Thursday, August 25, 2016

East Coast - New York

Not knowing when we'd be out east again, we wanted to make a trek up north to New York - where we lived for a year.  But especially where Jonas was born!  :)  So we decided to drive the 5 hours there and stay for a couple of nights.

On our way to NY we stopped in Hershey, PA and visited the Chocolate factory.  We took a tour, got a free chocolate bar, got free pudding, and had a good time!

 The kids on the little riding tour.  It was cute and we all enjoyed it.

 Now whenever we eat a Hershey's chocolate, we'll be reminded of our little stop here!

 Jonas and his birth-state!  So cool.

 Our home-sweet-home while in NY.  We found some campground and rented this "cabin."  It was really a shed.  It worked out just fine for our two nights and was tons cheaper than a hotel!

That night we drove around, got some dinner, went to a park near our old home (where Miles had once played and swung on the swings), went to the mall to get some Gertrude Hawks chocolate (yes, more chocolate, but this place was somewhere that Ben and I would go and so we just had to experience it again), and then we went to our favorite grocery store - Wegmans.  It's just a nice store and we always loved going there while we lived in NY.
 Here is Miles in front of a cow.  Why you ask?  Because Miles was petrified of Wegman's cow (not this exact one, but at this exact spot.  The old cow was a plastic thing.) and would always start crying as soon as we neared it - whether or not he could see it!  It was crazy!  The cow made some weird mechanical noise and we're not sure if that's what made Miles scared?  But it was funny and so we had to get a picture of Miles and Cow.

 The inside of our home-sweet-home.  :)  Yes, Miles is wearing his shirt as shorts.  No, I don't know why.

 The kids showing off their muscles and tan-lines.  Miles is white as he wears a swim shirt.  :)

 Enjoying our breakfast by the Susquehana river - which was right at our camping spot.  It was really pretty!

 Here is Emmy at our church's parking lot.  We went to our ward and knew a few people and recognized a whole bunch of faces.  It was fun being back at our church!

Then we went and drove by our old home.  We wanted to take some pictures and so Ben went to knock on the door to let them know what we wanted to do.  The owner, Bill, totally remembered Ben (Bill was the guy that bought the house from us!) and that he was an OR nurse, etc., etc.  We were invited into his/our old home and had a delightful tour!  My curtains made by me and my sister were still hanging up on the windows!  It was so fun and the kids loved it - especially Jonas.  :)

 Inside our cute NY home!  See my curtains in the kitchen?!

 What a fun home and awesome property!

 Ben's dad actually helped rebuild the rock wall and made the steps.  So fun!

 Just us.  :)  (It would have been a perfect trip if not for the scary neighbors yelling like crazy - "F" this and "F" that - and then hearing shots go off a little while later. . . )

After our delightful visit to 127 Harrington we went to the Restoration of the Priesthood site.  It's super nice and we had a good visit!  When we were there 10 years ago there was hardly anything at the site - just a marker or two.  Now it's a whole site with many places and things to see and visit.

 Here we are in the replica home of Joseph and Emma Smith, where like 70% of the Book of Mormon was translated.  Very cool.

 Somewhere in these sugar bushes John the Baptist appeared to Joseph and Oliver C. and restored the Aaronic priesthood.  Again, very cool.

 My dad, as a young boy, was at this site many years ago when it was officially dedicated.  So special!

 We love NY!

Some friends from our ward invited us over to diner on Sunday and we all had a good evening at the Espositos!
Monday morning this was our view of the Susquehanna.  It was cool and foggy!

I went on a run in the fog and it was super awesome.  Then we left NY and headed to Gettysburg . . .


erinmalia said...

Are you going to send Bill a copy of your pictures?! You know his address, after all. :) Your shed was hilarious--haha. We have a Wegmans here and it's the greatest! And what?! Free pudding in Hershey? That's new.

Elder James and Sister Dixie Galbraith said...

Great photos (and commentary) concerning your visit to your "old haunts." The photos are great, too.

Niederfam said...

LOVING this trip down "memory lane" SERIOUSLY so cool for you and yours........