Friday, September 19, 2008

Summer Vacation Part Deux

After 9 lovely days in PA, the kids and I took the train up to NJ to see my folks and had a fabulous time!

We spent a LOT of time at the beach: kids on beach

We took another try at the Statue of Liberty and got to go inside this year, although not inside the statue, only to the top of the pedestal, which is as high as they let you go nowadays.

Inside the pedestal they have a cool little museum where you can see how they designed and built her to withstand her own weight. The copper she is made of is thinner than a penny!

Here are the kids with the replica of her foot made from the original castings:

statue of liberty foot

When we were climbing down, I tried to take a good picture of my "Socks on Vacation" for Summer of socks but the scale was just too big:

socks on vacation

We also went to our favorite historical restoration, Allaire Village, which we always do. This year we decided to go fishing. They rent you a pole with line and hook and give you a little ziplock with pieces of hotdog in it. We fished for a while. We figured it was just fun to stand there and see if the fish would eat the hotdogs, which they did. Then DS got a bite!! And caught a fish!!!! DS and the fish Of course, then we all freaked out because we couldn't get the hook out and we didn't actually want to KILL anything, you know? We were rescued by a dad who was there and the fish survived. Whew!

Toward the end of our stay we went to the newly remodeled Liberty Science Center. What a great facility (except for at the end when a water main broke somewhere and none of the bathrooms worked, but that wasn't their fault).

Kids got to be scientists in a real lab: young scientists saw a cool 3-D movie about bugs and ride a zipline: DD on rope This was especially cool because DS couldn't pass the test to prove that he could hold onto the rope long enough at first, but he persevered and eventually passed. Good job, DS!

We kept going to the beach whenever we were close to home late in the day and at the end we went more, especially after DS got his boogie board: DS on boogie board Any idea if he was having a good time?

Great thanks to Grandma and Grandpa for giving us such wonderful experiences this summer! We miss you!

kids with NJ grands

And now back to our regularly scheduled snark...



Blogger Heide said...

What a wonderful and fun time! I think that the giant copper foot behind your kids looks cold... maybe it needed to pose with the sock.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, those are really nice photos! I love the boogie board one!

Ok, so now you can knit the statue of liberty a pair o socks... what color do you think she's like? Obama orange? redwhiteandblue? Maybe she's a lavendar gal?
xo, J

1:11 AM  

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