We finished the day with pizza, ice cream, and cards. Fun, fun, fun.
The next morning, Jace and I got up pretty early. We went for a walk so we wouldn’t wake anyone else. It’s getting cooler in the mornings, so Jace wore his new sweatshirt. I should have put him in longer pants. He’s growing so much, his “long” pants are getting shorter and shorter!
After breakfast, we all got in the car and headed to the Jersey Shore. Jace is usually a wonderful traveler, but he didn’t feel like showing off for Grandma and Grandpa. We’re lucky Grandma was up to the task of keeping him entertained in the car because it was NOT one of our better drives. Thankfully, once we reached the beach Jace was back to his happy and cheerful self. We had a picnic lunch on the sand, then walked along the beach and splashed in the waves.
When we got back to the boardwalk, Jace was excited to explore. He kept getting distracted by the airplanes and by a random kite being flown on the beach. He’s adorable. Every time he hears a plane he points to the sky and says “dah”. He’s got great hearing. I can’t believe how many planes he hears – and then spots.
It was a fun arcade with games for everyone – pinball, claw games, an amazingly addictive coin slider game, Dance Dance Revolution, and SkeeBall. Jace tried to help me play SkeeBall, but Skee Daddle was more his speed.
We spent a few minutes in Central Park, but it was a bit chaotic. We found ourselves in the midst of the 400,000+ person Climate March. It made getting to the subway lines a bit tricky, but Jace was FASCINATED by the police helicopter that kept hovering in the area.
After the game, Jace dozed in his stroller while we looked at the Statue of Liberty, checked out the 9/11 Memorial, and walked on Wall Street. He woke up in time for some pizza before we caught the bus back home.
Monday was low-key. Jace hung out with Grandma and Grandpa while Adam and I went on a dinner date. Yay! It was really fun and it seems like Jace had a great time too. Plus, guess what?! He SLEPT last night! Due to some sort of grandparent magic, Jace went to bed at 8:45pm and slept until 1:45am. That’s FIVE hours. FIVE! It was amazing!
This morning we battled traffic to get to downtown Philadelphia (thank goodness Grandma was happy to play with Jace in the backseat!). We checked out a playhouse, then headed to the airport. The drive home – with Jace alone in the backseat – was not near as smooth. We miss our visitors already!
And now it’s time to get ready for the next adventure….