|My favorite from the Graduation|
|Me and my sisters|
We crashed at the hotel for a little while and then headed out to dinner with my Dad who lives in Greenbelt. We went into Baltimore and had pizza at Pub Dog, which was delicious. The next day, we made the 3+ hour drive up to Flemington, NJ where we'd spend the rest of our trip.
|Lianna & Helene|
|At the graduation party|
|Lianna with all her nieces & nephews|
Kira and her family were all in New Jersey for the graduation too, and it was so wonderful to be with so much of my family all at once. It's been a really long time since we were all together.
|The Doley side of the family (my Dad's side)|
|Father's Day with my Dad and sisters|
One of my favorite parts of visiting NJ is the neighborhood, specifically the people who share a driveway with and live next door to our house there. There's a family who live next door who have 2 boys the same ages as mine, and a little girl the same age as my sister's older daughter. I remember last time we visited, when Sam was 5, there was one day that he spent 12 full hours playing with the boy next door, and even though it's been 5 years it's like they picked up right where they left off.
|Danny and his cousin Nora|
Another thing I really loved about this trip was watching the way that Sam and Danny interact with kids who are younger than they are. They're both really good at it, and Danny played really well with Ashley, who is several years younger than he is. My kids are far from perfect, but I always hope that I am raising them to be polite to others and kind. It was really fun to watch Danny and Sam interact with their cousins and think about how much I enjoyed seeing my cousins during summers and spring breaks when I was a kid. I hope that Danny, Sam, Nora, and Lila will be able to form cousin friendships that will last as they get bigger and older.
|The boys at Hershey's Chocolate World!|
In Hershey, there are a few different things - there is an ampitheater where 18 or so years ago I saw Lillith Fair with Kira and Helene. There's Hershey Park, a water and amusement park, and there's Chocolate World, which is just a fun attraction where they have different little activities, and OF COURSE an absolutely ENORMOUS gift shop full of all the things.
|Making their chocolate bars!|
I'd been to Hershey once before when I was younger and probably wasn't paying attention, but it was so interesting! I had no idea that before Hershey chocolate started being made in Pennsylvania, chocolate wasn't at all readily available in the US and was something only people with money and means had. I also didn't know that Mr. Hershey was a huge philanthropist who at one point basically gave his factory to a local school for underprivileged kids that he started. Next time we go, I'd love to go to the actual museum in town and read more about the history of the town and Milton Hershey.
We had a great time, and the kids loved it. We did a little shopping in the gift shop before heading back to Flemington.