Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's The Little Things | A Kid at Heart

When we decided to go to Vermont for my uncle's wedding, we knew we'd need to break up the five plus hour drive for Noah.  We knew we'd stop for lunch, but we also wanted to let Noah run around a little.  Chris did some research and found a cool playground in Schenectady, NY (right around the halfway point).  Schenectady is an interesting town.  There were about two blocks of the downtown area that were super charming.  They even get traveling broadway shows play there!  But then you drive past that into a super sketchy part of town with pawn shops and tattoo parlors on the corners.  We were getting worried about this park!  Thankfully the town changed again into more residential and the park and playground were beautiful.

They had an older kid playground as well, but we stuck to the one for the 2-5 year olds. As you can see, Noah had a blast playing on the drums, riding some bouncy animals, and going down all the slides.  Chris and I got into the fun too...  I bounced around like a little kid, and Chris showed Noah how to use everything on the playground!  It was a great way for Noah to burn off some energy.  Though I wish it resulted in more than an hour nap!  In case the pictures weren't enough, here's some video of us at the playground ;)

Make sure to stop by Jess and Ashley's blogs for the link up!  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Our weekend in Vermont

This past weekend, Chris took Friday off and we drove to Vermont.  My uncle was getting married and my whole family was going.  It's about a five and a half hour drive, but with a few stops Noah, it ended up taking us about seven hours.  We (my parents and brothers) all checked into the hotel around 5 and got ready for dinner.  We went to a hibachi restaurant down the street.  With 7 adults and 4 kids we prefer going to louder and more casual restaurants where we won't disrupt other patrons ;). This place was perfect!  It was the first time any of the kids had been to hibachi and they all seem fascinated by the show and the fire!  Noah sat on my mom's lap almost the entire time and just ate noodles :). 

After dinner, we went back to the hotel to go swimming.  My brother and Chris were nice and took the kids in while the rest of us sat and watched.  By 8:30 both toddlers had enough and we took them up to bed.  

On Saturday, we had the morning free before the wedding.  Chris found a little kids' museum/play place nearby called Imaginarium.  It wasn't anything fancy by any means, but the kids loved it.  They played in the toy kitchen/supermarket, put on puppet shows, did some construction work, and even climbed a rock wall.  Noah cried when it was time to leave. 

^^^ Kaitlyn and Matthew

^^^ Aidan and Noah

^^^ the men working on their masterpiece

^^^ even though they have a brother the same age, they are still obsessed with Noah and were fighting over who got to sit next to him!

We then had a quick lunch at Chipotle before heading out to the wedding.  While our hotel was in Plattsburgh, NY, the wedding was in Alburgh, VT... It was only about an hour drive.  The wedding was in my uncle's backyard and had to be under a tent because of the rain.  The cold weather and rain was a real bummer because I think the kids would have loved running around if the weather was better.  We made the best of it and bundled up as best we could.  I really loved my outfit but it was covered the entire time by my raincoat.  I probably should have ignored fashion and instead worn warm pants, my Northface, and some Ugg boots! Even so, it was great to see some of my cousins and for them to meet Noah.  Sometimes I wish we lived closer to family.  

We had hoped to get some family photos outside with the tripod, but since the weather was so crummy, we had to settle for these...

^^^ some of the second cousins (at least that's what I think they are called)

^^^ some of my cousins

^^^ my mom with two of her brothers

We went back to the hotel Saturday evening and left first thing Sunday morning to head back to New Jersey.   On our way home, we stopped at some outlets to get Chris a new suit.  We also let Noah ride this digger!

And since we were in the car for most of the weekend, here are some fun pictures...

^^^ clockwise from top left.  Fresh and ready to go! | Noah playing with his new Turtle Buckle Toy... he loved that thing! |  Noah using his new Water Wow coloring book. |  Noah and I both taking a nap on the way home ;)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hoboken: Dinner and Live Music

Last Thursday, Chris left work a little early.  Noah and I picked him up at the train station and drove into Hoboken together.  Chris' Gram lives there now so we made plans to stop by her apartment.  The four of us then went to Chris' uncle's restaurant for dinner.  Chris' brother, Justin, also met us there.  We started off inside, but moved outside when Justin arrived with his dog.  

After dinner, we walked down to the pier to meet up with some of Chris' coworkers.  The reason we came to Hoboken was because they have love music every Thursday night on the pier, and this week it was Chris' coworker's husband was playing.  The forecast was calling for thunderstorms, but the weather held and was perfect.  We got some drinks and sat on the pier listening to some great music.  It was pretty cool with the NYC skyline as the backdrop.  And it was even more special that the freedom tower was lit up and the Empire State Building was red, white, and blue for 9/11.  

^^^ The Freedom Tower in the background

^^^ my amazing dessert... Nutella and Ice Cream on a Waffle!

^^^ Noah loved Chris' Intern!

Thankfully Noah had a 3 hour nap that afternoon, because he was amazing!  He was in a great mood and really enjoyed being outside and listening to the music. We stayed until 9 and then headed home.  It should take us 45 minutes to get home, but with some unexpected construction we didn't get home until almost 11!  Noah had fallen asleep in the car but woke up when we were sitting in traffic and was not happy.  Thankfully he fell back to sleep quickly when we got home!  Despite the traffic and late night, I'm so glad we went!  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday!

Today we are driving up to Vermont.  My uncle is getting married and I'm excited to see a bunch of my family.  Since most live in Canada, we don't get to see my cousins very often.  None of them have met Noah yet, so it will be a real treat.   Have a great weekend!


  On Monday, Noah and I met up with our friends Rosie & Lucas at the zoo.   It was the perfect weather to go to the zoo.  We went on the train, the carousel, saw some sea lions and penguins (and other animals), and played on the playground.  We finished the day with some lunch and ice cream at McDonalds.  What a fun morning!


This past weekend, I went and got a pedicure.  Leaving the house was a little trickier than we expected.  Noah flipped out when I left and chased my car down the driveway crying.  He cried for 20 minutes straight and was so bad that I turned around at first.  I was able to calm him down and distracted him with bubbles.  Thankfully, he ended up having a great time after that!  It's been a long time since I've had a pedicure and it felt so good to sit in that massaging chair with my feet in the water :)

Essie - Wicked


Noah had such a fun time with his Daddy this past weekend. They did EVERYTHING together!  That was one of the reasons I was so surprised he got upset when I left Sunday morning for my pedicure.  Noah has gone through mama phases in the past, but this weekend he chose daddy over me on numerous occasions.  Toddlers are funny like that I guess!

^^^ Chris taught Noah how to fist pump in the bottom right picture ;)


After hearing about these two items from Megan, we bought them for Noah.  We held off giving them to him and saved them for the long car ride today!

turtle | water wow


I'm excited for this weekend in Vermont because the forecast says it's going to be high 60s/low 70s.  As much as I love summer, I'm excited for the fall weather.   It was fun to be able to pack some of my fall clothes to wear for the first time :)  Here's my mediocre at best attempt at taking an "outfit pic".

I'm linking up with The Farmer's Wife and September Farm for "Oh Hey Friday"