So I traveled to Upstate New York this week to spend time with my parents. My trip started with a delayed flight from Memphis to Detroit, a 10 minute sprint from A11 to C22 in order to catch my flight to Montreal (yep, my folks are THAT far Upstate that I fly to Canada!), then the realization that my flight to Montreal was delayed due to an inept gate agent. I was winded and dripping sweat for nothing. *sigh*
It was a wonderful visit with my family, including my brother, sister-in-law and nephews that drove up from Pittsburgh. There was plenty of snow on the ground, so my nephews played in the snow a bit, being pulled by their aunt on the sled (something I couldn't do a year ago when I was 285 pounds), and we also went sledding 3 days during everyone's visit.
We also admired the tree and got some pictures of the boys in front of it:
On Boxing Day (the day after Christmas), we went to Ottawa to the Museum of Civilization and the Children's Museum. They had a nice motorcycle that my younger nephew and I posed on:
I also discovered another NSV that day: because I'm so much smaller than I was last year, all 7 of us fit in my brother's minivan for the drive up to Ottawa! It was much nicer to all be together for the trip rather than take two separate cars. HOORAY!
Of course, my mom fixed all of our favorite foods while my brother and I were home: Hungarian goulash with homemade spaetzle, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, plum pudding, and of course, her amazing Christmas cookies. I did enjoy all the food I ate, though I made sure that I kept the portions reasonable and exercised every day. My sister-in-law and I did some fitness DVDs and did a long walk around the village while we were in town together, though due to the ice and snow, we didn't want to risk running.
Then there was the snow overnight on Wednesday into Thursday morning. Fortunately, my dad had done a pre-emptive strike and re-scheduled me onto an earlier flight on Thursday morning, so I was able to get out of the Northeast before it got too bad with the snow. When all was said and done, the village where my parents live got 20 inches from that storm! They even got more than Syracuse, which is typically one of the major places for snow!
So although my trip was cut a few hours short, it was definitely a good one. I hope to visit with the family again in May when my older nephew turns 7 and my sister-in-law runs the Pittsburgh Half Marathon!