I realized the other day when I posted about our trip.... that I didn't have a good picture of who we went to visit. So here they are Chris, Ashley, & Ava. Chris and Donovan went to Hesston College together. They were so kind to us to let us be at their home for 3 nights. Ava did an amazing job of sharing her toys and her parents. I can't imagine what was going through her cute little head. "Mama, when are all these people gonna leave?" Or maybe...."Those kids sure do make a lot of noise!"
Day 3= Saturday.
And Saturday afternoon we had a mini-celebration for Suzanna's 2nd Birthday....She was pretty tickled to have all the attention I think. And I was happy that it was so low-key. In the past I have done pretty big parties for the kids' birthday's and while I enjoy all the celebrating and company....It suits me just great to keep it simple.
Saturday evening we headed over to Ashley's parents house for swimming and a cook-out. I now realize where Ashley got her hosting skills. Her parents were super kind to us, and were so gracious. What a neat family to get to know better. They made us feel so welcome and a part of their family. We enjoyed a delicious meal of corn-on-the cob, hamburgers, and cheesy sausage dogs. The kids were in the pool until 9 p.m. And Jack swam independently for the first time! It was such a confidence boost for him. This morning we had wanted to head to the shore and see the ocean, but it was really overcast. So we took our time with breakfast and getting ready, packed up and headed out.
Here is one of the many stops we made beside the highway today.
We drove for about 1 1/2 hours and stopped off in Hershey, PA.
There was a free tour you could take through part of the factory. The kids really loved it!! It was a good break from being in the car seats. Did you know Milton Hershey who started the company was Mennonite? Amazing!
And here is "sweetness" having a melt down at the Chocolate factory. I think for little 2 year old....we are packing too many things into one week.
No fear....The chocolate we bought fixed the melt down in no time flat.
We decided to stay over in Pittsburgh for the night. Here we are walking the city for a while on our way to supper. It was fun to see someones creativity on the side of a building.
For a long while it was just so fun to sit and watch all the other kids in the water fountains. Only Isabella asked to go in. We thought we didn't want to mess with 4 wet kids and digging dry clothes out of the back of the van overloaded with suitcases and coolers.
There are so many times I struggle with being "fun". I want to let the kids do something fun...or play with them...but I let things get in the way. Like the wetness, or the mess, the pile of laundry waiting for me, or the time it will take. How terrible if I let this be my theme in life. After struggling with this thought and the fact that we will probably never be in this city again....I asked Donovan what he thought. He was game. Because he is the essence of fun.
Absolute pure joy!
Some of the sites as we were looking for a hotel.....
City life sure has some cool advantages....like free water parks and live music in the park. Entertainment to add another. There were so many people sitting around on the park benches just watching the children faces and they squealed with delight over the water squirting in their faces. Now that is entertaining!!!
Hope I haven't bored all 5 of my readers to death. Just so fun to reminisce.
For now I really should hit the hotel bed. We will be on our way home tomorrow, and I really must have sleep to deal with all the emotions, that I'm sure there will be.