new york invades!

this last week our cousins (well really paul’s cousin and her husband and their children….. but it’s easier to just write ‘our cousins’……well…easier until i started explaining all this….*sigh….) visited from new york! *i always get the pace picante salsa commercial line: NEW YORK CITY?! in my head anytime anyone says ‘new york city’. (NEW YORK CITY?! see…)

anyway, jeff, erin, madison, and griffin made their way to ‘our neck of the woods’ (tagline courtesy of al roker..who is a weatherman where?? that’s right! new york city! (NEW YORK CITY?!) wow. anyway.

it’s been so much fun hangin’ with them. and mr. cooper. (a tv show that was not set in NYC. btw…too much sugar today folks! can you tell??!!! .)

bottom line: we love it when they come to visit and wish they would visit more often move here.

paul, jeff, and i all have birthdays in july! so we (cough cough: I) decided we should all celebrate together! so we (cough cough: I) bought a cake!

paul, jeff, and i all have birthdays in july! so we (cough cough: I) decided we should all celebrate together! so we (cough cough: I) bought a cake!

theeee most delish cake from yum bakery. this is the 'patty cake' and it's chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. BUT it's also ridiculous. i don't know how they do it, but man oh man, this cake takes the cake. ba-dum-ching!

theeee most delish cake from yum bakery. this is the ‘patty cake’ and it’s chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. BUT it’s also ridiculous. i don’t know how they do it, but man oh man, this cake takes the cake. ba-dum-ching!

YUM!

YUM! and how cute is it that they box your cake up like this?? i felt so fancy.

we had a dump dinner to celebrate the new york arrival! corn, sausage, shrimp, potatoes, and pea pods, all boiled together with seasoning and then dumped out and consumed! so fun! so yummy!

we had a dump dinner to celebrate the new york arrival! corn, sausage, shrimp, potatoes, and pea pods, all boiled together with seasoning and then dumped out and consumed! so fun! so yummy!

we took the madison and griffin to the como zoo here in STP and it was a blast! no fear for this girl!

we took madison and griffin to the como zoo here in STP and it was a blast! no fear for this girl!

the boy's first time on the tea cups! he loved it! at six he has already accomplished more than i have in 28 years...

the boy’s first time on the tea cups! he loved it! at six months he has already accomplished more than i have in 28 years…

gammie and maddie here a little....how shall we say...less enthused by the cups....

gammie and maddie here a little….how shall we say…’less enthused’ by the cups….

i mean....pigtails blowing in the wind...bright cherry red race car....with maddie's namesake....what could be cuter?! nothing.

i mean….pigtails blowing in the wind…bright cherry red race car….with maddie’s namesake….what could be cuter?! nothing.

checking her blind spots..

checking her blind spots..

checking out the gorillas! how cute is this pic of daddy and maddie?

checking out the gorillas! how cute is this pic of daddy and maddie?

too cute!

too cute!

cutest fireman ever!

cutest fireman ever!

gammie and papa time in the grass! big boy was standing on his own!

gammie and papa time in the grass! big boy was standing on his own!

this carousel was beautiful! i think it's like 100 years old and all hand carved. and it's run by some sweet elderly people who ride every ride and help kiddos and generally enforce carousel law. they were adorable. and all wore earplugs. safety first.

this carousel was beautiful! i think it’s like 100 years old and all hand carved. and it’s run by some sweet elderly people who ride every ride and help kiddos find the perfect horse, and generally enforce carousel law. they were adorable. and all wore earplugs. safety first.

this is the sign of a great day at the zoo......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

this is the sign of a great day at the zoo……zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

and what trip would be complete without a scoop or 2 at izzy's ice cream?! notice how i didn't specify 'zoo' trip. any trip. grocery, mailing letters...it all needs to end with izzy's.

and what trip would be complete without a scoop or 2 at izzy’s ice cream?! *notice how i didn’t specify ‘zoo’ trip. any trip. grocery, mailing letters, jury duty…it all needs to end with izzy’s.

back at home maddie had an electric car. every few minutes she would stop, answering the phone and EVERY time say "hello? how are you? i'm good. okay bu-bye." and once added "okay, bu-bye...yeah..i'm driving!" hahaah!

back at home maddie had an electric car… every few minutes she would stop, answer the phone and EVERY time say “hello? how are you? i’m good. okay bu-bye.” and once added “okay, bu-bye…yeah..i’m driving!” hahaah!

bath time princess....and madison :)

bath time princess….and madison :)

auntie jillayne and griff...who's sliding into second.... haha!

auntie jillayne and griff…who’s sliding into second…. haha!

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