The sun was shining and the temperature was warm when we all awoke at 7:30am. With swimsuits in hand we all headed up to the pool for a swim. The kids had fun running and swimming until the rain started slow then poured. I think that is the only way that it comes down around here! We took a break in the “pool house” and the kids warmed themselves by the outdoor fireplace…not spoiled or anything 🙂
After the pass through of rain they were back in and playing away once again. They jumped off the diving board over and over and just had a great time. Benjamin and Scott played some tennis and I made a pot of coffee and enjoyed watching everyone.
We are headed to New Hope Pennsylvania today and we are planning a stop at Costco as well so we had to get on the road. We left just after 12:30pm and said goodbye to our little personal oasis 🙂
The roads were much better heading back to the highway since we took much time researching how to get there. There was some accident or something happening so our 33 minute trip to Costco took us over and hour…but we made it 🙂
The rest of the drive to New Hope was slow and uneventful to say the least. It felt like it took forever but we were able to see the beautiful landscape of New Jersey on our way. New Hope is almost directly on the border of New Jersey. We crossed the river and headed into Pennsylvania and to Scott’s friends home. Unfortunately he is not home but is graciously allowing us to stay at his house. He was a boyhood friend of Scott’s from Bellingham and is actually in Bellingham visiting his family…too bad for us. We arrived at the house and met the neighbors who were so kind and offered to help us find our way around the area.
The kids were particularly excited to come here because they have a big yellow lab that the neighbors watch after while they are away. We met Kobe the dog and the girls were so excited. He is a sweet dog and they loved him up. The bonus was a cat too….oh this is wonderful to them. They have been asking about a cat for sometime and this was good to be able to have one at their feet.
We settled in and enjoyed their lovely home and yard. When the darkness set in it was a light show outside with thousands of fireflies all over their yard!
Off to bed and tomorrow we will be able to explore this area more. We are very grateful to have a nice place to stay!
This morning we slept in…I slept until 8:15am!! The bed we slept in was super comfortable and the room cool and dark so it was really easy to sleep 🙂 I must have been exhausted. When we all were ready to go we went to explore the local area. Scott’s friend is letting us use his car which is so nice. Normally we just stay put where we park.
We went into a town called Washington Crossing to explore. This is the place that George Washington crossed the Deleware River in 1776 and engaged in the battle of Trenton. They had a little museum that we walked through. We didn’t do the tour (it was 45 minutes) so we weren’t able to hear all about it or go into the old homes and businesses, but we could peek in. They had a lot of information along the route that we were able to read. It was neat to see where he crossed. There is a bridge there now that was built in 1905 (the two covered bridges before that were destroyed in floods) so we walked on it a ways. The river is the dividing line between New Jersey and Pennsylvania so if you crossed it you were in New Jersey.
We then headed to New Hope which is an artsy town with a lot of visitors. It is fun to see all the shops and restaurants along the river. We had lunch there and then an ice cream cone. It is so hot here (87 degrees with very high humidity) that you lose motivation rather quickly. The kids are doing excellent, but they can’t stay out walking around for very long.
After some more exploring we headed back to the house. The girls were missing the dog and cat 🙂 We relaxed most of the evening and watched a movie on their projection television…that was cool! The kids loved it 🙂
Tomorrow we are headed into Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell and explore that area. We are headed in early so we can miss a little of the heat!
We are now officially half way done with our trip! The kids are having a blast and so are Scott and I. This has been wonderful and God has been providing, protecting and blessing us all along the way. We are really enjoying our time as a family and seeing so many things!