Lets just say the flight to NY was less than.....fun. The kids were very well behaved and I was very proud of them, but it's just not fun to travel by yourself with two children. It was an extremely exhausting feat to make it from one gate to our connecting flight. I carried the diaper bag on my shoulder, Molly on my hip, and Anthony chugged right along at my side. I felt like we walked miles before reaching our gate. Gosh! On the second flight I was mean mugged by an older lady....each time I looked over at her, she was glaring at me and I felt really uncomfortable under her gaze! But you know what, I held my stuff together with continuous positive thinking and we all made it to NY alive and well (well, I did have a headache, but at least it wasn't a migraine!) Guess I can't ask for anything more! After getting to my dad's house, we all were happy to crash!
Saturday, the 12th: We got ourselves settled in and then headed to the grocery store for a little shopping. One of my cousins and his gal work there, so I was able to say hello to them. That night we went over to my sister's place for dinner. It was my first time seeing my niece, Haley. Anthony and his cousin Jacob got along fine and had a grand time playing. Molly, not surprisingly, wanted nothing to do with the mix and clung to my leg the whole time. It was nice to see my sister and her family after not seeing her for over 2 years.
Jacob and Anthony playing
Little Miss Mols
Sunday, the 13th: My dad, the kids, and I headed out to Applebee's for lunch where I met up with an old pal of mine. We chummed it up for a bit and then headed out, but not before snagging balloons for two kiddos who were grumpy during lunch and probably didn't make a good first impression (Sorry, Nick!). After lunch, we all took a drive to my dad's co-worker/friend's place and had dinner there. He does tattoos in his off time and I ran my tattoo idea past him and we agreed he'd come to the house on Thursday and do it for me. Sweet!
That night the sickness hit. I woke up at midnight and thought I'd check on the kids. I walked into the bedroom and immediately the smell of vomit hits me like a ton of fricken bricks. I looked over at Molly and see puke....EVERYWHERE. I swear it coated both pillows, the whole mattress, and was even matted in her hair and face. CHUNKS. It broke my heart to know she just kept puking and rolling over and going back to sleep. I swooped her up, striped her naked and put her in the tub. Good times. I grabbed a barf bucket and a towel and carried my sweet little Mols to bed with me. She fell fast asleep and I thought we were good to go, but the poor thing spent the rest of the night throwing up every 15 minutes or so. She was so weak and tired, she couldn't even sit up herself. I'd hear her gagging and have to rush to sit her up and get the bucket under her chin.
Molly being all cute before the sickness hit!
Mols hamming it up
Grandpa and Anthony
My sick little man in the middle of the night
Tuesday, the 15th: Anthony was such a sickly little boy for a good part of Tuesday. I took Molly and we went for a drive to Walmart to get more diapers and wipes. Her sickness left her with a horrific case of diarrhea and we were burning through diapers. NOT fun. Later that night when Anthony was feeling all better, we headed to my Aunt's place to see her and my cousin. We all caught up with each other while playing Wii Bowling. After heading home and putting the kids to bed, I headed over to my neighbor's house whom I've been friends with since middle school and played catch up over a few drinks. Do you know what happened next? I GOT THE SICKNESS. Ugh. Molly Sunday, Anthony Monday, Mama Tuesday. I felt so horrible, surely I was dying!!
The kids and I with my Aunt Susie
The kids and I with my Cousin Doug and his daughter
Wednesday, the 16th: I spent the whole day curled up in the fetal position recovering from the barfs while the children played with Grandpa.
Thursday, the 17th: I was back to feeling fine, thank goodness!!! I had an old gal pal give me a ring and stop in for a visit. Alyssa and I were first pen pals from different elementary schools, then became friends when we finally met in middle school. I remember we use to spend so much time at each other's houses. It was great to see her and have her meet the kids. :) After our visit, Grandpa, the kids and I headed to the grocery store to pick up taco stuffs for dinner. It was tattoo night (YAY!) and we wanted to make a special dinner for my dad's friend Scott and his wife Becky, along with my brother Matt and his girlfriend Erica who also came to visit. After we all ate, Scott set himself up with his gear and got to work on my tattoos. Originally I had wanted the kiddo's foot prints done on my side, but after a lot of thought, I decided to get them done on my arms. I LOVE THEM! What do ya'll think?I'm stoked to have finally gotten them done after wanting them for so dang long.
