Merry Christmas…in July

We decided to celebrate Christmas in July this year.

We went to Byers Choice and the National Christmas Center.

Byers Choice had lots of places to take photos beyond the exhibits.  This was a dress up area with costumes and a Christmas background to take pictures in your dress up 🙂

It was so hot that Byers Choice had the local fire department come out with the hose to cool the kiddies down.

It was such a fun time.  I got to see so many of my favorite beings (elves) and relive a little bit of my childhood 🙂



Summer Lovin’ 2013 – Strasburg – The Food

We took a break from the Trains to grab a bite to eat at Issac’s.  Bean and I love sandwiches so this restaurant find was a perfect fit.


The restaurant part was created to look like a train’s dining car.  Very cleaver and cute to boot!


The view across the street from the strip mall that housed Issac’s and the Choo Choo Barn was in typical Lancaster tradition…it was the view of a farm 🙂


The most important part of our dining experience of course is the food.


I got this tasty sandwich called a Rainbow Parrot.  I axed the Lettuce, Tomato and Onion from the original sandwich that included Corn Beef, Cole Slaw and cheese.  This was a tasty, tasty treat!

I can’t wait for the next adventure.  I hope more tasty treats are on the horizon 😉

Summer Lovin’ 2013 – Strausberg

In our attempt to do much this summer we headed to Strasburg, PA to see the trains.  Lancaster County has so many interesting offerings that we’ve decided to tackle it one venue at a time.


I love trains.  The trains from the late 19th century are really cool.  Hi Amish Dude!


Our first stop was at the Railroad Museum.  We got to do a train driving simulation.  It was cool because it even let you blow the horn!

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It was “Thomas the Tank Engine” Week so we didn’t get to ride the big train but next time we come back I want to do that.

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Thomas was everywhere…


I joined the fun in my own way.  We went to the Choo Choo Barn which everyone should visit because it has a working model train display of Lancaster.  It is complete with Dutch Wonderland and other notable sights of the area.  Way cool!


I even shoveled coal like a pro.  Okay this coal were actually styrofoam but it was very cool none the less!  This ‘Summer Lovin’ project is a lot of fun.  So much to see in only 3 months!

My Dutch Weekend

On Saturday Bean took me to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster Pennsylvania for some groovy Amish fun!

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We met up with BIL1 and SIL1 and Shorty Mama.  It was raining when we got there which was pretty cool.  It kept the Saturday crowds down.  It only rained for a short time though and we were all over the magical park!

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I made new friends.  This is Merlin.  He’s quite the dancer and having magical powers is pretty cool too. He liked my abs and asked how I keep them looking awesome.  I told him my secret…eating donuts.  Whenever we saw each other in the park we were all about the High-Fives!  BOOM!

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I got to ride a train….

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I met Wilfred Brimley‘s younger brother…

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Got my picture taken with Bessy the Cow…

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Rode the rides…

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and of course…stuck my head in things…

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The rain let up and as you can see we did every square inch of the park…crowd free!  Wahoo!  Lancaster is a neat town where old world meets crazy people with cell phones!  It’s just the right mix there so go visit…go…like now…get going!  Or not…it’s totally up to you!