Over our Thanksgiving vacation, we drove the kids up to Toronto to see my family. We did this same vacation exactly 2 years ago...remember? Man. Did we put the mini-van to good use. It was so nice to be able to spread out and have extra room during the drive. The past couple of times we've made the trip I've somehow managed to have a suitcase directly under my feet. This time, while Joe drove, I was actually able to get up and walk to the back of the van to tend to the kids should they need tending. And they did need tending. Frequently. Plus, the built in DVD player rocks. As do the automatic doors. They open at the push of a button people. When you've got a kid under each arm...well, you can imagine the convenience.
We left after work on Wednesday and drove about 6 hours to Henrietta, NY. By 2 am, Bubs was super ready to get out of the car. She looks happy here...but she was really pissed about 5 minutes before this picture was taken. Really pissed. Thank you Marriott. Your beds were huge and fluffy and luxurious. You saved the day.
Holden was pleased. We all were. Man it was nice to stretch out and go to sleep. Thursday morning, we woke up and went to Niagara Falls. Here is a photo looking up Clifton Street. I love this street. I have such fond memories of it from my childhood. We'd always stop here on our visit up to Canada. There is all kinds of hokey tourist-ey stuff to do. We brought Bubs to a Build-A-Bear there and she made a Canadian bear named Snow Bear. (The bear has snowflakes all over it. See. She's practical.)
They got a little punchy towards the end of lunch. We were rapidly approaching nap time.
No sooner did I get them in the car and...ZZZZzzzzzzz. (Please notice the pink vest - one of Scarlett's MANY pink Christmas presents. Do the Greats know her well, or what?) Then, on to Grandad, Mormor, Aunt Katrina and Uncle Jonathan's house. Holden got quite comfortable the second we walked in the door. Maybe too comfortable.
A true Canadian.
A great picture of Scarlett and Grandad.And of Mormor and the kids.