I enjoyed a beautiful vacation day with my family today. First we went to The Living Treasures Animal Park in Donegal, PA. It was a neat petting/exotic animal zoo. It has everything from chickens, ducks and ponies to llamas, camels and lemurs! Evan became more interested in playing in the gravel, though, near the end of our self-directed tour. He kept throwing the rocks up in the air saying "popcorn!". LOL...
Then, we visited Grandma at church camp in Rockwood, PA (near Seven Springs). She was pleasantly surprised to see us as we came unannounced. She gave us the "grand tour" of the facilities, inlcuding where she cooks all the great camp food (can we say...homemade mac 'n' cheese?!) and where she sleeps (all the ladies in one big room...one guy in his own separate room). She introduced us to her "WV hubby" (Chuck) who we already previously met at John's grandmother's funeral viewing. She thought it was funny that Tyler was wearing a bib with the word "Friday" on it because apparently Chuck's last name is Friday. She said he's part of the clan, too (not so much).
Dad and Evan played hoops for a little while on the b-ball court while Grandma and I talked and I held Tyler. We discussed the recent massacre at the L.A. Fitness Gym in Bridgeville. She said that my sister-in-law who was there at the time was contacted by L.A. Fitness for counseling if she (or her friend, Andrea, who was there with her) needed it.
Finally, we went swimming at the beach at Laurel Hill State Park, not more than a mile from the church camp. It was a beautiful day. We found a cozy spot near the back of the beach under a shady tree to keep Tyler out of the sun while he rolled around on the beach blanket. Evan loved playing in the sand. He did venture into the shallow end of the lake a little. We had fun splashing each other.
We rounded the night off with some tasty pizza and rigatoni from the local pizza joint (one of many!). Tyler got "tubby time". Of course, Evan helped give Tyler his bath by trying to pour water on Tyler. I had to be sure he didn't pour it directly on Tyler's head. It's so adorable seeing Evan and Tyler beginning to interact more and more. Evan is 2 years and 4 months old whereas Tyler is 8 months old. Evan gets a kick out of making Tyler laugh while riding in their car seats in the back of our 2-door cavalier.