Weekly Outlook

We’re back from our unexpected trip to California.  More on that later today, but for now here’s a look at what we have planned for this week:

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7-Day Outlook:

  • Monday A Farewell Trip  A recap of our California trip last week to say goodbye to Vinay’s Grandfather.
  • Tuesday NUMB3ERS: July Our (belated) monthly recap.  It’s August already?! Why do the summer months pass by so fast, yet the winter months creep on…?
  •  Wednesday Chinese New-Year in Vermont  With all the commotion last week, we haven’t shared about our exciting yearly Family Reunion.  This year there were dragons, fried rice, oragami, and our traditional ‘duck race’
  • Thursday Looming Student Loans  A little insight into how we address student loans within our family finances and some tips/tricks on paying them off.  I’m super-excited to write about this because I just paid off one of my loans!
  • Friday Parking our Butts at Home!  Prior to last week’s cross-country trip, we had decided to take a break from traveling and spend some weekends at home recuperating from out busy weeks because we’ve been wiped out all summer and can’t seem to catch up on energy & sleep.  Our plan is to stay home the remainder of August.
  • Saturday & Sunday Weekend at home!

Although this past week was very sad, we have some exciting news from the ‘Avery Department’.  Remember two months ago when we visited California and Avery began crawling while we were there?  Well, guess what he did this trip…?

Lions, Tigers, Bears, AND FISH!

Having a kid is a great excuse to get out and do all sorts of fun stuff… like visit the aquarium and zoo!

A few weekends ago while my family was in town, we all took Avery to the New England Aquarium.  I had been last year just after our wedding with my family, but Vinay hadn’t been in 13 years, and Avery had never been.  We toured the penguins first…
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My favorite and Avery seemed very interested in them.  Probably because his entire nursery is covered in penguins – so maybe he recognized the little black and white creatures.

He even made friends with one…
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We checked out some fish and jellies…

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It was a fun trip, but the aquarium was REALLY crowded.  If I could share any tips from our trip, the would be:

Tips for Taking a Baby to the Aquarium:

  • Go early or order tickets online to avoid the long lines.  When we got there, the line was rediculous.  So, I jumped in the Express-line for will-call tickets and ordered them on my phone, so when I got up to the window, they had my order already!
  • Don’t bring a stroller!  We brought Avery’s because there’s lots of walking but to get him the best view, we  picked him up to the windows, so the stroller became obsolete and a pain in the butt.
  • Take a break.  We split our visit in two by stopping for lunch at the cafe (a little pricey tho) so we could feed Avery and get fueled up for the rest of the exhibits.

Last weekend, while in NYC visiting Vinay’s Mom & Aunt, we took a trip to the Bronx Zoo.  Unlike the aquarium, this wasn’t Avery’s first Zoo visit.  We took him to the San Fransisco Zoo in June.  But this is supposed to be a pretty awesome zoo, and is was!  Even the zoo entrance was pretty grand…
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We saw sea lions, reptiles, flamingos, elephants, zebras, and a tiger!
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Our big goal for the day was to try the monorail, which took you around this big area with lots of animals.  We were so excited for Avery to see all the animals up close – but about 2 minutes before we hopped on the ride (after standing in line forever) he fell asleep.  Slept thru the whole thing!  Little bugger!  I guess it was a good trip though… he was pooped at the end of the day…
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Tips for Taking a Baby to the Zoo:

  • Go early or order tickets online to avoid the long lines.  We spent the first 30 minutes waiting behind a large group buying tickets before we even got into the zoo.
  • Visit the attractions you want to see most, first! Maybe if we had planned our timing better, Avery could have seen the monorail animals.
  • Bring a Stroller AND Carrier.  Avery got bored of the stroller a lot and holding him is tiring, so I wish I had also brought our carrier to use 1/2 the time to give Avery a good view, and not be stuck sitting all day.

What tips/tricks do you have from experiences visiting the aquarium or zoo?  We’d love to hear… because we’ll be going again…

Weekly Outlook

This week has started off a little gloomy: We were up 2 hours in the middle of the night with Avery, we all have a cold, and to top it off-it was raining when we left the house this morning.  Bleck.  Let’s hope this week’s outlook is much better…

7-day forecast

Well, that makes me feel better.  A few summer showers here and there, but mostly sunny and warm.  Maybe this week’s lineup of posts will heat things up too?!  Here’s a glimpse into what we have planned for the blog this week:

7-Day Forecast:

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What’s in your outlook this week?  Do you make a list of weekly goals, a to-do list, or just wing it?