Vacation, Day 2: Oh Say Can You See

We spent our second day of vacation in Baltimore. This was the day I was looking forward to the most, not just because of the Orioles game honoring Cal Ripken, Jr. that night but because Baltimore is my favorite city. I couldn’t wait to spend time there.

Our first stop was the Inner Harbor. We grabbed lunch at Uno’s (one of my favorite restaurants) and ate outside overlooking the water.


While we were eating, Lucy spotted dragon paddle boats, so we took her for a ride in the harbor. She had a blast, probably because she wasn’t the one paddling!





After our paddle boat ride, we toured the USS Constellation. Joe was super psyched about this. It was pretty neat, but I ended up dealing with a cranky toddler (that’s what happens when she misses her nap), which put a damper in things a little.










Lucy was so cranky that we picked this shirt up for her at the gift shop on the way out. We thought it was pretty appropriate. 🙂


I got to pick what we did next, so we headed over to Fort McHenry. Although I lived in the Baltimore/D.C. area for 14 years, that was the one place I had never visited. I’m really glad we went. It was so neat to stand in a fort that was built more than 200 years ago and to look out to the water where Francis Scott Key penned The Star Spangled Banner on a boat.





This is one of the “bombs bursting in air.”


After touring the fort, we trekked to Camden Yards for the Orioles game.


We got there several hours early but there were already THOUSANDS of people there. It was insane trying to get around. We ran into a TV reporter and told him our story of having traveled there from Atlanta specifically for that game. He wanted to interview us but, because of horrible cell service at the stadium, his text to us was delayed and we missed out on it.




It was neat getting to see Cal Ripken, Jr. honored as one of the Orioles greats. He has been my favorite baseball player since I was a child, and one of my best memories was getting to meet him in Atlanta. He’s a class act.


Despite not having had a nap, Lucy was pretty good for the game.



We hung out at our seats through about the 6th inning. After we left to try to meet up with the TV reporter, we stumbled upon the kid’s area. Lucy had SO much fun.





When we left, Lucy wanted her picture taken by all the players’ numbers out front. Because of course she did. And, no, I won’t show you them all. You’re welcome.



Up next, our trip to the National Zoo and Philadelphia!


Enjoying our Nation’s Pastime in our Nation’s Capitol

We had quite the trip last week, and we were going, going, going every day except Saturday. Part of me feels like we should do all that we can on vacation while the other part just wants to relax!

Since we did *so* much, I’m going to break up our trip into three posts so I won’t overload you all at once. You’re welcome.

We left town on Tuesday. Our plan was to leave around 6 a.m. BUT…Joe woke up at 1 a.m. sick. He was up every two hours like clockwork until about 6 a.m. or so. It was awful. We thought maybe he had food poisoning at first, but we later come to think it was a stomach bug as my brother and Joe’s sister’s hubby both were sick as well.

We sloooowly packed up the car (we didn’t have much to put in since we spent the night at my parents’ and left most of it in the car) and headed out around 9 a.m. I started to feel nauseous at that point, so we stopped two exits up and headed to a pharmacy. We called our family doctor (thank goodness we have the same one!) to see if he could call in a script for Zofran (note to self: always take said Zofran on trips!), but the receptionist wasn’t sure how long it would take. Since we didn’t want to sit in the pharmacy all day, we went to a nearby urgent care clinic to be seen and get a prescription. It was RIDICULOUSLY busy for a Tuesday morning, and we waited a LONG time.

Two hours and three prescriptions later, we were on our way back to the pharmacy where we discovered our doctor had called in a script for Phenegren. We filled that and two of the new scripts, and were finally on our way.

That night, we stopped at the Tennessee/Virginia border because we were exhausted and Joe wasn’t feeling up-to-par enough to continue. Lucy was very concerned about her Daddy at dinner.


We didn’t make as much progress as we wanted, but the rest was necessary, and the next morning, Joe was feeling MUCH better, so we trekked on to Washington D.C.

We rolled into town mid-afternoon and went the house where we lived in Beltsville. My old neighborhood hadn’t changed at all (though the person who now owns our old house has made several changes to the house and property), and it was fun to be back there. We took Lucy (briefly) to my old neighborhood playground. It was too hot to stay long, but it was fun to see her play where my brothers and I did as kids (albeit on new equipment).



Then, we headed to the Metro to ride to D.C. We always rode the Metro when we lived in the D.C. area, and was excited to introduce Lucy to it, especially since she’s obsessed with trains. She loved it, as I expected, and she called it the “Lucy Jane Schulman” train. LOVE HER.



