This past weekend we headed to Massachusetts to spend a couple days with my entire immediate family. My brother's whole family flew in from Portland to my sister-in-law Kristin's hometown in the Berkshires for her high school reunion. My parents came out as well, and because we were all embarking on our own vacations beyond the weekend, we all drove separately. In addition, we started out in Buffalo on Sunday morning because we had a family wedding on Saturday and Craig was working in Canada. My parents were up and out by 7am. We took a little longer to get out, and then had a pit stop at home in Rochester to edit some of our packing choices and take care of mail (which I didn't stop soon enough) and newspaper issues. We arrived in Massachusetts later in the afternoon, and pretty much got right to it in Kristin's sister's pool.
|The kids were doing a "train" with Grandpa (Jacob, Kate, and Kristin's friend's daughter)|
|Jacob and Kate with Uncle John|
|Little bathing beauty Kate|
We spent Monday morning doing the activities at Jiminy Peak. There was a bounce house and playground for the kids, for starters. Here are Craig and Jacob with the cute Cookie Monster carving near the bounce house...
Then we ventured to the more exciting activities. First up was the alpine slide, which I had done before and figured Jacob would love. It's like a big sled on wheels going down a dry version of a water slide. You control your speed. Here we are almost to the bottom...
|You probably can't see it, but there are big smiles on both of our faces!|
|Getting ready to go!|
That night we headed over to the rental house where John's family was staying with Kristin's friend's family from California. He sister's family came to join us as well. We all needed to get our fix of our niece/nephew/cousins from the west coast! They did a lovely BBQ feast, and we spent some time in the wooded quiet of the deck and hanging out in the living room-kitchen area. At one point I caught Jacob and Kate sharing the iPad...
|Cute cousins :)|
It was a fun evening, but once again we arrived back at the hotel exhausted! Luckily, we all slept better! Good thing, too, since we had another busy day ahead of us! More on that soon...but for now, SLEEP!