Get ready for a hodgepodge of photos and descriptions from our weekend away. It was almost perfect. My only regret: not taking more photos. I tend to take a million when the camera is out, but zero the rest of the time…when life is just happening. I’ll work on that.
Our weekend started off (as I mentioned) with Milo’s April Fool’s Birthday. This was his first sight as a (not-really) two-year-old! You can imagine his excitement.
He ran around it and sat on it and made Dave and I sit on it, and pulled the levers and checked out the wheels and pointed and yelled and sat on it some more. It’s going to be a good friend, we can tell already.
I spent the morning at work (while Dave and Milo played tractor) and then after a quick lunch we headed out. The drive was surprisingly easy. Our only real hold up along the way is that I am a gephyrophobe. Dave has to take the wheel whenever we approach a bridge because I basically go into shock if I am driving. Weird, I know. Growing up in Utah I didn’t ever really have the chance to traverse them often, and the whole panic thing began about three years ago while driving over the Oakland Bridge on a rainy night. Anyway. Along this trip (with my trusty iPhone) I learned that this fear not only has a real name, but that most of the big bridges in the country offer driving services for those who suffer from it. Whew! Now I can drive to meet girlfriends in NYC without a chaperone:)
We made it to Kate and Eric’s place late late Friday, put the boy to bed and stayed up chatting. Family is a wonderful thing. In the morning, both little boys (ours and theirs) enjoyed some more tractor time:) We ate good food, were entertained by the little boys, and watched the semi-annual General Conference of our church* should have taken more photos of just chillin’. After the first session, Eric, Dave, Milo and I ventured out (to let Alden sleep!)
This local park had all kinds of cool equipment. Even the dads had a great time. I love to see Dave interact with his siblings. We’re all so spread out, it’s a nice treat to spend time together.
Milo loves the slide, and he’s fearless on them!
I was also entertained…This little pipe toy thing was the perfect length for Milo’s name:)
And I couldn’t help myself when I saw the John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt xylophone, though I wasn’t very good at it! (love that little Milo sign still in the background!!)
Late afternoon brought more naps, more conference, more good food and a visit to a very cool local restaurant to sample some desserts*should have taken some photos. Then we put the boys in the tub.
Aren’t they adorable?
Sunday brought more great food, more fantastic company, more playtime and nap time and park time and bath time for the boys. It really was a wonderful and relaxing couple days. I spent all of it in stretchy clothes, and most of it curled up in the same red rocking chair*should have a photo of that:). Perfect.
Monday we headed home, but made a few stops on the way. Dave had just learned about the first Law School in America, and turns out it is in a town about 40 minutes from Kate and Eric. That was our first stop. It’s now a museum and historic site, but is only open Tuesday-Saturday starting in April. So, we just took a couple photos, peeked in the windows and checked that off the list!
For lunch we pulled off at a random White Plains exit, clearly not meant for road travelers (as evidenced by the lack of fast food). We asked the gas station attendant about a lunch cafe, and he pointed us towards a Subway somewhere down the road. Well, we spotted Melt before we hit the Subway, and boy were we glad. It was f.a.n.t.a.s.t.i.c. Like, I might get a craving for one of these babies and really find it worth the four-hour-drive. *Typical that the sandwich gets a shot and Kate didn’t!
Milo was an Ace traveler. We’ll take him along anytime. I bought this tray for the trip, and it was a total hit. He could read books, play with his little tractors, eat snacks and actually keep a hold of his sippy cup! Our last fun stop was in Philly to meet some great friends and their three-week-old baby Hank for Italian Ice *should have taken photos! Then we cruised on home.
Today I’ve been doing what you do after a trip: grocery shopping, laundry, laundry and laundry. I feel relaxed and excited about this week, which is Dave’s last week of Law School classes…ever. Now I’m off to pick him up, grill some black cod for dinner and then help a friend with some sewing projects. Life is good, eh?