Susan Mangigian ROCKS! The Little Minions continue their AR road trip adventures...

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The little pookies and I were busy watching these dark clouds rolling in on our holiday weekend while Dad did all of the driving. At one point we started wondering if a funnel was coming down because of the peculiar cloud formations. I could not resist pulling out my Nikon and managed to get a pretty dramatic shot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (I-278) while traveling on the parkway (with a lot of help from the hubby). Taking pictures at high speed is always interesting because you never know what you're going to get. When you are on a 133.5 mile trek into PA and have a thing for eye candy (and are anything like me) you will try for the shot. Mike thought it would be a tough one to get but was willing to do some fancy driving so I could take a crack at eliminating cars from my view finder. I'm glad we did go for it. The first four were a bust, but the fifth one certainly made my day. :-) 


All of that took place while we were on our way en-route to another AR adventure. This trip the little minions were off to visit Susan Mangigian, a wonderful friend with an excellent blog that I happen to love reading, who is also the founder of the Active Rain Group Realtors & Friends Who Read.

The road trip was fun and we only got lost once... unless, of course, you also want to count the fact that we actually drove past her home a couple of times, prompting Susan to come out into the rain and get us after watching us circling around trying to read mail boxes (LOL). We were too busy being distracted by lots of eye candy while commenting on neighborhood homes, which basically translates into not paying a lick of attention because we were in awe of our surroundings. It's moments like this that make me truly love Active Rain because if not for AR we never would have met, become friends, then had a field day mingling our families together.

I want you guys to know that a very lovely family lives in this beautiful home and I am so happy we've converted our on-line friendship into a brick and mortar relationship. Noah dived into the toys and movies, kicking his shoes off and getting real comfy. Stephen rolled in the wet grass and later stripped down to his underwear and circled the pool on the hunt for a leaf or two to toss into the water and follow paths with patterns. We stuffed ourselves with Italian food (BTW, she's a very good cook) and had a great time laughing about life in general while the weather continued to be fickle. The cool thing is none of us cared whether it rained or not. We were outside just as much as inside and made good use of every single pause in the drizzle. Her Mom is a lot of fun and kept Michael and I cracking up and I can see where Susan inherited some of her humor from. Hanging with the two of them was priceless and her hubby is absolutely adorable. Max is a fabulous kid and I am soooo gonna have to learn how to play Halo or he's going to wipe me out on our next visit. We promised to play video games together, which is another favorite past time in my household, so it is very cool to be introduced to something new to play.

We did have a couple of moments that made me go hmm... Noah surprised me about being nervous around the puppy. Considering the fact that he gets lots of face time with our neighbors' pit bulls and rottweilers, you'd think an adorable puppy wouldn't have him climbing into Mike's lap going, "nooooo," but he did. I'm gonna have to get him out around smaller dogs more often. Stephen, in true minion fashion, wasn't phased a bit, chased the dog around the yard and at one point had the nerve to tip the dog into the pool (sigh). I have really got to work on that boy's social skills...

Susan selected and planted a wonderful flower garden which screens the pool and really gives one something wonderful to look at from so many vantage points within their home and off the deck. There's color everywhere and my whole family fell in love with the place and its occupants. After great debate, we stayed in PA for another day at a lovely hotel near the Mangigians so we could check out the QVC Studio, King of Prussia Mall, Lancaster, Valley Forge National Park and Longwood Gardens.  (So much to blog about, so little time...)

Here is some eye candy from the Mangigian backyard. Enjoy!






Comments (40)

C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Amanda, you shall know everything the moment I lock the plans down and have plane tickets in my hand (LOL).

Aug 30, 2008 03:31 PM
Lisa Friedman
Alliance Realtors - Bedminster, NJ
Central New Jersey Real Estate

Hey C, What a beautifully written blog - it shows so much warmth :)  Also love the bridge photo - can't believe you took it while driving!

Aug 30, 2008 05:17 PM
Mike Saunders
Retired - Athens, GA

C - how fortunate to  meet all these wonderful people in person. And how fortunate we are to have you share those moments with us.

