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Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Family Fun | 0 comments

A Weekend in the Woods

*Brace yourself for a picture overload.*

This Labor Day weekend, we took advantage of living up North and went to visit Dave’s family in Pennsylvania. We didn’t get to see them as much as we would like when we were living in Florida, so now that we are in NYC we hope to see them more often. Dave grew up in a state park (so cool!) and his family’s home is such a beautiful place to visit!


On Friday, we loaded up our rental car and made the 4.5 hour drive over to PA. Dave and I chatted the whole way about sports (Dave talked, I listened), baby stuff (I talked, Dave listened), funny childhood memories, work and the upcoming holidays. Ob used Marley as a booster seat and watched for squirrels.


The highlight of the drive to PA was our food stop. We stopped at Sheetz, a gas station that Dave has raved about for years. The gas station houses a fast food style restaurant where you can order meals and snacks to go via a touchscreen monitor. I was skeptical at first, but after trying it I must agree with Dave – it is the jam.


So, yes. I eat at gas stations and I wear Crocs. And I like it. I’m classy and cool like that.

I spent a good 10 minutes contemplating my decision and talking it over with the baby before finally placing my (embarrassingly large) order.


The Sheetz we stopped at was actually very clean. The food was not even a little bit healthy (think pretzel melt sandwiches, fried mac-n-cheese bites, chicken sliderz, donut holes, etc), but it was so tasty!

So, if you’re ever traveling up North I suggest you run 10 miles prior to your road trip and then find a Sheetz to stop at and order fried mac n cheese bites and pumpkin spice donut holes.

We made it to Dave’s grandmother’s house with full bellies and spent the rest of the day relaxing outside and catching up with his sweet family.

We hiked, swam, napped, ate and laughed throughout the rest of our trip. One of the coolest things about living in a state park is the amount of hiking trails at your fingertips.


Ob & Marley got to run off leash through most of the trails and they were in Heaven. I tried to snap photos, but they were in a constant state of sprinting so they all turned out blurry.

While the dogs hunted squirrels and chipmunks, Dave and I kept an eye out for deer.



There’s something you don’t see too often in the Concrete Jungle, right? Ob & Marley didn’t know what to make of the deer, but they clearly loved our time spent outdoors.

In addition to countless hiking trails, there is also a river where people can take canoe trips right down the road from Dave’s grandmother’s house. Ob’s happy place is definitely the woods, but Marley’s happy place is in the water so we decided to take him down to the river to swim.

There are several creeks he stopped to play in while we hiked, but the highlight of the trip for him was swimming in the river.

I had the best time watching Dave play with the dogs in the river and with each passing day I become more certain that he is going to be the best dad in the world to our baby boy. Our little family is lucky to have him as the head of our household! What other guy gets down on all fours to help his dogs look for a chipmunk that is hiding under the car?

Those 3 crack me up!

In between hiking, swimming and chipmunk hunting we walked to the local ice cream shop to treat ourselves to something sweet. Cotton Candy ice-cream is always a good choice.

During the evenings we grilled dinner and made s’mores while chatting by the fire. It was the perfect ending to summer.

Dave’s family is so hospitable and made us feel right at home and we miss them already. I think I speak for our whole family when I say we are already looking forward to seeing them again over the holidays.

We made it home last night after a longer than normal drive (traffic was crazy bad) and now I am catching up on work, household projects, laundry and grocery shopping while Ob & Marley catch up on their beauty sleep.

When I die, I want to come back as Ob or Marley.

What did you do for Labor Day? Are you looking forward to fall or still clinging to summer? 

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