Summer 2014

This summer I was lucky enough to spend some time with my mom doing a little traveling. Her unexpected time off from work lead to us getting to leave town on a few sporadic trips.

In July we headed up to the Adirondack’s in New York State. My uncle and aunt own a Victorian bed and breakfast in Lake Luzerne (about 25 miles from Lake George). We spent some time with them and got to help out a little around the inn as well. It’s a beautiful area up there and it was nice to get away.

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It had been a long time since my mom was at the inn and got to spend time with her brother. I was glad to tag along with her on this sporadic trip.

On the ride home, I introduced my mom to one of my current baby “cravings”- Root Beer Floats! YUM!!!

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In August we got in the car and headed down to Sneads Ferry, North Carolina to visit my moms other brother and wife. It had been a while since my mom went down to visit them also. I had never been there.

It was a long drive down, we hit a lot more traffic than we expected but once we were there we had a great time. They live right on the water that connects to the ocean and is close to the biggest U.S. Marine base, Camp Lejeune. We got to relax and see a little bit of the area in the few days we were there. My uncle owns a boat that is docked right on the edge of his property and we went out for a ride one evening before dinner.

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On the way home we decided to take the scenic route and travel across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel. Mom and I had driven it one other time almost 10 years ago. It was a beautiful day and we reached the bridge/tunnel just between lunch and dinner. We enjoyed an ice cream cone and walked along the pier to stretch our legs. It’s a pretty amazing sight if you’ve never driven it. It’s described as “one of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World”. People were fishing off the pier and having lunch and just enjoying the weather.

The overnight trips ended there but my dad had some time off at the end of the month so we took a day trip in to the Bronx Zoo. He had never been there and my mom used to go all the time as a child. My sister-in-law and “Smushy” came with us too! It was hot and a crowded day but we had a great time.

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The other day trip we did was down to Jenkinson’s Beach in Point Pleasant, NJ. Now you have to know that my dad is not a fan of the beach. Being a Navy guy it’s strange to hear but he doesn’t really like to go in the ocean. Probably because he spent so much time sailing it. Anyway my mom and I were shocked when he said he wanted to go to the beach… well really he wanted to go to Jenkinson’s Aquarium. But we convinced him to go on a nice day where we could enjoy the sunshine as well as the fish. I had never been to the aquarium before and it was really quite neat. It was small, but the fish, seals, penguins, turtles and other sea life they had there was really awesome to see.

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 It was a great summer with these trips and swimming in my parents’ pool with my niece and nephews. According to the calendar it is still summer but since children have gone back to school and the weather is slowly changing and leaves are beginning to fall it’s unofficially Autumn. I’m boycotting my parents’ closing their pool because I don’t want it to end but I know that next summer there will be more adventures but I’ll have a little tag-along with me 🙂

I’ll embrace Autumn with everything Pumpkin, (even though my hubby says I have to wait till October to enjoy a pumpkin latte)  and finish my prepping for our little bundle of joy coming in January! This is the last season before Squirt arrives! IMG_2797