July 1 – Fun at Home
July 14 – People’s Choice
Daddy had to work late so I took the boys to People’s Choice by myself. We rode the train, pet the animals in the petting zoo, and got funnel cake before we left.
July 2 – Maks & Val, Our Way Show
Back in February, I purchased tickets for this show. Two of my favorite professional ballroom dancers, Maks & Val, were going on tour and I just had to be there! I invited Jamie and we invited Lauren who is as big a fan as we are. Mimi wanted to come so we invited Aunt Megan and her mom, too for a total of 6 of us. I picked up Lauren around 2:15 (after my 16 minute wait in the drive through line at Starbucks, never again!) on Saturday and we headed to Easton. Jamie met us there because she was on her way home from a vacation in Cape May.
July 9 – Spencer’s First Buzz Cut
I finally convinced Nolan to let me use the clippers on his hair. I have been asking him for several weeks because he has so much hair and it’s just too hot for that these days. After telling him that he’ll look like his buddy Eli, he finally agreed to it.
As I was buzzing Nolan’s hair, Spencer pointed to the clippers, made a grunting noise, and sat down on the deck while pointing to his hair. I didn’t want to do it just yet (I was planning on doing it right before the beach) because I love his baby hair and giving him a buzz cut means he’s no longer my baby (I know, it sounds crazy to you, but to me it makes complete sense). Nevin didn’t want to miss this opportunity, so he went for it.
With tears running down my face, I managed to get some pictures of the first buzz cut, but no “before” picture. His hair was beginning to get light, but it is very light now that the top layer is off. Also, we all can see just how flat the back of his head really is now and it’s worse than I thought. I’m hoping it rounds out soon or this may be the first and last buzz cut for Spencer. I’ll sure miss that beautiful head of dark, stringy baby hair, but I think he looks cuter and more grown up with a buzz cut.
July 19 – 22 – Trip to Easton
I took the boys to Easton for a mini vacation. When we arrived on Tuesday, Nolan and Spencer followed Pop with their lawn mowers as he mowed Nancy Kohn’s yard. Then we went back to Mimi’s and Pop’s and played in the water table, ate dinner, and went to bed.
July 20 – Klein Farm & Plainfield Township Farmers Fair
We met Auntie Cait, Aiden, Cathleen, and Abbey, Elise and Colette, and Aunt Megan and Mia at the farm. We walked around and visited with the animals, played on the playground, and finished with ice cream.
We spent lots of time in the heifer barn feeding the hungry mamma cows:
Plainfield Township Farmer’s Fair
Nolan wanted to know if he was bigger than the tire of this John Deere:
While we were visiting with the pigs, the owners came to feed them. They made the loudest, craziest squeals and grunts I’ve ever heard and they didn’t stop until they all got their food and were eating.
Spencer loved seeing his favorite, the hop hops:
July 23 – Swingin’
July 24 – 25 – Pittsburgh Trip
Nevin announced that he had off on Monday, July 25 because of Pioneer Day (the celebration of when Bringham Young brought the first group of Mormons to Utah) and I suggested an overnight trip. We have been wanting to go to Pittsburgh for a while now and this was the perfect (although hot) weekend to do it.
Driving into the city:
We arrived at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh around 2:00. There were a decent number of people there, but it was not crowded by any means which was really nice because the boys didn’t have to wait in line to do any of the activities. Nevin kept an eye on Nolan while I kept an eye on Spencer. Both boys had fun touching/exploring/playing with all the exhibits in the different rooms.
There was an ant-gravity room that lead to a silver tube slide that both Nolan and Spencer went down lots of times. They also enjoyed the Color Bouncer in that room, too. Walking through the anti-gravity room felt like you drank too much and couldn’t stand up straight (not that I know what that feels like, haha).
After we left the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood room, Spencer wanted a snack so Nevin took Nolan to “The Garage” while I took Spencer to get a snack in the cafeteria.
We went to the water floor last, around 4:00, which was great because it wasn’t crowded at all.
Running under the dripping water in “Waterplay” room:
Blow drying my hair:
After we got the boys out of their bathing suits, we went back downstairs (and noticed that it was pouring) and did our favorite activities one more time before the museum closed at 5:00.
When they closed, we drove a whopping 4 minutes to the hotel, The Residence Inn North Shore. Nolan was thrilled to be staying in a hotel for the first time ever. We were in room 823 (10 total floors), so Nolan had a nice elevator ride like he was hoping for.
The view from our living room window. The boys are watching a train go by:
After having snack, we went to the hotel pool for an hour before dinner. Nolan floated around while Spencer jumped in. Spencer even jumped in without anyone there to catch him and went completely underwater for the first time! When we got back to the room, we ordered delivery from Diamond Market Bar & Grill and put Spencer to bed in the Pack N Play in our bedroom.
I ordered feta pierogis and beef sliders with french fries. The pierogis had an olive tapenade and sour cream mixture to dip in and were on top of cabbage slaw. They were amazing. Nolan and I shared the burgers and fries.
We made up the pull-out couch for Nolan to sleep on and he was thrilled that he got to sleep in the kitchen haha. He fell asleep while we watched TV. Spencer was up from 3-5 and he woke Nolan up a few times, so the night of sleep was not that great.
July 25 – Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
We got to watch this as we ate lunch:
Looking down into the rainforest part of the aquarium:
Nolan loved playing in this meerkat viewing tunnel: