Heading home

We woke up to a rainy NYC. Lucas and I were feeling much better. Don had a great time at the wedding.

We all got ready and packed up then we checked out the hotel restaurant. There was a nice buffet at the Hotel Indigo. We got breakfast and coffee.

We had a pleasant surprise of being able to see Miguel at breakfast. Lucas had fun showing his rocket toy to him. It was good to catch up a bit especially since I missed the wedding.

After breakfast we had to head to LaGuardia. We made our way to the new fountain Lucas really wanted to see. It was nice to sit in front of it and have some lunch.

On the flight home Lucas slept most of the time. He is really becoming quite the traveler. I really can’t wait until our next trip!


We woke up pretty exhausted from a terrible sleep. Lucas’s cough is worse but no fever.

Khris made us some delicious breakfast sandwiches. After breakfast we packed up to go Queens. Lucas was looking pretty miserable but he perked up when we got to the Hall of Science in Queens.

He really wanted to “see the science”. The first thing he wanted to do was play mini golf. After golf we played with bubbles. Then we went inside to look around a bit. We had a bit of an argument on if Lucas was allowed to get a rocket toy, ultimately we let him get it. I was super tired and ready to get to the hotel.

On the way to the hotel I lost my cool a few times. The driving and the parking situation at the hotel were not ideal. Once we got checked into Hotel Indigo though things were better. Don went out and picked up some lunch at a chicken place. Then we took a nap.

After nap we decided Lucas and I would stay at the hotel while Don went to Miguel’s wedding. I was bummed but we couldn’t take a sick kid to a wedding and I was also feeling under the weather.

We ordered a few slices of pizza and alfredo pasta. Lucas didn’t eat much at first. After awhile he decided we should go out for a walk around Flushing. It was nice to get out.

When we got back Lucas ate a lot more. We enjoyed the view from our hotel room. We could see Citifield, the city, and LaGuardia Airport. It was a lot of fun to watch the planes take off.

Zoo day

Lucas woke up at 6:45 today even though we went to bed late. We went over to Lola’s around 9:30 for breakfast.

It was a beautiful day so we decided to go to the Bergen County Zoo. We had been there last time we visited but we thought it sounded fun. We had fun seeing the animals, riding the carousel, and eating ice cream.

After the zoo we went back to Lola’s to nap. I noticed your cough and congestion were getting worse around this time but you seemed ok after nap.

We went over to Jonathan’s around 4. Jonathan was going to grill. He had invited over some of Raiden’s friends and parents. Khris, Jess, and Lola also were there. You had fun playing outside and with Optimus Prime. You had more ice cream and helped Khris build a fire.

We got home late and Lucas seemed ok but he had a really rough night with coughing.

Visting with Lola

The hatch messed up this morning and turned off at 7. Lucas probably would have slept longer, so that was a little annoying. He seems a bit congested today. We had bagels with Khris and Jess then we got ready to go to Lola’s house. 

When we got there she had breakfast ready also haha but that was good because we hadn’t ate much. Lucas went out on the balcony that overlooks the pool. Suddenly workers came and took off the tarp over the pool! So that was fun for him to watch. 

Then we drove over to a nearby park–Carver’s Park. There was one other little boy there with his mom and dog. He showed Lucas how to throw sticks to the dog. Then they ran around together. 

We got super lucky with fire fighters parking there and practicing their hose skills. That was really cool to watch. We watched them pack up the hose then they asked if Lucas wanted to look inside and they gave him a hat.  He loved it.

it was hard to get Lucas to leave this park so I convinced him to walk back with me. It was about a 10 minute walk. Don drove Lola back.

We decided to have him nap at Lola’s. We laid in the bedroom together and surprisingly he fell asleep pretty quickly.

After nap Lucas had some Jello and around 4:30 we all went over to Jonathan and Wighanda’s house. Lucas was happy to see his cousins. They enjoyed playing frisbee and on the trampoline. Lucas was obsessed with Raiden’s Optimus Prime. He wants one so bad. He also really enjoyed riding on their electric cars.

We ordered Maggiano’s and then we headed back to Khris and Jess’s.


Today we left for O’Hare around 9 am. We are heading New Jersey/NYC to visit family and go to Miguel and Tracy’s wedding. The parking was full again at O’Hare so we got lucky and got to park in the close garage again.

It was my first time using my TSA precheck and it was amazing, not having to take anything out of your bag or take off shoes is a game changer.

We had a nice window seat at our gate and got some McDonald’s for lunch. Lucas really enjoyed watching our plane get ready. He waved at the workers outside and some of them even saw him and waved back!

We did get a little surprise when we opened the stroller bag and prepared it for going through security—the combine from the movie Cars. We had given it to Lucas as a gift on our last flight last Labor Day and we hadn’t been able to find it since. He would ask about it from time to time and we would just say we think we left it at the airport, but turns out it had been in the stroller bag this whole time! Lucas was happy.

Surprisingly, Lucas did not sleep at all on the flight. It was weird because it was nap time. I think it was because we let him sit by the window and he couldn’t get comfortable. He was good though, he watched Cars, colored, and read books. He enjoyed the apple juice and cookies provided by American Airlines.

We arrived at the new terminal in LaGuardia. It was very nice, super impressive. They had this really cool fountain. It was mesmerizing and Lucas did not want to leave it. We took our shuttle to Hertz. Then we made the mistake of loading the car seat into a Chevy Equinox before adequately checking the trunk space—it’s non-existent. So then we switched to a Ford Escape. It feels old and everything on the dashboard is annoyingly placed but it got the job done.

Lucas slept all the way from LGA to Pearl River. We are staying the first 3 nights with Khris and Jess. Before going to their place, we picked up a few things from the grocery store.

When we got to Khris and Jess’s house, Lucas wanted to play outside immediately. We went to the yard and Lucas got a kick out of Khris showing him how to pick up sticks. Khris made an excellent dinner of steak, chicken, sausage, broccoli, Mac and Cheese, and mini corn dogs. Lucas ate pretty good and Jess gave him an Easter Pez Dispenser. He was really excited about it and wanted to try it out. I forgot how terrible Pez smelled, like medicine. But Lucas enjoyed it.

After dinner Khris made a fire and we roasted marshmallows. Lucas had fun gathering sticks for the fire. He said a few times, “I can’t believe we are here at night making a fire.” I think he had a lot of fun.

It took a lot for Lucas to calm down for bed. We are using his travel air mattress for the first time. He finally fell asleep around 10.