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So much fun in Florida: Part 1

This past April, we flew to Florida for a few days to visit Disney World and Cocoa Beach. We went to Disney World two years ago for Noah’s 4th birthday. We had a great time then, so we were really excited to go back! (And yes, we’re definitely behind on a few of our vacation posts!)

Here’s Noah on our flight to Orlando…

Then we took a 45-minute bus ride on Disney’s Magical Express…

We got in really late, so we went straight to bed – whew!

Our first full day at Disney World was pretty low key. We spent the morning and early afternoon at the Disney Springs marketplace area. Here are a few photos of our bus ride there…

While at Disney Springs, we ate lunch, did some souvenir shopping, and played at the Lego store. Noah remembered this Lego store from our first trip, so we of course had to visit again! Here are pictures of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the Seven Drawfs made out of Legos – very cool!

And here are a few pictures of Noah building too…

Midafternoon we headed back to the Wilderness Lodge to go swimming. We stayed at this hotel on our last trip too. Noah loved the pool then, so he was really excited to swim there again this trip. Check it out!

After swimming we had to quickly wash up because we had special supper plans at Chef Mickey’s! To get there, we took a short boat ride from the Wilderness Lodge across Bay Lake to the Contemporary resort. Here are a few photos from of our trip across the lake…

Another one of Noah’s favorite memories from our first trip was the monorail. Yeah, you know how much he loves trains! We had a few minutes to spare before our supper reservation, so Noah and Ryan hopped on the monorail for a quick trip around Disney World.

Here’s a short video of the monorail pulling into the Contemporary hotel. As a quick reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

And here’s a selfie from their ride!

After the monorail ride, we headed to Chef Mickey’s for supper. Noah got to eat with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald Duck – the whole gang was there! Noah had a great time giving high fives and hugs. He got them to sign his special autograph book too. Grandma Debbie made this book for our last trip; it was fun to use it again and compare signatures.

As Mickey would say, “What a magical day!” Stay tuned to read more about our spring break trip to Disney World. The next few days were filled with rides, rides, rides!

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Celebrating Noah’s 6th birthday!

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Noah’s 6th birthday. Yeah, he’s growing up fast!

As part of the birthday fun, the weekend before the big day, we took Noah and his friend to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. If you missed our previous post about our trip to the aquarium, you can read it here. We all had a great time!

On his birthday, Noah got to wear this fun hat at school, and everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to him during lunch – pretty cool!

The kindergarten classes were supposed to visit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo that day. Unfortunately, the field trip had to be postponed because of the rain. Noah was really bummed (he was looking forward to seeing the pandas on his birthday), so we snuck in some indoor fun after school instead. We rode the metro to the Lego Store!

When we got home, our good friend Barbara came over to help us celebrate. We had Papa John’s pizza (Noah’s favorite!) and chocolate cake. The cake had a cars theme – perfect!

Noah opened some of his presents that night too. He got lots of cool stuff for his birthday: Legos, books, a fire truck, a New York City bus, pullback cars, and a Spiderman toy – all the necessities for a six-year-old!

Noah also got a model train set – that was his big birthday wish. Ryan found this cool 1976 Lionel train set online – a lucky find on eBay! Ryan had a lot of fun setting it up in the basement beforehand. He even made a “grassy” tabletop for the track. Noah loved it!

If you’re curious about the hearing protection…yeah, the train is a little loud…

Noah’s birthday was low key this year, but he definitely had a great time!

Stay tuned to read about the field trip to the National Zoo. Noah still got to see the pandas, just a few days later than originally planned.

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Another Eggcellent Easter

Noah had another fun Easter season! The weekend before Easter, we visited our good friends Bekka and Joe for an Easter egg hunt with their family and friends. They organized the egg hunt along the walking trail near their house.

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Yeah, the kids hit the Easter jackpot – their buckets were full! Their loot included candy (of course!), stickers, Play-Doh, whistles, bouncy balls, stampers, spinning tops and more – score!

This Easter was extra special because Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don came to visit! They drove to DC from Ohio to hang out with Noah the week before Easter while his school was out for spring break.

