We ♥ Penguin's Snoballs


The first Friday in 
The first Friday in March was a day we've had circled on our calendar since October. It's the day that Penguin's Snoballs on Little Creek, in Norfolk, opened back up again for the season. Penguin's was our summer 2016 hangout with friends, and when it closed it felt like that episode of 90210 when the Peach Pit is in danger. What would we do without it?

But luckily Penguin's is back and just as great as ever, with the same fluffy New Orleans shaved ice, the dozens of interesting flavors (red velvet cake? cherimoya?), and delicious toppings (condensed milk! Chili lime!) The staff is so friendly and will gladly let you taste test to find the perfect flavor combination. We were so surprised that they remembered us and all of our little munchkins (or maybe we just really did go there all. the. time.)

In any event, we are looking forward to another spring and summer full of deliciousness.

The one downside to sno-cones is always the stickiness so be sure to bring wipes when you go. And the one down side to Penguin's is that it's bordered by a busy road and parking lot, so make sure to bring a ring sling or stroller for young toddlers who are prone to running!

Oh, and another pro tip if you have young ones: clear strawberry flavor. Trust. You'll thank me later. 


Halloween the Chrysler Way


Halloween at the Chrysler Museum is one of my favorite things about the holiday. Each year, the staff dress up as works of art and wander the museum so visitors can find them. The costumes are always so creative and this year was no different, with staff dressing as works of contemporary and classical painting, sculpture, even glasswork! Each staff member gets to pick their art piece, and talking to them about how they came up with the concept of their costume is definitely part of the fun (this year's fave: the woman who covered herself in straw and roamed around as one of Monet's haystacks from the Agrarian Ideal exhibit going on now.)

The kids definitely enjoyed the special Halloween hunt, and marking off their finds on the scavenger hunt map (prize: candy) But they also enjoyed just spending time at the expanded play area at the back of the museum, and shuffling through the books, games, and toys there. Note to self: keep this in mind for blustery days this winter.

The Chrysler has some exciting programs for kids and families coming up this month, including Tickle My Ears, on Friday, November 3, and a wild-West themed Free Family Day on Saturday, November 12. More info here.

Hiking to Humpback Rocks (Waynesboro, VA)


James's new goal is to hike the entirety of the Appalachian Trail, and he's been doing a section here and a section there when he has the time. This past weekend, Gus, Anouk and I (and some of our friends) joined him for part of one, a hike up to Humpback Rocks in Waynesboro. It's about a three hour drive west on 64, almost to Charlottesville, so we decided to leave after breakfast and pack a lunch to carry up to the rocks with us.

It was a strenuous hike for little legs. Not impossible for a four, five, or six year old to do, but it's going to be a good challenge for them. The hike up to the rocks is only about a mile but it involves basically hiking straight up the side of a mountain, climbing stairs, and then picking your way over rocks. It took us about an hour each way with a 3 year old, two five year olds (and a toddler in a carrier on my back). But there were a lot of interesting things to see on the way -- lichens, fall foliage, caterpillars, caves. And the view from 2643 ft. was spectacular, so worth it.

After we got back down to flat(tish) ground, we walked back to the visitor center and explored the farm museum, a few old houses and grounds recreated from the 1850s. It was especially interesting for me and Anouk because we have been reading Little House on the Prairie lately and there are a lot of descriptions of the house that Pa built the family. We were able to see how the logs were notched and split, how pegs were used instead of nails, and how the walls were chinked with mud. Now when we read we feel like we can see it even better!

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