Monday, August 24, 2015

Fun Family Vacation

The view from the front yard of my mom and dad's house. 

If you noticed things were quiet on the blog last week it was because we decided to take the last bits of summer and have a fun visit to grandma and papa’s house. Grandma and Papa live in the Finger Lakes of upstate New York, in one of America’s Coolest Small Towns. We spent a week at their house, along with my thirteen year old nephew who was there for the summer. We all had a lot of fun baking bread with Grandma, visiting Papa at work at the winery, seeing old friends, hiking the ravine and of course swimming and playing in Keuka Lake.

Before we started off on our twelve hour drive with a three year old and a big black lab, my husband and I decided to have a couple days of "staycation". We went to the beach where we live all day and had a really fun time. Some people make sandcastles, others make sea turtles and crabs. 

We then piled into the car and hit the road to drive twelve hours over bridges and mountains up to the Finger Lakes to visit Grandma and Papa. 

Beautiful Pennsylvania sunset.

Xavier was really good the whole way up!

We survived the long car ride.

The best guys ever!

Xavier playing with Little People Mainstreet that was mine when I was little.
Xavier and grandma had a lot of fun baking bread in the bread machine. Pretty much every time you would sink your teeth into a piece of delicious bread Xavier would say "I made that!". By the last time he was showing grandma where to find the oil. He certainly loves helping cook and bake in the kitchen and he definitely had a lot of fun baking with grandma!

Grandma and Xavier baking bread.

Look what grandma and I made!

My dad works at Glenora Wine Cellars. The Finger Lakes is known for it's many different wineries and wine varieties. Taking your kids to wineries can be tricky as some wineries are not as family friendly as others. We loved visiting Glenora Wine Cellars. They were a lot of fun for the whole family! Xavier tested out the yellow taxi cab named for one of their wines. We saw beautiful views of Seneca Lake and their restaurant and hotel. They also had a jazz festival going on the lawn outside of the winery. I was impressed how kid friendly Glenora Wine Cellars are, they allow adults to enjoy themselves, yet it is a very relaxed and definitely fun atmosphere. If you ever visit be sure to get a tasting from Papa Joe! 

The view from Glenora Wine Celllars tasting room, this is their restaurant, hotel and Seneca Lake.

Bridget, Grandma and Xavier

Having fun checking out this cab mom!

One of the great things of growing up in the country is exploring it. Although Xavier is still a little too small for some of our adventuresome hikes, I was able to take my thirteen year old nephew on a hike in the large ravine that is next to our house. We had a lot of fun seeing the beauty of nature even through some of the trees that were knocked down from a storm earlier in the week. Sometimes the best thing to do is just get out and enjoy nature. 

I was able to visit my friend of over sixteen years and meet their new son who was only a few months old. It is so wonderful to be able to pick up with great friends like you have never left. We can already tell the next generation of friends are easy at becoming fast friends like their moms. 

One of the main things to do in the summer where my parents live is swim in the lake. We made sure we visited the beach which was even better than I remembered. Now you can rent jetskis, paddle boards and kayaks. We had fun watching everyone rent them while we were swimming. 

If you are starting school this week and things seem hectic remember all the fun summer memories you made, to help you get through the first tough week. I’m glad we took a fun vacation to visit my family. We had a lot of fun, and it is a great way to start the fall season off, ready to roll!

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