Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More Vacay Pics!

Here are some more pics from our vacation that I took on my phone! As you can see there were lots of good times :)

Vacation Week

Throughout the rest of the week in Vermont we did a few outings but mostly relaxed! On Monday we took Noah's sister Maria and headed out to the Ben and Jerry's Factory. This is where Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream started out and is still made today. Since Monday was considered a holiday they weren't making ice cream but we still did the tour. It ends with a free sample of a new ice cream. This one was Boston Cream Pie! If you can find it you should buy enough to fill your freezer because it is SO good! Afterwards we were going to get some ice cream and play at the park but it was so hot and the line was really long. Instead we headed back to town and stopped by the Creeme Stand. We all had soft serve with rainbow sprinkles and although it wasn't Ben and Jerry's it was super good.

Tuesday Mimi went with us into Burlington and visited Echo Lake Science Center. It's a cute little aquarium and science center and they have lots of hands on activities. It was actually featured in Parents Magazine a few months back as one of the top places to visit this summer so we had to go. The kids had a great time playing at the water tables, digging for dinosaurs, and looking around the giant bug exhibit! Afterwards we had lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings and we were going to head to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory but the kids were pretty cranky. That will be one of our stops next year for sure!

On Wednesday we picked up Noah's Dad and took a road trip to Connecticut. When we got there we went to visit with Noah's Aunt Joyce. She made us a fabulous lunch and we played in the backyard for a while. It was nice catching up but super hot and nap time so we got back on the road. I took Noah and his Dad to Foxwoods Casino where they did some gambling and spent the night. Then me and the kids headed over to my friend Courtney's house for a visit. It was great getting to see her and the kids had a blast. We went to a nearby park to play before bed, had a nice bath and then got some rest. Everyone slept well with the air conditioning and Courtney made us some great food! We might have to go up there and visit her again soon!

Thursday we ran to Target (since they don't have one in Vermont) and then had lunch. After lunch it was time to pick up Noah and Grandpa and head back to Vermont. We got there right in time to have pizza for dinner and hang out with Mimi, Papa and Gigi!

On Friday we just hung around the house. Izabel colored and played Memory and Tanner was on his normal schedule with two naps. We played in the pool and during Tanner's afternoon nap Noah and I took Izabel into town for one more Creeme! I think she really enjoyed having both of us all to herself and we're going to have to find ways to do that more with both of them! We had a big ham dinner and the Eaton family came over to enjoy it with us. After dinner we played outside with some drinks and the pool. Cindy fell on the side of the pool and hurt her hip very badly. We had to call an ambulance which was pretty scary but Izabel held onto their dog and kept telling him it was going to be okay. It was so cute and thankfully Cindy ended up being just fine. Saturday we got up and got packing so we could head home right after lunch. It was a little easier on the kids that way but still a difficult trip. Now we're just trying to catch up on the all the sleep we lost from traveling but we're so glad we did it and we can't wait to go back again next year! Family time is so important and it's nice to get away from our busy schedules and really just spend time together :)

4th of July Party

Noah's family always gets together for a big 4th of July party and we love when we get to be there for it! We got to see almost all of the family and friends all in one day and we had so much fun. There is lots of food and drinks plus pool volleyball, volleyball, bocci and horseshoes. Izabel and Tanner even had cousins there to play with in the boat pool and sand/water table and we got to meet the newest member of the family, Sebastian*. It was a blast!

Izzy pulled Tanner all over the backyard
Izzy and Cousin Meghan
Jenny, Amelia and Izzy opening Sebastian's present
Izzy and MadelynThe girls in the pool
Tanner and Aunt MariaColor time thanks to Grandma Elaine!
Swimming with Mimi
*Sebastian is not the official name the last I've heard so I'm not sure if this is the correct spelling!

4th of July Weekend

Friday right after dinner we got in the car and headed to Vermont for our summer vacation! We were so excited for the trip but not excited about the 11-12 hour car ride! We thought the kids would sleep through the night, but of course we were so wrong! We got in around 5:00am and Noah and I went to sleep for a couple hours while the kids played with Mimi and Papa. Then we got up and headed into town for the 4th of July parade. It was hot but the kids really enjoyed it and we had a great time!

Both kids got to spend lots of great time with Mimi and Papa and Tanner got to meet his Grandpa (Noah's Dad)!

Even Gigi was there and we got to see her throughout the week!
The parade was great with lots of small town charm and
I think both kids loved their first parade!
After the parade we headed back to the house for lunch and some pool time!
Mimi and Papa have an old boat that works perfectly as a pool for the kids and they loved it!