Duffs! & Four Months

Family, Vacation No Comments

IMG_8382.JPG

We had a ‘down day’ on Monday (much needed after 3 days at the Fair).

When in Buffalo, one MUST get wings…many times, from different places. One of Joe’s favorite local places is Duffs.

IMG_8383.JPG

They also have Beef on Weck (roast beef sandwich on a salted roll). It’s pretty yummy — oh! And they have the BEST sweet potato fries…with honey. I was in heaven with those.

IMG_8387.JPG

————–

Since today marks 16 weeks of pregnancy, I figured I would give a quick update on Baby LG3 and Mama.

Thankfully, after many prayers and good thoughts…I seemed to have kicked the 1st trimester sickness RIGHT before we left on the plane. I was really getting nervous that I was going to have a terrible vacation because I was feeling so sick, for so many weeks.

As you would probably expect, my belly had been growing (NON stop) since we left home. I can’t believe how big I am already – and I am only 4 months (I remember with Nicholas, I was BARELY showing at this point. I had to stick my tummy out to get a picture of the baby bump). Now, I can’t even suck it in!

IMG_8443.JPG

(Above: Joe snapped this picture while we were in NYC, a week and a half ago).

The below picture was yesterday at Niagara Falls.

IMG_8444.JPG

I think I am just about to feel the baby move around. I have felt the fluttering a few times in the last 2-3 days, but it’s hard to know for sure if it’s the baby. The boys are very excited to feel the baby on the outside :) That should be in the next 3 weeks or so.

The 175th Year

Family, Vacation 1 Comment

IMG_8345.JPG

We arrived in Buffalo just in time to close down the Erie County Fair…for 3 straight days. We walked, we rode, we saw, we cheered and we ATE….a lot.

Can you believe the Fair in this areas has been going in for 175 years?!? It looked quite different 100+ years ago, but it was still considered a Fair.

When we plan a trip back to Buffalo, we are always sure to plan the dates with the Fair in mind. This time, we decided to arrive towards to end so we could enjoy some down time once the fair was over.

I took quite a few pictures over the 3 days…enjoy our adventures!

IMG_8251.JPG

IMG_8249.JPG

IMG_8252.JPG

IMG_8256.JPG

IMG_8262.JPG

IMG_8269.JPG

IMG_8274.JPG

IMG_8257-0.JPG

IMG_8283.JPG

IMG_8290.JPG

IMG_8282.JPG

IMG_8299.JPG

IMG_8285.JPG

IMG_8287.JPG

IMG_8307.JPG

IMG_8300.JPG

IMG_8302.JPG

IMG_8310.JPG

IMG_8314.JPG

IMG_8312.JPG

IMG_8343.JPG

IMG_8349.JPG

IMG_8330.JPG

IMG_8354.JPG

IMG_8351.JPG

We closed out the Fair on Sunday night with the DEMOLITION DERBY! I might have been more excited than all the boys.

IMG_8365.JPG

IMG_8377.JPG

IMG_8380.JPG

Heading Northwest

Family, Vacation No Comments

IMG_8238.JPG

Last Thursday we packed up our stuff, rented an SUV and headed towards Western New York. About half way to Buffalo, we stopped in Utica, NY to visit my cousin Jeff & Emilee and their two girls, Jayden & Jemma.

IMG_8241.JPG

IMG_8242.JPG

We had lunch with the girls (thank you so much, Emi!) and the kids played around outside. We waited as long as we could for my cousin but he got stuck at work 😕 I was super bummed to miss Jeff but it was great to have a place to stop half way through a long car ride.

We arrived in Buffalo in time for dinner (we were all starving) and there was NO disappointment in food selection. New York pizza, salad, corn on the cob….so good.

And check this out…not only is their pizza a million times better back here…but the BOXES are even better.

IMG_8245.JPG

And then….this came out…

IMG_8246.JPG

We knew we were in Buffalo, for sure.

The Last of CT (for this trip)

Family, Vacation No Comments

Wrapping up with our CT visit, there were a few amazing meals and some fun ‘other’ activities.

