Baby Sister, Bridges, Chocolate, and DC

A little more about our spontaneous road trip!  We are loving this month off of work as he’s switching careers!  The funnest of all our visits was definitely getting to surprise our sweet B’s with a stop off at my sister’s house!  She has a precious two year old little girl and is in the process of fostering to adopt an adorable baby boy.  Being separated by way too many states, it was absolutely awesome to soak in every second that we possibly could together!  She has a beautiful home and a beautiful family and I couldn’t be more proud of my baby sister and more thankful for how amazing God has provided for her!!!

 Here are our hubbies discussing our next stretch of the trip.  I’m telling you it was definitely spontaneous.  We didn’t have a single hotel booked until we were about an hour from arriving in the next city!  And thankfully, it all came together without a hitch!!!  Good job sweet Stud!
Have you ever seen a more beautiful baby!?!?  My sister is such a great mommy!!!  Getting to love on him is a gift that they’re enjoying everyday for as long as God should so choose!  They’ve been advised that loving on a foster baby is something you will never regret!  Their love is so beautiful!

And this little girl…oh my goodness…she loved her…”cuuuzins” to pieces and they were all giggles about her cuteness!

Little B is quite the photographer!  She takes great pics with our old camera…even pics of her mommy taking pics!

Back on the road…we traveled through Ohio on another back road and were amazed by all the covered bridges!  Constructed in the mid-late 1800s.




And then we pulled up to Hershey, Pennsylvania, which was of course, a HUGE hit!!  Crazy amount of fun for a total $3 – 2 Cadbury eggs and a bag of jelly beans.  No sales tax in Pennsylvania.  Sweet!  They had a tour via a little amusement park ride for free.  And they had a wheel to spin that had prizes and we won 4 Hershey bars and 3 Hershey cupcakes!  Yep, we had a GREAT time.  {Although, I’m totally not liking what the scale reads following a two week road trip.}
Next stop, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, which was so awe inspiring!  This year we’ve focused more on learning about the fifty states, but the two years prior we did extensive study on the founding of America.  All three of my sweeties have  a passion for American History and being in Gettysburg was absolutely thrilling for them!  They wanted to know EVERYTHING there was to learn!Baby B’s got the “I need to go potty” look…AWESOME!

I think I’m going to quit feeding my sweeties…looking at this picture, I’m in total shock that they are this BIG!


And then onto, Washington DC for the opening day of the Cherry Blossom festival.  Yep, not an empty parking spot in the entire district!  We drove around and saw the sites for at least an hour before finding an empty spot.  That’s when I became…well…postal!  Stud backed up into the spot and then noticed a lady was standing in the spot.  He kept reversing, but she wasn’t budging.  I jumped out to ask her to politely move….she told me “I’m from China.  My husband is back there.  I’m saving the spot.”  I looked through a traffic jam of mad drivers to spot her hubby a few cars back.  Hmmm…wasn’t flying with me.  I was hungry and wasn’t the only one in my car that needed a potty break desperately.  I told her, “In America, we don’t save spots.  It’s first come first serve.”  She told me, “I’m not moving.”  To which, I went there…”Then I will call the police!”  I know, totally undiplomatic.  But sure enough, I grabbed my cell phone and called my, ahem…bestie Mother-in-Law and told her the whole thing…and as I was talking she walked to her car and we pulled in.  That was my only battle with road rage on the 3700 mile trip.  Oops!

FYI, around the next bend they found a spot and all worked out well, except Stud, who is very unconfrontational, was concerned about our tires.


Capitol Building, Washington DC
 United States Botanic Garden Conservatory was BEAUTIFUL!





 We visited several of the Smithsonian Museums, including, the American Indian Museum, the Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Natural History.


 A far away view of the White House.  Bummer part of our spontaneous trip is the mandatory 21 days advance notice if you want a tour.
  Abraham Lincoln

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  1. Tracy says:

    Hi– I was just researching kid-friendly stops on our trip through Pennsylvania and D.C. (we’re from Cincinnati) and stumbled upon your site through Pinterest. Thanks for the tips about Hershey & D.C., sorry about this random question– but what font are you using on this site? It’s so easy to read and I’d love to use it for business communication letters. (I told you, random question!) Thanks!

  2. Nicole@Thrifty Decorating says:

    Aimee…do you realize that you were 20 minutes from us when you were in Hershey? If I had only know! 🙂 Also…my daughter and I were in DC exactly when you were…at many of the same places! LOL

  3. Crafty Mischief says:

    Happy vacation! Your nephew is adorable!

  4. chateau chic says:

    Sounds like a wonderful trip and a lot of memories made! We live right outside of D.C. so it’s fun to see pictures others take around the area.
    Mary Alice

  5. Unknown says:

    Loved reading about your next stop! We are VERY close to DC (Maryland) and even closer to Baltimore…if you’d like a place to stop…this homeschooling family would be GLAD to have you…dinner and all:)..would love to be a part of your journey….Your blog is a blessing to follow!
    Elizabeth (

  6. Looks like a fun trip!

  7. Aimee - says:

    It was unreal! I never knew road trip could be relaxing, but the beautiful scenery and having absolutely nothing pressing back home…it was so enjoyable! XO, Aimee

  8. Creative Raisins says:

    Wow that looks like an amazing trip, lots of fun memories for everyone. The best kind of trips are the ones with no plans

  9. Deanne says:

    sounds like a great trip!

  10. Jen says:

    I envy your spontanaity! And what a precious family, and sweet baby boy! Can’t wait to see more of your trip!

  11. Shabby chic Sandy says:

    Looks like great fun with adorable kids! Your photography looks great too:)