Saturday after some morning errands we headed out to Minnewaska. On the way up the mountain, Jacquelyn did some research online and found that the weekends are supposedly crazy busy. And, yes, it was crazy busy. All of the parking lots were completely full. But this actually worked out in our favor. Instead of having to pay $10 to park the car, we just joined a slew of other cars and parked along the side of the road.

We knew it was supposed to be a cold day, but we still didn’t quite prepare enough for the reality of it. This was really the first cold day of the season, so I guess we just didn’t think that we needed more layers. But since we were moving most of the time, we were able to handle it.

All said and done we walked just over 2 miles. We could’ve probably done a bit more, but with the cold we were ready to head home.

Anna lead most of the walk.

Lucas lead us on some remote paths looking for shortcuts.

Micah had fun fishing and scaring his parents that whe would fall off the rocks and into the water.

Eloise’s hands kinda turned purple because we forgot her gloves. But she didn’t really complain about it.

Paul even admitted that he had some fun going on the stroll.

Jacquelyn carried Eloise in the backpack carrier for most of the walk.

And I took pictures…and made sure nobody plunged off the side of cliff.

Bowdoin Park

Today we went to our kids’ favorite park, Bowdoin Park. It’s not the closest park, but it’s definitely the biggest around. It’s got tons of swings and slides and even a water park in the summer.

Today Micah worked on his America Ninja Warrior skills.


Lucas had fun hiding and running from the others.


And Eloise did her first independent slide! She’s pretty impressive. It’s probably because she’s got 3 older siblings to keep up with.

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Backyard Baseball

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Ever since we went to the Mets game a few weeks ago, my whole family has gotten into baseball. Anna’s been working on her fastball, Micah loves anything active and is quite the natural, and we make a big deal out of Lucas having the same name as Lucas Duda, who hit a home run at the Mets game we went to.

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So, naturally, all the kids enjoy playing a bit of backyard baseball. The more we play, the more official we get. We now how bases and a pitcher’s mound. And today we even found some gloves for the kids to use…even the pink color didn’t keep Micah from want to use it.

Even Eloise joined in on the fun.
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Here are a few more pictures:

Raising Old Men

So we spent a couple of days at the Great Wolf Lodge. We had lots of fun – though, I’m a bit concerned that we picked up skin diseases with the large amount of people all sharing in the water. 

Of course the kids stayed very busy. But the boys had the most fun in the “hot pool”. It wasn’t like the water in the other areas were cold. 

Oh well, I guess I’m raising some old men.