Our week between Christmas and New Year's
has been filled with all kinds of friend and family activities.
My dear friends who moved to South Carolina
were in town for the week.
And we made sure we got together with them as much as possible.
Yesterday, we had a mom and kids' day in the town of Lahaska, Pennsylvania.
There is a wonderful shopping village there called
It was a perfect day - sunny and not too chilly.
We spent a good portion of the day
in Giggleberry Fair
which is an indoor kids area.
One of their favorite parts is the "Mountain".
It's a huge 4 story
climbing, sliding, ball throwing crazy place!
Here are some of the crazy contraptions
that shoot balls in the air.
The kids could have spent all day in there.
Well, they practically did!
There is also an indoor carousel.
And a great arcade area.
After hours of playing and eating in Giggleberry,
we headed over to the toy store.
Then we had to drag the kids out of there
after convincing them they had enough toys from Christmas!
But they were happy again when we stopped for ice cream!
We walked through the village.
And finished our ice cream in line for the gazebo.
Each year they enclose this gazebo
and fill it with a gingerbread house competition/display.
The entries were amazing!
Check out the scene from "A Christmas Story"!
And this adorable Disney World one!
How perfect is that?
Gotta love the beach theme!
And one of the kids' favorites!
And this week, we cannot forget Times Square!
(In fact, all the entries put our gingerbread train attempt to shame!
I don't think we will be entering any contests soon!)
The kids also had a great time running around the complex.
And checking out some of the outdoor animals.
I enjoyed checking out the holiday decorations.
Love the fruit.
And the flower shop always has some great decor!
I would have taken more pictures inside
but the kids were getting a bit rambunctious at that point!
As the sun set, lights were glowing everywhere.
Every building was lit up.
As we drove away,
we wished we had more time
to walk through to see more lights.
But since we had spent close to 9 hours there
playing and shopping and eating,
we decided we would leave on a positive note
before anyone started getting cranky!
(Including the adults!)
We all had a wonderful day
and can't wait to go back again!
Have you been to any charming outdoor shopping villages?