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Anna’s First Roadtrip: Saturday and Sunday

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 by | 0 comments

Jacob and I have a little tradition of road-tripping on the 4th of July.  We pick a direction and just drive.  This year we drove towards Pennsylvania.  Jacob has been dying to go to America’s largest mall (by retail space not footprint) in King of Prussia.  We drove down Friday night and were totally surprised by the lack of traffic going south to and through and out of New York City.  It seemed everyone was headed up the coast towards the Cape.  We weren’t complaining.  We made it all the way to the mall on the first night and Anna had her first stay at a hotel.

In the morning I took Miss Fussy down for a walk then to breakfast.  I parked her in the corner of the eating area then went to find my milk and biscuits.  As I was making my decisions at the buffet, I heard a baby begin to cry.  Two thoughts immediately popped into my head as I continued to stare at the breakfast options: “oh, isn’t that cute” and “what a poor mother who can’t eat in peace”.  Then I remembered that I was that mother and ran over to console my lonely baby.  Whoops.

We walked around for quite some time on Saturday.  It was a ton of fun early in the morning when it was pretty deserted but racing a stroller around a crowded mall is not exactly my idea of a good time.  However, checking out the lego store is.  And we had a great time in the comic store, too  We found some new games, have I told you Jacob and I are addicted to board games now?  It is a pretty bad time to pick up the habit, with Anna wanting our attention, oh well.

The mall had a machine that scanned your body and spit out a printed list of clothes from stores in the mall that would fit you well.  Jacob and I are funky body sizes so we got pretty excited thinking that we might find somethings that fit.  However, I might just have to pick up tailoring because even the “best fits” suggested were completely unsatisfactory.  I guess the mall and clothes just don’t go together for us.

I think we only ended up actually purchasing one thing the entire day, other than food, and it was a cute rug from Crate & Barrel, my new favorite home decor store.  That place is awesome opossums.  Anna slept for the majority of her first mall trip but woke up a few times and we were able to explore the awkward world of public feedings, woot.

Sunday we spent visiting Valley Forge.  I have quite a soft spot in my heart for the colonial period so we were pretty excited to check out the park.  They had a museum filled with some items that soldiers had in their possession at the time of the encampment.  It also had some picture-opt cut outs.

We explored the various monuments on the grounds and Washington’s Headquarters.  The new little orchard of cherry trees surrounding Washington’s statue amused us.  It was a pretty hot day so we didn’t wander too far from the car but I love seeing so much history.

We spent the afternoon on back roads with only a northerly heading.  The towns we drove through were right out of the past, it was a bit creepy quaint.  We ended up in Bethlehem but it started to rain before we could get our adventure on so we camped out in the hotel playing our new card game on the bed while taking turns holding cutie.

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