This month we spent a long weekend visiting my grandpa in Albany, New York. We watched him—at 80 years old—play in a tennis tournament with the SUNY Albany women’s tennis team. Watching them play got me, Chris, Trevor and Kanani excited to play with him on Monday. He showed us a thing or two on the tennis courts, including how to lose. So that was a good time.
|Watching tennis with Grandma.|
|My grandpa has a very consistent shot and perfect placement.|
While there, we visited Altamont, where my dad and his family lived when they first moved to New York. It was a nice little town and I almost expected to see Lorelai and Rory come around the corner. We didn’t. Instead we drove to Indian Ladder Farms and picked apples. Hazel loved having an apple of her own to hold and chomp and we filled two big bags of apples to bring home and store in our cold cellar. More importantly, we ate cider doughnuts. I’ve always heard that apple farms have delicious doughnuts and since I’m always on the hunt for delicious doughnuts (since I don’t live close enough to Stan’s) we waited in the long line. Okay, Chris waited for us in the long line. So good. I need to stop finding good doughnuts outside my county. It’s sort of depressing on Saturday mornings.
|Hazel really liked this bull.|
|It was fun to pick apples, and we brought home 20 pounds of my favorite variety, empires.|
|Hazel covered her face with her apple for most of the photos because it was so delicious she couldn't put it down.|
|Nature walk in the forest behind my grandpa's house.|
|Hazel and Grandma are definitely best friends.|
|This is one of the houses my dad grew up in. My grandma, Adele, built on to this house herself. She was a strong person.|
|Hazel is a little easier to hold when she's sleeping. Here she is with her great-grandma Teresa.|
|Sleeping on Great-Grandpa.|
|I wish I were this size so I could stretch out on an airplane seat and sleep on a pocket full of diapers. I love the Ergobaby Performance Carrier and this new use only increased my feeling.|
|Selfie while looking out the airplane window.|
|Flying is most fun when you can take selfies and then look at selfies on Grandpa's tablet.|