Sleepless nightWe left Wednesday after I tried to wrap some things up at work to take a couple days off. It was about a 3-hour drive from our house to northeast Philadelphia, where the park and our hotel were. We got this dual-screen in-car DVD player from Sam's, which works really well for trips like this. The drive itself wasn't too bad, except towards the end when Cara decided she wanted down: "Dow! DOW!!!" she would cry, and when mommy told her no, she'd cry, "Daddy… Daaaaddyyy… Dow!!" And when I would say we're almost there but you can't get down, she'd switch back to begging mommy. Meanwhile Anna would be telling Cara to "Shhhh!!" so she could hear her Curious George show. When we got to the hotel and to our room, I think it was around 7:45pm, close to normal bedtime. But the girls were all wound up from having just been set free from their 3-hour car seat captivity, so we let them run around the room and jump on the king-size bed, which was big fun. Also, bumping their heads purposefully on the headboard was also a fun game, as well as daddy trying to grab their feet from the bottom of the bed. We set up the pack & plays - thankfully, Anna was easy to put to bed, even in a strange place. Not Cara. It took a long time to get her to go to sleep - she would be fine if someone were holding her, but as soon as it seemed she'd be asleep and you'd try to put her in the pack and play, she'd start crying. We figured her teeth might be bothering her again, plus she was hungry (but there was no refrigerator and no microwave in the room, so having some warm or cold milk on hand was challenging), plus she's in a strange place… I ended up going to a local gas station to pick up some tylenol at 2am, and I think we all got maybe 1-2 hours of sleep maximum that first night, courtesy of Cara. Anna even told us in the morning that she "didn't sleep good" because Cara kept waking her up.
Arriving at the parkWe figured it must be a precaution/deterrent against child predators. As you enter the park, there are some ivy sculptures of Sesame characters, and towards the end of the main street, there's a little section that's built to look just like Sesame Street from TV, so we took some pictures there. Cara was extremely excited to see the Elmo sculpture - I wonder if Elmo is her favorite character because she can actually say his name. We saw the Count as we were walking through.
The inevitable teacups
Meeting Elmores, plus they let you take your own pictures, too. So we got a few pics with the girls and Elmo. We rode a "balloon race" ride (which is just some cars going around in a circle high up, and you can spin those, too), had some lunch. Rachael bounced in big bouncy area while I took Anna to go see Big Bird. Then we went to get a spot to watch the parade.
The paradeThe parade may have been the highlight of the day for the girls. Cara was kicking her feet, and Anna was just so excited - when the music started and the parade was coming, I don't think she stopped dancing. She danced and danced, even dancing in place while waiting for Ernie or whoever to get to our spot from down the street. Beth and I were both almost teary-eyed seeing how happy and incredibly excited she was. I used our camera's video feature to get some video - it's not the best quality and the movies are too big to download if you're on dialup, but the rest of you can get a glimpse of how much fun the girls had at the parade:
- At the Sesame Place Parade - #1
- At the Sesame Place Parade - #2
- At the Sesame Place Parade - #3 (this is my favorite - Anna dances with Ernie)
- At the Sesame Place Parade - #4 (my 2nd favorite)
- At the Sesame Place Parade - #5