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2009/209: Vacation, Part 3

Monday, June 29th was the day we met up with Amy and her boys at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. What a fun day it was, even if the rain clouds cut it short a bit (never did rain!!). Amy is SO nice and easy to get along with, and her boys are absolutely adorable. Thinking back now, we should have met at a park instead, so the kids would have had a chance to get to know each other. But there’s always next time.
Here is Amy’s post about our meet-up

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On Tuesday, June 30thwe left the Chicago area and made our way towards New Jersey. Sara was a little under the weather that day and had a fever. Maybe all the excitement of the last few days finally caught up with her. We stopped at Target after we checked out of the hotel that morning and picked up some Tylenol for her. Then made one more stop at the Albanese Candy Factory.
That day we stopped at our first DDD diner, the South Side Soda Shopin Goshen, Indiana, then spent the night somewhere in Ohio.

Wednesday, July 1st we made it to New Jersey!

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I had talked to Dalia several times as we got closer to NJ and that evening she and her kids met us at the hotel and we all went to dinner together at another DDD Diner, White Manna Hamburger. The food was good, and Greg is still talking about how great the hamburgers were.

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After dinner we went back to the hotel, and Dalia went home (with a couple of bottles of wine that we gave her to chill) to put her kids to bed, and then we went to her house for a while. We had a really good time, talking and drinking wine. I’m so glad I finally got to meet Dalia (and her family!) in person. I’ve known her for several (three?) years from a photography message board and we’ve become good friends. Her kids are so cute, and all five of them got along really well.

7 responses

  1. doreen3boys

    You made it from Chicago to NJ in 1 day?? How many hours? That must’ve been alot of driving, nonstop, lol!!

    You had such an awesome vacation filled with meetups, good food and candy!! Doesn’t get much better than that.

    I love that bear pic………I just want to scratch behind his ears, lol.

    28. July, 2009 at 08:23

  2. they stopped in ohio…but it is do-able… we did it 2 years ago, thanksgiving…one fell swoop…14 hours or so but when we have the trip we usually stop one night to break it up.

    So glad you got to meet up with the girls… and I’ve been to White Manna…in Hackensack, right? I used to live 10 mins from Dalia. Pics are great…and so glad the kids all got a long

    28. July, 2009 at 08:52

  3. plainmama

    It was so much fun and next time we will have to go some place where the kids can have a little time to run and play.

    Love these pics. Where Michaela was in IN is totally doable to get to NJ. We do Chicago to Pgh in one fail swoop. It may be an hour or 2 shorter, but still doable.

    I can’t wait to see your shots of Dalia and her family 🙂

    28. July, 2009 at 09:36

  4. Wow, you actually posted a “real” picture of yourself, I’m impressed. 🙂

    Your trip sounds like it was a lot of fun! Great pictures!

    28. July, 2009 at 15:30

  5. Doreen, we did spend the night in Ohio. We left Indiana a little late, because we wanted to wait for the Candy Factory to open so we could pick up a few things there.

    Cheryl, yes, White Manna in Hackensack.

    Amber, I’m getting brave 😉

    28. July, 2009 at 18:34

  6. dalia

    Max asked me just the other day if we were going there for dinner again…LOL Maybe when it cools down. What a great trip!! I am so glad we got to meet. next time we can relax at the beach…LOL

    28. July, 2009 at 19:51

  7. Love that bear shot. That’s kinda how I feel RIGHT NOW!

    30. July, 2009 at 13:58

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