Monthly Archives: December 2014

Thanksgiving Trip Highlights

Well now that Christmas is only 10 days away (!!) how about a recap from our trip to NJ and PA?

This was our first trip with 2 kids along and they did pretty well!  We all survived anyway.

Where did we go?

  • First stop – 1 night in NJ with my brother, sister-in-law, niece, and baby bump!
  • Then a few days in Mount Joy, PA with Brian’s parents, visiting some old friends, and Thanksgiving at Brian’s Aunt’s
  • Then 1 1/2 days in Lehigh County, PA with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousin

Family and Friend Highlights

  • Elliot met his Great Grandparents for the first time, and my Aunt Chris, Uncle Dean, and Cousin Dan
  • Leland got to play lots with Pap-Pap, including building a snowman!
  • The three cousins (and two cats!) playing together at my brother’s – soooo fun
  • Four kids (0, 1, 2, and 3) running around when our friends visited us at Brian’s parents
  • Meeting baby Titus!
  • Chatting in person with my college housemate about Gently Parenting
  • A trip to the Fun Fort where Brian and I spent so much time in college – now the kids could play there, it was kind of a strange feeling!
  • Doing Christmas with Brian’s parents

Showering Highlights

  • my sister-in-law Shannon has Wen which I’ve always wanted to try – I did and it is nice!
  • my Aunt Denise has Moroccan Oil shampoo and I love it


  • Fried Avocado for dinner at a Mexican restaurant – I had seriously been wanting to try it since we were last in PA in March.  It did not disappoint (Avocado stuffed with meat and cheese, breaded and fried)
  • Shannon made us pizzas (including a tomato-free one for Leland)
  • My cousin Dan made us some crazy turkey sliders with Thanksgiving leftovers when we arrived that evening
  • Rockwell’s!  Such a good restaurant and I hadn’t been in ages – the kids’ first time there (crab dip of my dreams . . . )
  • I made shrimp alfredo one night (only the semi-homemade way but it tasted yummy!)
  • Country Table pumpkin pie
  • And of course, Thanksgiving dinner at Brian’s Aunt Cindy’s

I missed

  • my bed!
  • wifi
  • our shower pressure
  • my dimmable mirror light by my bed for nighttime wakeups (but a downloaded flashlight app saved the day!)

Hey, let’s do it again in 10 days!