Some snaps from the long weekend in PA with sister and brother and family. The drive down Wednesday in the Nor’easter wasn’t as totally awful as we feared, although it was definitely congested and stop and go in some spots. We took a break midway for dinner at a pretty good diner, but the upshot was that we left at 430pm and arrived at 8pm! It’s normally a 2.5-hour drive. Sister arrived about an hour later from the city also by car. They had sushi before they left, underscoring the difference between life in the ’burbs and in the city!
The next morning the kids (and husband) as usual took over the living room:
Husband nearly outdid himself with Lego building—here, the space shuttle, complete with launcher, and Rio’s “smile” (you will see it’s a theme this long weekend):
Arjun is really into baseball—and so too, apparently, is Tashi—so they played a lot outside in the very back of the yard (away from anyone’s windows!):
The mud on their shoes afterward was remarkable. Rohan also did a LOT of ferrying the other kids around on the Rohan Express—he even wrote up tickets. Arjun and Tashi both felt left out at separate times, breaking into tears, because honestly Rio got the most rides—he is the lightest! I was quite impressed with Rohan’s reading (“The Count of Monte Cristo”!) and sightreading of piano music (mine!) and Arjun’s math and piano playing.
A highlight was going to Jenkins Arboretum—open 365 days a year!—Friday afternoon. It was chilly but great to see this place that has a huge range of plants, including a lot of rhododendrons. Terrific labeling too (including of the poison ivy!). Here, Rio smiling a true smile finally:
And giant watering cans:
Another highlight was finally making it to the favorite creperie of Rohan’s in Philadelphia. We’d never gone out of fear of the nut issue, and while I was still nervous (Nutella is an ingredient in many of the crepes) the waitress assured me they’d had plenty of people with nut allergies as guests with no problems. The gas fire was a nice touch:
Rio continued his PA diet of Belvita and Ritz crackers (albeit “whole grain,” newly available) and dug into a honey crepe. Mildly better than the chocolate to me. Or at least, less messy. That’s a smile:
Tashi got berries and honey, while the adults got savory versions (three orders of the smoked trout, leeks, creamed spinach, and poached egg). Sister commented it was the first time we’d gone out to eat since probably when Tashi was a baby and we attempted dim sum (with food we brought ourselves for Tashi).
Afterward we went to brother’s apartment—he has a black cat with white paws named Crazy Cat Z. No photo, alas! And Rio wouldn’t raise his head for this last photo:
The kids did okay waking usually between 615 and 7am, but staying in their room till 7. At which point I unleashed them to the living room solo, which worked pretty well. (THANK YOU to everyone who got up earlier than we did and watched them!) Husband and I also got to go out to dinner, and they also all went out to a movie (one I had zero interest in seeing—I went to bed early!).