I get a half-day off work once a week. Lately, that half-day has been spent sleeping! Last week, however, was quite different. Mark picked me up from work and we drove to Hershey, which is about an hour and 15 minutes away. Mark thought it would be nice to visit the lovely Hershey Gardens. I’d never been there before, although we’d once lived in the Hershey area for 4 years.

It was early afternoon when we arrived, but the temperature was probably in the mid to upper 70’s and quite pleasant. We began at the Children’s Garden where Jonny’s found his favorite attraction – the Hershey Kiss fountain.

We visited the Butterfly House. We learned so much about the life cycle of butterflies!

If you look closely at the photo below, you’ll see Isaac has caught a butterfly on his card.

We did lots of walking, but fortunately for my swollen ankles, there were plenty of benches around. Ben slept for most of the beginning of our trip, but eventually awoke. He really enjoyed seeing all the trees and flowers.

Finally, the big boys began to get whiny and hungry, so we headed to Friendly’s for dinner and some ice cream.

What an awesome afternoon! It felt more like a mini-vacation than a typical half-day, although I still managed to nap on the drive to and from Hershey!


8 Responses to “Mini-Vacation”

  1. Maureen Says:

    It sounds like a great day! It’s those unexpected little road trips that that are often the best, aren’t they?

    Well, hang in there. Your newest little guy will be here before you know it!

  2. Sandi Says:

    Gorgeous photos Karen!! Sounds like a perfect day with great weather. Glad you guys got to have a mini-vacation before the new arrival 🙂

  3. Heidi Says:

    That does look nice. I’ve only been to Chocolate World once after a friend’s wedding.

  4. Dawn Says:

    That sounds like such a fantastic afternoon! Sometimes a change of scenery is just what you need. Great idea.

  5. Mom/Grandma Says:

    I had forgotten how beautiful Hershey Gardens was. Nice pics. But somethings never change it seems (Mark with a stroller) I remember Mark and I went there seven years ago, and he had the stroller but it was Isaac at that time……lol. The first picture brought back some fond memories.

  6. Misty (mason's mom) Says:

    that is awesome. it looks beautiful and it seems the kiddos really enjoyed it. if only that hershey kiss would squirt chocolate :)…. but water probably felt really nice in the afternoon sun!

  7. ariel Says:

    karen, that was a windeful experience for the entire family and those cute little boys do really enjoyed the trip…it showed on their faces!

    I love to photo of jhonny where he kissed that red flowers! and the two boys head almost touched each other tryin to look and observed the butterfly! the two are very observant of world around them…

    And last but not the least our angel ben enjoying the afternoon with his daddy…lovely photos!

  8. Miss Behaving Says:

    Great pics it looks like a lovely day out, you always seem to do really cool stuff as a family.
    It take me back, I went to Hershey Park in 1982, when I didn’t even know Hershey was a chocolate!! LOL

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