The boys had a week off of school for mid-winter break so we decided to make a family vacation of sorts out of it. Jon was able to take the week off of work which was so nice. We were all recovering from some kind of illness or the other at the beginning of the week, but got better in time to enjoy the rest of the week. We headed up to gma's house for the first weekend where we were able to get out of the city and relax. The boys love going up there because they can roam around in her yard and have the luxury of a car for transportation! Jon met us after his weekend shift and we were able to hit some playgrounds, feed the ducks at a nearby park, and do some good ol' suburban bowling!
Then we headed out to the Poconos for a night's stay at the Great Wolf Lodge. We had been about 2 years ago and Noah couldn't stop talking about it, so we decided to make another trip! This trip seemed much less stressful for us as the boys are 2 years older and a lot less likely to drown... so it was much less hands-on for us and a lot more fun. Gabriel was really into it this time and it was so much fun to watch them enjoy themselves -- and wear themselves out!!! Our good friends, the Copes, joined us for the first afternoon and it was lots of fun to have more friends with us. We will definitely be going back!
We topped off the week with a trip to the AMNH -- we hadn't been in over a year, so it seemed like a great cold-weather activity. We enjoyed the first hour or so, but then Gabriel quickly decided that he had enough. It was nothing that a little pizza couln't fix, so we headed out for lunch.
It was really nice to just have a break from our usual weekly routine and to have Jon around. Much-needed February fun!
brothers on gma's stoop
feeding the ducks
exploring Algonquin Park
hammin' it up
breakfast buffet... yum!
off to the waterpark!
GWL in all it's glory
relaxing in the hot tub
the very exciting wave pool
Gabriel's dream meal:
a hamburger, spaghetti, and chocolate milk
Noah's dream dining experience:
eating while watching Spongebob
kid-sized bowling alley
what a ham!
lunch at UNO Chicago Grill
thank goodness for kid-friendly restaurants in NYC!