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Hawaii Vacation Pt. 2 – Road to Hana

We have a lot of life going on right now, so I haven’t been a great blogger. I want to finish up our Hawaii trip, because I have a lot of exciting things coming up in the next few months to share. Stay tuned! Anyway, one of the coolest things we did in Maui was driving the road to Hana. If you don’t know what that means, picture a road full of hairpin turns and elevation changes. Somewhere they tell...

Maui Recap – Pt. One

We have been back from Hawaii for a few weeks now and are finally starting to recover. Ellie’s sleep schedule was majorly messed up for a good week after we got home. The five hour time difference was definitely a worse adjustment coming home than it was on the way there, thankfully. After she was finally starting to sleep better, Ellie came down with the worst cold/Roseola combo and was a total wreck for over a week. We are over...

A Visit from My Parents, Washington D.C., and Potty Stories

There’s been a lot of radio silence over here lately, but that’s for a good reason. POTTY TRAINING. I think I can officially say Ellie is potty trained. We started about a week and a half ago and she has been doing great! We put her in a disposable diaper overnight since she is still in her crib, but other than that she has been wearing nothing but undies, and has only had a small handful of accidents (I’ll spare you...

Hersheypark

We decided to get a season pass to Hersheypark this year. Ellie is still free, and it worked out great for her and I to just drop by the park for a couple hours once or twice a week this summer. ...

Northern MI, Continued

To pick up where I left off with our Michigan travels, we visited Traverse City, Charlevoix and Leland’s Fishtown. We visited Black Star Farms for the first time on this trip, and I can definitely say we will go back again. They have a vineyard and tasting room, and it’s basically a free petting zoo, which is right up Ellie’s alley. The day we went was a bit overcast, but it was still a gorgeous place. They had a pretty...

Lake Charlevoix – Boyne City, MI

We spent most of our last week in Michigan in Boyne City. For all my non-Michigan friends, that’s a city in what we call “up north” – a phrase we use to describe anything farther north than Grand Rapids on the west side, and Detroit on the east. We have thousands of lakes, including the “big lake,” Lake Michigan to spend our summer days enjoying. But really, a lot of the smaller inland lakes aren’t all that small either. We...

Hackley and Hume Houses – Muskegon, MI

We recently spent the day at a couple of interesting old houses in Muskegon, MI with my cousins Robin and Kristin. The houses were beautiful and formerly owned by wood manufacturers with an interest in fine woodcarvings and other cool details. I will let the pics (mostly Robin’s – thanks!) speak for themselves. Why wasn’t I able to take more pictures here? Well…. Don’t let that smile fool you, she was a holy terror. At one point on the tour,...

Road Tripping with the Scholmas

We have absolutely loved having Jon, Ashley and Ainsley here visiting us in PA this week. We’ve already taken a few road trips, including Washington DC and Ocean City, MD so far.  First up was Washington D.C. We had a lot of fun there, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never been more sweaty in my life. We had pretty much 100 degree heat with high humidity the whole time we were there, but we didn’t let it stop us from...

Rhode Island and Connecticut

A few weeks ago we took a road trip to Newport, RI, which I’ve already blogged about here. We also stopped in New Haven, CT and Providence, RI along the way. New Haven is home to Yale University, which has tons of charming old stone buildings. So far it ties with Harvard for the prettiest campus I’ve seen. We stopped here for lunch on our way out and tried a pizza place called Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana. The pies are thin...