Heading Northwest

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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.

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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.

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And then….this came out…

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We knew we were in Buffalo, for sure.

The Last of CT (for this trip)

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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 :)

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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.

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So much shrimp! I was in heaven!!!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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

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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).

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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).

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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.

Connecticut Science Center

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Cousin Alaina (and Aunt Yvette & Aunt Elaine) took us to the CT Science Center last Monday. What an amazing place! All the kids had a blast!

But 1st…we walked to the 7-11 by Aunt Elaine’s house and they boys got their first Slurpee. I probably don’t have to say how much they liked it…. (Vacation – eek!)

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(Note: this wasn’t the only Slurpee the boys had while we were in CT. On our last night in town, Aunt Elaine was in charge {babysitting} and they walked to 7-11 again and she got the boys another Slurpee. I have a strong feeling they are going to ask for one EVERY time we see a 7-11 from now on).

Ok…back to the Science Center.

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The three kids posed for a picture when we got to the Science Center. We all LOVE this picture (above)!

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I was amazed at all the activities and puzzles at the Science Center. Joe & I had a great time going through all the hands-on exhibits. What a super fun day for all of us. Thanks for the tour, Alaina! 😀

Weekend at the Lake

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The LG Fam headed to Highland Lake for the weekend – with my Aunt/Uncle and cousins. Our boys had SO much fun with their (3rd) cousins; Jake, Jenna, and Jillian.

The minute we got there, the boys were in the living room tearing open their Lego sets and building away.

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The rest of the day was spent in the water, either on the boat, the wave runner, or jumping on the tube and playing with friends.

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Both Nicholas and Anthony are obsessed with their goggles. I am not sure why, but they LOVE to wear them (even while riding on the front of the boat..go figure).

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(Above: Jenna let AJ play on her tablet. So sweet)

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(Above: Cousin Jesse and girlfriend, Liz)

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Cousin Jake and AJ (below) became good friends. I am pretty sure Jake would have taken AJ home (to adopt him) if we would have let him.

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Above: Daddy took AJ on his first tubing ride. AJ had a smile nearly the whole time!

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Thanks so much for having us up, cousins! We had a GREAT time in the water and visiting (and eating).  The only thing I could do without is the mosquitos….eek! (Both Joe and I had LOTS of bites the next day!)

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