Saturday, April 11, 2009

Catching Up

SO much to tell. First, the house sold. It took a week and day, and we got 96% of asking price. We're pretty pleased. I'm especially excited that I don't have to keep it spotless anymore. Chris, however, has threatened to tell me the house did NOT sell and we have a showing once a week so I'll get a-cleanin'. He sucks. :-)

Spring Break was fun. I went with Mittie and Steph to the Crayola Factory and to Chocolate World in Hershey. I have wanted to do both since we moved here and was glad to go.

The kids got along famously and we have been doing things together ever since.

Here is a picture of the kids writing on a clear wall to explore mixing of colors. It looked like they had writing all over their faces!

Next we found a "shadow room" that took pictures and made shadows on the floor. We figured out that if you use a flash against the metal wall, you get this:

We spent hours at the Crayola Factory! On the top floor is a canal museum. The kids learned all about locks and how they operate by using boats and cargo to go up and down different levels of the river. They liked it so much they did it 3 times!

That night we drove down to Hershey and spent the night. We took the kids to the pool, ordered pizza, and just took it easy. Right after breakfast we headed to Chocolate World! The kids pretended they were working in a chocolate factory packing Kisses into packaging. They took their jobs very seriously!

It was a very relaxing "mini-vacay" with my good friends and their good lookin' 'kids!

Then we got in gear for First Communion, which was last Sunday. Here are the kids all excited for their big day.

We also went to Shaver's Creek to the Maple Harvest Festival with the Tumey's and the Fozard's. Too bad the weather was cold and rainy!!
I didn't manage to get any pictures of us all eating the pancakes, but the kids did like the bluegrass music inside!

Last weekend we went on our third Walk for Autism. One of my students from two years ago has autism and his dad happens to be one of Chris's fraternity brothers from oh-so-long-ago. Molly had her picture taken with the Nittany Lion. A different shot of her and the Lion was on the front page of our paper the next day in color!

In between all of the running around we have been playing a bit of Wii on the cold yucky days...

and finished off the days with a bit of bedtime reading. I LOVE the fact that both kids can now read to US!!
Sorry for the lack of blogging lately, but the Solo fam has been busy busy busy!

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Megan said...

Oh, I'm so jealous about the Chocolate Factory. I miss Hershey. It smells so go as you get close. And thanks for the lion picture. Are you trying to make me homesick? HAA Congrats on selling the house. Love the update!

Ann Katherine said...

i wanna go to the crayola factory!!!! looks like the solo family has been having all the fun recently! glad the house is sold!

Amy said...

So happy for you about the house! Such awesome news!

I love Chocolate World! No trip to Rich's parents is complete without a stop for a Reese's PB sundae--it's the only place you can get their awesome PB sauce. Mmmmmm!

Shana-Lynn said...

Congrats on selling the house so fast!! That is awesome news. Looks like you all have had so much fun together. :)

Christina Barosko said...

Looks like you had a blast.

Neurotic Atty said...

Wow, you've been busy! I'm so glad your house sold so quickly and for so close to the asking price. I know that must be a huge relief! And congrats to the kids on their First Communion!!!

So...will there be any Hershey giveaways to celebrate your trip???

Jonathan's Mommy said...

Wow! You have been super busy! Congrats on selling the house so quickly!

fogarty2 said...

Welcome back Susie. It looks like you have had and awesome few weeks. Congrats on selling the house and the kids' First Communion.

Gina said...

Congrats on the house. Enjoy all the fun things before you leave. I know you love it there, but remember The Springs wasn't so bad either :) Congrats to the kids on their first communion.

Anonymous said...

It looks like you guys have done a lot! What fun! Congrats to the kids on their first Communion! Thanks for the update!

- Steph

Vixbil said...

I so want to go to the Crayola factory it looks like great fun

Major Mom said...

Okay, so I'm a little behind...

I like that you went to Hershey and the Crayola factory -- my grandparents used to live in Easton and we got Jacob there just before my grandmother moved down to FL in 2004. Jacob was probably too young to "really" enjoy it.

Dave's PSU roommate now lives in Easton, so if we ever get there to visit, we can take both boys now that they're older and would appreciate it more.

As for Hershey, my parents offered to take us when we were visiting in Martinsburg a couple weeks ago, but we were exhausted from our D.C. trip and took a raincheck until next summer.

Good luck on your travels -- any chance you're rolling through Omaha on the way? Or have you passed through already?