It is the End of an Era here in the Allitt household. We have decided to get Mommy a new car. We have been talking about a new car for me since 2012 and I keep putting it off. After nearly 160,000 miles and 10 years of use, I had to cave in. We purchased the mini-van brand spankin’ new in 2005, Cass was a year old and Caden was just a newborn. I never would have thought that a car could hold so many memories and emotions. We have gone from being infants in backwards, 5 point harness car seats to Cassie being 5’1 and being able to sit in the front seat (although she hasn’t yet). We have experienced so many milestones in that car. The van has been pretty beat up, between changing diapers, trips to the ER with blood flowing, potty training, bottles opened and dropped, the 1 million goldfish crackers ground into the carpet, to the present day where the car is full of kids and their “gear” for sports and drums and full of chocolate for Berrylicious Bouquets.
“The Van” has seen kids loose teeth, get braces, have casts put on, made many trips to the Dr’s office, driven kids to pre-school, and car pooled with many. It has taken us on SO many “Allitt Secret Adventures” and we have seen the kiddo’s look out the window with wonder and awe trying to figure out where we were headed and scream with excitement when they figured it out.
In the time I have owned “The Van” I have changed as much as the kids. I have gone from a very frazzled mom who had 2 children within 14 month, now turned into a local business woman running her own little Chocolate World right from her basement. The confidence that I have now compared to 10 years ago is really a day and night difference. In 2005 I fell like my day was a success if I kept these 2 little precious souls alive…(lol, but totally true!!). Today in 2014 I am over 2 years into owning my own business and “The Van” had been the Berrylicious Mobile, plastered with my logo and making deliveries all over the capital region. I am learning everyday, but I now have the confidence to “Go After It!” and accomplish my goals.
The kids in 2014 are 9 and 10, Big kids now, playing sports, drumming in rock bands, going to school and don’t need mommy quite as much as they once did. They were involved in the car purchasing decision and are happy with our replacement. Cassie wears a size 10 sneaker(insane!!) so her big thing was having enough foot room, 2 cars we looked at got rejected just for that reason. They now have opinions, thoughtful idea’s, and want to be included in family decisions.
So as the Hubs and I “Trade In” this part of our life, we are excited to see what adventures the next car brings us:)
What a week. I took Cass, Caden and Riss to Philadelphia. Cassidy and Marisa were nominated to attend a very cool Science Camp that was at Rider University. Marisa studied Engineering and made a model of a wing of a museum and Cassidy studied CSI and cracked a case by using all kinds of clues and investigation skills. They were in camp about 9 hours a day. While the kids were in camp, Caden got to spend a couple of days with Cousin Liam having a blast and drove all over to meet friends for lunch. In 5 days I used 60 GALLONS of gas!! Holy smokes. We lived on a steady diet of Philly soft pretzel’s, Rita’s water ice and Wawa…lol!! Philly Peeps…..April and I had lunch at the Brick and Brew in Havertown. Our friend Tommy Kane is one of the owners, it was really really good, check it out if you have the chance!! Cassie’s class did the best cheer, they made it up themselves. The were called the “Pistachio’s, Cracking One Case at a Time” Here is the video, so cute.
- Selfie in the car on the way to Philly
GREAT photo in the athletic building!
GREAT photo in the athletic building!
Caden and Liam, what great time they had!!
My favorite(and only) nephew!!!
I got to see Tara, a friend from HS)middle school really) that I haven’t seen in 25 years. You know a true friend when time makes no difference!
Got to meet April on Wends. We walked around campus. Holy SMOKES!! How different is that place. They really need to update the gym though!
Me and my “little” Bro!! I miss him SOOO much!!!
While the girls were at camp, caden got one last Rita’s….don’t tell!
Cassie’s presentation. This was her teams evidence for the case of the “Missing Vase”
Marissa’s teams model of the museum them made
Cassie’s Class. They are all already e-mailing each other. Great bonding!
