This will mostly be pictures but we completely enjoyed our time in Indiana. We treated it like a vacation even though we were staying with/visiting family.
Our mission was family time and fun and we absolutely accomplished both!
We went to the fly-in cruise-in, met our friend’s new baby, went to the zoo, celebrated an early birthday for my sister-in-law’s 30th, ate at our favorite restaurants, had a yummy cookout, and played at the park.
I’m back with more vacation pictures! Last week I posted all of the pictures from our nice camera and I thought I would just add our cell phone pictures at the bottom. But even after trying to narrow down the pictures to just my favorites, I decided it would be better to just do the phone pictures in a separate post. So here we are! If you missed last week, make sure to go back and scroll through all of those pictures (CLICK HERE!).
We took a week in the middle of August, just before Forest’s LAST semester of grad school started back up, to get away on a kick-our-feet-up, do-nothing, no-schedule vacation to Lake Placid in upstate New York. We stayed in a rustic cottage at a really nice resort – Ampersand Bay Resort & Boat Club – on Saranac Lake (about 20 minutes from downtown Lake Placid). We had access to paddle boards, kayaks, and paddle boats. They had a dock for boats (both resort members + ones that could be rented) that Forest fished from one day. There was a nightly bonfire that started at 7 every night on the beach and we had front row seats to some of the prettiest sunsets while we were there. (We would highly recommend this place and we’re actually wondering when we’ll make a trip back ourselves!) Aaaaaaand I don’t know if the weather we had was typical for August up in the mountains and right on the lake but the high’s all week hovered right at 79 – absolute perfection!
We took Peyton to the zoo for the first time over July 4th weekend. We went to 1st service at church and headed straight to the zoo right after. The weather was perfect – warm but not miserably hot and cloudy but not rain clouds threatening us constantly. We saw the penguins and bison before we stopped at the picnic area for lunch. Although Peyton was more interested in seeing everything around her than she was her chicken. And then we wandered around to all the different exhibits. Most of the big animals were sleeping so Peyton didn’t know what the heck we were pointing at when we told her “Look Peyton! Do you see the xyz [that’s just sitting there and blending into it’s surroundings]?!” She loved pointing at all the animals that were awake and active. The bison weren’t active but I think they were big enough that she could see them and she kept moo-ing at them! She now knows what sound a cow makes (mmmmmm!) and a horse (na ha ha ha). The seal and sea lions were active and we arrived at their exhibit right as a show was starting. Forest took Peyton up closer to the glass to watch but after a few minutes Peyton was over it, started crying and they made their way back to me. Peyton was asleep in the car before we got out of the parking garage so I think it’s safe to say she had a really good time!
Two weekends ago we had friends visiting from IN. It was a visit that I had been looking forward to because it would be our first time meeting little Aiden! He’s 8 months old and pretty solid (I think he weighs as much if not more than Peyton who is 4 months older) but he has the absolute best smile, the quietest voice and the sweetest giggle. And we were asked at least two different times if Peyton and Aiden were twins. Adorable!
So on Friday we spent the day in Philly. We did lunch at Campo’s for pretty amazing Philly cheesesteaks (and it’s just a few blocks from the Liberty Bell!) and took some pictures in front of Independence Hall. We saw the Liberty Bell up close, walked by Independence Hall and found a shaded spot on the lawn next to the Liberty Bell. Peyton and Aiden spent some time out of the strollers stretching their legs and hugging trees.
Thursday after work last week we packed up the car, dropped Indie off at the vet for boarding (saddest moments for us as fur-parents but Forest said Indie trotted off with the guy like it was the best day ever and didn’t even look back to see if Forest was following!) and headed off to visit our friend Rachele in Charlottesville, VA for the weekend.
Peyton ate dinner on the road (a puree pouch + puffs), we stopped at 7:30 pm (her normal time to nurse and head to bed) and we got to Rachele’s around 12:30 am. Our plan was to pop open the pack-n-play and transfer a SLEEPING Peyton from the car seat to the pack-n-play. Well we all know what happens when you plan for easy transitions like that! Peyton was wide awake when Forest tried to transfer her and all of my attempts to rock her back to sleep were thwarted until she FINALLY gave in around 3:00 am.
Friday morning we were all up and, after Forest made a yummy waffle breakfast, we headed to a peach orchard/strawberry field to pick strawberries. Fresh strawberries taste much better than grocery store strawberries, by the way. Forest picked up a jar of peach butter for us to bring home.
We spent the last week of 2015 in Indiana – visiting, meeting, hugging, relaxing, Christmas-ing, and surprise party-ing.
We started our 2-day journey the day after Christmas. We drove 6 hours from our house to the Pennsylvania/Ohio line and unloaded all the bags and things we would need (in the pouring rain…). Peyton and Indie both did really good overnight. Peyton might have fussed once in the middle of the night and Indie only growled at a noise once or twice.