The trip back to the “old country” last year was quite an adventure. We flew into Baltimore and stayed overnight with Jeff’s brother Marc, Rachel, and their kids. The next morning we were off on a road trip north to Connecticut to visit with my Uncle John and cousins Ellen and Gail. There was a wonderful celebration for my uncle’s 80th birthday at a German restaurant, and it was great to see family I had not seen in years. While we were in Connecticut we also visited with family friends Linda & Lee, and got to see Linda’s son Mark and the new home he was building there.
After New Jersey, we drove down to the Poconos in Pennsylvania to visit with Linda’s daughter Jodi, her husband Joseph, and their kids Sloane and Spencer. Their home was a bit out in the country, and it was so beautiful…lots of open grassy areas. This part of the trip was a particular highlight for Katie. Sloane rides horses, and she was kind enough to let Katie ride her horse Teddy Bear. After we had dinner with the family, we drove down to the stable where Teddy Bear was, only about 10 minutes or so from their house. Sloane was so sweet, letting Katie help groom Teddy Bear, then leading Katie around while riding Teddy Bear in the nearby indoor ring.
Sloane said Katie was a natural :)! It was Katie’s first horseback ride, and from that moment she was hooked. She’s since taken riding lessons back here in AZ, and she loves learning to care for them and ride.
Then we headed back to Maryland again to visit with family there before flying back to AZ, but not before stopping at Gettysburg to see the new visitor’s center there. Jeff is a Civil War buff, so since we were not too far from the area we wanted to be sure to see it. At first Katie didn’t want to go in, but once she was inside she was snapping pictures and looking at all of the displays.
It was a very busy trip, but worth every minute! We enjoyed seeing everyone so much, and just wish we weren’t so far away so we could visit more often.