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The boys big sister, Jess, and niece other big sister, Kameran, came to visit for a few days. They flew into Philly and although the airport is less than 50-miles away from the house, it took us almost 2-1/2 hours to get there because the traffic on the PA turnpike is…just….awful! Anyway, we made it there and back, and Jess and Kam only had to wait a little while…well, 20-minutes or so, which probably seemed like an extraordinarily long time after an afternoon spent traveling.

Kids Castle Today, everyone visited “Kids Castle” in nearby Doylestown. The castle is an eight story wooden playground structure designed & named by children of Doylestown Township through an art contest in 1996. As you cross over the drawbridge, you enter a magical world that includes a 35-foot high castle with a huge twisty slide, a very friendly dragon, a tree house, a barn yard, a rocket ship, a downtown promenade for toddlers, a multitude of slides and swings and a children’s amphitheater. It’s pretty darn cool, and the kids had a blast!

And there was ice cream! 🙂

Adam eats ice cream Kameran eats ice cream Alex eats ice cream

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Alex is all boy … he just loves toy cars and trucks. And although this little fire truck is self-propelled, he prefers “driving” it himself. In fact, he’s probably logged 500 miles this weekend … all on his knees! 😉

Alex drives

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Today, Cindy is having lunch in town with my mom, and our cousins, Laura, Teresa and Crystal.

Me? Well, figuring the boys were getting a little spoiled, and wanting to get them back in traveling mode, I took the kids for a short trip to my hometown, Mt. Airy, North Carolina (better known as “Mayberry” of Andy Griffith fame). My dad came along to help out, although I cautioned him against it. Turns out my warning was spot-on as Adam wailed for miles and miles and miles.

When we f-i-n-a-l-l-y arrived, we parked the van and took the kids on a walk down Main Street. We walked past Floyd’s barber shop, the Snappy Lunch (home of the famous pork chop sandwich, and, according to Dad, the best ground steak sandwich around…of course, he’s wrong), and the Blue Bird Cafe. The boys enjoyed the walk, and Dad talked about how the town looked 50 years ago. After returning to the van, we fed the kids, and headed up the road to Odell’s Sandwich Shop (where one will really find the best ground steak sandwich around!).

Then we were on our way back home to Virginia…serenaded by Adam for miles and miles and miles…

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Today we took a drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway, and stopped at Mabry Mill. On the way back down the mountain, we stopped at Nancy’s Candy Factory (love the fudge!) before enjoying a belated birthday dinner for Cindy at a local Mexican Restaurant.

The family at Mabry Mill

The mill is located in Meadow’s of Dan, Virginia. Incidentally, one of my favorite authors, Burke Davis, lives here!

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Mom had a doctor’s appointment today and packed-up the boys for the trip. Here they are outside the doctor’s office…the boys stylin’ in the Cadillac of Strollers (a gift from Cindy’s “Bunco” group).

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