Our big trip for the summer came at the end
of July/beginning of August. We all drove to NJ (Daddy and
Rachael went down on Friday, Mommy, Liam, and Susanna came on
Saturday) and visited with friends for a couple days. Rachael
got to see Anna, Nicole, and Maya—Anna and Maya came swimming in
the hotel pool with us. Then on Monday, we flew from Trenton to
New Orleans, rented a car and drove to Grandma Mel and PopPop’s
house in Baton Rouge. Mommy and Daddy left on Wednesday to spend
a few days on their own in New Orleans before flying back to NJ
on Friday. Rachael, Liam, and Susanna stayed and had a great
time with Grandma Mel and PopPop—they did a lot of swimming and
made some new friends. They got to see the state capitol and a
really cool Museum about Louisiana, and, of course, Mike the
Tiger. The one thing we will all remember is that it was HOT!!
Susanna’s reaction to the heat was particularly funny: “Are you
kidding me?! Why does it have to be so hot?” PopPop flew back to
NJ with the kids on Monday, where Mommy was waiting for them.
Susanna had a gymnastics camp this
month—her first introduction to gymnastics. She seemed to really
enjoy it, so she will be taking weekly gymnastics classes
beginning this fall.
We went back to the Canadian Aviation
Museum for a special Star Wars exhibit. They had all kinds of
props, models, and costumes on display that were actually used
in the movies, along with stories of how the stories and
characters were created. We also each wore a wristband that we
could scan at 10 different stations, which allowed us to create
our own Star Wars identity.
We also went to the Exporail Canadian
Railway Museum. We got to see lots of really neat trains.
And, we found an English movie theater! We
saw Despicable Me 2 and Planes in one weekend!
School started two weeks after we got back
from the States. Poor Susanna was so nervous and anxious that
she practically made herself sick—she didn’t sleep well for
days. But, one thing that helped was that her big brother was
there to walk her in the building.