Friday, July 30, 2010

The Museum


Graham has been talking about "Art Museums," thanks to the Upside Down Show, so on our way to Lake George, we took a quick stop at the State Museum in Albany. We saw live music, portraits, the Fire Engine Collection, and took a spin on the carousel. But of course he was most interested in watching the Sesame Street video. About 6 times. Oh well, we tried.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Blueberries

Summer's finally in full swing, so Graham and I took a 4 wheeler ride around the farm to find (and eat) the wild raspberries, and black caps that are ripening.


Safety first!




The blueberries are also ripening, so we decided it was time Graham joined Grandma in a blueberry outing at the Otsdawa Blueberry Farm.





Grandma Jean takes her blueberry picking very seriously, and it's become a kind of therapeutic addiction for her. It's one we encourage because not only is it a nice relaxing way to spend a summer afternoon, but we get to reap the benefits of her labor in the form of muffins, pancakes and pies throughout the year!





Our short visit yeilded 5 pounds, plus whatever Graham ate.



Now all we need some homemade vanilla ice cream!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Water Sports

Duckling, Graham and Killian beat the heat with a run in the sprinklers. Graham decided maybe babies can be fun (to tickle).

Friday, July 16, 2010

Summer Concerts



The Neahwa Park Thursday night concerts are good family fun. You can bring a snack, enjoy a show and not worry that your soon-to-be-preschooler wants to dance, dance, dance! (Who can complain about a free evening out?)





Graham walked the entire way there, and still had enough energy for a full fledged wrestling match with Daddy Boy. On the walk home, he needed a little help; trust me, carrying a 32 pound kiddo home is quite a work out.




Despite the literal weight on our shoulders it was enjoyable, and a great chance to talk about all the different flowers our neighbors grow. We picked some Queen Anne's Lace under the highway, and brought it home for a special lesson my mom taught Abby, Amanda and me back in the day-- food color + water makes a very pretty display. I hope I remember sooner next year so we can do it with daisies in the spring.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Addie


We recently attended the 2nd Birthday bash for the youngest daughter of one of our Momma friends, who cleverly planned it to coincide with her towns "Heritage Day" festival, so right down the block there was a petting zoo!





The animals and cotton candy were nice, but this cute little train ride was definitely the favorite. Mel made me chase them around the block the first time. The "Hillbilly Express" is faster than you might think!


It's going to be hard to top when Graham's birthday comes around.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

And we're back!


Summer is gone, but the memories aren't.

Please excuse our absence; grab a cup of mulled cider;

and catch up on what was happening when we weren't blogging...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Independence Day

We celebrated the 4th with a BBQ Birthday celebration for Melissa's Mom.





Pictured above are Aunt Karen (Jack's wife) Aunt Lorraine (Mom's sister) Mom, Abby, Jack (Mom's brother) and Amanda.





Mom unveiled a beautiful quilt she made for Abby and Jason. The picture truly does not do it justice.




Graham loved the attention everyone showered on him.

Here he cheeses for a shot with his Aunties



and here he is posing with Grandpa wearing a matching "Black Cat fireworks" hat.



Graham has no idea about Grandpa's love of fireworks yet, but I'm sure it won't be long before we introduce him to the wonderful world of home pyrotechnics.


Uncle Jason and Uncle Ethan were also on hand to play some games.


Among Graham's favorites were "Duck, duck-Goose", "Ring around the Rosie" and the the tickle game below which to an outside observer looks more like a toddler mugging.



Later in the evening we went downtown to see the city's fireworks show.





Although Graham loves the colors, he is still very sensitive to loud noises (other than his own!) so he spent the entire hour like this:






Yay for glow sticks!


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Week In The Woods

We spent our vacation relaxing for a week camping at Gilbert Lake. The cabins are surprisingly affordable, and roomy enough to accommodate Uncle Baci, Aunt Liz and Uncle Cookie as well!


Jeff and Alecia were camping in the tent area, so Maya and Gabriella got to stop by for a visit.


The park not only offers a beautiful beach and trails to explore, but all sorts of wildlife to spot. We saw frogs, birds, a beaver, and this little guy who I later found out was slightly poisonous, but only if you eat them.


Luckily, Melissa and Uncle Baci had dinner ready, so we just let him run free.

Although our cabin had electricity, a full kitchen, a toilet and a great fireplace, it did not have hot water, or a bathtub, (the shower station was about a half mile away) so Melissa heated some water on the stove and Graham got a taste of how they did it in the olden days.

Grandma and Grandpa lent us their paddle boat so we could tour the lake in style. Needless to say I was the only one who paddled it.


The campsite is also pet friendly, so the pups got to come along as well, which was nice because it's always nice to have a snuggle buddy in bed on a chilly night!

Speaking of bedtime cuddles, Graham had some fun wake ups with Uncle Cookie-

caught a few hand fulls of morning sun with Mommy-

and even got some quiet time with Lizzie-


Mid-week Grandma and Grandpa (and Scout!) came up for dinner to help celebrate my birthday.
Here we are sporting our stylish bear tee shirts Melissa made us for this years vacation theme!


Grandma even made me a swiss roll cake. This is a chocolate cake sheet, filled with homemade whipped cream and rolled, and then topped with chocolate ganache. It's basically like a giant Ho-Ho and it's fantastic!

The following day Aunt June, Jaci and Uncle Robin stopped by to play and give Robin a chance to show off his excellent castle making skills.

Here's a nice picture of Melissa taken by Graham-

Here Aunt Lizzie waits paitently for "Uncle Yeti" who was rumored to be roaming the deep woods...

Before we knew it the week had passed us by and it was time to hit the trail home.


Being so close and affordable, we're sure to be doing this again next year.

Let us know if you'd like to join us!