Dutch Wonderland

I’m painfully behind on posts, but I have a good excuse…. this time of year is crazy!

In May, June and July we celebrated Mothers Day, my birthday, Shane’s birthday, Fathers Day, Caleb & Wyatt’s 4th birthday and Parker’s 1st Birthday! Phew! Not to mention a quick trip to Colorado for my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party, Shane in Panama & DR for work, a family trip to Colorado for Shane’s sister’s wedding,  my parents visiting for a week and a broken water pipe to make these last 2 months exceptionally busy!

In mid-June, I decided to celebrate Shane’s birthday and Fathers Day all rolled into one epic weekend. Our Saturday morning started out with Wyatt’s last soccer practice of the spring season and Caleb’s last baseball game with the Miracle League.




After a quick lunch we packed the car for a one night stay in… wait for it… Intercourse, PA! Immature jokes aside, Intercourse is a real place near Lancaster. The town was so cute and there were lots of Amish men and women commuting via horse and buggy and farming with horse-drawn farm equipment! It was quite the sight to see. After taking the kids for a swim in the hotel pool (two adults with 3 kids who can’t swim = difficult & stressful, FYI) we meandered into “town” to find some yummy Pennsylvania Dutch homestyle cooking. We really enjoyed our food at Plain & Fancy and fell in love with Shoofly Pie! The pie filling tastes just like a cinnamon Pop-Tart! So good!


This was the best pic I could get but is actually quite representative of about 95% of the pics I take.

The funny part about staying in a hotel room with three young kids is that their bedtime is essentially your bedtime, so even though Shane and I had intended to have a bottle of wine in silence when the kids went to bed, we inadvertently fell asleep at the same time they did. Romance!

This was probably for the best because the next day after breakfast we checked out and ventured to Lancaster to spend the day at Dutch Wonderland which is a small amusement park geared toward younger kids. We didn’t know what to expect but we hoped for the best and prayed we wouldn’t be flushing the park fees down the drain if the kids couldn’t/wouldn’t partake in any of the rides. The first ride we found which corresponded with their height freaked them out. It was a little loud, sure, but Shane and I figured they just needed to feel the ride start then they’d have fun. No dice. The operator made us take them off since they were visibly upset and that’s against their policy. Oops. No one said we were winning any parenting awards that day, trust me. Our luck changed with the next (quieter) ride that was slow and cute and the boys liked it and I knew that was all it would take to get them to try other rides.

Wouldn’t you know it, by the end of the day they were riding things that I was definitely too scared to try, like these crazy spinning turtle things!


Turtle whirl would’ve made me hurl… just sayin’



Excuse me, sir… you’re way too big for this one.



It was a brutally hot day so we took lots of breaks and Caleb eventually got too tired to traverse the park in his walker so he was in the stroller with Parker. I have to say they were real champs and we somehow avoided any major meltdowns. We made our way around the entire park and even repeated a few favorite rides before changing into bathing suits and spending the rest of the afternoon at the splash park area of Dutch Wonderland.

Parker "surfing" or rather, just practicing standing up!

Parker “surfing” or rather, just practicing standing up!



By 4:00 (after being there since 10:00!) we decided to hit the road and make the 2 hour trek home. What a fun mini-getaway for the whole family. The boys definitely have fond memories from their first amusement park visit! I’m just thankful that I have a husband who doesn’t mind the fact that I took him to an amusement park with 3 kids for his birthday and Fathers Day! He’s a keeper!


I'm a working mom of three fantastic boys: Caleb, Wyatt and Parker. My husband, Shane, and I live in the Washington DC suburbs where we enjoy playgrounds, pools and never getting to sleep in. This blog is a journal of our day-to-day lives as well as a chronicle of Caleb's progress after a recent spinal surgery to alleviate the effects of his cerebral palsy.

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One comment on “Dutch Wonderland
  1. angie says:

    Thanks for the update!! Always nice hearing about your family! Ali., I do have to say that Parker is from your side of the family!! Looks like the Levesque!! How is Caleb coming with his progress? Almost a year coming up since his surgery! hope all is well.

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