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Our Summer In Review

27 Aug


The summer has been over for exactly a day, so it seems like as good a time as any to take a look back.

While it wasn’t a bad summer it wasn’t the best yet, that distinction goes to last summer. The area where this summer was better was that there was more Bill in the picture. This was the first summer EVER that he hasn’t been tied to the golf course so he was able to come along on some adventures with us.

We hit all the major attractions in the area. The zoo, the aquarium, Longwood Gardens, Dutch Wonderland, the Herr’s Chip Factory, the Turkey Hill Experience, we even made it to Hershey Park (for a minute). What we didn’t do was go on little hikes and excursions like we did last summer.

Looking back I’m not really sure what we did all summer but we missed out on the butterflies, and many of the other nature adventures we took last year. The kids enjoyed them last year but had no interest this year and I wasn’t going to push the issue.

We did have both boys in full day camp for three weeks which took up a nice little chunk of summertime.

Honestly though, the kids had a much different attitude than they did last year. They fought with each other a lot more and they didn’t really want to do anything. Often times it wasn’t even fun to go out with them because they were miserable. Don’t let those smiling faces fool you, we had more than our fair share of temper tantrums.

There was a lot of fun had this summer but we also missed out on a lot more. My hope is to make next summer the best one yet, so jam packed with fun they’ll be begging to go back to school just to get a break.

How was your summer? The best ever? Not even over yet?


The Adventure Aquarium and Mighty Mike

12 Jul

A Summer of Mommyland Adventure

The secret to a successful summer is making sure there’s something to do. During these ridiculously hot months why not take your kids on a indoor adventure that they’ll be talking about for months (and maybe even years) to come?

I love anywhere I can sneak in a little education, so the aquarium is the perfect destination. No matter how many times we go, there is always something new to learn about.

Meet Mighty Mike


Just kidding! This little guy is pretty cute though isn’t he?


That is Mike! He’s a pretty big dude. Just to give you a better idea of how big he is take a look at how he compares to the boys.


We thought this was safer than tossing them in with Mike.

Might Mike is pretty cool and you need to get to the Adventure Aquarium to pay him a visit. You need to hurry if you want to see just how big Mike is, he’s only going to be at the Adventure Aquarium until Labor Day. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Cameron loved talking about Mighty Mike and his “numbers”. Might Mike is 800 pounds. That started the discussion about what things weigh 800 pounds. How many Cameron’s would that be? Mike’s size makes him look like he would be a slow mover but he’s actually capable of reaching speeds of up to 30 MPH in short bursts. I NEED to see that!

Mighty Mike looked so docile just chilling in his exhibit that he almost looked cuddly (in a reptile kind of way). Logan was hip to Mike’s game though and was very uneasy turning his back on him.

More Than Mike.

Sure, Mighty Mike is REALLY cool but there is SOOOOOOOO much more at the Adventure Aquarium to see and do.

What I love about the Adventure Aquarium is that it’s a hands on experience that people of all ages can enjoy. You don’t just look at the creatures, there are many places where you get to interact with them too. Ever touch a shark or a stingray or a sea star? I HAVE! Have you ever gotten to swim with the fishes without getting wet? That’s exactly what Logan got to do.


There are so many amazing things to see at the Adventure Aquarium that it should be at the top of your things to do and do soon list.

I’m still not always comfortable taking the kids on adventures by myself. Traveling the hour by myself to a place I had never been before definitely brought me outside my comfort zone but it was more than worth it for all the fun we had. If you’re holding off a visit to the Adventure Aquarium for when you can go as a family…DON’T. Go, check it out, have a blast with your kids, then bring the hubby back some other time.

When you get back from your visit, stop by and let us know what you thought.

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