Sweetest Place On Earth

We took a three day, two night trip to Hershey Park, which bills itself as the sweetest place on earth. The weather was perfect for water rides, roller coasters, and chocolate.

After vowing never to ride it again 2 years ago, Thing 4 reconsidered and gave the Sooper Dooper Looper another go. As the name suggests, it’s a loop coaster but tame enough to be dubbed a “family ride”.  SuburbanMommy did not ride this time.

We toured Chocolate World and made our own candy bars. Rode water slides, tubed in the lazy river, and got dizzy on the Scrambler.

Junior Golfers

We found a fun activity for the summer – Loudoun Junior Golf League. Weekly 9 hole matches as a fun introduction to golf. It’s all part of my grand plan to be able to play more golf myself, some time way in the future.

SuburbanDaddy is one of the tournament officials. Which means I get a free golf cart, keep everyone’s score, and make sure nobody is cheating.

Cherry Blossoms

I had lived in the Washington DC area for over twenty years and never experienced the most quintessential DC tourist attraction – Cherry Blossoms.

We went on a weekday during spring break to avoid the huge crowds.  March was unusually warm and the blossoms were near peak. 

We took the Metro from Reston to avoid traffic and parking. It was our first time taking the metro as family. I have to say driving, even with the traffic, is still easier, and cheaper, when you have 6 people.

Complaints were rampant as we had to do a lot of walking and standing in big crowds. But we can at least check Cherry Blossoms off the bucket list.

The most memorable part was probably right after taking this picture, when a tourist lost her phone in the water leaning over the railing trying to get a good angle for a picture.

A Trip Of Firsts

Thing 3 and I took a trip to Boston. It was a trip of firsts. We went to meet a new Urban Cousin that just joined the family. It was the first time I went away with only Thing 3 over night. It was the first time flying in an airplane for Thing 3.

Thing 3 was happy to have arrived at our hotel, but not so happy to be wearing his “fancy clothes”


Suburban Grandpa joined us from Florida. He was not happy about the frigid temperatures, and didn’t have the proper clothing.


Urban Cousin was the reason we were all there.


He wouldn’t eat there but liked that the restaurant had his name on it.


Too bad selfie’s weren’t the rage when my Things were little.


Suburban Uncle attempting to break the world record for longest time to change a diaper.


Suburban Aunt enjoyed time with her new nephew.


Lots of cousins.


Thing 3’s favorite part of the trip: a late night snack run.


Eating pretzels in bed! ?Can’t do that at home.


How about a donut for the flight home?


One more selfie on the flight home.


The Teleporter

Thing 3 is both inventive and business minded. He has decided to invent a Teleporter. Although the product is still in the concept stage, he already has a sales pitch video.

Incidentally, the Power Ranger outfit has nothing to do with the Teleporter. He just wears it around the house sometimes.

One lesson he’s already learned: go to the bathroom before starting your sales pitch. Especially when you are wearing a Power Ranger suit.