Saturday, July 27, 2013

Then & Now: Zoom Flume Water Park

The first summer we spent in New York was pretty awesome.  Every weekend we tried to find something different to do.  Our adventures led us to the Zoom Flume Water Park in Durham, NY.  It's a nice little water park nestled in the Catskill Mountains that was really a lot of fun.  We spent the day going down all the water slides and having a blast!

But here's the really funny thing...on that post, Heather's friend Kate Hayes predicted the future!

Who would have guessed she would have been so close to hitting the nail on the head years later?!

A deal on Living Social brought us back to the Zoom Flume with one more in tow this time.  The only thing missing was the turtle shooting water out of it's shell!  While we didn't hit the park as hard as we did on our first visit, we got to enjoy things we never even noticed before.

Like the 'shower' curtain...

The splash pad...

and apparently, a drinking fountain.

We managed to take turns and sneak in a few trips down the big kid's water slides while Colt crashed for his afternoon nap.  He never even noticed his babysitters switched off and on.

Life is tough when you're a baby!
There goes Brett!
While our visit to the Zoom Flume this time was a little slower paced from our last go-around, it sure wasn't any less fun!  Life does change when you have children...and we wouldn't change it for anything in the world.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer Fun: Watching the U.S. Water Ski Show Team

If you're looking for something to do this summer and you just happen to be in Upstate New York, might we recommend the Jumpin Jacks Drive-In in Scotia, NY.  Nestled on the banks of the Mohawk River, it's the perfect place to watch the U.S. Water Ski Show Team perform.

These amazing athletes crank up the tunes & hit the water every Tuesday night showing off their tricks!  We were pretty impressed!  The team has been performing since 1968 and in 2011, became the Eastern Regional Champions.  Some of the gals looked a little young, but they seemed to be fearless!

If you're nearby, bring your lawn chair or blanket and find yourself a spot to watch.  You won't be disappointed!  Even though Colt was a little more interested in texting his girlfriends, we think he enjoyed it.

Maybe if we start practicing, we could do this at next year's Flotilla on Lake Watauga!  Dream big, right?!?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Welcome to the Saratoga County Fair

For some reason, we've never actually made it to the Saratoga County Fair since we've lived in New York.  Heather took her parents to the New York State Fair last year, but we've missed out on the local scene.  This year, we decided to change that.

The fair has been around for a while, 2013 marked their 172nd anniversary.  Set in Ballston Spa, the fair runs from July 16-21, which seemed pretty short for a county fair.  Shouldn't they at least be a week?? City boy Brett really hasn't had much experience with County Fairs, after all, he's no blue ribbon winner like Heather is!

For $10 admission, we got to see plenty of action!  Colt really loved the petting zoo and was probably the loudest laughing kid when it came to the goats!  He was just cracking up the whole time!  We saw exhibits, animals, carnival rides, tons of great smelling fair food and a huge model train display.  We even got to watch the 'world's largest sundae' being made...and sample some of it!  The fair really had something to offer for everyone, even City Boy's and their offspring.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I Heart 'Merica

Know how to show your American pride?  Wait until Hobby Lobby puts their 4th of July stuff on sale and stock up!  Check out Heather's (giant) America lovin' wreath she whipped up:

All she needed was a wire wreath frame, some wire mesh ribbon and a hot glue gun.  The stars were actually garland cut to become sparkle accents.

If it doesn't make you wanna chant "USA-USA-USA" then you might be un-American.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Pitstop in Baltimore

Driving with a toddler can be an adventure in itself.  The drive from Lake Watauga to New York is about 12 hours, so we decided to break it up with a pit stop in Baltimore.  Brett found us a great deal on Priceline to the Hyatt Regency and we ended up right in the middle of all the action!

Baltimore's Inner Harbor has been one of the major seaports in the U.S. since the 1700's (remember everything is OLD in this part of the country!). Today, it's a hub of fun stuff! There were tons of shops, restaurants and fun places to visit.

We didn't get to spend a lot of time there, but we did have a chance to walk around and grab a bite to eat.  Highly recommend the crab cake sandwich or the crab basket at Phillips Seafood. Pretty tasty!

Here's a few pictures from our visit:

Friday, July 5, 2013

Say Cheese! Garrett Family Photos

These guys sure have come a long way when it comes to family pictures!  Check out this year's photos:

G.G., Poppy and grandkids
Heather, Brett & Colt 
Hudson, Dana, Jordan and Walter Mack
The Garrett Family

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July Y'all!

For most folks, the 4th of July holiday is maybe a day to go watch a parade or attend a picnic, perhaps catch some fireworks when the sun finally sets.  For the Garrett family, the 4th of July is the perfect day to dress up in your fanciest patriotic attire, grab a cowbell and crank up a bubble machine!

We've been participating the Lake Watauga flotilla for a while now, and every year it gets better and better!  Of course, this year was no exception.  It all starts with a Rubbermaid tote full of awesome:

Which eventually gets turned into this:

Competition is tough.  Every year we're up against some 'Merica lovin' folks.

The key to having an awesome flotilla boat is festive attire...

...a loud noise making object (the cowbell, not Dana)

...small, funny children

...and good headgear.  

You can't forget the important details, like making sure you have patriotic nails to wave to your fans with.

Because, you never know...they just might be Granny & Aunt Belva waving back!

Happy 4th of July y'all!