Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Picnic in Valley Forge...

I cannot tell you how many times I've been to Valley Forge, either as a mock tour guide for out-of-town family or friends or simply for pleasure. The place never gets 'old' to me and I always enjoy taking walks out there. I used to do a LOT of running there, but not so much these days unless it involves running after my children...

Yesterday we took advantage of the near-perfect weather to have a picnic under the shade of the many trees surrounding the arch. We kind of decided to do this at the last minute, so we just made a bunch of pb&j sandwiches, packed some snacks we had around the house, loaded the cooler with drinks, grabbed some blankets, and piled into the van. The park is only about 10 minutes from my mom's house, so it made for one of those incredibly simple, no-fuss outings that turned out to be one of our most enjoyable and relaxing!

Here is my mom (Paw Paw) and Sarah thoroughly enjoying their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The best way to contain a highly mobile baby on a picnic is by putting her in a booster chair with an attached tray. As long as we supplied her with food and drink, Hannah was perfectly content to sit here while the rest of us ate.

Christopher and Sarah thought it would be fun to climb on Daddy, who thought he'd try and relax by sprawling out on the picnic blankets. No such luck...

Even after the kids ran off to play, Hannah was happily munching on goldfish, raisins, or whatever else we put in front of her.

Inspired by the cabins that are set up in various places all throughout the park, Christopher and Sarah began to build one of their own.

Christopher points out the windows that he put into the cabin.

And here is the finished product!

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