Thursday, July 24

Niagra morning

I was up really early and decided to take advantage and go running.  I was so glad that I did.  It was absolutely beautiful.  And the best part was that no one was around!
I crossed the river and ran around Goat Island.  Was super pretty.  Went by the falls and followed the river and found the most picturesque paths.
Was a beautiful place to run!
Funny enough, the park around the falls was gorgeous.  But we drove around the city itself and it really not so nice.  At all.  Was quite a stark contrast to the touristy area.
Most of all I was happy that the rain had gone!  I was actually optimistic that the rest of the vacation might be a dry one:)

Pools

That night the kids swam for almost three hours.  Played and played.  Terry was good and was in there with them rough housing and throwing them around.  Then they found balls and played keep away.  I was quite content in the hot tub but even that was a bit much.  So I sat and watched with my feet in the water.  Till these two munchkins found me!  They were so intent on eating my toes.  Seriously!  They were trying to suck them!  Weirdos.  They thought it was pretty stinking funny though!

Monday, July 21

Niagra Falls

The next day we got up and drove to Niagra Falls.  Sadly, the weather had not improved at all.  
First order of business when we got there was to buy big ponchos as it was raining pretty hard again.
Even with the poor weather, the falls were still impressive.
As we were crossing the bridge headed over to the Maid of the Mist, you could really see just how calm the water was just below the falls.  You would never know there were waterfalls nearby!

So windy on the boat!
The closer you got to the falls, the wetter it became.  Timmy quickly changed his poncho for the official Maid of the Mist one as it was see through.  Smart boy!
Me with my babies:)
Going past the first falls was a bit wet but still very peaceful.
And then we approached Horseshoe Falls.  Oh man!  The water was really rough and the spray was everywhere.
The boat went right in the middle of the pool and hovered for several minutes.  The boat was rocking really hard from side to side-everyone was loosing their footing.  And we were getting absolutely soaked!
When we got off of the boat, we noticed that there was another section where you could climb stairs to get closer to the falls.  All of us went save Madison.  We were within feet of the falls.  If we were not wet before, we got wet then-absolutely drenched.  Which what did it matter by that point?  It was still raining after all.
But the kids were cold and miserable.  We had wanted to do the Cave of the Winds as well but they were done.  So once again, we made our way to the hotel.
And they perked right up when they found that the hotel had yet another pool.  

Watkins Glen

When we learned that we were moving to Rhode Island, my first thought was of all of the places that we would get to explore and visit!  So after the term ended, Terry was able to take a lot of leave.  Really, it feels like he is back in college with the entire summer off.

So we loaded up the kids and took off for a week to explore!  I was a super happy girl!  However, the closer we got to the first stop at Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes region of New York, my spirits started to sink.  We kept driving through terrible thunderstorms!  Huge, gale force winds, driving rains, lightening, and booming thunder.  My hopes of waterfall exploring were quickly evaporating.
However, we arrived, immediately set out and miracles of miracles it was not raining!
It was so pretty!  A river cut through a mountain to form a waterfall gorge.  Was pretty-just like Timmy in the picture:)  Don't know what was up with that pose?
I was afraid that storms may appear and thus did not bring out the good camera.  Was pleasantly pleased with the iphone tho!  
Good thing I did not get the camera because a huge thunderstorm did come.
When it began raining, it seemed that everyone in the gorge turned and headed out.  We were the only ones still going forward.  Terry had brought umbrellas just in case and he quickly put his to use.  Madi also grabbed one:)  Terry kept asking of the kids wanted to go back and each time they wanted to continue.  I think really he was the one who wanted to get out of the storm!
And we got absolutely soaking wet.  
Ended up being a HUGE storm.  Lightening, thunder, pounding rain and we were hiking through it.
I think the rain made the gorge prettier:)
And since everyone else left, there weren't any tourists in our photos!
Lots of rain.  And then the storm passed.  
We made it all the way through and then found a different path for the walk back.  Despite the poor weather, I was really glad that we went.  And the kids all thought it was pretty cool that we stayed out during a terrible storm.  Luckily, I planned well and the hotel was not very far away. And since they were wet anyway, we just threw them in the pool!  A win-win!

Saturday, July 19

Force

And the time came for Deacon and Lauren's last day:(

I snapped a few pictures of them as they were finishing up.  Since that was the same morning that I was going on a week long vacation, I chose not to push myself as hard which was why I had the extra time to take pictures:)
The four of us left.  Now, just Derry, Dion, and myself remain.  Have to say that I really like this picture.  I always wanted to be that small, dainty girl.  At least with these tall guys on either side of me-I look it;)  Great people!  Glad that I can call them all my friends!