I'm a full-time wife and mom of two adorable boys. When I'm not busy trying to keep up with them I enjoy photography, traveling, planning parties and a little bit of reading.

In February of 2008 I was diagnosed with an incurable terminal lung illness, though God promised me a full and complete healing. While we wait for His timing, we're taking it one day at a time, and standing in awe of how God's using all of this for His glory. The tough road we've traveled has given us a new perspective on the fragility of life. Memories are more important to us than ever before. The goal of this blog is to share some of our family life - the ups and downs, the joys and probably some of the pains as well. It's mostly meant as a personal journal of sorts, but you're welcome to share in it. We'd like to take this opportunity to say ...


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Chocolate World

We had planned to spend today at Aaron's parents' farm, which is 1.5 hours north of us. But, this morning we got a phone call from his dad asking us not to come because he has a horrible bug and was going to spend all day in bed. We were quite disappointed, but grateful that I wasn't exposed to the germs. So, we thought long and hard about something else to do today to have fun. Our brainstorming resulted in the decision to visit ...
... that's right - Hershey's Chocolate World! It's only about 20-25 minute drive from us, and FREE (even the parking!). Alex went once before, probably around the time he learned to walk, so it was definitely time to go again, especially since he's now old enough to remember it. So, Aaron's mom drove down to join us and off we went in search of CHOCOLATE!
Alex was sooo excited that we were going to have a surprise! Once we got there he was simply awestruck by everything he saw and heard. It was really cool to watch him take it all in as I remembered my own childhood experiences at Chocolate World! Since we've instituted a spending freeze recently, we only did the tour/ride, but that was more than enough to excite our four year old! We actually did it THREE times (the third time Virginia and I sat out to save me from the extra walking) before Alex decided he had enough and was ready to go home. Everyone was even given a FREE chocolate Cluster each time we went through!
After the second time doing the ride, we meandered through the shops, and I came across the following display. Since seeing it, I've had the song "I'm a Barbie Girl" stuck in my head ALL DAY LONG! Yeesh!
But it was a good excursion, filled with great memories. And it was FREE to boot!

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