Summer Vacation Road Trip–Chenango Valley State Park

It was our final full day in New York. Our final morning to lounge around chatting, drinking coffee and playing on our electronics while the kids happily entertained each other. I love vacations and hate to see them come to an end. Especially when it means saying good-bye to people you love. So I soaked it all in.

In the afternoon, Kathy and family had a wedding to attend–on a Friday–in a state park. So that was cool, because though uninvited, we were able to tag along and enjoy the park, while the wedding party was none the wiser. So off to Chenango Valley State Park we went.

Here are some of my favorite fun shots of the day:







I’ve been hearing and reading a lot lately about being in the “sweet spot,” whether it’s in regard to parenting or your calling in life, or whatever, and I would have to say that I think we have entered that sweet spot with our kiddos. This trip has been a good test of how well they travel and I feel that they have done exceptionally well. I won’t deny that electronics {a travel dvd player, iPod, iPad} have played more than a small part in their contentedness with being in the car for hours at a time, but really, they’re at a great age for getting involved and actively doing things, and it’s fun. I hope this sweet spot lasts for many years to come!

Btw, I think I’ll post some more pics tomorrow of our trip home. I think the New York landscape is too beautiful not to share.



  1. Peg Weaver says:

    wonderful! We were so blessed with our kids, they enjoyed being with us and we spent many fun times together until they both got married. Now our sweet spot is just bigger with more people. 🙂 I pray that your “sweet spot” with the kids just keeps getting sweeter. It looks like they are having a bunch of fun… Every moment is precious!!

    • lgroh says:

      Thanks for your encouraging note Peg! Sounds like you guys have a great family. Hopefully our kids will enjoy being with us…forever, and that our sweet spot will just grow larger too 🙂

  2. Emily says:

    how wonderful! yes, their ages are *perfect* for travels and overall fun. I always say that I’d love a few newborns, but then give me 7 year olds!

    • lgroh says:

      Hi Emily! Just realized I never responded to your comment. So, what do you know about 8-year-olds–heard anything good about them? ha, ha 😉 I’m hoping we get more than one good year, but that this is the beginning of a loooong stretch of them. We’ll see! 🙂

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