The Metro stopped right at National’s Park, which was super convenient. We were excited for our first game of the trip. Unfortunately, we only stayed through the 3rd inning because Lucy was super tired (she asked us to go home, which is something she never does), and it was already getting close to 9 p.m. and we didn’t want to get to my cousin’s house too late on the first night.

It is a beautiful park, though, and we had a lot of fun.







The view of the river from the stadium was awesome.


And, Lucy had fun meeting Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson!




It was a fun but exhausting day. Up next…BALTIMORE!

Sunburns and Social Clubs

This blog has become all baby all the time, and I forgot to post about our recent beach vacation. It’s better late than never, huh?

We headed out early in the morning, and after a boring drive through west Georgia and Alabama (because there is absolutely nothing past Atlanta on I-85), we met up with my parents, one of my brothers, and my sister and her family in Montgomery. From there, we had another leg of close to two hours to get to the beach house. By the time we arrived in Elberta, we were ready to get to the house and settle in. It’s too bad Google maps and Mapquest give crappy directions. We circled around the neighborhood, first turning left onto the listed street where there was absolutely no beach in sight, and then turning right where there was a beach but all the houses were rundown and looked like they were going to cave in. Finally, we got a hold of the woman renting the house and found our way to the house that was definitely on the water and looked just like it did in the picture. It was quite a fun adventure, though!

The first night, we relaxed, and Joe taught Randy and my nephews how to play poker. Oriona joined in once she, Ryan and Harrison arrived from Florida. My nephews did quite well, and Randy was surprised to find out just how good I was at poker. I cleaned him out every time he thought I was bluffing. 🙂

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The rest of the trip was spent doing whatever we wanted. All of us kids went to see the midnight showing of Harry Potter on Tuesday night and, unfortunately, since we got home around 3 a.m., we were all too tired to get up at 6 a.m. to head out with my parents in Pensacola. I was bummed that we missed it because my parents said the show was really neat. We also spent time at Orange Beach, which was a lot of fun. I was amazed at how shallow the water was both there and at the bay, which is where our house was located. Oh, and there was plenty of canoeing and kayaking on the bay. One morning, Joe, Randy, Ryan and Jim, my brother-in-law, canoed to the other side and back. Harrison got to go out in the canoe several times, too!

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On Wednesday night, all the siblings and our spouses went out. We ate at this really good Mexican place, got ice cream and then went to Florabama to listen to a band. The band was much better than we expected. And, of course, My feet started swelling while we were gone and haven’t let up since. I’m sure the sunburn I got didn’t help. So, I spent all day Thursday at home with my feet propped up since they were too painful to walk on.

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Saturday night was by far the best night. We went to the Elberta Social Club. Joe and I had been dying to go ever since we saw it, and when we found out that Saturday night was Karaoke Night, we got Randy, Ryan and Ori to come with us. It was just as redneck as we expected, and it was a blast. Ori and I had so much fun watching the guys on stage singing. I tried to get up the courage to sing with Joe (because, as Joe said, what do we care about what people in Elberta, Alabama think about us), but I wasn’t able to. Oh well. I still had a blast. Jim was sad that they had to leave Saturday morning because he really wanted to go too!

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We’re already planning our next family vacation next year to Wilmington, N.C., which is my sister’s neck of the woods. I haven’t been to Wilmington since my 15-year-old niece was born, so I’m really excited. And what’s even more exciting? Little Lucy will be here!

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Splish Splash



Time Check

Club What?

Flea Market Spelling Lesson
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flea market

Wrong colors for the Synagogue
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Rand McNally’s Guide to Bathrooms on I-20

Zaxby’s — Eatonton, Ga.

The bathroom was very clean, but the toilet paper holder was on the same side as the door opened inward, which made it incredibly awkward to get in. I hit my hip several times! It would have been much better if the toilet paper holder had been on the other side.


Zaxby’s — Thomson, Ga.

Again, the bathroom was quite clean (Zaxbys is good about that), but this restaurant got a 4 out of 5 because I used the handicapped stall rather than the regular stall, so I didn’t get to see how the location of the toilet paper holder compared to the way the door opened.


Zaxby’s — Covington, Ga.

This Zaxby’s was by far the best we visited. It was clean (no surprise there), and the toilet paper holder was in a location that made it quite easy to get in and out. I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant.


Our trip home from South Carolina took us almost 8 hours yesterday, which is due in large part to the fact that we had to stop at almost every exit for me to go to the bathroom. If I wasn’t dealing with infertility, I would swear that I was pregnant!

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This week’s post contains some of the pictures I took in Amish Country during our Ohio trip.

Outside the county courthouse

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amish country

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amish country