Thursday, April 28, 2011

Zoya's First Overnight Trip (Picture Jackpot!)

Last week we took off for Zoya's first overnight trip to Niagara Falls (the Canadian side). Since winter has lasted so long around here we figured we might as well stop trying to beat it and go somewhere even colder!! Yes last week it snowed while we were there and the falls were full of huge ice cubes!  We went with Aunt Jennifer, Liv and Cade and stayed in a hotel attached to an indoor water park! When we planned the trip months ago we figured it would be nice spring weather by then and the falls would be beautiful! Well they were still beautiful but it was not nice spring weather!

Zoya did fantastic even skipping her nap! She was way overwhelmed in the water park (with the thousand screaming kids, many bright colored slides, and so much going on) when we first went in and clung to Shawn and I. About 10 minutes later we couldn't get her out of the wave pool! She LOVED it and kept asking to go back in. We didn't get back to the hotel from dinner until about 8:30 (ooo late night LOL) and she was way overtired by that point from going without a nap. We tried to follow her usual bedtime routine we do at home and she was lovin' it right up until it was time to go to sleep :) We had a crib in the room since she still sleeps in a crib but screamed bloody murder when I tried to put her in it (she had checked it out earlier in the day and even pretended to sleep in it and laughed a lot so I was surprised but not that surprised since it wasn't HER bed and it was a new unfamiliar place). So I ended up rocking her to sleep and moving ever so slowly with her onto the bed sitting, then slowly laying down with her on my chest trying to keep her asleep, then trying to peel her off my chest without waking her up...I'm telling you I totally deserve an Olympic medal for this performance!! She was out like a light and slept through the night but I didn't!!! I got to share the bed with the gymnast of a sleeper and try to keep her from falling out of bed all night!!! Ummmm toddler bed in the near future? NO! When we do our weeklong trip to Florida in June I'm thinking I'll have to put a mattress on the floor for her or something if she refuses the crib again??? I was worried she'd like her newfound freedom in the bed and not want to sleep in her crib, but she was so excited to see her crib again.

On our way....Zoya is so thoughtful to remember to feed Elmo!

Happy girl with her happy pillows!

Monkey jumping on the bed!

HAHA...even though it's blurry I love it! Thanks to cousin Liv who is on top of things here while I was irresponsibly taking pictures of my daughter jumping on the bed! (Hey its a PT goal!!)

Checking out the new friend in the mirror....

Playing hide and go seek in the bathroom holding her nose spray LOL

Stretching out in preparation for the water park!!

Don't I look cute?

Three monkeys!

In action

Cheesin' with Liv

I have about 20 pictures of this view (I did a lot of chasing):

Zoya with Aunt Jennifer

A little overwhelmed at first...

No longer scared...

Touristy stuff...

Zoya is BEAT and Shawn can't keep his eyes open!

Okay Shawn's eyes are open and Zoya is cheesin'

Shawn trying to keep his eyes open for a picture!

Zoya copying him!!

Here is what Zoya looked like in the morning (and me too but I'm not showing THAT picture!)

Polka dot lady is ready to go...

Look at her admiring her Daddy...

Silly with Mama...

Niagara Falls in winter Spring.


Tuckered out on the way home!


  1. Oh I so love it all. I can't wait to share it with Ms. Izzy tomorrow.

    The Falls looks gorgeous, I can't wait to go back again.

    Glad to see you all had such a great time!


  2. Love the pictures Sarah! Looked like a fun family trip.When and Where in Florida are you all coming to??? Would love to have Bryce and Zoya meet? Well would love to meet you guys too; Don't you love how the kids always come first, LOL! :-)
    Look forward to hearing from ya!
    Kim Baumann

  3. oh looks like so much fun!! the water park is incredible!! wish we had something like that here, that way i would loveeee to go to the pool (i dont like sun my skin is very sesitive)
    loved all the pictures!! haha specially the ones where Zoya is coping her daddy, that was hilarious!

    glad you all had fun! :D

  4. Those are some great pictures!! I love the many faces of Zoya! Too cute :-) Oh, and brrrrrr!!! That looks cooooldd!!! Just a reminder that Florida is still nice and warm! lol!