Spontaneous Trips Back North Are the Best

This past weekend was so. much. fun. My stepdad — in all his loveliness — decided last-minute to treat my little family of three to a trip back to New York for my brother-in-law’s 30th birthday bash at Warwick Winery. It was really great because my dad and Judy and Jen and all her fam were also there, along with my aunt and uncle and cousin Nicole, plus a ton of Brian’s family. The weather was gorgeous and the kids had a blast. It really was the loveliest. Then on Sunday we surprised my grandma at dinner at my aunt’s. She didn’t know we were coming into town, so that was pretty much the best 😉 Watching her with my daughter … I mean there’s pretty much nothing I love more.

Here’s some of our weekend in photos. Thanks again for the awesome gifted trip, Robert!

01_Airplane
^^ Weather over LaGuardia kept us in the air for an extra hour on our flight into New York, but at least we got these views of the city …

02_NY Views03_ NY Views04_NY Views05_Travel Pillow
^^ This ladybug neck pillow was a gift to Lotte from Grandpa, but Mom & Dad like using it, too 😉

06_Sleeping Lotte
^^ This little lady never falls asleep on me anymore, but on both flights she fell asleep on us because she was just too exhausted to do anything else. It’s pretty much the best.

07_Grandpa and Lotte08_Lotte and Ranger
^^ Hesitantly curious about Ranger the first night home.

09_Crazy Hair10_Bedtime
^^ Bedtime book routine!

11_Uncle Brian
^^ Happy birthday Uncle Bri!

12_Helicopter
^^ There’s a huge private house up the hill from the winery, and apparently the owners have a private helicopter, because it was parked outside their property and Rory was fascinated by it!

13_Helicopter14_Horse15_Rory Field16_Auntie M17_Hat
^^ And thus begins a photo series of my daughter wearing a backwards baseball hat.

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^^ Gah! Sometimes (most times) we seriously cannot with her.

22_Auntie M23_ Winery Fam
^^ The gang’s all here!

24_Sunday Outfit
^^ Dressed to the nines to surprise GiGi at Sunday dinner.

25_GiGi
^^ These two <3

26_GiGi and Grandpa27_Lotte and Ranger
^^ By the time dinner rolled around Sunday night, Lotte was pretty sure she and Ranger were besties.

28_ Grandpa bedtime29_ Monday Morn
^^ Final morning with Grandpa before heading back to Colorado :/

30_Flight Home
^^ Ready to fly!

31_ Snoozin
^^ Not gonna lie, it took a lot to get to this photo. This was by far the hardest flight we’ve had with Lotte. She’s older now, so she’s not as interested in sleeping/breastfeeding/hanging out on our knee. Despite tons of snacks and toys and books, there just isn’t enough to distract a 10-month-old in four hours of flying. She had a seriously major freak-out when she reached her peak tiredness and didn’t know what to do with herself, but as soon as the seatbelt sign went out Chris was able to walk around with her and she passed out in his arms. Thank goodness! Then of course he passed out 😉 Two sleeping babes.

32_ Happy Baby
^^ Blurry, but we were home and happy! Wahoo!

Thanks again for the trip, Grandpa — it meant so much to us to be able to come and be with everyone.

Till next time, bis bald!

Warwick Valley Winery

Hi friends,

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Chris and I headed upstate to visit my sister’s new place, as well as to try out a new winery — the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery. My aunt and uncle met us there (they actually only live a couple miles away), and it was such a great day. By now we’ve been to quite a few wineries in the upstate area, and I’d have to say this one was by far our favorite so far. It was pretty packed, but it’s not hard to see why. They had live music, there’s a cafe with really good food and the grounds are gorgeous. They even have an apple orchard where you can pick apples in the fall [or, you know, before the fall, if you’re my family :)] and horses. When we went on Saturday they were setting up for a 6 p.m. wedding, and I can only imagine how gorgeous that would have been.

The tastings are $5, and you get 6 of their wines and you keep the glass.

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^^ Apple picking starts at the end of August!

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^^We fed some of our contraband apples to the horses.
^^We fed our contraband apples to the horses.

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^^Squirreling apples away in my pocket.
^^Squirreling apples away in my pocket.

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^^The food there was so good! You gotta try the pizza ...
^^The food there was so good! You gotta try the pizza …

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^^ Look at this adorable pair ;)
^^ Look at this adorable pair 😉

After spending the weekend away, Chris and I caught the train home from Beacon, which offers gorgeous views of the Hudson River and happens to have a cute little Farmers Market on Sundays …

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^^ Oh my goodness I love a good pickle!
^^ Oh my goodness I love a good pickle!

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And that was our weekend! I would highly, highly recommend a trip to Warwick Valley Winery if you’re in the area — you seriously won’t be disappointed!

Bis bald, friends!