While in NY we were able to see both sides of the family. We spent a good amount of time at Nonni and Paika's and at camp with Grammy and Grandpa, Aunt Robin and Uncle Joe and we got to see Lindsay and Joey too! We got to celebrate Corey's graduation from high school with Uncle Doug and the boys which was fantastic! Amazing how many people we were able to see!
We had a get together with the other side of the family as well. E really enjoyed seeing R, G, K, and D (so did B, but they're closer in age to E). We were also able to go out to N and S's house to play and swim with them. We also hit a lot of our local haunts - walking all over my home town, ice cream at Stewarts, visiting Carousel Mall, eating out at Friendly's (before having to move to an area that doesn't have one - this is my kids' FAVORITE restaurant) and spending lots of time with Nonni and Paika before moving so much further away. :(
After a little over a week (not enough time!) we headed to NJ. Hurray - we got to see Grandma and Grandpa and lots of Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins there. E loves babies so she was fascinated still by M and T - our new little cousins. Even B was pretty excited to see them though if E, M, and K were around, they only held his interest temporarily (true with E too, but to a lesser extent, she really loves babies, but she only sees E, M, and K once in a while too, so it was a hard choice). Those girls are so sweet. I know that at times it's hard to have younger cousins always wanting your attention, but they do well at entertaining and including them! :)
We also got to see the other side of the family there too. E and E enjoy each other more and more each time. It's so much fun to see them interact. We were very happy that Uncle Mark and Danielle got to come visit while we were there too! We are so sad to be moving away from them. It was amazing to have them just a couple of hours away! We miss you! I am also so happy that as much as our kids love playing with other kids, they ADORE their Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles. The joy they display when they get to see them is amazing. :)
We miss everyone in NY and NJ! Can't wait to see you all at Christmas!