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Ocean City, Part 1

We went to Ocean City, MD for a few days last week.

The first day there, we went to the Boardwalk and played on the beach. Julia and Kaitlyn loved playing in the sand and going in the ocean. It was quite the departure from their last visit to the beach last year.

But that’s not all we did while in Ocean City. More pictures to come later in the week.

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Air and Space Museum

Continuing our weekend in DC, we went to the Air and Space Museum next to Dulles. In short, it was awesome. Seeing all those airplanes and the space shuttle up close was great. The kids were relatively well behaved, likely because it wasn’t crowded and there was a ton of room for the girls to run around.

There was only one major complaint. There was only one food choice there (McDonalds), and it was outrageously priced (probably a 25-40% premium over a typical store). Of course, you could leave the museum, if you take food along and leave it in a cooler in your car, then go to the picnic area outside. But since we didn’t know there was a picnic area there, that wasn’t an option for us.

Anyway, we had a really good time there.

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National Zoo

We went to DC last weekend to visit Susan and Isaac. Our first stop was the zoo. It was hot that day, so the animals were pretty inactive and trying to stay in the shade. We didn’t get to see everything, but did manage to see the pandas (also sleeping).

All in all, we had a pretty good time at the zoo, and stopped at 2Amys for some delicious pizza.

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Lancaster

Following up our trip to Dutch Wonderland, we stayed in the area for the weekend. We went to the Strasburg Railroad, where Julia and Kaitlyn found the trains to be interesting. We didn’t bother riding the train on this trip, because (1) it was $40, and (2) I think they would have gotten bored very quickly. And with nowhere to go for an hour except sit in your seat isn’t all that much fun, regardless of what’s going on outside the train.

After visiting the railroad, we went to Intercourse to do all the typical Amish Country stuff. The trip to the Intercourse Pretzel Factory was a let down. They offered factory tours, but it was really just a demonstration in rolling your own pretzel, and not much else. At least the kids did get a piece of dough to play with. We followed that up with a trip to Shady Maple, a ridiculously sized smorgasbord. Unfortunately, Julia had just been woken up from a nap when we got there, so she was cranky and refused to eat anything there. By the time we were all done, she was just coming around. Fortunately, Kaitlyn was well behaved, and was happy just eating watermelon.

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Dutch Wonderland

We went to Dutch Wonderland last weekend, and had a really good time. The weather was a bit iffy in the morning, but the sun came out in the afternoon, and the girls stayed in it until they were practically falling asleep. We did most of the rides, and Julia was a bit hesitant to start. Kaitlyn, of course, showed no fear at all on any of the rides. Julia ended up loving the train ride, Kaitlyn liked the water park, and they were both a little too excited about the bumper cars. (Maniacal laughs followed every crash…)

Here are some pictures from our day there. More pictures from our weekend in Lancaster will be coming on Tuesday.

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Please Touch Museum – Part 4

Finishing up the pictures from the Please Touch Museum. There was a burger place, and the kids loved putting together burgers, putting them on trays, and bringing them over to us.

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Please Touch Museum – Part 3

Part three from the Please Touch Museum. There was a play shopping area, and the kids absolutely had a blast there. They had their mini shopping carts, and went all over the place, getting play food off the counters and out of the bins.

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Please Touch Museum – Part 2

Part two of pictures from the Please Touch Museum. Many of these pictures were from the Alice in Wonderland area. The kids really did enjoy playing in that area.

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Please Touch Museum

We deliberately planned on not having a birthday party for Kaitlyn. She’s at a stage right now where she does not want to be the center of attention (though from the last post, I would have a hard time believing it). So instead, we took her to the Please Touch Museum in Philly. There was definitely some concern on our part whether Kaitlyn and Julia would last long enough there before having a meltdown. Thankfully, they didn’t, and we had a great time.

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Kaitlyn’s 2nd Birthday

Kaitlyn celebrated her 2nd birthday a few weeks ago. My parents came down for a couple days, and we went to the Please Touch Museum. (Photos of Please Touch Museum will be coming soon.) Kaitlyn really liked the bicycle she got, and wanted to get on it right away, even though she can’t quite pedal yet. The cell phone was a huge hit too. She’s still playing with that one a lot, even playing with it as I type.

These are some pictures from the “party” we had, which was actually little more than inviting our neighbors over and having some cake that strangely tasted a bit like cornbread. It was good, but just a little odd for a birthday cake. Damn you, Martha Stewart.