Aug 30, 2008 08:53 PM
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

How cool is that?  I am glad you got to spend time with your family and hers.  She seems like such a fun person here in the Rain. 

Aug 30, 2008 11:04 PM
Barbara Carter
Century 21 Alliance Realty Group - Highland, NY
Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle

C- I love that area of the country we have visited many times. I have never seen the QVC Studio though- It is on my "Bucket List" 

I hope you all have a wonderful time!

Aug 31, 2008 12:26 AM
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Morning C,

What a rewarding trip, great photo opportunities, wonderful folks to be with and good food to boot. Pick me up when you head out next time. Hope the balance of your trip is just as rewarding.

Aug 31, 2008 12:40 AM
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Carolyn ~ That's a great picture of the bridge; don't want to know what "fancy driving" Mike did to allow you to get that picture! : )  It sounds like you had a great time at Susan's and your pictures show her lovely garden; love the pool area.

Aug 31, 2008 12:53 AM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Thank you Lisa. Visiting with Paddy and Susan were the two high points for me on our three week vacation. I can't wait for Mike to retire because then we'll be free to roam around when ever we want. The boys enjoy taking day trips so we are already planning the next one. :-)

Aug 31, 2008 01:05 AM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Big Mike, I love sharing with you guys. I love when you guys share. It's the easiest thing in the world to do when you're hanging out with such wonderful people (like you). ;-)

Aug 31, 2008 01:08 AM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Mike, I have lots of cousins in GA, so you know we are soooo gonna hook up during 2009 (LOL). You, Richard and Julie are a MUST SEE and DO! :-)

Aug 31, 2008 01:09 AM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Mel, you would absolutely love them. I hope you come to Inman in January because I am looking forward to being soooo devoted to totally taking you over and dragging you around New York to share some great foodie paradise spots. You'll get to see your minion nephews in their natural habitat and hang with my favs like Cindy and Audrey (who work in Manhattan). You will also get to finally whack Michael for all those naughty comments he makes while interrupting our phone-tags. Fact is, he is secretly itching to meet you because we talk so much. Now when I am on the phone I have to actually explain that it really is not you when he starts messing around in the background (LOL). Dude is starting to get confused because he thought he had our schedule down pat. His new thing is to now ask, "Who is that?" when ever the phone rings. ;-)

Aug 31, 2008 01:30 AM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


It looks like you had a great time while visiting with Susan.  Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.  BTW, the pool looks really inviting.

Aug 31, 2008 01:35 AM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Barbara, too funny! What are you doing with a bucket list? Haaa! What a great movie! We had a wonderful time and we are looking forward to many more. I can't wait to have a play date with you and Becky. Getting the kids together will be mad fun. They have so much in common I can't wait to see how their minds work as a little people team. (LOL).

Aug 31, 2008 01:36 AM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Hal, we should be relocating to FL for either the Fall of 2009 or Summer of 2010. Get ready for minionville! :-)

Aug 31, 2008 01:40 AM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Kathy, M is very good at defensive driving (LOL). I'm glad you like the pictures and I am so looking forward to catching up with you on Friday. It will be Stephen's first trip to Long Island so that should be very interesting. He's never seen a ferry boat before (LOL).

Aug 31, 2008 01:52 AM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Don, you're always welcome and the pool is very inviting, indeed. :-)

Aug 31, 2008 01:53 AM
Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

How fun C!  I am excited (but a little jealous) that you got to hang out with Susan and so many other wonderful AR friends! 

Thanks for the eye candy!

Aug 31, 2008 04:23 PM
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

how cool that you got to meet!  i'm jealous of that AND the pool!  :-)

Aug 31, 2008 07:05 PM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Liz, too funny. I hope to catch up with you one of these days as well, so don't be jealous, sweetie (LOL).

Pam, I have never been to Idaho but am very curious... :-)

Aug 31, 2008 10:58 PM
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Pam, you know you are more than welcome here!! Did you get your passport yet?  Lol!!

Sep 01, 2008 12:08 AM