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Family on the Hudson

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Ahoy Polloi!
Setting sail with Grandpa


All decked out and ready to sail

Maddie Battles Another Jersey Blizzard

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Is this all we're getting???
Is this all we’re getting???
Is this the road to nowhere?
Is this the road to nowhere?
Whoa - Toddler Down!!
Whoa – Toddler Down!!
Anyone seen my shovel?
Anyone seen my shovel?
Wounded snow angel
Fallen snow angel

Maddie’s Winter Wonderland

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Here's lookin' at you kid!
Here’s lookin’ at you kid!
This is great Mom
This is great Mom
Can't let a little weather slow us down!
Can’t let a little weather slow us down!
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You gotta love this stuff…
I'm sensing a nip in the air.
There is a nip in the air.
I'm taking time to reflect.
I’m taking time to reflect.
This looks like snow to me.
This looks like snow to me.

Maddie, Mom, Cousins Storm Top of the Rock

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Mom, we need to talk
This glass barrier is cramping my style

This light show is blowing my mind
Not too close to the tracks buddy!

How come I can’t go up there?

Alaskan Cousins Spend Wild Day with the Madster

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We’ve only just begun…

Despite all the trials and tribulations Monday had to offer, Maddie had a fantastic and magical day playing, wrestling and entertaining her cousins from Alaska. Never mind the fact that the weather gods have a mean streak about a mile long. Maddie’s cousins Porter and Catie just endured a a terrible winter season in Alaska only to come to New Jersey for some record cold weather and rain. Yet somehow, we were blissfully ignorant of this fact when we walked to breakfast this morning.

The four of us polished off our meals with great enthusiasm and were ready to catch a ferry into the city. As soon as we waltzed out of the diner, a heavy and cold rain set in. It pelted the area with a vengeance throughout the morning and our best-laid plans were torn asunder. We trudged home in the rain knowing that today’s travel plans were shot.

Maddie reasoned that her only recourse for the morning was to take a long nap and try to work things out while she was asleep. By the time her eyes popped open, it was just about time for lunch. Maddie reasoned that a bit of good company and delicious food was just the ticket to turn the day around.

Her dad packed her up in the stroller and set off in the rain while the grandparents drove the cousins to our lunch spot. Maddie feasted on fries and fruit, and made several loud crackling announcements to the lunchtime crowd. During lunch, the sun managed to peak out and Maddie thought she still might be able to treat her cousins to some pool time. However, as soon as we got to the pool about an hour later, the sun shriveled up into the clouds like a scared turtle. Maddie was more than happy to dip her feet in the water and kick around a bit, but without the sun, it was just too cold.

The baby opted for one more nap and try to pick up where she left off earlier. By the time she woke up, it was time to drive the cousins back to their grandparent’s house. About 30 miles into the trip, Maddie was treated to her very first flat tire experience. This led to an unscheduled stop at the Goodyear Tire Store off the highway. Between the rain, car trouble and unseasonably cold weather, Maddie is worried that it may be some time before her cousins dare to make their next trip back East.