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Providence: Day Two October 30, 2010

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After a relaxed start to the day, the kids and I headed over to have lunch with Liz and Baby O, while Buds and Tony went to work and study at a coffee shop.  It was lovely to sit and visit with Liz, while the kids all entertained themselves.

Then we headed out to the Children’s Museum.

What a grand time we had here:

In addition to the water play, which the children loved, there was this fantastic Time Machine exhibit where the children went into different rooms and learned about different people and what journeys brought them to Providence.  It was fascinating and really well done.  We’ll definitely go here on our next visit to Providence.

After playing here for many hours, Buds called and told us there was going to be a crazy brass band parade by Liz and Tony’s, so we hopped in the car and drove to their house.  Yessa fell asleep and missed the whole thing, but the big kids loved it.

Crazy, dancing marching bands


Crazy, laughing kids.


A good combination.

Back to the hotel for dinner and a swim, and that was the end of another great day.


Fun In Providence October 18, 2010

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We returned last week from a 5 day trip up to Providence where we got to visit with Uncle Tony, Aunt Liz, Baby Olivia, and Gram and Gramp VT.  It was a wonderful time, and the children were all enthralled by Olivia, especially Yessa.  She’s been playing all week with her babies, all of whom, “Just came out of my tummy.”  It’s very precious.

Buds had work in Connecticut, so he took the train up on Thursday morning, and went to the hotel on Friday night where we were to meet him and stay before we drove over to Providence on Saturday morning.  His part of the trip went smoothly.

The children and I left after Sweet Shosh’s birthday party on Friday afternoon, and headed North.  The drive took many, many hours, and though I worked hard to try and steer around NYC, thanks to a wrong turn on an exit, we found ourselves driving into Manhattan at about 8:30 p.m. on Friday night.  It wouldn’t have been so stressful, except the poor Buster was crying from needing to go potty.  My stomach has never knotted like it did as we passed under the “Entering Manhattan” on the overpass.  The kids did great, and we finally pulled in to the hotel in New Haven and found Buds, to the delight of all.

The next morning we headed to Homewood Suites, our home for the next 4 days.  G + G VT, T, L, and Baby Livvy came over to the hotel for a delicious dinner made by Buds, some football watching, and swimming time in the pool.  Noa, especially, was just transfixed by Olivia.  God love Liz, she didn’t mind that Yessa practically sat on top of her the whole time, staring in fascination as O nursed, slept, had her diaper changed.  Every little thing Olivia did, Noa wanted to see.

This fascination continued for the whole visit.

G + G VT stayed at the hotel with us, which was great fun for the children.  And the kids loved having a pool to swim in nearly every day.

And the luggage carts.  They loved these “Child Transportation Devices” as well.

Our second day in Providence, we went over L and T’s for a morning visit:

Three generations bonding over a video game.

Liz and Tony have beautiful sunlight flowing into their apartment.

The happy new papa.

I don’t know why they were laughing, but I love this shot.

Proud Grandpa holding the eighth of nine grandchildren.

The object of our affection…

The big kids snuggled in together for some bonding time.

Monkey was tickled to help make applesauce and serve it up to all takers.  (And something about this picture reminds me of me as a child.  Maybe the super red lips.)

Then most of us headed to the zoo in the afternoon, before G + G had to leave for home.

We all loved this bird that followed your finger along the glass, and turned its head upside down.

We kept trying to take the perfect Christmas photo, but just couldn’t seem to pull it together.

One last shot with the Grands before they left on their long journey.

It was a wonderful, first full day in Providence.



Providence: Day Three October 4, 2010

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Our last full day in Providence was a wonderful mishmash of fun.  The children and I drove 1 1/2 hours over to Old Sturbridge Village to take a walk into the past, and we loved it.  Riding in a stage coach was a great experience for all of us.  It was a 10 minute ride, and made us so grateful we had a car to drive in on smooth roads. The kids loved walking around in the old houses and buildings.  They asked lots of questions, and made up stories about their own lives.

I enjoyed seeing the antique quilts–notice the shape of them, which is so brilliant.

Then, after our drive back to Providence, we went to the Big Nazo Lab.  It was only thanks to Zachary’s loving perseverence that we got out of the car and went in, rather than just driving by and looking at the fantastic window displays.  We were so glad we went in.  It took Zoe and Yessa a bit to warm up to the idea of trying on the fantastic costumes, but once they tried it, they all loved it.  I think one of those shots might end up being our Christmas photo.