The kids and I with Alyssa
Alyssa and I
Grandpa and Anthony baking peanut butter cookies! Later brownies were made. :)
Working on my tats
Friday, the 18th: The kids and I, my dad, and my brother Matt and his girlfriend Erica all spent the day at the mall. Do you know just how excited I was to go to a mall!? It was like heaven!.....except I was getting frustrated because after 6-7 stores, I still didn't purchase a single item. I actually felt overwhelmed by the size of the stores, the amount of stuff in each store, and the tons of people surrounding me. Guess I'm use to the small town feel now a days. I felt bad dragging everyone around with me, lol. After recharging with some food court deliciousness, I finally came across some stores I actually found stuff in. Hooray for new clothing!! :) After the mall we headed back to the house to relax a bit. My friend Jill was driving to town and wound up getting in at 9. After putting the kids to bed, Matt, Erica, and I went and picked Jill up and headed into Albany to go to The Pearl Pub....a bar/club place. We had a blast! I ordered a rum and coke, got some onion rings and chowed down. After a bit, Jill and I went to the back room and danced for a long while. It was FUN!! I don't know how long we had been dancing, but in comes my brother looking all ill. He told us it was time to go because he had....THE SICKNESS!!! Dang!!!! We left and the poor guy felt so ill. I felt horrible....he probably got it from the kids and I! All in all it was a great night and I wish Jill and I didn't live clear cross the U.S.....I'd go out dancing with her every night!
Jill and I in the car on the way to the bar
Jill and I after a drink and some dancing.
Saturday, the 19th: Since my poor brother now had the pukes, our plans to go to a camping expo in Mass. was canceled. Instead the kids and I headed over to Jill's house for a few hours to visit Jill's mom, sister, and gram. The kids were well behaved and played games, colored, ate snacks and watched Spongebob. After our visit we headed back to my place to get my dad and head to a different mall! I was so excited to get a big pretzel with cheese, something I always did when going to this particular mall. It was just how I remembered....delicious!! We drug the kids and my dad around from store to store and finally finished off the night with dinner and ice cream at Friendly's. I love that place!
Jill and I with the kids
Sunday, the 20th: The kids and I headed back over to Jill's place to spend a few more hours with her and the family before Jill had to leave. Anthony spent much of his time downstairs with Jill's mom and sister watching Spongebob, haha. Jill and I did our typical bf photo shoot and sweet little Molly got in on it too. We said goodbye to Jill and her family and headed on back to Grandpa's for some down time. Molly took a nap and I contacted my brother and sister to arrange a bowling night! At 5 we all met at the bowling alley and had a GREAT time! It was Anthony and Molly's very first time bowling and they just had a blast! The majority of my bowling was done with Molly on my hip. I actually did better while holding her because she balanced me out! We were able to get a few family shots which I'm super glad to have gotten. And just an FYI, I kicked butt for one of the games, haha. After bowling it was off to dinner at a local diner and then on home.
Anthony giving Jill's gram a big 'ol goodbye hug.
Anthony and Grandpa watching the ball
Mama helping Mols. Look at that sweet little excited face!
My brother Matt playing with Anthony
Monday, the 21st: My dad had to go to work Monday. I took the kids and we ran to the store to take the photos I'd taken so far and put them on a disk so I could upload them onto my dad's computer. The kids and I spent the whole day hanging out at the house watching a few Disney movies, taking naps, and working on photos.
My little man and I
Tuesday, the 22nd: Tuesday was much like Monday. Dad had to work, so the kids and I hung out at the house. I finished working on my photos and the kids played. When my dad got home, we ordered Chinese food and went out to pick it up. Delicious! I love sesame chicken. That night, after I put the kids to bed, I spent a few hours at the neighbor's house again having a few drinks and talking music. I said my goodbyes then seeing as the rest of my week was filled up.
The kiddos eating breakfast.