Cass and her teacher
Marisa and her teacher
Our first day we dropped off the bags and went directly to Rita’s Water Ice and ate there every single day. Gelati was a huge hit for the upstate NY crew
Thought this would be the easiest way to get the video’s out. If you are interested in seeing the performance he did yesterday you’ll find each individual song on You Tube by using these links.
http://youtu.be/hwOu5E_kue0 Go Your Own Way
http://youtu.be/V0_WosOvljA Smoke On The Water
http://youtu.be/VAkSTVm2wvI Good Girl
http://youtu.be/VZfHAXAmeoE Band introduction
I have always told Caden that since he was my baby, the oldest he would ever get is 8 years old. Well yesterday he defied me and turned 9:( I am not entirely sure where the last 9 years have gone and I feel like he was my baby boy just a minute ago. We had really great weekend. It was the first time he has ever had his own birthday party and didn’t share a “Big Bash” with his sister. He picked a bowling party then we had an “After Party” here at the house with the Bracelet Sista’s, dad and sandy were in town and Freddy and Ananda came with baby Sopie, it was great to have a baby in the house again:)
Awesome cake by Angelina
The bowling party gang!
dad and bub
Sandy and the birthday boy
Cassie and her Plus 1 for the party
My big 9 year old!
what a GREAT photo
blowing out the candles
Ready, Set, Go!!
The “baby” Sophia Rose!
The after party crew!
ohhhh what could it be?? It is from Gramm and PePa!!
NO WAY!! Another instrument for my little rock star!
Grammy and Sophia, everyone got turns for a snuggle
Angelina and a very happy baby
Carter was being Caden’s Bodygaurd!! So cute
could this be any cuter??
We have been crazy since returning from our trip, I have been dipping day and night, then was gone for the the weekend at a huge Women’s Expo. While I was gone, Michael got to take Caden to his first practice for his “Rock Band” I was so nervous for him, I was worried he wouldn’t like it or maybe wouldn’t be able to do it. His practice was from 1-2.30 on saturday. At about 1.45 I got a text from Michael that simply said, “Bub is Awesome”. This from the man who I told I sold 50 pounds of Berries and his answer was, “Glad you had a good day”! No AWESOME for me, so I KNEW he must have been doing well. Then I found out the song they are playing, Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way….WHAT!!!! That is so centered around the drums. I am sure there will not be the drum solo, but WOW!!! He is the youngest in this program at 8. There is one 10 year old and the other two band members are 12ish. BEST part of the whole thing is he is SO excited and had a ball with the whole thing. Almost the first words out of his mouth when he was a baby was “I am going to be a rock star”. At 8 he is getting to give it a test run:)
Caden’s ROCK STAR Halloween costume at 4 years old!
This is the end of the line, and the last blog post about the Allitt European Adventure!! We have been gone from home about 2.5 weeks and it has been wonderful. Being in Switzerland feels like ages ago, which means we have had a good long break. Being able to spent time with our family while seeing new parts of the world is the best. We are so happy Tracey, Ben and Dawn all took the week off from work to “play” with us. We are thrilled to have a new member of our extended family with Dawns addition of “Bertie the Best dog in the World”, and of course to have had so much time with Nan and Grandad. We have seen everything from the Alps to the English Seaside, museums to the inside of about 20 different pubs, had a few Harvey’s Pints and glasses of Squash, ate an uncountable number of chips and had amazing beef from Dawn’s farm cows.
Today we head back to Heathrow to head home, the kids will have many stories for there friends and teachers at school, Michael will have a TON of work to catch up on, and I will hit the chocolate kitchen the second I get home to get ready for the Woman’s Expo this weekend(HUGE thanks to Angelina for dipping the whole time we have been gone).
With that we all wave goodbye to England and our family and say, “See you again soon”, as always we have been welcomed with open arms and can’t wait to return!!
So yesterday we heard rumor of a winter storm hitting the NYC area. After checking it out, seemed to be pretty spot on. Our flight comes into Newark and we drive home from there so this could be a serious headache. We went to the Virgin Atlantic web page and that said if we wanted to change our flights due to weather we could at no charge. Being seasoned travelers and having spent hours and hours sitting in airports on delays, we decided the best thing to do was take them up on their offer and hang out here for one more day. We are all pretty over walking mile upon mile and site seeing so we are going to have a quiet last couple of days, Cass is with Dawn on the farm for the morning, a little shopping on high street, take the kids to see the church where we were married, and go see the Lego movie. Now you may thing there is nothing “special” about seeing a movie in England. Well you would be wrong. The popcorn is AMAZING!!! They have a salty version(no butter) or a sugary version, mix those two together and you have popcorn like you have never tasted, nope it is not what we know as kettle corn either, just different. SO GOOD!!! So while today was meant for packing and saying goodbye to Merry Old England we will be munching on the best popcorn EVER!!
