Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Wonderful Trip

Last week, we took an incredible trip to the east coast to visit friends and family. We had contemplated it around the same time last year, but then Collin retched for five months and we changed our minds. This year's trip, though, went even better than we had hoped. Collin was truly fantastic almost the entire time (there was one I'm-too-wound-up-to-go-to-sleep night). He stuck with his potty routine, took naps, never shut down like he sometimes does in new or stressful situations, and really just seemed to enjoy himself the whole time.  We had the perfect mix of sight-seeing and relaxing, both in Philadelphia, where we visited Uncle Tim, Aunt Jeanne, and Cousin Elise, and in Maryland, where we stayed with our special friends the Clendenins and also visited with other almost-family friends.

One of my personal favorite experiences from the entire trip was watching the Clendenin girls with Collin. At 16, 14, and 12, they could easily have chosen to do other things with their time, but instead there was usually at least one by his side, and sometimes all three at once. They never acted remotely uncomfortable, asked all of the right questions, and adapted to his needs and preferences beautifully. By the end of the four days, they knew his cues and would come get me when Collin needed to go to the potty. There are few things I love more than watching other people love Collin, and they loved him well.

Here are a few highlights:

One of the coolest things we saw: Longwood Gardens
Collin listening to a fountain at Longwood Gardens
Collin's first slip-n-slide!

The slip-n-slide guys congratulating each other.
Our favorite bakery: Isgro's in South Philly
Collin at Mama's favorite monument.
Taking a break on the porch of the
Lincoln Memorial.
Collin loved the fountains at the WWII Memorial.
Couldn't quite fit the Washington Monument.
One afternoon we had an impromptu
sombrero party.
This is how Collin spent a lot of his time
at the Clendenin house.


  1. Yeah! I'm so glad you three had such a great time. Collin definitely looked like he was enjoying himself in the pictures!

  2. Sounds like you guys had such a great time! I love to hear how those girls loved on Collin.
    Also, I love Philly! I lived in W. Philly for a year. Miss it so much.

  3. It was so fun. Thanks for visiting . . . we LOVED, LOVED, LOVED every minute. xoxoxo