Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

We were invited to Chris's Granny's 90th Birthday Party that was taking place up in Maryland. So, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to toss the kids in the car and head north for a visit. Bright & early. We got on the road at 3:40 am. Ew. 

Thankfully both kids transitioned right back to sleep. Neither of them woke up until Georgia.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

They both did surprisingly well. Aria had her tablet and a few Target dollar spot surprises tucked away, but mostly she played on her tablet. Lincoln snoozed and enjoyed the ride for the majority of the time. And, we only had to stop approximately 78 times for potty breaks, gas, coffee breaks, food, or to nurse.

We did a straight shot up from Florida to Chris's brother's house in Pennsylvania. If I am remembering correctly it took us around 18 hours. Ew.

Naturally it poured on us from Virginia until Pennsylvania. Could barely see the road type pouring. Ew. (On a positive note, all that rain welcomed a cool front and the weather was glorious for the first two, three days. I was wishing I had packed something a little warmer. Those were some winter temperatures for us Floridians.)

But, we arrived in one piece and got to tuck ourselves into bed.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

The kids even slept until almost 7!

The next morning we all straggled out to the toys to meet cousins/nephews. This is the first time we'd been able to visit our nephews. The last time we were in Pennsylvania Aria was a year old and my sister-in-law was pregnant with her first. Now we have a collective four. The youngest two, Elias and Lincoln, are about a month apart.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Eventually we gathered ourselves together and checked out the local farmer's market.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup (photo cred: Arianne) - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1
photo by: Arianne

I asked Aria to stand with dad so I could take a picture. This is what I got. 

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

The farmer's market. It has been conquered.

Chris of course brought his unicycle, and couldn't wait to try it out on the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. Aria loved all the "mountains" on our trip =)

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Then we explored the (gigantic) hill behind the house. I'm surprised I didn't fall on my behinder walking down this thing.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

And, then it was time for Granny's Birthday Party!

Both kids took a nap in the car on the way, so when we arrived we got some fresh air to wake everybody up.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

My calves were sore from all these hills for the next two days. I wish I were kidding.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Then we made our way back to the party. Granny had around 70 or 80 people gathered in her honor. Family and friends scattered all over the place. Aria got to run around the yard with her cousins. Lincoln spent his time pulling up all the grass. We all enjoyed the cool weather. There was cake. We couldn't have asked for a more festive reason to take a family trip.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1

Sweet Turtle Soup  - Pennsylvania Trip 2017 | Travel & Day 1


Friday, August 4, 2017

We're Home!

We just got back home after a week in Pennsylvania! It was a whirlwind of spending time with family and going on adventures. Plus, the weather was the equivalent of a Florida winter for the first few days. Heaven! There were hours of cousin play, a 90th birthday, cows, boating, a blogger meet up, and way too many hours sitting in the car (ick).

Sweet Turtle Soup - Pennsylvania trip 2017

The only real blight on a lovely trip was that while we were gone our Lizzy girl had to be put to sleep. She was getting out of her favorite chair at Great Grandma's house and she slipped a disc in her back up near her neck which paralyzed her. We got a call the first day up in Pennsylvania with the bad news. She was nearly 13 years old, and the vet didn't recommend surgery. So we had to let her go from miles away. My energetic love bug. The thought of losing her hadn't crossed our minds. I'm heartbroken. I've been crying for days. And, I really hate that we couldn't give her one more hug one last time.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lizzy
Sweet Turtle Soup - Lizzy

Lizzy
2004 - 2017