Another successful summer outing is in the books! Our whole big family and parents, sister, kids, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, everyone, spent some time together in Aberdeen, South Dakota, last weekend! It’s a three-hour drive and worth every single, “Are we there yet?” Our 4-year old was particularly interested in the length of the car ride. But no one got carsick, so that’s a plus.
Our trip was quick, just two days, one overnight, and six hours of travel. I had a rigid itinerary that involved a picnic, an afternoon at the waterpark, supper catered to the hotel room, several hours of socializing, blessed sleep, a meal at a real restaurant, Storybook Land, another picnic, more visiting with friends, Twist Cone ice cream, a quick stop at the nursing home, and a partridge in a pear tree. It was nuts. Would it kill us to stay an extra day or two? I think not.
The highlight of our trip was Storybook Land. I practically grew up in Storybook Land, and it’s still very exciting for me, even though it hasn’t changed much in decades. The water that comes out of the lion water fountain still tastes as yucky as it did 30 years ago. The Giant is still chasing Jack down the beanstalk. Cinderella is still sitting inside that hot, stuffy carriage, thousands of midnights gone by.
Before this takes a poetic, sappy turn, let’s get to the pictures.
And that’s it. We had so much fun. I can’t wait till we go again next year!