One afternoon they made colorful Easter sugar cookies. Grandma let Noah pick out the cookie cutters, so there were Easter ice cream cones, gingerbread men, stars, hearts, trains, cars, airplanes, flowers, feet, crowns, etc. Ha! So many cookies!

Another afternoon we dyed Easter eggs. We used two methods: rubbing some eggs with crystal dyes and dunking some in dyed solution. Noah had a lot of fun!

Look at this colorful Easter basket!

On Easter Sunday, our good friends Yvonne and Adam and their kids and our good friend Barbara came over for dinner. The kids had fun playing while we finished cooking and got the table together.

We had an Easter feast: ham, homemade mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, French onion potatoes, veggies and nut roll. And for dessert, we had cupcakes, cookies and jellybeans. Mmmm…. We were stuffed!

Yeah, this photo pretty much sums up the post-lunch activities. Ha!

The Easter fun didn’t end there. Earlier that day, the Easter Bunny brought Noah a Lego airplane and a few Hot Wheels cars. So after all of our guests went home, Grandpa, Ryan and Noah put the airplane together – Noah couldn’t wait!

Yep, we had a very fun Easter! Stay tuned to read more about Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don’s visit – there’s much more to share!

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A fun weekend getaway in Minnesota with Grandma and Grandpa

Two weekends ago Noah and I flew to Minneapolis to hang out with Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod for a few days. Here’s a photo of Noah waiting for our flight.

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We flew in midday Friday, and Grandma and Grandpa picked us up from the airport.

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We headed straight to the Mall of America. We had lunch at the Hard Rock Café, and then we went to the Lego Store – shocker, I know!

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Next we headed to Nickelodeon Universe in the middle of the mall for rides, rides, rides! Noah and Grandpa Rod went on three of Noah’s favorite rides from our previous trips: the Big Rigs, the Barnyard Hayride roller coaster, and Diego’s Rescue Rider (or as Noah calls it, “the crazy bus”).

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Then Noah and Grandma Debbie drove the large remote control trucks.

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Our next stop was the Sea Life Aquarium that’s in the mall – Noah was so excited! We started with a special behind-the-scenes tour. We got to visit the laboratory and learn about how they treat and maintain the 1.3 million gallons of water in the aquarium. We also got to visit the kitchen and learn about how they prepare the food and feed the fish. The best part of the tour was going on the deck above the tanks and seeing the sharks and fish swimming below.

After the behind-the-scenes tour, we headed to the Pacific Northwest Rockpool where Noah and Grandma Debbie got to pet sea anemones. Their tentacles feel so slimy! We also saw sea stars and sea cucumbers in this exhibit.

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Next we headed to Ray Lagoon to see the stingrays and skate.

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After Ray Lagoon we saw exhibits on Jellyfish, seahorses, blue tangs (the Dory fish), clownfish (the Nemo fish) and pufferfish.

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Next we headed to the main exhibit – the giant glass tunnel – to walk through the Rainforest Reef, Shark Cove and Sturgeon Lake exhibits. Noah’s favorite part of the tunnel was seeing the sharks! We saw brown-banded bamboo sharks and sandtiger sharks. He really liked the sea turtles too.

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After the aquarium we met up with Aunt Jenny and cousin Abby for supper. They happened to be in Minneapolis that weekend too – great timing!

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The next day we headed back to the Mall of America for more fun. We started at the small Minnesota Children’s Museum hands-on play area.

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Then we headed back to Nickelodeon Universe for more rides. Noah’s first ride of the day was Swiper’s Sweeper with Grandpa Rod. This was another of Noah’s favorite rides from our previous trips.

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Then we tried a few new rides – new to us anyway. Noah rode the Rugrats Reptarmobiles (the small bumper cars) on his own and then went on the Crazy Cars (the BIG bumper cars) with Grandpa.

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Here’s a short compilation of videos of Noah going on rides with Grandpa Rod. As you can see, Noah had a blast! I think the big kid did too.

As a quick reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

And here’s a short video of Noah riding the small bumper cars. Crazy driver!