Wednesday, the 22nd: Vermont day!! Grandpa, the kids, and I took a day trip to Vermont. Almost every year as a kid, my family and I would take a drive to Vermont in fall and hit up tons of little shops. It definitely wasn't as pretty as fall time when we went this time, but we enjoyed it all the same. Anthony got car sick on our way there and we had to pull over and let him throw up in a store parking lot, lol, but nothing a little Dramamine couldn't fix. We stopped at many of the stores we'd go to when I was a kid (though a lot of them were closed because of the off season) and did a little shopping. I picked up some really cool drinking glasses for a friend at this huge antique place. At another shop, I picked up a few more items for Sam and another friend. Soy candles, syrup, honey, hand made soap, wool beer cozy, etc. I love little shops like that. We stopped at the same restaurant we'd eat at when I was a kid. The kiddos had delicious mac n' cheese and I had a burger with onion rings and BBQ sauce on it. The drive back was filled with big houses and even bigger barns. Gorgeous. I could have spent all day taking photos of the huge farm houses.....and would have if it had been fall time and prettier out and not so dang cold! We did stop at this covered bridge we use to always stop at and I took photos of that. It was fun taking the kids to all the places I use to go to. I hope to be able to do it all again sometime when it's fall and the peak of tourist season!
Grandpa and the kids waiting for lunch
Covered bridge we stopped at for me to get photos of on the way home
My dad took these photos of me. Good job, huh!?
Thursday, the 23rd: Dad had to work again, so it was another quiet day at home. My friend Alyssa came over for a few hours for another visit and we chatted for a long while. After dad got off work, my brother and his girlfriend came over with pizza. We all hung out chowing down on pizza and ice cream before an early bed time.
Grandpa feeding Mols some ice cream!
Friday, the 24th: Snow storm!!!! Thursday night and into Friday it snowed and snowed and snowed. Naturally the kids wanted to down their suites and go out and play. :) Grandpa shoveled the driveway and it was the cutest thing watching Anthony and Molly help him! I stayed out long enough to enjoy the falling snow and take a few photos before snagging Mols and heading back inside. It was COLD. After resting up a bit, we spent the remainder of the day at my sister's place for dinner. We were celebrating her daughter Haley's 1st birthday! I tried my best to get family photos of everyone, but it's difficult when one or more of the kids aren't happy and won't cooperate. Other than the bowling alley, I didn't get any photos with my brother which sucks. But I got a few with my sister. I didn't get any one on one photos with my dad either. And I tried to get one of my dad with all the kids, but Molly was in the corner having a melt down so she was missing. I managed to get a good photo of all the kids sitting on the floor playing, so that was cool! *sigh* Maybe next visit I'll get all the photos I want!? lol
The kids and I relaxing
My sister Robyn and I
Grandpa in between his daughters and grand daughters!
Haley, Jacob, Molly, Anthony
We flew out of NY on Saturday the 26th. We were suppose to board at 12:10, but didn't until 12:40. Then we had to sit on the airplane for 20 minutes while they sprayed de-icing stuff on the plane. The kids were far better heading home than they were going to NY and I was very relieved! Molly slept most of the way on the first plane ride, as did Anthony. We finally land in Chicago and had to wait 20 minutes to taxi in and find stairs for us to get off the plane. I was suppose to have an hour and 40 minute lay over, but seriously as I was landing, my next plane was boarding. We were so late! Oh my gosh, it was so stressful finding our gate. First I had to figure out that we needed to take a shuttle to the C gates as we were in the B gates. Then I had to find the right shuttle. We waited for what felt like forever for it to get there. We got on and it dropped us off at C9 and we had to go to C19. That was a loooooong walk. Once again I had the diaper bag on one shoulder, Molly on my hip, and poor Anthony basically running at my side. We got there right as they were calling for anyone who was left to board the plane. I do NOT want to do that again!!! Luckily we sat next time a really nice lady who enjoyed playing peek a boo with Mols and talking to Anthony. I splurged and ordered an expensive salad for myself and a huge snack box for the kids. Molly slept for half of the 4 1/2 hour flight on my lap while Anthony watched the in flight movie with those huge headphones on his little head. Once Molly woke up, there were some tense moments of bickering between the kids, but all in all everything went smooth and I was pretty impressed with the kids. When we landed in Portland, a random guy even came up to me and told me my kids were the best children in the history of flying. How's that for a sweet compliment! I chucked and said thanks, but on the inside I was laughing hysterically and wanted to tell him he was lucky he didn't sit near me on the way to NY! HA!
Other than the sickness and the many canceled plans due to everyone being sick at different times, we enjoyed our stay. Though I'm thinking next time we'll be heading there in warmer weather! We love you, Grandpa!!! :)