One evening the kids put together a Candy Land for the adults. We all got tickets and a quarter to spend on the games (that they made up). It was very creative :)

IMG_8164.JPG

IMG_8165.JPG

IMG_8167.JPG

 

Aunt Elaine was kind enough (and brave enough) to babysit all 3 kids one night, so Joe & I could go out to Portuguese food with Jenn & Jacques.

IMG_8212.JPG

IMG_8213.JPG

So much shrimp! I was in heaven!!!

IMG_8214.JPG

IMG_8170.JPG

(when the kids were getting along, they had a good time but there were definitely some “Three is a crowd” moments.)

IMG_8211.JPG

Anyone heard of ‘Magic Jinn’? Well, thanks to Aunt Elaine & Yvette – we came home with not 1 but 2 Magic Jinns. Now we can play guessing games in stereo (‘very interesting!’)

On our last day in CT, it rained a ton…I think it rained for at least 6-7 hours straight! That is pretty crazy for us San Diegans.

I let the kids go out and play in the water and jump in the puddles. They were soaked within 3 minutes.

IMG_8219.JPG

IMG_8217.JPG

That night, Aunt Elaine volunteered to watch the boys (again!). After dinner, she and the boys walked to 7-11…for Slurpee #2. (Yes, in the evening!! Eek!)

Uncle Warren & Aunt Yvette treated us to a FABULOUS Fish/Lobster dinner. So, so good!! Complete with oyster appetizers….Joe’s heaven.

IMG_8221.JPG

IMG_8222.JPG

IMG_8223.JPG

IMG_8224.JPG

Lobster ‘Larry’…didn’t stand a chance again Joe LaGreca.

IMG_8225.JPG

IMG_8226.JPG

 

IMG_8331.JPG

As if dinner wasn’t enough to fill us up beyond belief, we went to ‘buy 1 get 1 free’ night for Ice Cream sundaes.

IMG_8229.JPG

One last stop that night. We met Jesse at The Corner Pug — a place that always reminds me of my cousin Warren. He took is here 9 years ago when we we came out with the girls and my Dad. That trip is memorable for ALL of us. It was the last time we (all cousins/aunts/uncles) were together. We had a ‘Cousins Only Outing’ that we will all treasure in our hearts (and thankfully, we have a few pictures from that night to remind us of the fun time and great meal).

IMG_8232.JPG

Being back in CT was great but in was also so strange & sad. It’s hard to be there and have so many memories with Little Warren — and he isn’t there 😢 He will never be forgotten.

IMG_7877.JPG

All our CT Fam — thank you for a fabulous vacation. It was great to spend so much time with everyone. Now…it’s time for YOU guys to visit us in San Diego ☀️

Amusement Park Time

Family, Vacation 1 Comment

What vacation is complete without a trip to some kind of an amusement park? (By the way, an amusement park stop was not on our list of things to do…but Aunt Yvette & Alaina had the idea and figured the boys would love it)

Lake Compounce is the oldest amusement park in the US. It’s tucked away in the forest about 30 minutes from my Aunt’s house. Too bad I couldn’t go in anything and it was a bit chilly (so the water park/slides were freezing!! That didn’t stop the kids).

IMG_8172.JPG

IMG_8177.JPG

IMG_8184.JPG

IMG_8173.JPG

IMG_8189.JPG

IMG_8191.JPG

IMG_8195.JPG

IMG_8196.JPG

IMG_8200.JPG

IMG_8198.JPG

AJ absolutely loved “Drop Zone” and begged Aunt Yvette to ride it with him (he could only go with an adult). He talked her into it…twice! He had the biggest smile the whole time. Joe took him on it (for the 7th time) and got a really cute video of him laughing as they were goi up and down. So cute! (Posted on his FB page).

IMG_8206.JPG

IMG_8207.JPG

Another super fun day! What a BUSY vacation we had in CT!! I am tired (again) just typing it out and looking at the pictures.

« Previous Entries