The Sweetest Place on Earth…

It has been 2 weeks since I posted last.  We’ve been busy!

We arrived in Hershey PA on Saturday and stayed at the Hershey Park Camping Resort.   We had planned to get a good nights sleep since we were all so exhausted from the long drive but instead found ourselves in possession of “preview passes” to Hershey Park.  We couldn’t possibly pass up an opportunity to have two and a half extra hours of park time.

Staying at a Hershey Resort offered a lot of the same benefits as staying at a Disney Resort – free transportation to the park, a guest only extra park hour and various discounts.

At the bus stop there was a sign that assigned us a chocolate name according to our height and every ride at Hershey Park had a similar sign in front of it indicating which group of “chocolates” are permitted to ride.

The Monkey was a Miniatures…

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the Princess was a Reese…

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There were a lot of rides all three could go on, but the Professor found himself pretty bored on most of those.  Still he was willing to take his little brother on them so that he could enjoy himself too.  I was so proud of how kind and thoughtful he was!

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The spinning cups made for a good lesson in cooperation, something I made sure to point out to my little ones.  The Princess and the Professor realized that if they wanted to spin fast, they had to agree on the direction to turn the wheel – not an easy thing when both are so strong willed.  If that wasn’t enough, Daddy went on to explain a little physics to them.

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The preview hours flew by fast but we weren’t too disappointed since we knew we’d be back first thing in the morning.

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We made it back the next morning bright and early and we all had rides picked out that we couldn’t wait to get on.

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For Daddy it was Skyrush…

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for the Princess it was the Sooper Dooper Looper, which was her first upside down roller coaster.   It was a first for the Professor also.  I think it was harder for me to let them do it, than it was for them to go on.  They were so excited but I was very apprehensive.  Sometimes it’s hard to let go and let my little ones grow up but I’m glad I did because they both loved it.  In fact, the Professor decided to take it a step further and tackle an upside down roller coaster that went forwards and then backwards.  He didn’t like that one as much, but I’m glad he was brave enough to try it.

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The Princess cried and cried as she watched her brother walk down the queue.  She was so upset he was tall enough to ride but she wasn’t.  It just wasn’t fair!

She wasn’t the only one upset about not being able to ride the more intense rides…

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The Monkey was pretty disappointed everyone else got to ride the bigger rides while he had to wait in his stroller!  Again, it just wasn’t fair!

There’s always next year!

Bath Maine and Mae’s Cafe…

We’re just finishing up day 5 of our Maine vacation and it’s been full of adventures so far – some good and some not so good – mostly good.

It’s been hot!  It’s been very, very hot!   So having access to a pool has been wonderful!  The kids are really enjoying all the swimming.

Thankfully mornings and evening are rather cool, so we are able to enjoy them without the oppressive heat beating down on us.

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A lot of mornings have been spent like this while I watch on, sipping my coffee and reading emails.  It’s very relaxing!

This morning, after the usual routine of coffee outside we decided to go out for breakfast.  We’ve been eyeing a little restaurant called Mae’s Cafe and Bakery ever since we arrived and today seemed like the perfect day to try it out.

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If you find yourself in Bath, Maine…do yourself a little favour and have breakfast there!   It’s in an old Victorian house and the atmosphere is so quaint.  We sat on the front porch for our meal and the cool breeze was a wonderful welcome!  It’s like going to your favourite Aunt’s house for breakfast…if your Aunt happens to be the best cook ever!

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I had the Long Reach Egg’s Benedict – Lobster, Gouda and Avacado!  I can’t even begin to explain the flavour harmony that took place in my mouth.  Thankfully there were two eggs involved otherwise I probably wouldn’t have had much left after I shared with Daddy and my three baby birds!

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The Princess had a Cinnamon Bun that was almost as big as her face!  Mae’s also sell something that is called a Mae’s Bar and after tasting one I quickly realized Mae has been to Canada – it was a delicious Nanaimo Bar!

All you Canadians know what that is!

After breakfast we took a walk downtown which is a small little street filled with lots of touristy stores.

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This one was my favourite and I ended up buying some gifts to take home to my loved ones.  It was beautiful inside…the colours and textures were gorgeous and my artsy side was enveloped with inspiration!

After some shopping we made our way down to the waterfront and loved the Adirondack chairs they had in lieu of benches.

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Seriously, how cute is that!?

By the time we had accomplished all of that we were tired, sweaty and full and unanimously wanted to head back for a swim.

I quickly ran into a little toy store we had visited earlier and bought the Monkey a snake stuffy he had fallen in love with.  He was so pleased as it slithered up onto his lap in his car seat.

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After wrapping it around his legs and arms he drifted off into a peaceful sleep.