Part 2: Poconos/Family Reunion
After an early night and passing the dogs off to Nate's mom for the weekend, we headed out bright and early (once again following tip #1) to head to the Poconos. Even though we were staying in PA, we still had a 6 hr (no stops) trip ahead of us. On top of that, my power cord decided to burn out so we decided to go slightly out of our way to hit up an Apple store.
Tip #4: Avoid the PA turnpike
After a fairly frustrating/expensive drive (toll + new power cord that should have been covered under the warranty = ~$100) we made it to the family reunion just in time for some catching up and dinner. The next day we headed to the lake which is one of my favorite spots. There is a ton to do and there is shade and sun so pretty much everyone can be happy for hours. Will, for instance, was perfectly happy sleeping for the first few hours that we were there in the shade and then taking a quick dip. Nate was able to spend most of the time in the shade where he's happiest and I got to spend some time in the sun with Nate's cousins. It would have been nice if I had remembered to slather on some sunblock before going paddle boating with Nate's 6 year old cousin (which by the way is a lot harder when little legs can't reach the pedals) but other then that it was a great afternoon.
Tip #5: Watch extra close for tiredness in baby
Will also got to spend a lot of quality time with Nate's extended family including his great grandfather. We got a couple of great 4-generation photos (Thanks to Fred for sharing his pics) and we relaxed and ate a lot of good food. With all the stimulation of meeting new people and new places/things to look at, Will got tired a lot faster than normal. He consistently napped every two hours after he got up for the majority of the trip and would start getting fussy at 1 hr 45 min. If we missed the signals we had an extremely grumpy baby on our hands which was fun for no one. Luckily, that didn't happen to often and as a result we had a fairly happy baby.
These family reunion weekends always fly by and we can't wait until next year when Will might actually play with his cousins.