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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Where have we been??

Visiting Great Grandparents
We've been on vacation!! We had such a great time. We started our trip with a visit to my grandparents in Oberlin, OH. It was wonderful to see them and the great grandparents and great grandkids had a great time together. Mia learned to love cherries and great-grandpa taught her how to spit the pits out the back door (something they both thought was great!). Mia also got to go swimming with them and they had a blast. Asher showed off his eating ability and great-grandma and great-grandpa both took turns laughing and feeding him more. I got to spend some wonderful time looking at their old pictures and hearing stories from when they were little (especially my grandmother) which was really special for both of us.

Then it was off to Pennsylvania to camp for two nights. We got very mixed reviews before we left about camping with two small children. Though some people may be able to do this well we have decided that until the kids get older we will not venture to try this again. It's way to hard to have kids nap in a hot tent and to have them go to bed together with us in a tent. The days were fun though and Bald Eagle State Park was very pretty. It's situated on a very nice lake with a decent beach and playground. The kids enjoyed themselves and Mia loved seeing all the birds and bunnies (they were everywhere!). We rented a pontoon boat one afternoon and boated around the lake a bit. We even stopped to swim off the boat for awhile. Mia thought it was great, Asher was not too sure about the whole thing (teething and lack of sleep were catching up with him).

Pete and Mia on the boat

Asher chillin' in the tent and the four of us posing for a picture in front of the gorgeous mountain backdrop that surrounded the lake.

Water park hotel
After our camping adventure we were ready for a different kind of adventure so back in the car we went and headed off to the Great Wolf Lodge water park hotel in the Poconos. It was wonderful!!! especially after the crazy camping. If you have never tried a water park hotel and your family likes water at all we highly recommend it. We played in the park all afternoon the first day we got there. Mia wanted a life jacket and from then on was all over the park doing everything "myself". In the evening the hotel has an animatronic clock tower where the animals and people sing some songs and tell a little story. Then one of the hotel staff comes out and sits with all the kids by the fireplace to read a bedtime story. One of the hotel mascots was there (Biko the bear) to take pictures with the kids afterwards and wave good night. Mia loved it and on night two opted for story time over staying at the water park (you know it's a big deal then). Mia loved the slides, the wave pool, swimming by herself, going down the big slides
with one of us and sticking her foot on the little geysers to spray water. Honestly the geyser spraying may have been her favorite part. Since only hotel guests can use the park there really are no lines and the number of people is really manageable. Asher loved the fact that in some parts the water was only a few inches deep so he could sit and splash or crawl around. He also liked playing in the smaller geysers and splashing himself. It was so convenient for nap time too to be able to simply go upstairs, rest a while and then return downstairs to the fun.

Visiting Family in New Jersey
After our fun stay at the water park hotel it was off to see Pete's cousin Debbie and her family in New Jersey. Their daughter Lea is a year old and the kids had fun playing together. It was nice for our kids to have a house to roam around in and some more toys to play with. The grown-ups just enjoyed being together and catching up a little. It was nice to just relax and rest with each other. They are a great family and we wish they didn't live so far away. Of course we didn't catch up on all that much sleep since we all stayed up talking but it was great. They have two dogs and Mia immediately took to their yellow lab. She loves my parents yellow lab too and we are beginning to get a little nervous with the trend. :)
Asher and Lea playing with her wagon

Sasha's Wedding
So this is the event that actually prompted our whole trip. Sasha and I met in college and there was no way we could miss her wedding to Dave. We were so excited for them! They had a beautiful ceremony in the gardens and then an amazing reception. I can honestly say it was one of the most amazing weddings I have ever been too. As guests we felt completely taken care of and the reception was amazing. We started with an hor'doeurve hour that was amazing (sushi station, pasta station, fresh seafood - lobster tail, oysters, clams, etc., fruit & cheese, fresh baked bread, bruschetta - three kinds, you get the idea). All set in a beautiful place. Then a four course dinner with a great band and a dessert hour similar to the hor'doeurve hour (it was fabulous!). I have rarely seen people so quickly and happily on the dance floor. Everyone had a great time. The best part - the absolute glow on my friend Sasha's face the entire day! I have never seen her look more beautiful or happy. Then as if the day wasn't great enough as my girl friends and I were catching up that evening my friend Jollyne finally lets us in on the fact that she's pregnant......with twins!!!!!! We had all been kind of guessing and trying to subtly ask her how things were going but it wasn't until we were all together that she told us. She and her husband Brian have been trying for a while so these babies are an even bigger blessing! We are soooooo excited for them. We can't wait to see what they're having and the boys were all placing their bets. It was a great day and I was so glad I was able to catch up with some of my friends from college. I would be a terrible wife if I didn't profusely thank my amazing husband. The wedding was at noon so by the time we were sampling all the food it was smack in the middle of nap time and our little ones were getting tired. He very graciously offered to take them to the hotel so I could stay and enjoy my friends and the reception. Then after the wedding (things were done by 6pm) and we had the kids fed and ready for bed he again stayed in the room with them so I could go downstairs to spend more time with Sasha, Jollyne and Katherine. He is an amazing husband and I am so lucky to have him! Everyone was commenting on what a great guy he was and of course I had to agree!

Katherine (pregnant with her 2nd), Jollyne (8 wks along with twins), Sasha & me

It was a great trip and the kids did wonderful on our drive home. We returned home in two days. It was great to be back. We had a few crazy surprises when we got home but it was still great to be home, back in our own beds and back on our "schedule". We would love to hear about your vacations. Let us know where you're going or where you've been!


librariane said...

Whew! I'm tired after reading all those adventures! But it sounds like it was a fabulous time (even the camping part :wink:) and I'm glad for such a full report.

The Kordatzky family is getting together in two weekends, and Chip and I want to do some camping and kayaking at the end of August. I'm sure I'll update my blog about both things once they happen. :)

pete & natalie said...

yeah, i admit it was a crazy trip but it was so much fun. lots of adventures.. :) have a great time with the fam. update your blog and let us know how it goes.

gianna said...

I think it will be fun! Nothing like your crazy/fun vacation, but it should be fun!

gianna said...

in my last comment, do you think I said "fun" enough?

librariane said...

i'm sure you could have squeezed a couple more in there :giggle: