Ok. We're in one place for a bit and Tom and Lamb are out fishing, so I have a minute to catch up here! Last time I posted we were in Madison eating ourselves cross-eyed on delicious cheeses. Here's what's happened since:
Before we left Madison, we took Lamb to the Madison Children's Museum. This place was incredible; if we lived in the Madison area we would go every week. Lamb almost exploded with excitement, and Tom and I were in awe of how much there was for little guys to see and do! Our boy spent tons of time in this water play room, dipping out of the fountain and the faucets:
And of course, we had to stop in the art studio and paint on the paint wall! I love his little apron.
From Madison we cruised over to Michigan for a quick stop at Lakeshore Brewing Company for a brewery tour. The guy they hired to do their tours is also a stand up comedian, which was hilarious. Of course he hassled us for bringing a baby to a brewery, but come on! Lamb was just there for the root beer and pretzels. :) Tom sampled to his heart's content and we spent the night in the parking lot of a picnic area by the lake because the state park was closed. :( We've been finding that most of the parks we were planning to stay at have been not just closed, which we expected, but also locked up. Boo!
We made a stop in Sheyboygan, WI the next day at the John Micheal Kohler Arts Center to see one of their permanent collections: Emery Blagdon's Healing Machine. It left me speechless. Taking a two-year-old into an art museum was... intersting, but so worth it. Balance for the brewery tour, I guess. Oh, and here is a sunny (20F) day at the beach in Sheboygan:
BRRR!!! It was so cold on that leg of the trip that we couldn't sleep in the pickup even if we wanted to (and at 12F I can't say I was interested) so we tried out airbnb.com for the first time. And it was great! We rented a room from a couple that lives right on Lake Michigan and they were so charming. Lamb was calling them "Grandma" and "Grandpa" by the time we left. Here was our icy view as we left the UP:
We did a few hard days of driving all day and sleeping in hotels at night just trying to escape the crappy weather. No good for the travel budget of course, but warm beds and hot breakfasts were great for morale! We blasted from Sheboygan to Harrisburg, PA to spend some time with Tom's friends and their kids and to celebrate Thanksgiving. We had a warm and restful few days there, taking in the local farmer's market, oggling at Chocolate World in Hershey, PA, and checking out a local Christmas light display.
Our Thanksgiving dinner was incredible, but the holidays just aren't the same without your family. For the first time, I really regretted how far away we are this time of year. Then my mom called to tell me that Thanksgiving on her end was a disaster, and I felt a little better. :)
We spent a night in Shenandoah River State Park on the way to West Virginia, and finally got a little taste of the camping we've been missing. We cooked dinner by headlamp and had a campfire and counted the stars; according to Lamb, there are 1, 2, 1, 2, 5 stars. Got that?
We are in Lewisburg, WV, now visiting Tom's sister and her family. Their youngest is almost three and Lamb can't get enough of her. It was a big decision to choose between fishing with dad and playing with Andrea today, but dad won in the end! We celebrated Lamb's second birthday two nights ago with spaghetti, banana splits, and a few simple gifts; it was just right. Now we are soaking up good company and gearing up to leave tomorrow for Virginia.
That's what's new here, but what's new with you?!? I feel like we've fallen off the face of the earth a bit. Catch me up!
PS: Did you know that the toothbrush was invented in West Virginia? I guess if it had been invented anywhere else, it would be called a teethbrush. Heh heh.
PPS: We have been eating out a bunch because of the weather, and urbanspoon.com has never led us astray. Have you tried it?