On the morning of December 31, 2011, we woke the boys up at the ungodly hour of 4:30a.m. with big news... we were going to New York to visit "New York" grandma and grandpa! Boy were they excited!!
I have never seen two little boys jump out of bed so fast as they did with that kind of news (well, Ryan did anyway, Patrick is our little caterpillar who loves his cocoon)!! They headed straight to the car and then we awoke the little rose who had no meaning attached to the news, but was chirping anyway (it is amazing how cheerful she is to be woken up when it is still dark... she started "talking" happily and was game, too)! When we arrived at New York, the boys were QUITE excited to see the unexpected... there were piles of gifts under NY Grandma and Grandpa's tree-- just for them (and the little rose, too). We spent a nice bit of time opening gifts, before eating Dunkin Donuts (which seems to have become it's own tradition when we visit NY or NY grandma and grandpa come down here... DDs are always in hand!) for round one of breakfast. I say round one because you can't go to NY and JUST eat a donut that you can get HERE for breakfast... you have to have a NY bagel... it is an unspoken rule... and anyone who has ever had one knows that there really is no substitute for the NY bagel!!
We spent our fair share of time, too, giving gifts! It is nice to see the boys get so excited to give a gift and we are working on the art of giving without the expectation of receiving (a tough concept for little ones, no?)... The big Patrick gift this year was a piece of art he had created himself at school... a very patriotic Statue of Liberty that could be made into all sorts of gifts. Grandma was excited to get her own ceramic ornament done by one of her favorite little elves!!
The boys enjoyed giving the standard calendar (well, maybe not standard... a calendar full of pictures of the year-in-review of the two boys and a little rose is anything but standard!) to NY GREAT Grandpa and Grandma although I suspect that they simply would have been happy with the simple gift of love from the little rose, butby the time the greats came to visit, she was quite tuckered by all of the excitement of the day, naps in the pack n' play, and all the time spent in the car. Her usually charming demeanor had disintegrated into shy little girl who wanted no part of being "loved" by anyone and just wanted her bed...
The rest of our trip was spent quietly catching up (most notably with "Great" Aunt Carol and, of course, Uncle Matt!), playing with our new toys (please note the bumblebee costume made the trip and was pretty much all Ryan wore throughout the weekend!!!), and eating too much (besides those bagels, NY is known for their deli meats and, DUH!, their pizza!). We all thought that it was a great way to end our long break and we came back ready to face the world of structure and routine and business as usual!! :) Next stop??! The little Rose turns one!!
|Grandpa shows the two boys how to play the Wii. |
Uncle Matt is prepared, standing by with his helmet!
|The little rose's face says it all! ;)|