Thursday, September 1, 2011

Family Vacation

When Brian got home from OCS we decided to go on a family vacation. While he was away I planned a little road trip to Ohio. We drove the 5 1/2 hours to visit Kings Island, an amusement park that has an entire Peanuts Gang themed children's section. Olivia has always been a big fan of the Peanuts Gang (even her third Birthday party was a Lucy theme) & I couldn't wait to take her there. On our way to Ohio we stopped in Indiana at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. It worked out great, because the museum was the half-point between home & Kings Island so it gave us a chance to get out of the car for a couple of hours. The museum was made up of four floors and had tons of fun hands-on exhibits for the kids. It was so big that we spent the entire afternoon exploring it.

Family photo inside the entrance of the Children's Museum of
The girls posing in the dinosaur nest.
Olivia the Archaeologist!
Inside one part of the museum the kids were able to play with water, sand, and all kinds of other fun things.
One of my favorite parts was the Barbie exhibit. They had a bunch of dress-up clothes for the girls to put on and then a runway complete with paparazzi photographers. Of course, the Giaretta girls rocked that runway!! lol!
Aye Matey! Olivia especially loved the Dora & Diego exhibit; that was right up her alley.
And on the top floor we rode a carousel that was from 1917 & still worked today.
We arrived in Ohio & checked into our hotel the first night & then went out for dinner at a local steak house. The next two days we spent at Kings Island where we rode the rides, met the Peanuts Gang, watched shows, & had so much fun :-)
I loved that the girls could go on rides by themselves & Brooklyn was so brave she rode all of the rides she was tall enough for.
The only unfortunate part of the trip was that we chose the hottest few days of the summer to be at an amusement park. The weather was in the 100's & hot! Olivia was thrilled to see all of the Peanuts Gang so it was definitely worth it. She even got to take home her very own Lucy Van Pelt doll while Brooklyn chose a Sally Brown doll. We had a great time on our road trip & I look forward to many more summer vacations.

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