Our Journey North

We recently returned from an 8 day trip to New England visiting lots of family. While this is not an exhaustive picture marathon it does capture some of the fun moments and experiences we had. I need to do a better job of capturing the trip in its entirety. I find I take my camera some places and forget to take it others so that we’re saturated with pictures of some things and void of pictures for others. Oh well, there’s always next time!

Before my mother fell ill with the stomach flu we had a great time visiting the UConn Animal Barns! Mimi (my mom) and I took my 6 kids and my brother’s 2 children up to see all of the animals one day while we were staying in Connecticut. My mom had never been as quiet as she was this particular day. I should have known something was up. Maybe it was repeatedly buckling and unbuckling 8 children over a 6 hour period that made her sick?

Here are the kiddos minus Maddie the budding photojournalist:

The horses were great!

These two towheads were very silly together and LOVED the Goldfish!

Maddie did put her camera down long enough for me to snap a few pics.

Whoa! These horses are mighty friendly!

Luke’s dream come true! He was able to hug this horse around the neck.

This little foal was born the day before we visited.

Makinley spent too much time in the stroller for her taste!

We sang about lambs many many times on our trip North. The kids had recently purchased Baa! We’re Lambs which is a parody of “Barbara Ann” by the Beach Boys. Every time the two youngest grew antsy we blasted this song and it immediately soothed them. So when we arrived at the pen housing the lambs and sheep the kids immediately burst into song. When those animals joined in for the chorus the kids were thrilled!

A few pics from our trip into the Big Apple:

Our next stop was Massachusetts where we hung out with more adorable nieces and nephews! We took this cute train of kids up to the park for some fun!

My adorable nieces swinging.

We enjoyed some AMAZING sushi prepared by our brother-in-law.

We spent many hours around the campfire talking, cooking smores, and watching Gavin tinker with flames.

Here is the whole gaggle of cousins. Aren’t they adorable?

They can only go for so long before they need some quiet time. Here some of the girl cuzzies snuggle in to watch the Backyardigans while their parents dine on delicious sushi and have quiet adult conversation.:)

It was a wonderful trip!

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