Thursday, November 6, 2008

Better late than never!

Over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house we go! (Actually more like just a 6 hour drive!) A couple of weeks ago I got up the courage and drove, by myself with both kids, to my parents house in Maryland! If you know me, I am not so good with driving. I don't know what it is about the car, but once it starts moving I get sleepy. So I was a little bit nervous about driving out there without Mark to keep me awake, but I got up the guts and gave it a shot! We weren't even out of Avon (the town we live in) and I almost turned around and went back home. Natalie was crying and Josh was yelling "I want out! I want out!" I was thinking what the heck am I getting myself into! Well we kept on going and 2 stops to feed Natalie and 6 hours and 45 minutes later we made it! one piece! I was pretty proud of myself and we sure are glad we went. We had a great time! Josh LOVES wrestling around with his Uncles and reading with Grandma. And of course, Natalie just eats up all the attention she gets! I figure that while I live so close to family I need to take advantage of it and spend as much time as I can with them. We went down for the entire week and loved it!

Uncle Aaron and Josh playing around! Josh adores Aaron and likes to tease him!

Playing Wii Mario Kart. Let me tell you it is NOTHING like N64. I would dominate in the N64 version. But on the Wii I am lucky if I even finish the race! It was fun though!
Uncle Max has a paper route and Josh thought it was pretty fun to play in them that morning!

Grandma and Natalie having a good time together! That little girls smile is contagious!

Josh thought it was pretty funny to wear Grandma's glasses!

While we were there we went to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. It was such a great park to take little kids too because there were so many kiddie rides. I wasn't quite sure how Josh would like it but he absolutely LOVED it! There were some rides that we had to go on over and over and over because he liked them so much!

When we first got there we measured Josh to see what candy bar he was so that we knew which rides he could go on. He wasn't quite tall enough to go on the Hershey Kiss rides he was a Miniature Kiss!

This was Josh's very first ride to go on and I wasn't allowed to go with him. I didn't think he would actually go without me but he climbed right on in, I buckled him up, and off he went all by himself! Most parents would be so excited for their little ones and I was, but I have to admit a part of me was sad. My baby boy is growing up. He is starting to do things on his own and it tugged at my heart strings a little! But I was proud of him too!!

The rides that go round and round make me sick so Uncle Aaron would go on those ones with him! This rocket ship would go up really high if you pulled on the steering wheel inside and Uncle Aaron showed Josh how to do it so the entire time Josh had them flying high!

Natalie was the best baby all day! She just hung out in the stroller and didn't complain one bit. In fact she was so smiley all day! It was a bit chilly so we kept her bundled up in the stroller!

Josh will eat ice cream anywhere. It doesn't matter if it is cold outside or not. He really liked the Dippin Dots and just for the record that wasn't his only cup of them that day!

Josh rode the "Choo-Choo" with Grandma!

Uncle Aaron and Josh fed the ducks from the top of the bridge!

We all rode the Sky Tram around the park. Natalie enjoyed this part not being in the stroller!

Josh loved riding the airplanes. This is one of the rides he went on over and over and over. It was so sad because the last time he went on the ride he said "Ouchie Mommy" and pointed to his tummy. I can only imagine what riding that thing 7 times in a row would make your stomach feel like!

The Frog Hopper was Josh's all time favorite ride. I can't begin to count how many times we went on this ride! I didn't mind it at all because it just took you straight up and then dropped you. Josh thought it was hilarious! He had so much fun on the froggy ride!
We stayed the weekend for General Conference and then we headed home Sunday night.

Natalie and Grandpa watching Conference together.

Josh, Uncle Max, Me, and Uncle Aaron watching Conference together.
We had such a great time visiting my family. I know that we will be making the trek out to see the fam a few more times before we leave Cleveland! Thanks Grandpa and Grandma for letting us come crash for the week! We had too much fun!!


thechristensens said...

Looks like you guys had lots of fun! I'm with ya on the driving, though! When we first moved to Palmdale, and we got a new car that wasn't as much of a gas guzzler, I took the trek to Idaho by myself! It was quite the adventure, about 15 hours each way, and having to stop to nurse every 2...the things we do to be with family! Good job, though!

The Miles Family said...

You really are brave!! I would be a nervous wreck! I am glad that you made it just fine and that you had so much fun. Josh looks so cute in that pic on the frog ride.

Jeff and Kayci Bitton said...

How fun! I am impressed that you decided to make the drive! I can't even make it 4 hours! Glad you had fun!!

Kimberly said...

That sounds like a blast... and boy is Natalie adorable! Thanks for the compliment and we are doing pretty well. I'm counting down the days already (I still have 4 weeks) to have #2. We are in Tennessee and we are liking it but I do miss the snow. Where are you guys?

ashley e. said...

O how fun!!! I wanna play with your family! AND thanks for the comment.. I've been super boring with work and school so it's nice to have something to blog about and not get kicked off the site.. haha! LOVE YOU!

Beth&TJ said...

Amy!! I miss you and your family! Its going to be weird this thanksgiving! But it looks like you are doing well!
I finally made a blog :] I'm still pretty clueless about how to make it pretty though, so I've updated it, but I'm still working on the whole picture thing :]

Harris said...

You are awesome! thank you so much for all of your help with this thing! I am pretty excited. And your blog i love it. You guys have so much fun, ya'll are a great family! Thanks again for everything!

Anonymous said...

You came to Maryland for a whole week and didn't call me?? I am sad. I better see you next time you are here!!