Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beach Days

Because summer is almost over,
and because my sister moved back to Huntsville for school,
and because beach days with her and Avery were our favorite,
and because I have way too many pictures from those trips not to share.
We love and miss you Aunt Kaylee!
Until next summer...

(PS- Here's a message from Avery just for you, Kaylee! jiijfhbjiiofdidjiikofjaaaaazaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhopljiyu8616r5  v56f3rtrr T6RRRÏtftfe3et32675mhbh uhuidyguu8gyf89tre66y tgyygfweyeyu78tu78uy7yy7777777yfy)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Monthly Randoms

Here are a few pictures from the month of July that didn't make it to Instagram. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

2015 Summer Vacation was an epic one (which means there's a million pictures...sorry!). We traveled to Pennsylvania with my parents and sister. Cody joined us a little later in the week. Avery was so great on the plane. She really is such a good little traveler.

Yes, these are headphones.

The first few days were mainly spent with family. We went to the park with cousins, trekked down to Lake Rowena, played at Chuck E Cheese, swam at Aunt Penny's, picked apples, and ate outside several nights. Being able to sit outside without completely melting is pretty awesome (although, Avery complained that the 75 degree weather was "too cold!"). My mom and I also redid Goober's gallery wall...updating pictures, re framing, and hanging frames (hammering nails into a plaster wall is not the easiest of tasks). I wish I had taken a before and after. It looks so much better! Goob loved it!

Cody flew into to PA late Tuesday night. On Wednesday, we headed to Niagara Falls. It's about 5 hours from where my grandma lives. Once we arrived, we were immediately in awe of the beautiful falls. I can't even begin to describe how amazing it was. The pictures do not do it justice. It was beyond gorgeous!

We took a boat tour on the Maid of the Mist. Avery refused to put her poncho on. I didn't force it on her because I just thought it was going to be a little misty. I was absolutely wrong and Avery, the girl who hates to be in wet clothes, immediately regretted her decision. They literally take you all the way into the falls. Aside from the screaming toddler, it was amazing!!
Such an incredible experience!

She was NOT happy.

After Niagara, we headed up to Canada! About 4 years ago, Cody met a guy named Jeremy  through social media. Their friendship grew over the years as they realized they have a TON in common. He's from Canada, so they had never actually met in person. Since we were planning to head to Toronto to mark a ballpark stadium off Cody's list (this was #10 of 30 active ballparks for him), we asked if he and his family would like to join us for a baseball game. We ended up having the best time with them (Social media is so weird, but so awesome)!  We ate a Canadian staple, poutine (fries covered in gravy and cheese curds), and then headed to a Blue Jays game. They have a little girl a few months younger than Avery and the two immediately hit it off. She gave Avery some Blue Jays bows and a foam finger (which automatically turned Avery into a Blue Jays fan, sorry Astros!). They even made the big screen (I think this is the 4th time Avery has been on the big screen at a major sporting event)! It was such a fun night with such a sweet family.

We stayed the night in Toronto and were able to walk around downtown the next morning. The Roundhouse Park was right by our hotel. It's a park/brewery/fully functional locomotive turntable with a bunch of train cars parked outside. Avery loves trains so we headed over there. It was pretty neat. They even had a little red caboose, which meant we had that song stuck in our heads ALL day (thanks Gammy!) After the park, we picked up coffee and a smoothie from Tim Horton's (the biggest Canadian staple. Our friend Jeremy said that what the American flag means to America, Tim Horton's means to Canada. So funny!), grabbed burgers from Burger Priest (amazing!), and then headed back to the good old USA.

Traveling to and from Canada, a 6 hour drive both ways, Avery could not have been any better. Seriously. I was so proud of her and the way she behaved in the car. She's awesome!

When we got back to PA, we met my dad and cousins at an Altoona Curve baseball game. The three of us were pretty exhausted though so we left a little early.

Friday morning, Avery helped Pops and Kaylee shuck some corn...

Then we headed down to Latrobe to watch Steelers training camp. It was pretty neat. Before practice started, they sent a bunch of rookies out to sign autographs. My sister and I got quite a few. The coolest part was watching Ben Roethelisberger and Antonio Brown playing catch. Big Ben was at the 50 yard line and Brown was in the end zone. Ben kept inching back after each throw. Brown has quite the arm!

Saturday we spent the day out on the lake. Cody, Kaylee, and my cousins jumped off the cliffs. Avery slept. Once she woke up, it took her awhile to warm up to the idea of getting into the water (I think her lifejacket freaked her out; they aren't the same as her pink floaties), but she finally got in. I was so proud of her.

This was such a great trip. We really enjoyed getting to spend time with family and friends. We are so thankful for each and every one of them.