Another trip we made this summer was up to
. Nate had
been as a youth, but neither my mom nor I had ever been! It was another item on our “living in New
York ” bucket list. My cousin, Patrick lives there, so we got to
stay with their family. It was so fun to
reconnect with him since it has been so many years apart. We left early Sunday morning and arrived
around dinner time. My brother, Branden
even flew to NY to stay and sight-see with us.
We had a wonderful BBQ dinner outside and then headed to one of the Ohio Finger Lakes. It
was a beautiful time with the sun setting on the lake. We skipped rocks, and let the littlies play
at the park. Even though the sun was
set, it was still SO hot and humid. In
fact, that whole week was so hot! It
didn’t help that my cousin lived in a really old house with no A/C. Really, everywhere we went those 3-4 days had
no A/C. We tried to be good sports, but
living with A/C these last 7 years has totally spoiled me.
Anyways, on Monday we headed into the heart of Amish country and got some yummy Amish baked goods.
We then went to anotherThe next day was a big one. We had a whole day of Church History sites to visit. Our first stop was the Smith Log Home. We got to see many houses that were some original, some replicated. We also saw cool barns and gardens. It was set up exactly how I would have pictured it. This lead right into the Sacred Grove. It was so quiet and spiritual. I only wished I could have sat and enjoyed it longer; it was just so hot, even in the shade!
to play at their
splash pad. It was just what we needed to
help cool down in the heat of the day.
Thatcher, of course, loved it! I
wish we could have just hung out there all day.
On the way home, we stopped at another Amish Market and got goodies and
supplies to make sub sandwiches at home.
After Thatcher’s nap, we decided to head back to yet another Finger
to cool down again. We stopped and
picked up pizzas to eat at the lake.
Even though it was 6pm, it was still so hot, so the water felt so good
to swim in. The thought of getting out
was not pleasant. Finger Lake
We then headed to the
We had a BBQ dinner at a local park and let the littlies run off some “pent-up-in-strollers” wiggles. I loved the picture I captured of Thatcher eating the watermelon.
Our last stop on our Church History tour was the Hill Cumorah. We went saved our seats for the Pageant and then went into the semi-air conditioned
. Before the show started, the actors started
walking around. The first one we saw was
King Noah. His costume was amazing! Thatcher, unfortunately, did not think the
same. He was terrified! The picture is so funny to look back on. Visitors Center
It was finally time to get to our seats to watch the Pageant. I was so excited to see it, and it DID NOT disappoint. The music, the light show, and all the special effects were so amazing. It kept Thatcher’s attention and he even kept pointing out Jesus (which he learned to say on this trip). When the show was over, we had made a last-minute decision to stay at a hotel 30 min away, but on the way to
. We had to say goodbye to the Mitchell’s, but
I could not have been more excited to sleep in AC. It was a nice, quick drive and we all got to
take showers/baths to clean off the day’s constant sweating. Our next day would consist of seeing the Niagara Falls and driving
home. We were all very grateful for a
full night’s rest. Niagara Falls