Monday, December 06, 2010


We've never been to Connecticut before.  This made choosing a location for our mini family vacation pretty easy.

We left on Tuesday morning, Bella's birthday.  It just worked out that our trip could fall on that day.  One our way, we stopped in Hoboken. NJ.  This was planned.  We wanted to surprise Bella with a cupcake from Carlo's Bakery on her birthday.  If you are awake of Cake Boss, on TLC, then this bakery will be familiar to you.  This is the one show that Bella and I can actually watch together.  She loves to see what creations they come up with. 

We got a great parking spot on the road right in front of the bakery.  Bella jumped out of the van as fast as she could and then just stood in front of the bakery.  She seemed in awe.  Then she said with such enthusiasm, "It's just like on TV!"     
We waited in line for about a half hour.  This apparently wasn't even a crowded day.  Usually the line is out the door.  Bella chose a rose cupcake. 
While waiting in line, we saw Mauro (the bigger, bald guy) and the younger delivery guy.  All in all, a pretty cool experience. 

Except for the $30 parking tip we ended up getting.  Apparently that 2-hour parking wasn't free.

After leaving Hoboken, we officially headed to Connecticut.  The trip was about 2 hrs. total.  It was after lunchtime by the time we got there, so we headed to a diner on the main street in Stamford.  It was a tiny little place located on a river.  The huge windows overlooked the beautiful scenery.  I didn't get any photos of it because I was consumed by this view right here:
Can you blame me?

Next stop:  our hotel!  Next activity:  Swimming!  This is always a highlight of our mini trips. 

This was Curtis's first time in a pool. His reaction was very neutral - the same way that Bella and Graydon were.

After we all dried off, it was time for Bella's birthday dinner.  We went to Friendly's.

Bella was serenaded by the wait staff.  So were two other boys. 
And here is the birthday girl standing our our hotel lobby at 6:52 pm. 
Exactly five years after she was born.
We brought some of her birthday gifts to open.  She sure loved being the birthday girl!
The following day was spent swimming again and then on to the Discovery Museum. 

We even got to see a show in the planetarium.

Summary:  I loved this little getaway.  I have so many happy memories.  Snuggling up in our king bed and watching the new TinkerBell movie.  A super huge Kit-Kat bar.  Free doughnuts from the diner.  Bella officially turning five.  Kids taking a bath in their swimsuits.

Family time is so precious to me.

This next photo isn't from our trip, but I like it.     

Now it's back to the real world.  We got a big dose of reality last night.  Graydon woke up around 10pm crying intensely and struggling to catch his breath.  It was a no-brainer.  Off to the ER we went.  As we loaded Graydon into the car, I felt very grateful that we have health insurance and access to good health care.  We didn't have to think twice about taking him to the ER out of fear that we couldn't afford it.  We are very fortunate as this is not the case for everyone.  

The ER was not busy and we were seen right away.  The nurse and doctor easily identified Graydon's problem:  Croup.  His airways were inflammed which made breathing difficult which freaked him out which made him cry which made it even harder to breathe.  They treated him with a steroid and kept us there for three hours for observation.  By 2:30 am, we were given a prescription for Prednisone and free to leave.  He is on the mend, but we're definitely taking it easy.     


Connecticut said...

Looks like you had a great time. Our kids a re a bit older but it reminds me of the times we used to go to Cape May, which is not that far away.

We sure hope they don't go to college very far away. They want to go to a "warm weather state." Uh oh.

Lori Benetti said...

How fun that you got to go to the cake boss bakery! jealous!!! looks like you all had fun, can't wait to see you all later this month

Mary said...

poor thing! i hope that he is feeling better.
Awesome pics of Bella on her bday at the cake boss and her holding the Leapfrog!