Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer - Week #3

After 3 straight weeks of go-go-go, travel, visitors, and parties, we are finally home and I'm loving a lazy morning sipping coffee, catching up on the DVR and sending Grant off to school until we pick him up later for his 1 year-old well visit.  #Timeflies

Before I get to birthday parties and reviewing the next trip on our summer agenda, it's a rewind post to the 3rd week of our summer vacation, which was rudely interrupted by a little tummy trouble and a fake fever. 

We returned from Keuka Lake on Saturday evening and laid low the next few days catching up on grocery shopping and prepping for Grant's upcoming 1st birthday party (knowing that we'd get back from Massachusetts with limited time to do much).  

On Monday, Georgia joined me running errands, ordering a cake, trying on dresses for Grant's baptism, etc.  

On Tuesday, we woke up expecting to head downtown to meet up with the Brodeur crew before they joined us at our house that evening.  However, Georgia woke up "weird."  She couldn't quite explain what was wrong, but that's her typical M.O. when she doesn't feel well.  She complained a bit of belly pain, then a headache, and so on.  So, we cancelled our plans for the day and decided to just chill at home for the day.  BUT... she totally rallied when we remembered that it was 7-11 day.  FREE SLURPEES!

Happily sipping on her cotton candy slurpee
The rally continued as her cousins arrived and she played downstairs while Nick grilled up some dinner.  As we sat down, Georgia again complained about not feeling well, so she laid down on the couch while we got ready to eat.  UNTIL she made a mad dash for the bathroom and we got to see the cotton candy slurpee all over again.  Poor thing was so upset that she was sick while her beloved cousins were here.  You know she's not feeling well when my little night owl agreed to head to bed at 6:30pm.

Meanwhile, Grant was loving all the new attention...

Matthew working on teaching Grant how to walk
Look how proud!
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We were hoping that Georgia would rally on Wednesday, but she woke up complaining that she still wasn't feeling 100% and reported that she had thrown up again in the early morning hours (total rock star that she managed to make it to the bathroom on her own!!).

So, we shipped Grant off to school, Nick worked from home to keep an eye on Georgia (who was more than happy to just hang out in bed with her iPad), and the rest of us decided to head into the city to explore the National Geographic Museum.  None of us had been before, so a new museum was an exciting endeavor for the day.  Unfortunately, it's not part of the Smithsonian, so you do have to pay to enter.

I was over the moon about visiting since the current exhibit included...

SHARKS!!!!!
The museum isn't huge and only features two different exhibits, but it's well done, clean, and fairly empty on a week day morning. Currently, the two exhibits are Sharks (well timed for Shark Week) and Earth Explorers.  

"Trapped" in a shark cage.  The real thing is on my bucket list!


If you've got a kiddo who loves sharks (or an adult who loves them, like me!), then this is a great place to check out this summer.  

On the other side of the museum is the second exhibit... Earth Explorers.  There were more "interactive" experiences over on that side, which is perfect for elementary aged kids (and older).  I was sad that Georgia missed out on the cool museum, which I knew she would love, so I already started planning our return so that she could check it out at some point.

Crazy Brodeur crew
Hello, big boy!
Checking out how thermal imaging and how heat escapes our body in the Arctic
Look out... Matthew heading out to explore the jungle!
More sharks!
I also learned some fun facts that I never wanted to know.  Reason #10,039 you will never find me in a jungle.  I can't even handle the small spiders we sometimes get in the house.


The gift shop has some great options.  Matthew explored them all...


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I debated a new coffee mug!
The museum only takes an hour or two since it's on the small side.  Since Shake Shack in Dupont Circle was only a few blocks away, we decided to walk over to grab lunch.  As we were finishing up our burgers/shakes, I got a text from Nick that Grant was being kicked out of daycare for having a fever!  That's 2 kids down!

When we got home, it was apparent that Grant was suffering greatly...

Such a sick kid!
However, since he had a fever on that Wednesday, he was not allowed back in school the following day.  Luckily, Georgia woke up feeling much better on Thursday, so we ALL headed into the city, including Grant!!!  I'm fairly convinced he faked a fever just so he could hang out with his big cousins.