Don’t worry, I got in on the fun too. Noah and I went on the big Ferris wheel in the middle of the mall. Yeah, we had some great views of all the excitement!

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We had a busy few days, so we picked up a pizza on our way out of the mall and we spent the rest of the day just hanging out at the hotel. We weren’t too tired to go swimming though!

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We headed back to the airport Sunday morning. Here is a photo of us taking off over Minnesota.

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Ryan was tracking our flight on his phone. Here is the screenshot of our flight path from Minneapolis back to Baltimore. It shows that we were going 565 miles per hour at 33,000 feet when we flew over Ohio. Noah thought that this was pretty cool!

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It was a quick trip to Minnesota, but we had an AWESOME time with Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod. We’ll see you again soon!

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Another Happy Valentine’s Day!

The last few weeks have been full with fun Valentine’s Day activities. Two Saturdays ago we went to the monthly kids hands-on workshop at our local Home Depot. Noah got to build and paint a wooden photo box for his Valentine’s cards. Check it out!

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Here’s the painted box with one of Noah’s Valentine’s cards from the “Pets” movie in the photo slot. Pretty cool!

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The next day our good friend Barbara came over to make Valentine’s cards with us. Yes, we had paper, stickers and glue everywhere, but we made some AWESOME cards!

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This past weekend was full of Valentine’s Day activities too. Friday night we went to a family sweetheart dance at Noah’s elementary school. A DJ played music, and there were treats and arts and crafts too. Our photos from the dance didn’t turn out well since the gym was so dark, but you can still tell that Noah had a great time.

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They had a professional photographer there too. Here’s our snapshot. What a fun night!

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Then Saturday morning we went to the monthly mini model build at our local Lego Store. This month’s Lego creation was a rose. Noah did a great job putting it together. Check it out!

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And here’s the final creation…

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Noah’s kindergarten class had a party on Valentine’s Day, and the kids exchanged Valentine’s cards. There are 21 kids in Noah’s class. He had fun addressing all their cards and stuffing the envelopes.

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Here is Noah’s Valentine’s loot from school. Yes, he definitely collected a lot of goodies!

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We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and we hope you did too!

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Grandpa Rod visits for the weekend

Last Thursday Grandpa Rod flew out from South Dakota to visit us for a long weekend. The main reason for his visit was to help us with a few house and deck projects. But don’t worry, we had a lot of fun too!

Friday morning Grandpa walked Noah to the bus stop. Noah was so excited to show Grandpa his school bus! Here’s a picture of them patiently waiting…

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Grandpa and Ryan were still busy when Noah got home from school, so I took Noah to the Lego store so that they could keep working. Playing at the hands-on area at the Lego store is one of Noah’s favorite outings!

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Since we were there for nearly two hours, I of course felt compelled (kinda obligated) to buy something. So after supper the boys put together this super cool Audi racecar. Check it out!

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Noah and I tried to stay out of the way as much as possible on Saturday too, so we ventured to Old Town Alexandria. Here’s a photo of Noah on the metro…

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We picked apples at the farmers market (so yummy!), checked out a few stores, had a snack at Starbucks, and rode the King Street trolley.

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We brought home cupcakes from Lavender Moon Cupcakery too. And yes, we shared! Mmmmm…

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The next morning Grandpa Rod got to join us for one of our favorite weekend activities – Dunkin’ Donuts!

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All weekend Noah asked Ryan and Grandpa Rod if he could help (he wanted to be with the boys), so after breakfast he helped them spread sand between the new pavers. That was actually the perfect job for the short one! And yeah, I hope he still loves yard work in ten years! Ha.

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Later that day after all the work was done (well, enough of it anyway), we took Grandpa to two of Noah’s favorite nearby parks.

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Yep, it was a great afternoon to be outside…and it was a great way to wind down from the busy weekend too.

Grandpa flew home Monday morning. It was a short visit, but we got a lot done around the house, and we had a lot of fun too. Visit again soon, Grandpa Rod…and bring Grandma Debbie too!

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LEGO BrickFair!

