A Few Days in Albany (Alternative Title: Things to Do in Upstate NY with a Baby)

Note: I apologize in advance for more typos than usual on this post and others recently – I’m typing this with 9 fingers (see the BONUS at the bottom of this post for more details)

B and I just got back from seeing my parents. While we used to go out to Albany several times of year, our trips back to NY have gotten fewer and fewer now that we have FW. My parents have spent much more time coming to visit us in Cleveland. That’s why when B suggested we take some time off around Labor Day and take a trip, I was excited about the prospect of using part of that time to see my parents.

 

Trips to NY are a little different now that we have FW, but we still were able to have some fun and found a few baby-friendly activities to keep us busy.

FW loves visiting Nonna and Grandpa because Nonna makes delicious cookies 🙂

Some of the highlights:

Seeing my brother. He was in town from Berlin and I’m so glad I got to see him, even if just for a day. T he last time he saw FW, he was only 6 months old!

Going to a Farmers Market. Saturdays in Upstate NY mean farmers markets – we went to the one in Colonie, but Troy also has a great one.

Checking out the New York State Museum. It was rainy one day we were in town so we spent some time indoors at the museum. The museum is a great place to take your kids – it’s free (just a suggested donation), full of plenty of kids running around, has some really cool exhibits, and even has a toddler-focused hands-on room (that we didn’t get to check out).

the infamous long house inside the museum

are they on a train in the city? Yup – but inside the museum!

Also, the museum has a large indoor free carousel! It was FW’s first time on the ride and he LOVED it.

We met up with Jane and Alisa and her boyfriend at the museum, and then we had them over for dinner. They also hadn’t seen FW since he was 6 months old.

Going apple and blueberry picking at Indian Ladder Farms. I LOVE apple picking and have fond memories of going every summer I as growing up. It was great to go with FW, who was old enough to help pick the apples, put them in the bag and even taste them. We also got to pick some blueberries and after our picking, we enjoyed the local cider and beers at a picnic table with some apple donuts and apple fritters.

❤ my momma

the only time i’ve seen him enjoy blueberries – while picking them!

william tell …

family photo!

Stopping by a local playground. One of the days was gorgeous out, so my parents and I took out FW and had some fun running around in the grass and enjoying the rides.

Visiting West Point. Okay, West Point isn’t in Albany, but it’s not too far away, so the day we left Albany, we headed to West Point. We got in some beautiful sights (they sit above the Hudson River and have some great views) and an informal tour of campus with one of our friends who is a professor there.

BONUS: spending some time in Urgent Care. Ha! Okay, so this isn’t necessarily a “highlight” but I can’t share this post without mentioning this story about my Saturday night. My dad was cutting some vegetables for dinner when the knife slipped and he cut his pinky. It was pretty bad, but not bad enough to need stitches, so he elevated it and bandaged it up and I took up the cutting. I decided to take the opportunity to show him (and my mom and brother who were also in the kitchen) how to properly cut vegetables and the right type of knife to use (the knife he/I was using wasn’t the right kind). Of course, as I got to the last piece of eggplant, the knife slipped and I ALSO cut my pinky. I looked down and knew that this was no ordinary cut – the tip of my pinky was hanging off and bleeding pretty bad. I looked over at my brother and mom and said, “I need stitches.” So, my mom and brother took me to the local urgent care while B stayed home with FW and my dad resumed preparing dinner. Three stitches later, my pinky is in better shape now and I’ll be getting the stitches removed in a week or so.

Some questions for you:

  • When was the last time you went to Urgent Care? What was it for?
  • Have you ever cut yourself so that you needed stitches?
  • Do you like picking apples/berries/etc?

Weekends with Family

I have some pretty great parents. I know – you probably think your parents are the best, but I assure you, mine are amazing. They’re good people and have a great, loving relationship – I truly look up to them and their marriage. Anyway, on our way to our recent fall foliage vacation (recaps to come), B and I had the chance to stop off and see my parents for a day. Was the timing waay too short? Yes. But was it still great? Of course! And we packed in some fun times as well in the less than 24 hours we had.

<3

We started off Saturday morning with a short 2 1/2 mileish walk around the neighborhood my parents live in. I had plans to run a half marathon the next day so I didn’t want to go for a run, but since my office was doing a pedometer / steps challenge, I knew I had to get in some steps somehow.

indian ladder farms apple picking in upstate new york

indian ladder farms apple picking in upstate new york

how gorgeous is this backdrop for apple picking?

Then, we headed out to apple picking at the place we used to go when I was younger in Upstate New York – Indian Ladder Farms! It was fun to show B around and try out their apple donuts. They were just as good as I remembered!

indian ladder farms apple picking in upstate new york

Me and B. Yes, it was 80 degrees in fall so tank top and shorts was necessary.

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the best cider donuts!

After apple picking, we headed to downtown Saratoga Springs for dinner. I opted for a veggie panini (again, so good!) and then convinced everyone to go out for frozen yogurt. The best pre-race meal? I don’t think that much sugar is recommended, but it was delicious nonetheless.

I ate every darn bite of this amazing panini.

I ate every darn bite of this amazing panini.

Pre-half marathon fuel?

Pre-half marathon fuel?

Was it only a day? Yes. But it was still awesome – I wish we lived closer and could spend more days like this with my family!

apple picking at indian ladder

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like apple picking? What’s your favorite type of apple?
  • Cider donuts – yay or nay? Cinnamon or plain? I’m not a big donut fan, but I can’t resist a good warm freshly made cider donut- with cinnamon sugar of course!
  • When you get frozen yogurt, do you typically get more ice cream or candy? I’m all about the candy toppings!