on Monday, going to the ballet with Mom on Tuesday (another birthday present) and then her birthday Thursday.
Of course, today is July 4, so more festivities will be on tap for today! Rachel and Karina are planning to hang out in Central Park. Jeff and Mary are going to try and catch a movie as well as cash in on a sale at Paragon (a nice sporting goods store). As for fireworks, we'll see how massive the crowds are down in the Battery Park area.