Saturday, July 25, 2015

Family Vacation Part 4- Philly/North Carolina

We left Buffalo without a clear plan of the cities were stopping in on our way home. We decided to make a quick stop in Philadelphia. We checked into our hotel at 3am and out at 11am.....but did have to check out the Liberty Bell and have some cheese steaks!

After Philly, we headed to Durham, North Carolina and just regrouped. The hotel was so nice and the kids swam while Tony did some laundry. We ate, swam, relaxed and then explored. We had to check out Duke Gardens (which was amazing) and we ate at The Pit which was quite honestly, the best BBQ I have ever tasted and I am not much of a BBQ person. It was delicious!

2,850 miles done this year. We (mostly) laughed and enjoyed it. Tony and I joke that the kids will look back and make fun of us for packing them in the van and taking these road trips....but it is good. Good for them to see other places, good for us to all be together, good for Tony and I to get away. 

Until next year:)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Family Vacation Part 3 - Wedding!

From Ohio we headed over to Buffalo just in time for my sisters rehersal dinner at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery. The boys were gifted personalized Orlando City jerseys for being in the wedding and Stella was given a cute tank and robe. All the kiddos were very excited for the wedding the next day.

On Saturday, we got everyone dressed up and began the festivities! Everyone looked amazing! Erin and John's day was perfect and we are so happy for them.

The next day, we said our good-byes and drove over to see my Gram:)

...but first hotdogs and loganberry at the river! What a time warp....being back at Mississippi Mudds with my kiddos!!

It was amazing to see my Gram. Every trip up to New York that I get to spend time with her is such a gift. And to have Tony and kiddos with us is even better.

As we finished up our visit, Tony and I thought....well, we are so close, we have to see Niagara Falls again! Off we went on our adventure. And while we were there, we thought....lets see if they will let us into Canada. And off we went...see a theme here? :) We had no trouble getting into Canada but returning to the USA was a different story. Needless to say, it was something we will never forget.

Next stop.....Philly!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Family Vacation Part 2 - Ohio

Our last night in Tennessee, we took the kids to Dicks Last Resort and didn't tell them about the servers.

But this is where we hit a speed bump on our road trip. At the end of the meal, our server brought us the bank card and said it had been declined. I was sure it was part of the act. He explained that he wasn't joking. I stepped outside and saw multiple $1000 charges from an auto store. He most definitely wasn't joking.

We weighed all our options.....should we turn around and go home? We contacted the bank and they began sorting it out. We decided to keep going and so off to Ohio we went.

I felt pretty unsettled for a day or two but I'm glad we went and explored the science center in Columbus. 

At the end of our Ohio time, I was feeling better and looking forward to buffalo, and my sisters wedding!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Family Vacation Part 1 - Tennessee

We started out on our third annual road trip.....first stop is Tennessee. We drove through the Smokey Mountains and I remembered why I love Tennessee so much. 

We took the Skye Lift up and looked over Gatlinburg. 

Tony really wanted to take the kids to this famous car museum. We had taken the twins years ago but they did not remember. It has all these famous cars from movies. They loved it!

I think the highlight of the trip was seeing Clingsman Dome. We drove up to the top of the Smokey Mountains and then hiked up a half of mile to the top. 

The views were spectacular! It was something that the kids and I will never forget. So beautiful. 

Next stop.....Ohio!


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