I know I have been slow about writing but things are moving along very well here. David and I have gotten our Pennsylvania drivers license. We are waiting on a new title from Alaska to register our car because ours must be in Edmonton, Canada. We both got a local number and registered to vote. I guess we are becoming real Pennsylvanians. I guess that is what you call someone from PA.
Thanksgiving wasn’t our norm. We ordered our dinner from Cracker Barrel. It was ok but not what we were used too.
Heather decided she wanted to do something fun before her first day of work, so they bought tickets to take us all to Hershey Park.
We headed to Hershey Park only to find out that they didn’t open until noon. This happened to be good for us because poor, little Kate got sick on the way there. We believe that she gets car sick now that the car seats are turned around like big girls. To say the least there were no extra clothes for her, so Heather had to get her something. The American Zoo which is part of Hershey Park was open, so she just went to the gift shop and grabbed her a t-shirt.
We still had almost 2 hours before the park opened. We had noticed a sign for Tanger Outlet Stores, so off we went. It was decided that you could go shopping or to the auto museum.
Tanger Outlets are cool if you are looking for something. I was not.
Sunday was our official move in. The muscle that Heather hired showed up at 1 to unload the trailer. I know Dan and David were glad they didn’t have to do it all. The first thing I did was get our bed set up. It sure was nice to sleep in our own bed. Of course, we didn’t bring the box spring because it is old. We have a new one coming on Thursday.
The best thing that happened was that Jim and Linda made it on Sunday afternoon. It was nice to have the gang back together. It was sooner than Heather, David and I thought. We thought the earliest was going to be Monday.
Heather and I went to Aldi’s to by a few groceries for the house. Heather made bean and cheese burrito’s for dinner. I still am not eating much because of the withdraws.
Monday we all went shopping in IKEA which is in Baltimore. The kids bought some of the furniture they needed there. We had all sold a lot of our stuff to save on weight in the trailer. I guess we didn’t leave enough behind since half of our stuff is still in Edmonton, Canada
David and I left everyone behind as we headed out to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We had to get to Costco to pick up my Cymbalta. We figured we could get there and pick it up, then meet the rest of our caravan on Highway 90.
As we were getting back on the highway from the hotel I could see the Missouri River. We were well on our way by 7:40.
This was supposed to be the day of seeing new things. Well at least for some of us. Our friends, Steve and Nancy, had told us about this really cool place called Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Since we were kind of going to be in the area because we were going to Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse we thought we could squeeze it in too.
Well if you have been following along you would have noticed that things don’t seem to always go as planned for us.
I started my morning off by writing my blog I should have written the night before. David had brought me breakfast, so I could get it done before I had a couple of adorable little girls come to visit their Oma.
They were both very concerned about the clock that was blinking. I would have set it but I wasn’t sure what time it was with the Day Light Savings. I now have all our electronics at the right time, including my fitbit which has been wrong since we left Alaska time zone.
Dan came up with a plan for our overloaded trailer. He rented a storage unit and as soon as we get to York, PA and unload him and David are heading back up here to get the rest of the stuff. I tell you I can see that the trailer and truck look like they are sitting better now. Dan said that the tires had rubbed holes in the wheel well and it was going to start throwing mud and snow up into the trailer.
Heather, Dan, Jim and David worked unloading things that we didn’t need right away. The wind was blowing and it started raining on them a little.
While they did that Linda and I had the hard job of taking care of our granddaughters.
Alice just spent the day kicked back.
Linda and I took the girls to the buffet at the hotel. They were so good and ate like big girls. Linda was having trouble with her phone, so we weren’t able to contact the rest of our group. Just as we received a text from Heather David showed up to tell us not to pack up and that we were staying another night. Linda and I finished eating lunch with our little girls, then it was time for their naps.
It was 2 before the rest of the party showed up. Heather was so frozen she had to take a hot bath to warm up. Then Heather and I did a little running around to pick up some apples and bananas which are the girls favorite. We also looked for some Halloween costumes for the little girls. We found some cute bathrobes that worked great, one was a frog and the other one was a bunny.
Before we went to dinner Heather and Dan let the girls go Trick or Treating to the grandparents’ rooms. I am not to sure they knew what was going on but the adults had fun.
We were all ready to have a good meal which we thought should include a steak. We went to the Sawmill which was close enough to walk, since everyone except us had something attached to the back of their vehicle, David ferried Heather and a baby and then Dan and the other baby to the restaurant because the wind was blowing.
After dinner we all walked back while David took Linda and a baby back to the hotel. It was a nice dinner and a good time with family.