Friday, August 28

Who's Got the Blues

Not J that's for sure!!!

While you wait for me to get in gear and finish the vacation stuff here's a couple of pics from our trip to the local bank.....


Sunday, August 9

Sunday: Wolves and a Lion Hunt

We started Sunday with a giant buffet breakfast in the hotel and then J was still sleepy so he took a nap while Daddy relaxed and I went to pick up a few things for snacks and breakfasts for the rest of the week.
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When we all reconvened we headed to Lititz to the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania. We got to see a huge pack of gray wolves, a smaller pack of grays, a pack of 4 timber wolves, a couple of lone males sharing space, and one gorgeous arctic tundra wolf. They fed all the wolves while we were there and we got to learn a ton about wolves in general and this sanctuary in particular. J loved seeing them but he was just as fascinated with the little black kitty that kept coming around the group hoping for snacks.
After seeing the wolves we decided to go on a "lion hunt" to see what we could find around the area. It was really exciting to see our first buggy as well as a church letting out, some Mennonite girls playing volleyball, and Mennonite boys playing softball.
The Mennonite lifestyle is similar to the Amish one but they tend to be more permitting of things such as patterned fabric, bicycles, and sometimes even cars.
We were a little disappointed to find out that almost everything, including non-Amish attractions, are closed on Sunday but did find a little petting zoo and playground that entertained J for quite a while.
The playground behind us we headed back to the hotel for a nap. Then we went to Plain and Fancy Farm for dinner where we had our first taste of shoo fly pie along with some great fried chicken, mashed potatoes, local corn on the cob, raisin bread with icing, and a ton of other food. It was a fun dinner as it is served family style and we got to sit with a family of three from Germany and a mom, grandma, and two boys from just north of NYC. The conversation was lively and ranged from energy utilities to Harry Potter.
We got back to the hotel long past J's bedtime and all fell asleep immediately... until tomorrow!

Saturday, August 8

Saturday: Sesame Place

Being out the door of the house before 6 was a good move since we got to Sesame Place right when it opened at 10. We jumped right into our bathing suits for the waterpark and started with the giant rubber duckie ride which J was initially not sure about but by the end was yelling to go back on again.
We played in all the different splash pools and sprinkler parks which was a blast!! J loved the little train ride that he got to push and pull his own car with a hand peddle. We went on the lazy river and then had lunch near the new Count's castle that dumped a huge bucket of water every few minutes or so.
After lunch we got to watch the daily parade and J was almost knocking his dad over bouncing and grooving to the music up on Daddy's shoulders. Once the parade was over we went over to check out the nets and while Mommy stayed on the ground to take pictures, J and Daddy went up to the third floor nets to climb across them.
J looked so little way up there but he was a pro and did a great job. Then J got to go on a giant bouncy "bed". And we finished up the day on the teacups. It was a long but very fun trip to "Sesame Street".
We drove to Lancaster to eat dinner and check into our hotel and we got J in bed at about 8 and then Daddy and I followed not long after... until tomorrow!

Thursday, August 6

Mountains and Sandwiches

Life gets more interesting every day with Jumpin J as he gets older and more aware of life! Just this morning he decided to take all the pillows on our bed and make a mountain out of them for Matilda to drive her tractor up onto and then make a "J" sandwich. He also showed me how to jump on the bed properly. We finished up the morning making and J and Bethy sandwich on the couch with his Grandma Blanket.

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