First up... Smithsonian Natural History museum!  We were just here over spring break, but it's always a favorite.


Definitely feeling better!
We had to recreate this classic picture since all the kids have grown so much in the past few years.  Plus, we've got a new addition (who was NOT pleased to have to abandon his comfy stroller for this nonsense!).

2017
Compared to 2013
Although I'm starting to think that Brodeurs bring the drama to our house... In 2013, I lost my gallbladder while they were here.  In 2017, we had two "sick" kids (though both made dramatic recoveries in time for some DC action).

We grabbed lunch in the museum's cafeteria.  New tip of the day - if you want a seat in a crowded cafeteria, make eye contact with people while trying to drive a stroller with a screaming baby while balancing a tray with food on it - people jump up and offer you their table!  I may have even said "God bless you!" to the woman who waved me down to give me her table.  After we checked out most of the museum exhibits, we headed across the mall to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.  Georgia attempted to get herself lost at the security check-in point for approximately 8 seconds while Grant managed to rally for his second museum of the day (all without a nap).  All signs that it must almost be time to escape the city!!

More interested in his puffs than the exhibits!
Auntie & G
Life is great when you have big cousins to push you around
The kids hit up the pool for a quick evening swim before it was time for everyone to start packing.  The Brodeurs were headed back home early on Friday morning and we were debating a Friday evening departure for MA ourselves.  Georgia was so sad that she missed a few days with her cousins.  She counts down the days every year until their annual summer visit.  Luckily, we'd see them again just a few days later in MA!  Onto the next adventure...



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lake Life - Days 6, 7, 8

Wrapping up our trip to Keuka Lake in early July (as we rapidly start to approach the end of July... NOOOOOOO!).

Part 1 is HERE.
Part 2 is HERE.
Part 3 is HERE.

No matter how much time we spend up there, the week always seems to fly by.  Nick and I always have grand plans to escape and get to different places, try different wineries, etc. and it just never seems to happen.  But, it's always a reason to come back and put it on the list for "next year!"

Grant woke up the morning AFTER the 4th of July still clutching his beloved little flag!! 
Grant just loved hanging with this wild and crazy crew for the week!  In good news, by this point in the week, Audrey had already declared that she was going to marry him in the future!!
By mid-day, we were back out on the boat for some tubing action!

This kid is such a rock star - so grown up!  She's the perfect age for fun trips!!
After being flipped off the other tube earlier in the week, Georgia was taking NO chances on this day.  She basically wanted to just be pulled behind the boat at 2mph.  Nick would give us the sign to speed up the boat and Georgia was more than happy to just cruise!


Pulling my crew around the lake
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Eventually, Nick just jumped off and held onto the tow rope while G chilled in the tube as we made slow laps around the lake.



Later in the afternoon, we liberated the sailboat from the garage and got her seaworthy for a trip across the lake.


Sailing with Grandma
The rest of the day was just spent chilling around the lake.


Just climbing on Daddy
Georgia was obsessed with Uncle Malon's hot tub the last time we were at the lake 2 years ago, so we promised her she could take a late night dip after Grant went to bed that evening.



The next day was a tad overcast, but we managed to get the kids out tubing in the morning and then Nick got out a smaller and faster sailboat to take out himself and to give a few lessons.




Life is tough!
All week, different people took turns cooking dinner for the group.  Thursday night was our turn to help contribute, but we somehow managed to convince everyone to come out to dinner instead!  So, off to Lakeside we went.  We've got a long history with Lakeside - it's one of the few bars you can get to on the lake with the boat.  It was Georgia's first bar!!  Fast forward 5 years and now it's one of Grant's first bars!


Cousins

Crawling around the dock
After dinner, we headed back to the beach for some sparklers and s'mores.



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On our final full day at the lake, we had to make every minute count.  First up... water balloon fight.

Look who found the water balloons!
All the kids convincing Grant to not pop the balloons!
Fight!!!
Nick went to the hardware store in town for something and managed to come with a new toy for the final day!



Every year, Nick makes an amazing recap video of our vacation.  This year had the added footage from the drone!  Enjoy...