Sunday, February 6, 2011

Outdoor Winter Fun (Pre-Snow)

While we've had one of the snowiest winters in Boston history, it is easy to forget that our first snow came later than usual (just 3 days before Christmas).  We didn't let the cold temperatures keep us indoors. 

Micah's 1st Birthday

We can't believe our hombrecito is already a year old!  We celebrated with balloons and cakes and party hats.  We loved all of the clothes and nice presents from our abuelas and other family members, but the highlight (for Evelyn at least) were the two brand new swings we put up in the living room.  Of course you might not think the living room is the ideal place for a couple of baby swings, but they have been a perfect indoor activity during the cold winter.  We love our little Micah and feel so blessed to have him as a member of our family.  Happy Birthday little man! 

Thanksgiving Adventures with the Votaws

We were delighted to have Lynzie's sister Kelly Votaw and her family (David, Elizabeth, Katie, & Sophia) come visit us for Thanksgiving.  We packed as many sightseeing/touristy activies into 7 days as humanly possible, which is quite ambitious with all of our kids (try doing New York City in the winter with a one and two-year old).  We had a lot of highlights - and a few low moments - but overall had an incredibly memorable experience.  We know it isn't cheap to fly a family of five across the U.S., but we were so happy to have the Votaw clan around for a few days.  Here are a few of the highlights:

- Plimoth Plantation - think Pilgrim Disneyland.  We walked through a 17th century Puritan village, native american camp, and learned what life must have been like during the early days of the English colonies in the Americas.  After seeing everything at the plantation, we took a 15 minute car ride to downtown Plymouth where we all admired Plymouth rock and toured a replica of the Mayflower.

- New York - we spent a whirlwhind three days in the Big Apple.  We visited Liberty Island, braved the crowds at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, rode to the top of the Empire State Building, toured Ground Zero, walked around Times Square, ate ridiculously bad-for-you ice cream sundaes at Dylan's Candy Bar, and then nearly died of exhaustion. 

- Thanksgiving Dinner - while our actual Thanksgiving dinner involved a late night grocery store on 7th Avenue in New York, Lynzie did prepare a gigantic Thanksgiving feast back in Boston on the Sunday after Turkey Day.  We ate all of our favorite Thanksgiving foods, and most importantly, had family to enjoy it with.