Monday, July 6, 2009

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N in the summertime

We have returned from our vacation to Pennsylvania (which, coincidentally, the twins can say and it sounds so strange coming from the mouth of a 2 year old). On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd rank the vacation as a 6. For sanity sake, let's do this bullet style.

  • On the ride down Izzie barfed her lunch all over herself in her car seat. We were on Route 84 in CT, near West Hartford and had to pull off the road and into a business complex to strip her down, clean her car seat. The business' security guy drove up and thank goodness Doug has his Red Sox hat on or I don't think he would have let us stay! The rest of the ride was relatively uneventful.
  • Having four kids share a single bedroom is a very bad idea. I don't think I need to elaborate more.
  • Sesame Place was awesome! The twins were thrilled to meet their Sesame friends live and in person. Meg rode the Vapor Trails roller coaster probably a half dozen times in the two days we visited the park by herself and loved it. The water park was incredible.
  • We had dinner with Big Bird, Elmo, Zoe, Bert, Ernie and Cookie Monster on Monday night. The characters came to the table to visit. The kids LOVED that!
  • Sadly AndreAnna's family all came down with the barfies and didn't get to do SP with us, which made us sad.
  • However, Robyn had a BBQ on Friday and AndreAnna's family joined us. The kids (all 7 of them) played in the yard on the slip and slide and got along famously. It was quite relaxing. I seriously wish my friends didn't all live so far away.
  • While we were gone it rained almost the entire week here in Maine. We had great weather in PA. Apparently we brought some nice weather home with us.
I took a ton of photos, as usual. Here are just some of them.

  • We went to a neat place called Bushkill Falls, which was down the road from our timeshare. I got some cool photos of the falls. I am deathly afraid of heights, so I refused to go down the stairs to get closer to the falls. Still, I got good photos from where we were, right?

  • Our timeshare was on the Delaware River. Our unit overlooked the golf course, which was so pretty. We took a walk one day:

  • Crayola Factory was a cool place for the kids to play with modeling clay, color, paint and learn about how the crayons are made.

We're glad to be home. My awesome friend Julie and her son Benton took care of the cats and house for us (and survived the torrential rains) and that was a huge weight off my shoulders. I'm not ready to take the kids on another vacation again anytime soon. However, I could use a vacation from my vacation, if you know what I mean!


Jess said...

I TOTALLY know what you mean--I always need a vacation when I get back from a "vacation" to Germany to visit my in-laws. Urgh. Still, your trip sounds like a great time and the photos are fabulous!

Jill said...

I'm so glad it went well! Sesame Place looks awesome too!!!

creative kerfuffle said...

great photos! and you know how jealous i am of the crayola factory part : ) it looks like you had a great time though, aside from the initial barfing. love the sesame place photos--those are sooo cute. i can just imagine how excited the kids were for that!

LoriD said...

Great photos. I'm going to have to look into Sesame Place and the Crayola Factory. My kids would love both of those!

Anonymous said...

Your kids are beyond adorable! Seriously!

Robyn said...

I think a "6" for your first family vacay is a winner. It was soooo nice to see you and meet your lovely family.

Bear kept asking me the next day, "where did my friends go?"