We decided to take advantage of the President’s Day holiday and meet my in-laws for a 2 night trip in Hudson Valley NY. We chose this location because it is halfway between Philly (where we live) and Boston (where they are). The 6+ hour drive between Philly and Boston is long and exhausting for us with ToddlerBird. I splurged and got us an Airbnb rental half way for us! We decided to take Friday off, and arrive Friday morning, stay 2 nights and head home Sunday morning.
I was hoping that the rental would be nice enough that we wouldn’t have to look for ways to get out. I was right! The view of the Hudson river was great entertainment. Lots of trains passing by, boats and barges floating along and not to mention the view itself! Our hosts also had a bird feeder out, and there were tons of birds for us to watch while relaxing in the living room.My mother in law is a jewelry maker/beader. I had been wanting to make essential oil bracelets with lava beads. I bought some beads in advance and asked her to bring some additional supplies. **I will post more about these DIY bracelets soon! We also had fun playing some board games (Bananagrams and Forbidden Island)
I had researched a few outing options for us on TripAdvisor, in case we were looking for something to do. We decided to visit George Washington’s Headquarters. It ended up being free because they had a large George Washington’s Birthday Celebration. There were reenactors, music and craft activities.
I didn’t do a full menu planning because I wanted us to be able to be flexible, and I also knew that my in-laws would be more than happy to provide takeout! Mr. Bird and I knew that we wanted to capitalize on some free babysitting so we planned to eat 1 or 2 meals out on our own. I decided to bring some food from home to limit what we would have to buy. I brought some coffee, produce, milk, half and half, freezer zucchini bread and a box of mac and cheese. I also had a hunch I wanted to make a lasagna, so I brought a 9×13 pan.
Saturday Coffee date: $15