Friday, August 28, 2009

The Family Fun Continues (The One With ALL The Pictures)

To cap off our mini-vacation, we took the girls to Idlewild and Soak Zone in Pennsylvania. In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have mentioned to Abby that they had a pool with water rides. I would have preferred to spend the day in the dry area. We didn't get to every area of the park, but I guess that's the truth with most of these parks: You just can't see it all in one day.

We started with a couple of rides and then lunch and then a few more rides. Abby was tall enough for most of the rides in the park. Sarah was too little for most. Although, there was one section of the park that we didn't get to that had more rides for her age. Next time...

Abby rode the log ride with Daddy.

Part of the park is called "Storybook Forest." My mom and dad took us when we were kids to this park. So it's pretty old, but cool. Right inside the door, we met Mother Goose. The path led us through dozens of nursery rhymes and children's stories. It was amazing to see all of it together in one place.
Abby and Sarah posed with Raggedy Ann (while eating cotton candy).
There was a crooked man...
Abby in the crooked house.
The Little Engine That Could - that's me!!
Captain Billy. Or is it Conductor Billy. I'm not sure.
Some mice and cheese (can't remember the story here).
The Sword and the Stone.
A valiant effort, dear!
There was an Old Woman who lived in a shoe ...
Getting a closer look at the shoe.
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater, had a wife and couldn't keep her...
Smart little piggy.
Not quite tall enough. But still super cute.
That's gotta hurt!!
Abby knows this rhyme very well. She has a fondness for bacon fat and won't eat the meat. I've quoted this to her often and have nicknamed her "Mrs. Sprat."

The Seven Dwarfs live here.

This is the nursery rhyme she did for her pre-school class.

Old King Cole was a merry old soul, and a merry old soul was he...
When the forest path ended, we headed to the other side of the park for some water fun. No pictures from this part but it was just as well. Abby wanted to swim in the deep water and Sarah wanted to splash around in the toddler pool. You can imagine what fun we had trying to get one to do what the other wanted.

After drying our tears and our wet bodies, Abby rode her very first roller coaster. Mommy got to accompany her on this adventure. What fun.

Then it was time for a little face painting.

Abby was very pleased with the results.
Then a few more rides.

We finally had to tear ourselves away. We had already stayed three hours more than we had planned, but it was worth it. As we started on our four hour journey home, the girls fell asleep.

It was great fun. Wish we could have spent more time. Maybe next summer!


Rachel said...

What fun! I still can't get over that butterfly. It was gorgeous! Her face is perfect for it.

palmtreefanatic said...

wow! what a wonderful place! I wanna go there!

The Downing 5 said...

That looks like so much fun. We've never been there. The butterfly is amazing!