Ohio vacation 2015

Ever since law school we've made an annual non-holiday trip to Ohio. First it was for Ryan to study for exams, and now it's just because. I've mostly travelled with the boys as the only adult and I was a little nervous with how well Walter would sit in my lap since he was still free, but had all the energy of an almost two year old, but from what I remember (maybe I should always write about trips after a few months, my memory is so terrible if anything bad happened I forgot and only remember the good :) it went smoothly. Henry was also taking his sweet time becoming fully potty trained (and we were all trying to figure out how to help him best, poor kid) but I think everything went well there, too. Or really, I should say no comment because, like I said, my memory is pretty atrocious. So maybe I should blog about these things closer to the actual event so my kids know what happened, since my memory isn't the best to go on...

Anyway, we went to Ohio and had a blast! The nights are usually hard and long without Ryan, but the days are full of so many new and fun experiences that it's always worth it, and this trip was no exception. Photos!!

Walter was totally enthralled by watching all the airplanes taking off at LaGuardia. He'd yell "airplane!" in this high pitched crazy way.

And no stop to suburbia is complete without multiple trips to Chick fil a. All with exchanging the toy for some ice cream, naturally. 

My mom got a new car since we had been there last, and the boys look pretty good in the front seat. I'll be patiently waiting to buy this beauty when she's ready for something else :)

I think these may be the only pictures with my dad? And none of my mom? I should be better at getting people to stop and pose, but oh well. I love how much my parents love their grandkids and how much my boys love being with them as well. It's so amazing how much love (and a little FaceTime and looking at all the pictures) transcends distance.  

Cousins! I adore all these pictures, blurry/crazy faces/cute faces. I'm so grateful the boys have cousins, and cousins close to their age as well. 

My sister and her husband took a trip out to my parent's to see us while we were there, too and I'm sad this is the only picture I have of them with the boys, but I'm grateful I have it and that they were kind enough to hold the boys' things when they got tired of riding, silly boys.

Car naps! Oh cars, we've missed you.

The boys, my brother, in the back of a pickup cab, it's just all too cute.

This may be one of my favorite plane photos I've taken. Soothie and Woody wanted to see the view from the sky, too. 

We don't have any plans to go back to Ohio next year since we're doing a little destination family vacation in the fall, but I have a feeling we'll see Ohio sometime next year, regardless, we just can't stay away for too long before a pool and a car and CFA start calling our names :)


July and August

I blame summertime for the million pictures. Friends and sunshine, what more could you want? And really, I take a million pictures year-round, but in the summertime they're not grainy and blurry, yay!

I love watching our neighbor boys and especially love when all four boys are together. And even though there are times of chaos, so many times everyone is happier because everyone has a playmate. 

The sprinklers finally got fixed!

Our friends from Boston, the Strobels, who now live in Poland while Spencer attends med school, were in the states for the summer and in NYC for a few days! They crashed on our air mattress since they had standby tickets out and the flights were full and we were so excited to see them even if it was just for the night.

Free lunch! Pizza, chicken nuggets, hamburgers, they were living the dream, and I didn't have to make lunch. 

We went down to teardrop park on our own one day and the boys thoroughly exhausted themselves. I'll never get tired of taking subway pictures, of the million free kids' activities and capturing their NYC lives. On our way back to the train I got a falafel sandwich and shared it with Hank and he loved it, and really, what's not to love?! He's definitely mine.

The last few pictures are from a Brooklyn trip with some friends. I grabbed a pizza for the boys and I while my friends took the boys to the park and then we played, ate, played and then grabbed some ice cream before heading back to beat rush hour. And Henry's shirt got soaked in a water fountain right before we started to head out of the playground to shirtless on the carousel it was. Classy.

We went to the beach! It may take an hour to get there on the train, but the boys did great both ways. Rockaway's waves are pretty intense, so I'm super glad Ryan was there to help me out with the boys and we got some food at the boardwalk before heading home. We went on a not-so-hot Saturday too, so everyone had a good time.

Our last summertime fun before heading to Ohio was Imagination playground, near South Seaport. Henry absolutely loved all the blocks and played and played and played while the moms chatted all morning. We went down with some friends and spent all morning there and then Walter fell asleep as we headed to Ryan's work to see his new office before heading home. It was exhausting and such a great last big summer/friends' adventure.