Last weekend we went to the annual LEGO BrickFair in nearby Chantilly, VA. Noah was so excited!

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We got to see lots of awesome creations and displays by local LEGO enthusiasts. We saw LEGO trains, ships, planes, street scenes (including skyscrapers), a castle, a fortress and more – check it out!

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Here’s a short video of one of the train displays. So cool!

 As a quick reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

We saw cool constructions of DC landmarks and icons too, including Union Station, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Smithsonian Castle and Air Force One.

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Noah’s favorite part of the BrickFair was building his own creations at the Stay & Play area. And yes, the big kid (Ryan) got in on the building action too!

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And of course, there were lots of vendors selling all things LEGO. Noah and Ryan spent nearly 45 minutes going through this massive bin of LEGOs to find the best pieces to fill their cup. Yes, they were very serious scavengers!

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We had an AWESOME time at the LEGO BrickFair, and we look forward to going again next summer. Who knows, maybe Noah and Ryan will display their own LEGO creations there someday! Ha.

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More fun with the South Dakota crew!

As we mentioned in our previous blog post, the last week of May, Grandma Debbie, Grandpa Rod, Aunt Jenny and Cory (Noah’s cousin) flew out from South Dakota to visit us and see the sights. If you missed our previous post about our quick trip to New York City while they were here, you can read it here. We had many fun adventures around the DC area too!

On their first full day here, we met our relatives Tom and Robin at Adventure Park in Sandy Spring, MD. Ryan, Cory, Aunt Jenny, Grandpa Rod, Tom and Robin all went on the zip lines and traversed the ropes courses – yep, they’re fearless! The rest of us watched from below…safe on the ground. Ha.

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Noah and Grandma Debbie had a great time cheering them on!

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Here’s a fun video too. As a quick reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

The Fishies and Froggies preschool classes had a field trip to the Natural History Museum that week, and Grandma Debbie tagged along as a chaperone. She got to ride the school bus with Noah too – so fun! Ryan and Grandpa Rod met the group at the museum too. The kids got to listen to a special presentation about tarantulas. I don’t think Grandma thought the taratula was as cool as Noah did. Ha.

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The kids had a great time exploring the rest of the museum too!

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After the field trip, they said goodbye to the preschool classes and met up with Cory and Aunt Jenny…and then they all headed to Old Town Alexandria for lunch. They ate lunch at one of our favorite restaurants – Chadwicks! Noah loves their grilled cheese sandwiches!

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After lunch Noah, Cory, Grandma Debbie and Aunt Jenny took the water tax from Old Town Alexandria across the Potomac River to National Harbor.

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Ryan and Grandpa Rod drove to National Harbor and watched as the water taxi docked at the harbor.

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Then they headed to the main attraction: the Capital Wheel! If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know that Noah loves the Capital Wheel, and he was especially excited to ride with all the boys.

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Noah went to preschool the other weekdays, and the South Dakota crew explored all the sights. So what did they see? They visited the White House, the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Union Station, Ford’s Theatre, the National Archives, the Air & Space Museum, the Museum of American History, Mount Vernon and much more. Whew, they were busy! Here are just a few photos from their sightseeing extravaganza. Check it out!

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An especially exciting outing: On Memorial Day, Cory, Aunt Jenny and Grandpa Rod went to the special service at Arlington National Cemetery, and they got to hear President Obama speak. It’s not every day that you can get that close to the President…and what an important occasion too!

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Don’t worry, while the South Dakota crew had lots of things to see and do, Noah got in a lot of family fun time too. We had a great time playing games, riding bikes and just monkeying around. Check it out!

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Noah got to show everyone the park and baseball diamond at his elementary school too.

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And before you ask, yes, we played lots and lots of Legos too! Even the train in the lower photos is made of Legos. Cool, huh?

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Some of us even played Legos after Noah went to bed. Shhh, don’t tell Noah…

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We had an AWESOME week with Cory, Aunt Jenny, Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod! They weren’t able to see everything on their wish list, so that just means that they’ll have to come back – hint, hint, hint. We’ll see you all again soon!

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Noah’s first trip to New York City!

