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Warning: there is a lot to cram into the next 2 posts…it was a jam-packed weekend full of family and fun!  Birthday, dinner, road race..and lots of time in the car…
My baby is 4 years old… I can’t believe it!!!  Friday night, we gave Emma her present – a princess big girl bike!  Daddy even stayed up late to put it together so we could take it on our little road trip to Vermont!
Saturday morning, Jason made pancakes, and we all piled into the minivan…well, almost all.  Beppo vetoed the “let’s all go together” idea and opted for a quiet, attitude-less ride.  Smaht.  Wicked Smaht.
This is how Mommy survives her road trips…
yes, that’s a large iced coffee and hand sanitizer…and gum from starbucks and a pack of baby wipes.
Being a mom is awesome!
We finally got to the Trapp Family Lodge, and this was the view from our room and the strolling balcony.  Ahhhhhhhh…
Fast forward to dinner.  American Flatbread in Burlington with the family!  Janet and Johnny, Aunt Chris, Neeny & Papa, Auntie Shannon, and Nonna & Beppo!  What a great birthday for Emma – Cheers!
The pizza was amazing as always, ditto for the salads…but the beer.  Good Lord, thank you for making a plethora of fall/harvest/pumpkin beers.  Thank you Beppo for a great shot of the beer list!!!
And then it was time for the birthday girl’s dessert.  As she said, “the singing was my most happy part.”  
Although she loved blowing out the candle…
And really, we all know it was the brownie and ice cream that made her night!
After, we walked down to the Skinny Pancake so the grownups could get crepes for dessert.  Its almost a tradition for Shannon, Jason and I to make the progression from American Flatbread to the Skinny Pancake the night before the Leaf Peeper.  This year we omitted the VT Brew Pub…but that will have to make a comeback.  
New tradition…photos with cows!  Emma smirks and says, “heh, I’m squeezing it.”  She’s a very funny 4 year old…
But Johnny really got into it…this picture is priceless!
The girls with Aunt Chris and Neeny.  4 wild and crazy girls!!!  The perfect way to end a perfect night!
Stay tuned…next up, race day! (And Emma’s real birthday…)
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