#microblogmondays: vacation, relocation

Last week, like in much of the northeast, New York was on Spring Break. This meant the kids daycare was closed for four days (because daycare they don’t close the WHOLE week school is out). Rather than stay at home, hit up the park and feel guilty about the state of our apartment, we took a trip. I booked Amtrak to Philadelphia and used hotwire for a cheap hotel downtown.

The train is fast and easy and the kids like it. We met up with some friends and family for a couple of meals. The big events were the Please Touch Museum and a Duckboat Tour. Simon saw the Duck on the street and that was it – we HAD to do it. And I realized I am totally the goofy parent who dances and quacks and right now the kids think I’m great and I will be the embarrassment of their existence when they are teens.

The last morning we went to look at historic Philly and visited the U.S. Mint. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I was finally visiting during the week! Simon can now tell you all about how money is made. But while we were waiting in line, we chatted with the older couple in front of us. She asked how our vacation was and we must have laughed. Then she said, “when my nephews were little, my brother would say, it’s not a vacation, it’s a relocation.” So very very true. This wasn’t relaxing. But it was away and so very very fun.

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#microblogmondays: vacation dreamin’

It’s that time of year where vacation is planned and oh so far away (beach trips in June and August) so I do something a little crazy. I was in Philadelphia for a couple of days last week for a conference and was reminded of how much fun the city is for kids. So today I bought some Amtrak tickets and booked a cheap hotel with a pool. On spring break we are going to swim and go to the Franklin Institute and the Please Touch museum and look at the old landmarks. It will be just what we need. And maybe we can relive this scene…

Simon at about 8 months.

Catching Up

As I go through my photos I realize there is so much I never had time to blog about! So here goes:

At the end of March, Simon and I drove down to Philly to meet Mom and Chip who were there for a conference. A short overnight, but we had lots of fun.

We ate cheese steak, rode a trolly and Simon climbed steps for the first time.

Then school got crazy (is it ever not), we had an anniversary, it turned spring-ish Easter happened and then Simon and I flew to Indiana for part of my spring break. We went because I wanted to see my grandmothers, or rather let them see Simon again. He was three months old when we were out in October.

The first night there, we had a little play date with Charlie and Sara. The toy boys played well together, meaning they didn’t cry and played in parallel.

I spent an afternoon in Bloomington with Emily and we walked through IU’s campus. I felt old. Simon experienced grass and didn’t think too highly of it.

Grandma Frazier had just been moved to a nursing home after being ill. I was really glad we got to spend some time with her. Simon liked the wheelchair.

We drove over to see Grandma Ables too. Thanks Aunt Cynde and Uncle Marty for grilling for lunch! Simon was a fan of the chicken.

The warm weather has made the playground an almost nightly occurance. We go after work / daycare just before bed to really tire Simon out.

I’m not sure how much it contributes to the better sleep, but he’s having fun and sleeping better. When he sees the playground fence he gets really vocal and tries to climb out of the stroller.  He knows. Thank goodness for the five-point harness.

He’s great at climbing the stairs to the slide, and just recently decided that he doesn’t like the toddler play structure anymore and would much rather go down the twisty slide with the big kids. He’s growing so fast!

I think that mostly gets us caught up, just in time for summer fun to start!

Little Climber

I drove down to Philly for the weekend to meet my mom and Chip who were in for a conference. It was mostly cold and rainy, what gives? But we had a couple of nice meals and were able to get in a little sightseeing. We took a trolly tour and they let us stop off for a few minutes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Simon took a stab at the stairs.

*Please ignore my voice in the background…