Sunday, May 18, 2014

Long Weekend Getaway!

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. 

We like to eat at some of the restaurants we enjoy that we don’t have in Canada so supper was at Cracker Barrel.  IMG_3515

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 summerPA5

Thursday we took Nana to work and then set off to ‘not have any fun’ without her.  I’m not sure we succeeded!  Winking smile  PA Park 1We 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!

So many ‘yellow flowers’ to pick and give to Mommy!IMG_3521

It’s so much greener here and oh so beautiful!  We were happy to be wearing our summer clothes again.IMG_3548


Hannah is a high flyer on the swings and always tries to get as high as she can.IMG_3532

This time she shocked me with her unexpected exit!

A final pose before we left the park.IMG_3541

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.PA7

Supper was at the Olive Garden and then back to our hotel for the night.   Sharing a special moment with Nana.IMG_3555



  1. Two questions - Are Nana and Papa your parents? Looks like you had a wonderful time! And what detergent do you find works the best for skin allergies?

    1. Nana and Papa are great friends who have been like second parents to me since I was a teen!

      The best detergent I've found is called 'Nature Clean.' I can buy it in Canada at major grocery stores but am not sure if it's available in the US. Hannah has no reaction to it at all so it's all we use in our home.

  2. My daughter lives in State College, and based on the places you went, I'd say you were probably staying just a few blocks from her house! Since she has a 2 year old she could have given you lots of ideas for kid fun there. I'm so glad you had a good time.

  3. My daughter and her family live in State College, and based on the places you went, I'd say you were probably staying just a few blocks from her house! She has found lots of fun kid-friendly activities for her 2 year old son there. I'm glad you had a good time.

  4. A sleep sack - of course!!! I have a couple here and I didn't even think about it or I would have given it to you. Glad you had a good time.

  5. What a fun trip! We love Cracker Barrel, too! Lancaster Co. looks so beautiful. I think we'll need to plan a trip there, too.


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