Even though it breaks our hearts to not have the Herways closer to us, it is kinda fun to have this East Coast connection. We love traveling to see them whenever we can. Our trip this summer was awesome. The kids could not get enough of their time with the cousins. And the adults went on 3 dates & left all the kids behind. It was glorious. This is going to be a long post. But enjoy
We made it! Stupid Delta split us up and the best they could do was put Dan and Luke 2 rows in front of the rest of us. So Dan wasn’t able to help with Annie at all. But she did pretty good, took about an hour long nap and Sophie was able to hold her a little bit to give my arms a break.
First item of business…catching fireflies. To me, there is nothing more magical than fireflies and I loved sharing it with my kids. Luke was in heaven and I loved hearing him run back saying “I got one.” It was so fun. They were out every night of our trip and it never got old. I loved it.
Saturday and Sunday we spent hanging out around the house and playing. It was good to give Annie some days of good naps to rejuvenate her for our longer days. We went to Doylestown which is a charming little town in PA where we enjoyed a BBQ dinner and some Belgian waffles. Yum.
Monday we made the 2 hour drive to Hershey. Annie was not too happy about the long drive right in the middle of her naptime. She got over that fast on this trip! We met up with our best Draper friends, the Megehees, who now live in Virginia. It was so fun to be reunited! We loved exploring chocolate world. We were able to watch a fun 3D movie, ride a little train ride to see how chocolate is made and the highlight was making our own candy bar. We were able to pick out our own chocolate, toppings and wrapping for our chocolate. And then we watched it all through the production line. How cute are those baby hairnets!?
After Hershey we drove a little further in Amish Country. It was so beautiful there. So many trees and green fields. We saw a few horse and buggies, lots of laundry drying on the line, and the cutest pair of Amish kids working in their yard. We stopped in Lititz and made pretzels at one of the oldest pretzel factories in the US. Then we drove to Intercourse, PA to sample Amish jams an jellies, salsas and sauces. It was yummy and fun. And I loved seeing my friend Alicia so much!
Tuesday we went to a local farm and picked blueberries. It was hot! But we still got 6 pounds or more which was awesome. After our hard work we enjoyed apple cider slushes and donuts. I think Annie drank a whole cup of cider herself. We went to see some of the animals. I had never seen an albino peacock before. Pretty cool.
On Wednesday we took it easy. We did venture into Princeton, NJ for ice cream at the Bent Spoon. They have some of the most delicious sorbets. Annie got more treats on this trip than ever before. That night the boys headed to Baltimore to an Orioles game at Camden Yards. Before the game they visited Babe Ruth’s childhood home. Tommy and Jack made it on the Jumbotron at the game with their awesome dance moves!
Thursday was our New York day! We drove into the city which was crazy! I was so sure that we were going to be a car accident at any second. People drive like maniacs there! Our first stop was Rockefeller center where we went to the top of the building. It was such an awesome view. Luke was terrified cause he thought we would fall off the building. Ha! He was relieved to see that it was all enclosed. I love looking at this amazing city from 80 stories up! After that we walked around into the Lego store and the Nintendo store. Luke said it was the best day of his life! He ran around with all the different Mario stuffed toys and pretended like he was in the game. It was just about the best thing ever. After looking through some shops we walked up Fifth Avenue and into Central Park. We went straight to all the play equipment. The kids spent forever playing at the splash park. It was such a beautiful day in the city. On our way out, the GPS took us straight down the middle of Times Square at about 9 pm. It was crazy and pretty fun at the same time! I love NY!
On Friday we went to the Jersey Shore. It was fun but a little stressful for me. My older kids were braver than ever and sometimes got a little further out in the ocean than I liked! The lifeguards went after Jack one time. He said he was completely fine but still! But they really did have the time of their lives jumping over the waves and playing in the sand. That night the adults went out to the Black Bass Hotel for dinner. It was yummy and right on the Delaware River. So so pretty. It was a fun way to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary.
Saturday and Sunday we did more relaxing at home. Annie took her first sink bath. She loved it. We went back into Princeton on Saturday night for more Bent Spoon ice cream. Yum. On Sunday night we did smores and told stories around the campfire. And we definitely had to catch more fireflies!
On Monday we went into Downtown Philadelphia to the Franklin Institute. It was such a neat science museum for the kids. They had the best time. We spent a ton of time at the video game exhibit of course. I thought it was awesome that there was a view of the Philadelphia Temple from the museum. And then on our way home we drove right by it. It is so beautiful and right on the heart of the city!
Tuesday morning we hired another babysitter and all the adults travelled back into the city so that we could go to Reading Terminal Market. It was fun to walk through the city and enjoy a cheesesteak. I loved the City Hall building. It as so beautiful and so big. About 2 pm a huge storm came through which delayed our 5 pm flight by 3 hours. It made for a long flight home. Annie fought sleeping until the brink of disaster almost. She finally knocked out for about 2 hours which was a lifesaver. Sophie and Jack both slept for about 45 minutes on the flight and Luke never closed his eyes!! What!? After all was said and done I climbed into my bed at home at 1240 am mountain time so 240 am out East. So sleepy! But it was worth every second. It was the most magical trip. When we entered the airport right after Melanie dropped us off, Luke started sobbing. And then we all started crying. There is something so special about spending time with family. I will be forever thankful that we are fortunate enough to be able to make these trips every so often. They mean so much to all of us. We love the Herways!