The last week of May, Grandma Debbie, Grandpa Rod, Aunt Jenny and Cory (Noah’s cousin) flew out from South Dakota to visit us and see the sights. (Yeah, we’re slowly catching up on blog posts!) While they were here, we made a short overnight trip to New York City. This was Noah’s first trip to NYC – he was so excited to see the tall buildings!

We woke up early (really early!) to catch our 5:00 a.m. Amtrak train from Union Station in Washington, DC.

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If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know that Noah loves trains, and he was especially excited to ride the Amtrak with Cory and Grandpa Rod!

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It took about 3 ½ hours to get to Penn Station in NYC. After we dropped off our luggage at the hotel, we grabbed a quick snack. Yeah, the best donuts in Manhattan are from the street vendor on the corner of 33rd St. and 8th Ave. Make note! Ha.

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Then we walked to the Empire State Building. We rode the high-speed elevator to the 86th Floor Observatory and saw some incredible panoramic views of Manhattan and beyond. Check it out!

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After lunch we headed to South Street Seaport for a sightseeing cruise on the Hudson River. Here are a few fun photos of our crew boarding the Zephyr…

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On our 60-minute cruise, we saw the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and lots and lots of skyscrapers!

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Here are a few fun facts that we learned from our tour guide: 1) Lady Liberty is now 130 years old; 2) she was designed by the same engineer that designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris; and 3) she stands 111 feet tall, her nose is four and a half feet long, and her waist is 36 feet in circumference. Pretty incredible!

And here’s a photo of Cory on the Brooklyn Bridge…

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Next we visited the 9/11 Memorial.

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Here is Cory standing in front of the Survivor Tree at the memorial…

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Then we headed back to the hotel to relax. Some of us stayed in for the night (it had been a busy day already!), but Cory and Aunt Jenny were ambitious and walked to Times Square.

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The rest of us grabbed a quick bite at the restaurant on the 26th floor roof deck of our hotel. Check out this great view! Madison Square Garden (where the New York Knicks play basketball) is the circular-shaped building on the left – yep, just down the street.

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Here is a photo of the Empire State Building that Cory and Aunt Jenny snapped on their way back from Times Square – very cool!

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The next morning, Noah and Grandpa Rod went on early walk to find coffee and chocolate milk. It didn’t take long since there is a Starbucks on every corner there! Ha.

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After that we all split ways so that we could see different things. Noah really wanted to go to the new Lego store, and since it was hot, hot, hot that day, that was fine with me. Noah had a great time playing in the Lego Lounge and looking at the many awesome Lego creations, including a street scene of the Flatiron District (the neighborhood where the Lego store is located). So cool!

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While Noah and I relaxed in the air conditioning, Cory and Aunt Jenny were busy walking around and visiting Madison Square Garden, the Rockefeller Center and Central Park. Yes, they were adventurous!

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We all met back up later that afternoon and had a quick bite before heading to Penn Station to catch our train back to DC.

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Here are a few photos from our ride home. As a fun side note, my phone has an app that clocks the your speed. Our train got up to 126 miles per hour – wow!

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Stay tuned to read more about our week with Grandma Debbie, Grandpa Rod, Aunt Jenny and Cory. We have many more fun adventures to share!

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Noah’s 5th birthday

Earlier this month we celebrated Noah’s 5th birthday. Can you believe it?!?! He’s growing up fast!

Noah brought chocolate-covered donuts (with sprinkles!) to share with the Fishies and Froggies preschool classes.

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Here are a few photos that one of his teachers snapped. Fun!

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Noah opened his presents as soon as he got home. Yeah, he was antsy! As you can see, this was definitely the birthday for Legos – so many Legos! He also got books, toy buses and board games.

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Later that night we had Oreo cookie cupcakes with our good friend Barbara. You can never have too many treats on your birthday, right?

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Noah’s birthday was low key this year, but he definitely still had a great time. We’ll have a few more mini birthday parties over the next couple of weeks too with family visiting from South Dakota and Ohio. Why not celebrate for the entire month, right? You only turn 5 once!

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