Last weekend we drove up to Ithaca and met Justin, Andrea and Liam there for a camping trip! It was Ben and Nora’s first time camping and it was a huge success! We had a lot of fun.
Nora on our pit stop in Scranton, Pennsylvania. (I was really hoping we would run into Michael Scott or Jim and Pam.) The drive up was BEAUTIFUL. Peak fall leaves all along the way, rolling hills covered in red, green, orange and yellow perfectly intermixed, red barns and fields of corn or pumpkins. It was like a postcard of the perfect upstate New York autumn. I tried to take pictures out the car window and none of them did it any justice at all, so I just had to take mental pictures and save it away!
We met up with J & A at a BBQ place in Ithaca called Fat Jack’s. I LOVED pulling into the parking lot and seeing my brother and family! It was so good to hug them. Within minutes Andrea had Ben belly laughing as she played with him and Liam was giving both the twins hugs. CUTEST. After lunch we drove 15 minutes north to see Taughannock falls. This waterfall is taller than Niagra Falls!
We took a little walk down the rim trail and peeked at Seneca Lake.
Then we checked into our camp site at Robert H Treman state park and the guys set up camp while the girls entertained babies. :) There was an awesome playground at the camp ground which was so great!
And I was obsessed with my babies in their winter hats. All the heart eyes.
My little papoose. She was deliriously tired by this point but thankfully still happy. Just drowsy/happy. Haha. She was so cute I could hardly stand it.
There was a beautiful waterfall just a little ways from our camp site so we walked over to see it before the kids bedtime.
FAMILY SELFIE! (We were blown away that we somehow had seven people in our party. Really? Seven? So many babies!)
We got the kids all situated in their warm jammies and snow suits and laid them down in the middle of our two man tent (which Klane was thinking was a three-man, ooooops) and hoped for the best! They ended up sleeping through the night except for a little disturbance around 9 pm when the phone died and the white noise turned off. The neighbors talking around their fire just 30 feet away disturbed the babies, but we got the noise going again and they were good to go!
Happy faces in the morning!
Cute Liam was so happy to be outside checking everything out.
It actually got down into the 40s overnight and was pretty chilly in the morning! We were glad we brought these snowsuits, the babies stayed toasty warm.
Justin and Andrea made a ridiculously awesome breakfast: bacon, eggs, pumpkin pancakes, fruit, hot cocoa (which turned out to be carnation instant breakfast, haha).
After sharing a two man tent with two babies all night, we decided we should probably invest in a four-man like the Grafs. Haha.
Nothing better than a baby in a bear suit.
Liam is such a good eater! I hope my kids turn out to be as good of eaters as he is.
I took this while standing in our camp. The trees and leaves were so pretty!
After we checked out we drove just a few minutes to see Buttermilk Falls! Behold, the view from the parking lot:
(Trying to get our babies to sleep by covering them up)
We went up to Cornell campus to see yet another waterfall, which is at the bottom of the gorge below the bridge we’re standing on in this photo. So many waterfalls! We also found a yummy lunch spot before we had to drive home (all too soon).
I LOVED seeing family and spending time with them. I love that we now have family within driving distance! Made me feel like we are neighbors since we sort of met in the middle. I love all my brothers and their wives and kids. They are all such great people. It was so fun spending a day and a night with Justin and family. I loved staying up to cook dinner and s’mores over the fire, and just talking and laughing. It’s so good to spend time with family!
Ithaca was the perfect destination for families with little kids. There is so much natural beauty there! Waterfalls and breathtaking gorges literally around every corner. You’d just be driving along in the city and then suddenly you’re driving on a bridge across a deep gorge with a waterfall at the bottom. Or you look out your window and suddenly there’s a huge waterfall right there. All these gorgeous natural sights were so easily accessible, even with three babies in our group. We camped at Robert H. Treman State Park. There was a really pretty waterfall within walking distance of our camp site. The fall foliage was at it’s peak and it was so beautiful. The weather was nice during the day and got a little chilly at night, but we were well prepared with cosy layers for the babies.
A few notes on camping with babies… The twins did so great with everything! They got a little tired and fussy from skipped naps but overall did pretty dang good. I was worried about keeping them warm enough and about the sleeping arrangements. We bundled them up and put them down in the tent around 7:15 pm with white noise from Klane’s phone next to them, and they slept through the night! Nora woke up at 5:30 talking and cooing, but she went back to sleep or was at least content to just lay there and suck on her fingers. They wore warm pajamas under snow suits and we laid them between the two of us, end to end. Klane and I were kind of awake all night, trying to make sure not to roll onto the babies and also checking on them to be sure they were warm enough. But they slept great! In the morning they were happy when they woke up and seemed interested in the tent, their thick suits and the fact that mom and dad were laying right next to them. So funny. One thing I wish we would have brought was some place that we could set them down around camp. We held them almost the whole time, but they got tired of it and would have liked to be able to sit or lay somewhere. We should have brought a pack n play or their little bumbo seats. Even a tarp on the ground with some blankets over it would have worked! Other than that I felt we were well prepared, and had enough layers and the right clothes to keep them warm.