Monday, October 22, 2012

Visiting family

Last week was the boys Fall Break from school. We decided to head up north to Virginia and Delaware for the week, and I am so glad we did. We had a marvelous time.

We headed out Tuesday around noon and made our 9 hour drive to Williamsburg. After sleeping that night, the boys and I headed up to New Castle, DE where Steve's sister Kristin lives. Steve wanted to spend some one on one time with his Dad so this gave the rest of us a perfect opportunity to visit cousins.

We drove the additional 4 hours through D.C., and Maryland, and into Delaware. I really enjoyed the drive. You get through the craziness of the city and then you are in beautiful country. And we really loved the cooler weather when we got to Delaware.

The first day we were there, we went to Pennsylvania to the Herr's chip factory. It was a perfect outing for 8 kids. We even got to taste chips hot right off the belt. It was so much fun.

 [A baby just enjoying some chips]

The next day we had planned to go to an apple orchard and pumpkin patch, but the rain made it impossible so we found ourselves at chuck e cheese instead. Another great place to go with lots of kids. Especially on a Friday at noon. Everyone else was in school!

After we were done playing on Friday, we headed back to Williamsburg to rejoin Steve. On our way up north we drove through a tunnel that took us under the water. On our way back we took a different road and went on a huge bridge to get across the water. Both were really cool to see.

On Saturday we spent some time with Nana and Papa and then we got to go to their trunk or treat. We weren't aware of this trunk or treat when we were packing, so we didn't bring any costumes with us. These are the ones we came up with after a trip to the dollar store.

[cousin Daniel as Incredible Hulk with Nathan bothering him as usual.]
 [Steven with his $1 mask on]
 [Nathan found a sheet to be a ghost]
 [Brandon as a camouflage guy with some dollar store face paint]
[Here is our little skeleton after dessert]
[Jacob was a pirate for the evening and he has had a sucker in his mouth ever since that night.]
Also at the trunk or treat,  Steve won 2nd place in their chili contest. Yahoo! Go Steve.

The next day we went to sacrament meeting and heard some wonderful talks and then we were on our way home. It was a wonderful week.


Alicia said...

Looks like so much fun. I would love to see that part of the country at this time of year. I'm sure it was beautiful. You did a good job putting together some last minute costumes and wow to Steve for winning the chili contest last minute. You guys are impressive.

I'm most especially glad to hear about this trip and Steve's one on one time with his dad after I just saw his FB post. What? His dad passed away? How miraculous that you had this time with him right before. I'm just so happy for you all that you made that trip. And I'm so sad for you that Steve lost his father. So sorry. I hope you are feeling comforted and loved right now.

Sue said...

Just saw this. Sounds like a perfect trip for the whole family. I am so happy that you got to go, yay for fall break from school!

Roger said...

A great trip trip for many reasons.

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