We decided to revisit a trip we'd done four years ago when M was a baby. None of them remembered it that well, except C. It turned out to be the perfect mini-vacation.
We picked up J&S from school early so when C came home from middle school, we were ready to go. We missed the rush hour traffic AND got to see the Blue Angels over Baltimore on our way through! Amazing. They are SO fast. Even watching from the freeway, the formations were impressive, especially the stall where they seem to hover and then take off straight up. I want to go to an air show now.
After that, there was much license plate spotting and that kept them entertained almost to the Red Caboose Motel. Which is a dive, really, the rooms are so old, but how fun is it to stay in a real caboose? We found some dinner then came back and had a donut while sitting by the train tracks, looked around the petting zoo, climbed the viewing tower, and played on the playground until dark. It was so pleasant. There is something about getting out of our normal routine that breaks some bad habits. Everyone got along so well.
We got ready for bed and watched the first half of The Great Race. Have you seen that movie? It's hilarious. Jack Lemmon is a genius.
|(The only picture I got of the motel :( Ours is the turquoise one in the middle)|
Friday morning, after eating cereal with milk frozen in the mini-fridge, we headed to the Mennonite Information Center to tour the replica of the Israelite Tabernacle. I loved it. The visual inspired a lot of questions and answered a lot too. I would love to go back again after having studied the Pentateuch more closely. The kids, aside from M, liked it too. She was pretty restless by the end.
|(The three littlest with Percy)|
We finished out the day with the Hands-On House in Lancaster. Perfect. At about 3:00, I wondered if we'd have trouble with older kids getting bored and younger kids wanting to stay, but that place is just great. The inside is just big enough to play with everything without feeling like you have to rush.
|(working at the factory)|
And then the outside. The gardens are so fantastic. They played outside for probably an hour and a half, maybe longer. They built the Land of Sand, all four of them, for the longest time. It's nice to find something they'll all do together.
It was so peaceful and lovely, sitting there watching. G and I even had a chance for a nice long talk. I must say, it is much easier doing things like this without worrying about diapers, bottles, pacifiers, and naps. I am loving this stage of parenting.