Storybook Land

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.

The 5-pack, ages 10, 8, 6.5, 4 and 2.
Somebody likes how he looks in the mirror.
Selfie with my girl.
I cannot remember how many times these 2 climbed something, then couldn’t figure out how to get down.
“Hey Bryce, go hug the sheep!” ~~ “Okay.”
IMG_20140810_165218 Ready, set, follow the yellow brick road!
Glenda, the good princess. *sigh* I thought they’d seen this movie.
Boy in a tube. Why are boys in tubes so cute?
Take my picture, mom! I will pose perfectly for you!
Funny mirrors are even more funny when you can laugh at everyone at the same time.
We have an escapee.
Not Storybook Land, but we found a cool teepee at a rest stop somewhere near Sisseton, South Dakota.
Giant flags are cool.
She asked me to take her picture.



Another cute little boy in a tube. I think he’s tired of a camera in his face.


There is so much good funny in this picture, I can hardly stand it.
There is so much good funny in this picture, I can hardly stand it.


And that’s it. We had so much fun. I can’t wait till we go again next year!


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