Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Adirondacks - Scott Family Reunion Day 1 & 2

Is there anything better than getting together with family?! 
Our girls have been looking forward to this trip in the Adirondacks for months! 

Love that girl and all her spunk!
We arrived on Monday and members of my family continued to trickle in as the day went on. The kids took this time to explore the cabin site, the water, running around playing with each other and enjoying life. 

The kayaks were an instant hit for the kids (and adults!) The kids couldn't wait to get out in them together. I'm thankful that Merrick is so strong because he was able to keep all those kiddos close by but yet give them the sense of being on the water, without all the parents worrying about them drifting across Lake Placid. 
They all had a blast. 

Reunited with Brooke and Kenzie. Kenzie just returned from Singapore with her little family, where they had lived for a year. Sadly Ben wasn't able to leave his work there and make it back for the reunion but we were happy to have Margot and Kenzie there to represent their little family. 

Just breathtaking views!

Love my Dad and that he lives for adventures. He's taught me to be brave, explore, try something new, and expand my horizons. I love that about him so much. It makes me grateful that Tyson loves to adventure so much too, because it makes planning our life together so much easier. 
Also, I have my Dad's nose! :)

What I love about reunions is the conversations. Cameron, Jana, Brittany and Seth chatted away and there were moments where this table was filled with all sorts of family mixes. I love that so much. Reunions are a great time to ask the in depth questions about what is going on with each other. Because sometimes talking for hours over the phone doesn't do "FaceTime" justice. 

Seriously, this place was out of a magazine! It was so rich in color, the weather was great (even when it rained on and off for a few days) and it was so peaceful

The girlies!

At night when the sun had set, the kids would play games, make duck tape purses and wallets and run around together. Getting the kids in bed at night was always hard. No one wanted the fun to stop!

Taryn couldn't wait to fish with Grandpa Scott. Months before, Grandpa Scott called us and asked if Taryn would want to learn how to fish with him. Taryn couldn't wait!!! The second we came to our cabin, she asked Grandpa when they would be able to fish!

Taryn was ready to walk up bright and early to meet Grandpa on the dock to get the best fishing possible. 

She was anxious and ready to learn!

Uncle Tyson and Uncle Cameron were there to help and give great pointers too!

Just look at that joy on Taryn's face!!!!!

This is the reward you get for listening to the best fishing instructor! 
Taryn's first fish! Thanks Grandpa Scott!

Taryn tried holding the fish and Haddie gave it a pat above the gills. 

Grandpa helped Jacob catch a fish and many other grandchildren throughout the trip. 
My favorite thing about my dad and fishing is that he gets the love for the sport from his Dad, my Grandpa Scott. That vest my Dad is wearing belonged to my Grandpa Scott, and so did much of the fishing gear my Dad still uses today. 

The best time to be in the water was.... well...anytime of day really. It was such great lake. But the morning waters were especially calm in the mornings. 
Seth, Brittany, Cora and Braden took to the water in the morning while most of us watched from the dock and fished. 

We had the whole 2nd day to be at the cabin, enjoying everything around us. Some people call it a day to "adjust" but I'll just call it a day of "fun!"

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Smith's journey to upstate New York July 2017

We had been looking forward to the Scott Family Reunion in upstate New York for such a long time! I've been to New York state several times but Tyson and the girls had not. We decided to leave a few days early and make our own little trip our of our drive up. 
Within the first 30 minutes, Haddie got car sick. Thankfully, it was only one bout of car sickness and nothing more but man, did it take a while to get everything cleaned up! Thankfully we found a grocery store pretty fast and we febreezed and clorox wiped that car seat (and unfortunately some of the seats in our car) and we were rolling! Armed with saltine crackers and sprite were ready for round two!

Haddie was feeling much better after the windy roads and we were able to stop at a fun little Tastey freeze that Tyson had read good reviews about. After a yummy lunch of pulled pork nachos and the like, we got "small" ice creams. Well, those "small" ice creams ended up being gigantic!!!! Apparently that's how they scoop there. I mean, the baby size weighed as much as a newborn baby! I couldn't finish all of mine and it looked like the girls hardly touched theirs, though they are been working on it for awhile. 
We found out we love Perry's ice cream and that's it's specific to Pennsylvania and New York. Super yummy flavors. 

Another amazing stop on our 8 hour drive to Niagara Falls, NY was Kinzua Bridge, PA. This used to be the site of a working railroad that spanned the length of this valley. With a 300 foot drop, it attracted many riders for the "fear factor." The train could only go about 5 mph for fear of the wind pushing the train off the tracks. 
A tornado ruined the tracks and instead of rebuilding it, they built a look out point. 

This is one of my favorite photos!

He loves to find a gem like this!

That's Haddie standing on the glass floor, 300 feet in the air. Then she started jumping up and down and my legs turned into jello. I had a hard time walking on that bridge with my fear of heights. 

You better believe I was clinging on tight!

These girls love to explore and have an adventure.

We're all practicing our selfie stick skills. It's still too heavy for Haddie to hold by herself so I hold it up and she pushes the button. Oh and one of the ways we got Haddie to be happy again after she threw up that morning was putting her in the Elena of Avalor jammies we had packed for her. Tyson picked them up from a work giveaway. 

Just look at that amazing view! I'll just pretend I wasn't scared out of my mind!

I loved the view from the trail because it meant I wasn't standing 300 feet above the gorge. 

A few more hours of driving and we arrived at Niagara Falls

What an amazing experience for our family. We arrived just in time for the observation deck being "free" for the rest of the day (saving us a total of $4 -haha!) The last time I was at Niagara Falls was when I was about 12 years old. We arrived on a super overcast day and we could only hear the water falls. It was such a dense fog that there was no way of seeing the falls so this experience with clear blue skies was picture perfect. 

Now the girls at this point were starving for dinner and we only brought fruit snacks along with us so we had to make our stop rather quick. Thankfully the fruit snacks held off the "HANGRY" girls for a bit so I could get my fill of seeing the falls. 

Then it was off to our hotel where we had Pizza Hut for dinner 

The girls love sleeping in hotels and ask occasionally when we are going to "sleep in a hotel" again. 
The next morning we went to church in Niagara and then made our way for a bit to some of the finger lakes. 

Seneca Lake was beautiful but stinky too! There were so many dead fish on the shore....weird but the girls loved the park to stretch their legs. 

Thanks girls, for indulging my needs for pictures to remember our adventures.