I call it our first real vacation because Robert actually had to put in for vacation time, and work continued while he was away. Anyway, Christmas was great, Robert's parents came into town Christmas morning at 4 am! It was fun to have company since it would have been our first Christmas by ourselves. The boys got way too many gifts, especially since they would have been thrilled to just get what was in their stockings. Although I have no regrets since they have been spending hours upstairs in the playroom with their new toys! priceless.
Robert actually took a couple weeks off work for Christmas and New Years and we finally did some travelling! We went up to DC, again, and then to Philadelphia and New York City. Two three year old boys aren't the ideal travelling companions, I had to really lower my expectations of what wanted to do, since they have low attention spans, and absolutely NO interest in American History. So it was a whirlwind tour, but still worth it. New York was a bit of a bust because Robert and I caught some 24 hour flu and we were laid up in the hotel for the only day of good weather. The other full day we were there it was pouring rain, so we took the boys to see The Little Mermaid (the Lion King was not playing a matinee showing) on broadway, because everything else we wanted to do was outside. The boys loved riding the subway, but it totally freaked me out, since any psycho could push someone off the platform. I figure we need to get used to travelling with kids, otherwise we won't be able to see nearly as many places as we want to!
National Air and Space Museum, DC
Museum of Natural History, DC
An example of great photography...what's that in the background?
Oh! The Liberty Bell, why would we have wanted that in the picture?
Rylan pretending to be a tiger at the Philly zoo, it took us a while to convince him to walk like a human again
Inside soldiers barracks at Valley Forge, Beckam kept telling us "We need to get out of his house!"
Beck felt a lot more comfortable inside the empty soldiers barracks
At a train musuem in Amish Country, a highlight for two train obsessed boys
Beck twirling on the streets of New York, he seriously wouldn't stop, so we took a picture
While Beck was twirling Rylan was jumping over every crack in the sidewalk
Times Square, raining and pouring
On Liberty Island, with Ellis Island and Manhattan in the background
Posing with Lady Liberty
The boys haven't shared a bed since they were 3 months old, so it was fun to find them in different positions all the time, an hour after we took this they had switched positions and Rylan was sleeping in Beckams lap! They are wild sleepers, I hear them fall out of bed almost every night.