During the winter break we took a trip to upstate New York to visit some friends (the Mama author of the Monkey and Frog Blog) and some other friends from Pittsburgh also came up to visit. The New York friends have two boys (ages 3 and 10 months) and the Pittsburgh friends have no children. I love visiting with these friends for quite a few reasons; the kids play fabulously together and typically leave the adults alone for hours on end, the adults all enjoy each others' company and have a great time hanging out and visiting or having adventures, and the adults all enjoy the kids (which really does make a HUGE difference in the quality of a visit). Whenever we get together we have some really fun adventures and spend lots of time lounging around. It is wonderful.
This visit, they had plenty of snow for playing in! Our kiddos were thrilled. We spent the first morning watching the snow come down and the afternoon playing in it. The kids (and grownups) sledded and had a great time. The temperatures outside were arctic and Leila didn't last outside long, but the rest of the kids had great staying power and were really able to enjoy sledding and playing in the snow! I'm not sure if we'll get any snow around here, but I'm really happy that the kids got a chance to play.
On New Years Day we took a group trip to the ice skating rink. The most difficult part was that Leila couldn't go on the ice with us and she did NOT want to be left with the two adults who weren't skating. But leave her we did and I'm so glad. Adam and I each got a chance to go around a couple times with each Big. Talia and I were together for a while and then she pooped out. The ice was slippery and she was really much happier riding in the chair we were using as support, than doing actual skating. Adam and Isaac had a great time going around together and Isaac caught on to the skating very quickly. For a little while, Elie skated around with Lo (adult friend from Pittsburgh) and they had a great time together. Elie also caught on quickly and was skating while only holding on with one hand. Then Elie and I skated together. It was so nice to not be worried about the other kids and just focus on one at a time. Elie and I talked and slipped and skated and laughed. It was so much fun.
Friday we took a trip to Rochester to see the Museum of Play. It totally made me wish that I lived in Rochester, because I'm sure that we would be members there and spend lots and lots of time roaming around. The kids had a great time leading the way and spending the day playing. Talia and I were playing so thouroughly that we didn't even get through half the museum. We were sad to have to leave. I hope we can see the rest someday.
It was a marvelous vacation, that truly felt like a vacation. We didn't worry about cooking (thanks to our lovely hosts) and the kids played and had fun and we were all together. We even managed to make time for naps (for Mommy) and caching (for Dadam). I really did not want to come back to the grind, it was so nice to have a break.