Saturday, August 21, 2010

New York... New York

... oh, how I enjoyed thee!

Camping, lakes, vineyards, wineries, hiking trails, beautiful century old houses, Amish simplicity, quaint little shops... the Finger Lakes region has SO MUCH to offer!!

My parents left a day early and took Alia with them...

and of course, they had a grand ole' time! One highlight (so I was told!) was putting Lukey up through the sun roof to "fly!" Thankfully Grampa had a tight grip on him, otherwise our little vacation could have went south in a hurry!

My parents` best friends let us borrow their camper... and it worked out quite well! Since my parents had a cottage, we didn't really hang out at our campground much, but the camper was a blessing indeed!

Ahh, wonderful lazy vacation mornings!

And okay, fine... I'll admit it. We didn't cook outside even ONCE at our campsite! We ate our breakfast there, and the occasional lunch... but other than that we were spoiled by wonderful suppers at the cottage. And yes, that is macaroni and cheese you see... like mother, like daughter!

Out for a stroll around historic Penn Yan (derived from the names Pennsylvania and Yankee)

Taking a peek at the river...

Penn Yan had a huge old wheat mill that is still in operation... it would have been interesting to see inside, but naps were a calling!

There were historic houses and architecture everywhere... I couldn't`t get enough of it! I could have devoted a couple weeks to looking at all the houses, ALONE!!

Beautiful farmland...

My parents and my aunt and uncle rented a cottage on the lake, so boating was a big part of our fun.

My family has always had a boat... but what fun to see the girls experience the joy of the water too!

Larren was calm as could be on her first boat ride!

One of my favorite parts of the week was taking Alia on her first tube ride. As most of you know, Jonathan is the super duper fun parent in our equation, so it was an honor to experience this event with her! She did go for a faster, longer, and riskier ride with her daddy the next day... but that`s okay! A first is a first!

Geneva had a huge splash park, so we went up there for a picnic and play time!

I wasn`t the most thrilled with being in a bathing suit with hundreds of people around... but the splash park was SO much fun that I soon forgot.

I can`t help but think of the Lion King when I see this picture!

The vineyards were just beautiful... and there were wineries at every turn in the bend! I have never cared for, nor thought much about wine... but I`ve come to realize that
1. - I really like white or blush wines
2. - I like the wine tasting crackers more than the wine!
3. - I`m not allergic to wine
4. - I must still look young enough to be carded
5. - making wine really is an art form
6. - there is so much to learn about it!

In Watkins Glen we were planning on going for a huge hike... but because of rain the four of us went on a boat tour instead.

And since the rest of the family was still out galavanting when we were done we got to join them for some exercise and gorgeous views! But boy am I glad we only joined them for the tail end of the hike... carrying two little ones on slippery trails made this mama a little nervous!

We ended up liking NY more than we thought we would and extended our vacation an extra day. We then headed to Niagara Falls on the way home...

We didn`t have much time there so we only went on the Maid of the Mist... and the line ups were pretty long on a VERY hot day!

But the girls did great!

Our little tour guide in training!

The views of the Falls made the wait worth it...

Rounding the bend to the Canadian side of the falls... which Jon claims were much better! :)

Our little family of blue rain coats!

Larren liked the ride so much that she conked out half way through!

My love and I...

The girls in front of the falls... kind of!

And the ever famous ``carrying the stroller down the stairs with like a million other tourists`` shot!

As I mentioned... we had a terrific time! Having two little ones made the trip a bit difficult at times, but I`m learning to let the little things go and just enjoy the moment.
Let me say that again... just enjoy the moment, Renee! I haven`t mastered it yet, but I`m intentionally making an effort!

All in all, I would go back in a heart beat! And next time we`ll even plan a bon fire or two!


  1. Your girls are absolutley adorable! I would have wondered around looking at houses too! I just love the old ones, fancy or rustic. But I'd go for a wrap around deck any day!! :)
    I'm not a mom but I'd say you're pretty adventurous Renee! Hauling two kids under 3 to the East Coast! And I saw a box you Cheeze It's in your photos!!!! Good girl!

  2. My sister and brother-in-law live in Canandaigua and wine tasting along Seneca Lake is one of my favorite things to do while visiting them!