Nana was invited to travel to Pennsylvania for some music business. She and Papa invited us to join them so I quickly said ‘yes!’ Well…truth be told, as soon as she found out she was going my response was, ‘Want company?’ This happened mid-march and our weekend has arrived. I think I may have driven through bits of PA at different times but never had the opportunity to visit for an extended stay.
We were up early on Wednesday and on the road shortly after 6. It was to be a 6+ hour drive without stops so we knew we wanted to start sooner than later. Hannah is a great traveler yet this was to be her longest drive ever so I hoped she’d do well. She told me she was going to pretend the car was an airplane because she likes to fly and has handled lots of long flights well. She did great! There were a few ‘are we almost there’ but all in all she handled it well.
As we were preparing for this trip I was trying to figure out what to do for Hannah’s allergy to many detergents. At Disney we can request special hypoallergenic sheets but this isn’t an option at most hotels. I found this neat thing called a Sleep Sack at Bed, Bath and Beyond and it did the trick! She was comfy and was fully protected from the sheets that cause her from having an allergic reaction like she did last summer.
Thursday we took Nana to work and then set off to ‘not have any fun’ without her. I’m not sure we succeeded! We were in State College, PA so started off at a Visitor’s Center to find out what we might do. There’s not much to entertain a 5yo so we went with Plan B. Park time followed by shopping. That works!
This time she shocked me with her unexpected exit!
We spent the afternoon shopping at Kohl’s and Target. Hannah and I had time to go for a quick swim and then it was time to pick up Nana. All our fun had tuckered out my little girl and she grabbed a nap in the car.