This weekend we went back to Storyland. Last time we went, it was POURING down rain all weekend long and it made for a very soggy and miserable time. We knew we needed to go back one more time this year, in good weather, to redeem ourselves with a good visit. And we did! It was such a treat to actually be able to take my camera into the park and not have to fight to keep it dry.
This vintage milking cow is one of those things that's been around for 50 years or more.....
The antique cars are a classic ride at Storyland, being the very first one inside the park. The lines are always very long, so we only do it ONCE. The kids have a hard time waiting in line that long. Drew loves to drive although he can't reach the gas pedal. It's kind of a sickening ride when he drives. ;)
I love this shot..... that's Parker in the orange shirt up on the bridge.
I had no idea how much they were going to fight over this dang $4.35 slushie. Sheesh!!! I guess they really liked it. And we were TOTALLY sharing that drink back and forth between me, Drew, and impetigo-infested Parker. We didn't have any clue what it was that he had.
And speaking of which, here are the kids all wallowing all over the very public ball pit, Parker spreading his impetigo germs all over the place. I had no idea what he had, I swear! I never even heard of it until we got back home and took him to the doctor on Monday.
A couple of Storyland classics..... the train, and the Old Woman in the Shoe. And yes, there is actually an old woman in the shoe, handing out stickers. I was shocked and amazed that Drew actually went in there and got a sticker from her (both days!).
Parker was, and has been, always obsessed with the train. Even before we went, somehow he remembered our trip in June and when I mentioned Storyland was always talking about "train tracks." I really don't know HOW he remembered that, but it's amazing talking to a two-year old that doesn't have a language delay because oftentimes they really DO know what they're talking about!!! I'm astounded.
In fact, ever since we've been home, he's been talking about the traintracks, and also the flamingo, hippopotamus, alligator, and monkeys..... all of which are things that we saw from the train during our many rides around the park. I can't believe he really remembered all those things and is still talking about it, even a week later! It really was his favorite thing, last time and this time, so who am I to question? The heart wants what the heart wants.
As we left, we had to let the kids run under the tunnel that connects each side of Rt. 16...... even though we didn't park on the other side of the road, they were still fascinated by the tunnel and had to check it out.... as kids do, crazy obsessed about "tunnels" and running to the other side of them, no matter how bland or uninteresting they are. I think they need to paint a mural in there. :)
We stayed at a different motel this time, in North Conway, and it (like the other one) had outstanding ratings on Trip Advisor and was just great. They even recommended a restaurant, Muddy Moose, sort of across the street that we actually walked to, and it was very kid-friendly. In fact the whole place was filled with kids. Drew did much better this time, alternating his time between coloring and Angry Birds. It was much less stressful than the last time we tried to take them out in public. All in all, pretty good, but not something we'll be doing again any time soon. That's my nice big Blue Moon beer there......