This is one of the LAST installment of the Allitt’s European Adventure! Today is Saturday and we leave on Monday, tomorrow will be a packing day and we just might take the kids to the Lego movie since we didn’t see it before we left. We are going to check out the church where we got married as well and let the kids see it. But today was our last real site seeing day. We went to Hastings, it is a little sea side fishing village. We took a tour through the Smugglers Caves. These caves were used for over 100 years, boats would come in with all their naughty things that were not allowed, Tea, Booze, Lace, tobacco and it would be hidden in the caves before sold on the black market. Very interesting, in a 4 year span over 2 million gallons of gin and 1.5 million pounds of Tea came through Hastings…in JUST 4 YEARS…crazy!
We took this cable car type thing up the cliffs to get to the caves, then took a walk sea side, had an ice cream and Trac and Dawn bought fresh fish from the market. Talk about fresh, brought in the back door from the boat and sold out the front door. YUM!! The town was super fun, lots of musicians walking around with amps, guitars, and drum sticks. Lots of very eclectic shops, and tons of pubs and tea houses. Once the sun came out, it made for a warm day by the ocean!
Boats and Fisherman’s Huts
How we got to the top of the cliffs
Introducing Bertie Allitt!! Dawn’s Dog, and I sware the best dog in the world!!
Holy Tired Legs, Batman!! I am not sure we realized how much we walked yesterday until we sat down last night. Ouchy!! Got up, moving slowly this am, and hopped on the Tube to meet mum, dad, tracey, ben, and my babies at the London eye. We had pretty good plan for the day and first thing on the list was the Eye. Cassie is a bit scared of heights and I had to convince her to do it, but when she did she loved it. I on the other hand, have done it once and spent half the trip sitting on the bench with my eyes closed because I was so scared. I didn’t let her know that though..lol!! From the eye you can see Big Ben and Parliament extremely well. We took lots of great photos, and FINALLY got a picture of all 4 of us with our eyes open. We got off the tube at St. James’s and walked up to see the Queen’s House, the flag was up, so she was home. Cassie and I thought she would invite us in for a quick cuppa’ but I think she forgot we were coming to visit…hee hee!
Right near the palace is the Royal Mews. This place holds all the royal horses and carriages. We did the walking tour with the headphones and we all really enjoyed it and learned a lot about how the carriages are made, stored, and the horses. Very Cool.
Michael and I went back to tower Bridge to get mum, dad and the kids back on the train toward home and we went back to the hotel for a hot minute break.
Friday- We got up this am and went to the London Dungeons. This is the new Dungeons, just opened in the last year or so, we like the last ones, but this one was amazing. I HIGHLY recommend it if you are in London. Not for the faint of heart or younger kids. Cassie and Caden would have cried their eyes out, dark, dark, dark and some parts scary, even for adults. But really well done and very cool.
The Eye wit Aunt Tracey and Uncle Ben
From the Eye
Parliament from the Eye
From the Eye
Love this one
NO Cars on Westminster Bridge, Too Cool!!
The Royal Mews(not a real horse)
Poor Cass her feet were killing her so she just sat down
The Queen’s Crib!
From the Bridge
Ah, London!! One of my favorite places in the world. We have been coming to London for the last 12ish years and every time I come back I fall more in Love with the city and what it has to offer. Our first day was spent without any kids but with Tracey and Ben. I would call this a marathon walking day. We have a pub we use for a meeting place in Covent Garden called the Nags head. Our hotel was in Victoria, do we dropped our bags and headed for the tube. We met Tracey and Ben at the nags head, did a bit of shopping in Covent Garden and then walked towards Piccadilly for some lunch. Popped into a very yummy pub then tubed it back to Victoria to see WICKED! Funny that I know the entire soundtrack(as I do to most shows because I am a total Broadway GEEK) but had never seen the show. It was fantastic. At the intermission I was in tears!! OK Frozen fans, the girl that played the “Green” Witch, also is on the soundtrack for Frozen in Dutch and German as Elsa. AMAZING voice. After the show we headed back to Covent Garden to meet Ewan and head back towards Piccadilly!! Woo Hoo, I miss him. Ewan is Caden’s godfather and a great friend of ours, he lives in Putney. I think we hit 3-4 pubs, it was a really nice night of catching up. Photo’s from today were kind of neat because we saw many of the same places in the day and the dark since we kind of retraced our steps. You can tell we are aging as we were back to our hotel by 10.30pm, not 12.30am!
Piccadilly at night
Hanging out with Ewan
Love the angles on this building
Nags head at night
We spent lots of time on the Tube
Piccadilly during the daytime
Nags Head in the Morning:)