This is the next installment of posts on our road trip. I hope I don't bore you too much.
We spent our night in the swimming pool before heading off to bed. Our hotel room was actually a suite of rooms--a bedroom with 2 queen size beds and a sofa bed. Aaaahhhh....the space was awesome. We've had hotels that boasted rooms with 2 queen size beds. I often wondered what their idea of queen size was.
In the morning, we headed to Gettysburg. I've been here before and enjoyed the scenery. Ben, of course, loves everything about Gettysburg. THE battle was fought here. My eyes tend to glaze over at this point. I thought I did okay--mostly, I focused on how beautiful the land was. I loved seeing all those rocks poking up from the soil.
We explored Little Round Top for about an hour and then headed to the souvenir shop. I know Ben would've loved to spend more time there but we had a schedule to keep.
Michele and her family were waiting for us. We hit a few snags but we weren't too late. As we were turning the corner onto her street, I recognized her youngest walking with her oldest daughter. I knew we were close and it was exciting. I have a confession to make: I'm really shy. Once you know me, you can't stop my jabbering but it's hard to meet people. Anyway, Michele and her family just put me at ease. One of her sons took care of Brother. He felt really comfortable there which is a big plus. We didn't get as much time as we would've liked since we already were behind half a day behind schedule. Michele is a wonderfully warm person. I hope to meet up with her again the next time I'm in the area. Of course, anyone who is traveling near us is more than welcome to pop in for a visit.
We were off to our next hotel stop before our final leg into Massachusetts.
The weekend started off fast with dress rehearsals for the ballet recital. Saturday, Sister performed in the first performance--there are two performances as they school puts on an entire ballet with all the classes performing. Sunday brought a family birthday party for Pumpkin and then another ballet performance with Honey performing as well (there are two classes for the 4 year olds, Honey's class performed on Sunday). After the performance, we loaded the kids up in our already loaded Suburban and took off on our road trip. We made it to Texarkana in about 6 hours with a few potty breaks (one 5 miles from our destination--aah, the joys of a newly potty trained child). Our road trip started on the 19th of May; here are some pictures:
A little mishap before leaving.
We drove for hours the next day without a fun stop in there at all. Our original stop point was going to be in West Virginia, but we stopped in Louisville, KY. Still, it was a LONG drive. The third day was long and we stopped in Chambersburg, PA. Wednesday brings us fun stuff which I'll cover in my next post (who knows when that will be since it's taken me forever to get this done).
Let me tell you a quick story about Alice. I've admired her for so long and longed to meet her in person. The opportunity came up during our road trip as she lives close Ben's Aunt Vivian. I was only able to meet up with her I although Ionged to meet two others in Long Island. Alice and her girls were on the way back from a Latin mass where her older two girls sang (oh, my they have beautiful voices). She dropped by for a very quick visit at Aunt Vivian's house. You gotta love someone whose first words to you are "You're gorgeous!". Alas, our visit was much too short as they had to leave for another engagement. She is a beautiful person.
Right now, I'm on the road to recovery, but it's not been pretty. I've finished unpacking the suitcases and most of the sundry bags of souvenirs and junk stuff. The best way to motivate oneself in this process is to invite people over less than a week after arriving home. Our twice monthly knitting class was canceled because our knitting guru's husband returned home from Iraq (Welcome Home, Frank!!!). Oh, I think I have Typepad's new linking system worked out.
Anyway, I know I'm rambling but I'm behind on posting. I'm hoping to post about the vacation: the wedding, the places we've been, the wonderful people we met. Since I can't seem to get going, I'll tease you with a few photos from the wedding.
Doesn't Sister look beautiful? Where did my baby go?
My handsome boy (an usher at the wedding) throwing something green into the air.
Did you even notice I was gone? I did have some posts that published while I was gone. We took a long road trip to Massachusetts and back. It took three weeks and we're exhausted. It was a fun time had by all. I have loads of pictures (of course!) and lots to tell.
Oh, and this new Typepad format is pretty interesting. I'll have to explore more later. For now, I need to referee a fight.