The kids and I hit the road very early on a Saturday and drove as far as Ohio. (Ian had classes to teach and flew out to meet us in New York later.) There we stayed with my wonderful aunt and uncle and got to see my cousin's new house where we had a big family dinner. Seen here is the cuteness that is Quinn playing on the piano with his cousin Kate:
We love visiting Ohio and hate that we don't get to do it more often. Our family there is so loving and welcoming and we have equally generous and kind friends whom we're hoping to see sometime this summer. It was too short a visit since it was really just an overnight stop to give me, the lone driver, a break, but it was great. When I went to tuck Aden into bed and hugged her, she hung onto me as I tried to stand up and said, "We have to come stay here again." I promised her we'd find a way.
The drive from Wisconsin to Ohio was dominated by getting through Indiana, which takes forever and is incredibly dull. Usually there is at least the excitement of seeing lots of windmills a couple of hours in, but this time they were all still, which was a little eerie but mostly boring.
The drive from Ohio to New York was dominated by Pennsylvania. It takes forever to cross Pennsylvania, but it's beautiful, so that helps. My kids like to do a countdown as we come to state borders, and they couldn't believe how long we had to drive through Pennsylvania before we hit New Jersey. (Wait until we eventually do a drive out West! They have no idea how big some states really are.)
We arrived in New York City in time for dinner. Kids were thrilled to be reunited with their cousin and to get to meet her new puppy, Pepper. Pepper is adorable. Teeth like needles and in a "must nip and chew on everything" mode, but adorable nonetheless. Pepper needed frequent walks and frequent naps.