There are tons of highlights from our two weeks away......so here's an attempt to capture just a few of these priceless memories!
New York, New York
|Daddy and B reading an old story book that I read when I was just a little girl!|
|Grandma and Grandpa taking the kids out for a stroll|
|Cruisin' on the deck|
The Rain Bucket and Watering CanThe highlight at my parent's place was the rain bucket and the watering cans. My dad suggested that when we returned home we should get rid of all the toys and just get a rain bucket........probably not a bad idea!
|B helping Grandpa fill the watering bucket|
|Dining on the patio - we didn't eat inside the entire time we were there!|
|Bath time was essential after sand angels....|
There was a lot of swimming in this little pool....and the kiddos enjoyed splashing around!
We met up with an old high school friend and his family at the local park - and then enjoyed ice cream! There was a LOT of ice cream on this summer vacation...which has helped in reaching the goal I had for Brianne to hold her own ice cream cone independently (an important life skill!!) - she has gotten much better....details that ice cream may have dripped clear down to her ankles. Nothing screams summer vacation like sticky children eating ice cream cones!
Mark and I ventured out to Amish country and had a few new belts made up for us. Pretty sure that is the only place I will shop for belts now....had one from a few years ago and it still looks brand new! Very neat to catch just a glimpse into life in Amish country - quite different from my air conditioned position on the couch listening to the radio and typing away on the computer.....not sure how they manage without all of the 'extras' that we take for granted!
Happy Fourth of July!
|Love this picture (even though she was really saying she was DONE with pictures!)|
|Splash pad and park with Grandpa!|
|LOVE how this captures her happiness!|
|Aunt Ada and Uncle Frank bought Bryce his first hockey stick - Brianne approved!|
|Did I mention we had a lot of ice cream? :) I heart Summer Vacation!|
Ontario Science Center!We braved a trek to the Ontario Science Center - and the kids had a fantastic time checking out all the kid areas. It was a chaotic and crazy time - but definitely entertaining!
Loving From the Auntie's and Uncles!Seeing the kids laughing and smiling with the aunts and uncles was one of my favorite parts of this trip. It really stinks that we live so far away from you guys!!!! Come visit us any chance you get - or we at least need to Skype more often!!!!
|Love this picture. B's smile and laughter is priceless - and in the background is Bryce playing with Uncle BJ....who appears to be being attacked by Bryce's stuffed monkey if you look really closely!|
|Kiddos First Subway ride!|
Happy Canada Day!It was my first time being in Canada to celebrate Canada Day - so we went all out in our Canada gear!
|Final picture from our trip - when we pulled in the driveway Bryce wanted to hold Brianne's hand - LOVE|
It was a wonderful two weeks with family and friends - love and miss you guys so much!!! Open invite to come see us in Texas whenever you get a chance!!
And now attempting to get back into a routine.......a routine of the usual chaos....crazy week already between transitioning both kiddos to toddler beds, Bryce starting a new daycare, getting ready for Bryce's 2-year B-day party, catching up at work, etc. etc. etc.............I'm ready for another vacation already!!!