The trip itself actually ended up being a little longer than we had originally anticipated, mostly because the Saturday baseball game we would have otherwise attended was sold out, and Craig's brother bought tickets to Friday's and Sunday's games (without double checking with us), which made it an automatic three day trip. The timing was a little frustrating, as well, since my brother's family is in from Portland, and this weekend was our prime time to spend with them. My vacation time is limited as it is (due mostly to an extra week on the end of my maternity leave and our trip to Disney later in the month), so as a whole this wasn't the best set of circumstances. We had to make it work, though, so off we went.
Friday morning started with a doctor's appointment for both kids. We had to take Carter in for the projectile vomiting issue I mentioned previously, and we figured we'd get Jacob checked out as well for a few things--stomach aches he's been complaining about (most likely caused by his pooping issues), his wound from his head bump on Wednesday night, and a quick chat with the doctor in light of our request for a therapist recommendation last week. We figured we'd cram it all into one visit, and since she was in Friday, it seemed easier to do it then than see another doctor Thursday night. The appointment took a little longer than we'd hoped, and by the time we got home, packed, and on the road, it was later than was ideal. Then, 20 minutes in, I realized that we forgot one of Carter's medicines. We simply didn't have time to go back, so we made a couple calls and managed to get the medicine called into a Wegmans in Erie, PA, where we could pick it up on our way through town.
In the interim, we stopped in Buffalo for lunch at McDonald's. Carter ate while we were there, too, and Jacob...well...he was a mess. It was like pulling teeth to get him to eat his food or behave at the table. We definitely got some looks. So, that took longer than anticipated, and we were even further behind schedule. Then the medicine wasn't ready when we got to Erie, so that took even longer. On the bright side, I did get this awesome selfie of Carter and me while we were waiting...
|Seriously, could he be any cuter?|
And it was HOT. Actually, it wasn't really that hot, but rather incredibly humid. So even though it was a night game with no sun, I was sweating nearly as much as I usually do at the many hot day games we've attended. But we had good seats--different from where we've ever sat, way down the first baseline and maybe 10 rows up--and we ended up having a pretty good time even though Carter got a little cranky and Jacob was his usual trying self. Here are some highlights...
|Adorable face by Carter while he was being held by big cousin Maddy!|
|Craig and Jacob, complete with the usual mad face I've been getting constantly from Jacob lately.|
|Our view to the right of our seats. I'm mostly including this because we sat up in those seats for Sunday's game. I do like the look of the scoreboard, though.|
|Baby tiger playing with a big one!|
|Two lions. They're so gorgeous.|
|Three little animals in a cage...otherwise known as Grant, Luke, and Jacob!|
|Baby orangutan...cute :) Can't wait until the one here in Rochester is doing more!|
|All the kids outside the aquarium. We have many pictures of Jacob over the years in front of that otter statue to the left. Carter now gets to join in the fun!|
|I somehow managed to get this awesome picture of a jellyfish. They are not easy to capture in the darkness, but I love this one!|
|Craig and Jacob touching the giant devil rays! Those things were huge and had a tendency to rise up the glass and try to escape. It was freakish...and they created quite a wave in the process!|
Sunday morning we got up for another yummy breakfast, then got ready for Pirates game #2. While we were packing up, I caught this picture of Craig and Carter sitting on the pull-out sofa (a.k.a. Jacob's bed) in our room...
We headed out to the game on a very dreary day. It had rained overnight and a little in the morning, but was relatively dry (but humid again) by the time we went to the game. This was our view...
|Yep, that's the foul pole! I was panicked thinking about possible home runs flying in our direction, but luckily, they stayed away.|
|Yes, this is weird, even for the world of mascots, but hey, what's better for a bunch of Polish kids? ;-)|
|Another good selfie--it almost never happens so I'm going to celebrate them when I can get them!|
|Love the composition of this shot (total luck) and his adorable happy face!|
|Even his non-smiley face is beyond cute here! Don't mind my face...just didn't take the time to crop it out!|
He hit the whiffle ball over our heads, down the first base line, and it almost popped right over the "outfield" wall where the netting ended! The kid can hit, no doubt. Afterward he took to playing catcher. It's funny to watch the kids police themselves as they played. I was surprised the other kids let him do it, but I guess it's not as important a position as pitcher, so perhaps no one cared enough! Here is Jacob playing catcher with cousin Luke batting...
At the end of the game, we had a tough decision to make. Should we let the kids run the bases postgame? It's a cool thing, for sure, but it's a long wait and it was already getting to be about dinnertime. We still had a long drive ahead of us, too, even if we were only going to Buffalo. In the end we did it. We had to wait a while, and despite some crankiness from Jacob, we made it through. He had done it when he was two, but I'm sure he doesn't really remember it that well aside from what we've told him over the years, so it was cool for him to get to do it again as a big boy.
We had another early morning there, but once we were up, we had a fun day with lots of family time. But more on that soon. I think this post is long enough! Overall, it was an eventful trip with some not-great moments, but we managed to have some fun anyway. Getting back in the groove (and a NEW groove at that) is going to be a challenge this week, but at least we had a little last hurrah to send off summer. I'll post more about the time we had with my family soon, but I'm guessing there may be another medical update/first day of school post in the interim. Stay tuned...