Who looks familiar here?
That's my tall drink of water husband--high school freshman.
Randy made an appearance as well. For the food I'm sure.
Maggie had a crazy good time. Cousin Olivia was great at keeping her entertained.
During some of our down time at the hotel:
On our way to the Art Market:
Cousin Courtney MADE the adorable dress on Caroline! Thank you SOO much, Courtney. We love it!
After all that careful planing we still had weather issues . We took the "other" way home--through the mountains. We came upon an accident that had us sitting on our car for a LONG STINKING TIME!
But...we made it home safely. Phew.
Maggie loves to dress up. I wonder why I buy her the nice clothes I do--they end up in a pile on the floor. Here she is having a little discussion with Caroline about her old potty chart:
Caroline really wishes she could eat some of that cake batter:
Last year we did our autumn farm visit much too late. It was freezing and there were hardly any pumpkins left to choose from. This year was just right. The weather was chilly but sunny and nice and there were loads of pumpkins. We had a great time.
Kids hay maze:
Daddy feeding the goats. Maggie would not even try. There were also about 4 brand new baby goats that we (me) enjoyed.
Pony ride with mommy. This she took this even more seriously:
I decided to start Caroline on solids. She seemed extremely interested in food so, what the heck. She seemed pretty darn happy--not knowing what was coming and all.
This place was crazy! We caught a live snake show but I didn't get my camera out in time to snap a shot of Caroline touching a massive boa. I'm so bummed. Next we moved onto the huge tortoises which you could walk around with and touch. Maggie did eventually warm up to them.
Bear Country U.S.A.:
This was one of those drive through "zoo" type places. We expected to see a bear off in the distance or something but this place did NOT disappoint! We saw something close to 100 bears and not just from a distance. These bears were just walking around just feet from the cars. We also so elk, wolves, cougars, etc. After the drive through portion of the park they had a spot where you could get out and walk to see the bear cubs in a traditional zoo like setting. I loved this place.
I did not expect this mountain to be so much...fun! First, it totally looked fake to me. Weird, huh? It looked like it was carved out of Styrofoam or something. The mountain was amazing. The walk to get up there (with all the flags) was super cool. And the museum--wow. Maggie and Caroline were kind of done with the whole thing so we didn't get to spend nearly as much time as we would have liked reading each plaque, looking at each display, etc. We could have done two days here rather than just a short afternoon.
Back At The Hotel:
Snacking and playing on the bed.
In the parking lot. I just thought Caroline's expression and the way she's holding her hands were funny.
We stayed in Keystone. Here is Maggie (and me) eating the biggest ice cream cone ever on the boardwalk.
Everyone should do this trip. Well worth it!