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Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Family Fun, Trips | 7 comments

Cook Forest Trip

We are back in NYC tonight after spending a long weekend in the woods of PA.

Image 3I think I can speak for OB when I say hiking through the woods is one of our favorite hobbies. That dog and I are happiest when we’re in the woods…or at the Ritz. Our perfect day would include a morning run, a day spent hiking through the woods and room service at a luxury hotel.

Image 2We enjoyed a weekend with Dave’s sweet family. Since they live in a state park, it is the perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of NYC and just enjoy nature.

Image 4The park is full of hiking trails that are literally right outside his family’s front door, so the dogs ran wild. Ob wasn’t the only one in Heaven – Marley was clearly a happy camper too.

photo 1We got some snow one day, but thankfully temperatures rose to the 40s and 50s so it melted away quickly.

Image 7In addition to spending time with Dave’s family and hiking, I also cheered Dave on as he ran another half marathon.

Image 5Dave completed the Cook Forest Half Marathon on Saturday and as always, he rocked it. I was a proud wife.

And while Dave ran 13.1 miles I ate my body weight in these Butterfinger peanut butter cups.

ImageI wish you all lived closer so we could eat these and drink wine together. Those things go together, right? I’m an exhausted mom, so wine goes with everything these days.

Speaking of being a mom…Atlas had a play date while we were in PA. Turns out, we’ve got some work to do when it comes to my kid’s social skills.

DSC_1679Some of Dave’s college pals brought their adorable 9 month old, Rowan, down to visit and while we had so much fun chatting with them, Atlas was not a good playmate for sweet Rowan. Rowan is the happiest go-lucky little baby boy you will ever meet and every time he giggled or made any noise Atlas immediately let out a scream.

DSC_1678You just can’t help but laugh at that face. But seriously – working on his social skills STAT.

On a positive note, Atlas was much better during our car trip home. There was a lot less crying during this trip (during our December trip to Cook Forest Atlas screamed for 95%  of the car ride).

Image 6There were a lot more blow out diapers though. That was a bummer. A disgusting, nasty, messy bummer.

These 2 were the only ones smiling during the clean up process…probably because they weren’t the ones doing the cleaning up.

photo 2And we hit killer traffic so our 5 hour drive home turned into 7 hours.

Being the awesome mom I am though, I was resourceful and when we ran out of toys to play with I let Atlas play with diapers.

Image 9He played with that diaper for close to 30 minutes. It was a clean diaper, so I don’t think I’m totally out of the running for Mom of the Year?

It was a great trip filled with family and friends, but after that messy car ride it will be a looooong time before we take another trip….or 6 weeks….because that is when we leave for our next trip. I’ll be prepared with multiple changes of clothes in the diaper bag for that 1 though (for me and Atlas).

And on that note, I’m off to bed. I hope you have a happy hump day, friends! 🙂


  1. Looks like a beautiful trip! I immediately Googled Cook Forest after I read this, since I live in PA, but looks like it’s wayyy on the opposite side of the state from me. Boo! Your pictures remind me of home, though, which for me is the Adirondacks in upstate NY. Sigh… spring is not happening quickly enough for me this year! BTW Atlas’ pouty face totally made my morning. Adorable!

  2. Awww looks like a great weekend! And I love what babies find to play with – I am sure that Luke has played with a diaper or two! And butterfinger pb cups – must find asap (after my 24DC is done!)
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  3. I was so excited to see a post from you come through in my inbox! #1-The picture of Marley and Ob running through the trails, love! #2-Atlas is so freaking cute, blow out diapers and all. #3-Go Dave! He’s making 1/2s look commonplace. #4-You deserve a weekend at the Ritz after that car ride 🙂
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  4. I agree with Kate. You need a Ritz vacation. But a week with the family will have to do. At least there will be plenty of us wanting to hold and play with Atlas! That’s like a vacation right?

  5. Wine + peanut butter cups…sounds like a PLAN to me!

    Dave is a rockstar for running another half so soon after his last!! I ran 9 miles this weekend and was definitely feeling it. But I say some sore muscles are much more preferred over a couple of blow out diapers. You = also a rockstar!
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  6. Girl! You never fail to make me laugh! You have the best sense of humor! I literally laughed out loud for most of this post. Atlas’ expressions?!?! To die for. He can come practice social skills on us?! Baby L just stares people down…
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  7. Hahahahaha you crack me up. Atlas is lucky to have such a hilarious and resourceful (see: diapers) Mama. And go Dave for running another half! Killing it!


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