Yay Kay!

Our first visitor for the summer was Kay from Austin.  She and I worked together at my last teaching job.  She visited two summers ago when MiniM.E. was only 9 months old.  The agenda was roughly the same though-- lots of playing, some strolling downtown...  This trip we were able to add in a few meals out (at two of the few places MiniM.E. will sit and eat at) and a trip to the Saratoga County Fair.

MiniM.E. didn't really remember Kay's first visit, but she was still so excited that she was coming that she asked if we could go pick her up at the train station a week early!! Needless to say, she was beyond excited Monday morning.  Of course though, in typical toddler-style, as soon as Kay stepped off the train, she turned on the shy and wouldn't even look at her.  It didn't last long and by the end of the day MiniM.E. was her usual talkative self.

On the way home from the train station, we stopped out for lunch and then rode the carousel:

Day two we spent most of the day back downtown, seeing the sights and doing some shopping.  Kay was nice enough to bring MiniM.E. and Baby#2 a present: big sister/ little sister t-shirts.  MiniM.E. loved hers so much she insisted on wearing it as soon as she woke up.

Of course, as soon as we arrived downtown, MiniM.E. decided she wanted to spend the morning watching cars... on the curb... in the sun...

We finally convinced her to come shopping with us.  And no visit to downtown is complete without a visit to our favorite dog statues:

We finished off our morning out with lunch at the Iron Roost-- best waffles in the Saratoga area!

That evening we went to the Saratoga County State Fair.  It was hot, but we all had a great time.  Pig racing, rides, a grizzly bear, funnel cake and deep fried avocado... Doesn't get better than that!
MiniM.E. decked out in pigtails and headband (thanks to Kay!)

we saw the pig races

MiniM.E., Kay and Bob (but not pregnant me) rode the giant ferris wheel

Poor Daddy had to squeeze onto the dragon ride

MiniM.E.'s favorite ride was the swings

and we saw the grizzly bear show
 Wednesday morning Kay had to be at the train station early (much to MiniM.E.'s dismay), but we squeezed in an early morning trip to the track for breakfast and to watch the horses warm up.

I hardly recognized my kid all decked out in the headband from Kay and "a tutu that looks pretty with the headband".

MiniM.E. had a great time with Kay and can't wait for her to come back and visit.  I don't blame her, she spoiled MiniM.E. just like a grandmother would!-- She's MiniM.E.'s Texas Grandma!  Thanks for visiting Kay!!



Back in NY for over a week and no post?  Sorry... Suddenly the third trimester hit and it was like a lightbulb went on : we're having a baby.  Soon.  Like 12 weeks soon.  EEEEK!!!!

Not that I'm not extremely excited about it, but 12 weeks seems suddenly like a very, very short time.  And I have lots and lots of things I want to get done before she arrives.  

This week also starts our two weeks of company, which is fantastic because we love company, but also meant a little more work around the house and last minute things to get done last week.

So here's the past week or so in photos:

sandbox is back!!

the big pool came out!

MiniM.E. slept through half a polo match

woke up in time to stomp the divots, but didn't want to 

and almost got her photo in the paper because of some adorable leopard sunglasses

we baby-sat for a friend 

played in the sandbox (a lot) more

played out in the rain

took Dolly to the playground

had a pool day with friends 

took a nap

went to the beach

met up with Baby O. at the carousel

saw the fireworks in Lake George (complete with ear muffs!)

went back to the beach

went to family day at Bob's work 

played at the playground

and found out we have baby birds that hatched in our bird house
It was a pretty exciting, busy week.  Now onto our weeks of visitors!!


My Little Fish

Yesterday we spent our last full day in NH just hanging around and relaxing in the pool.  MiniM.E. had a great time just swimming... and swimming, and swimming and swimming!

With her "seal floaty" she can "swim" all by herself and loves just paddling around the pool.  She had a great time on the slide and even learned to jump in all by herself!