Our Visit to the Hospital

Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
Trip End Jul 31, 2013

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Sesquicentennial State Park

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Aimee was up early and ready to start the day, as this was a day that had been much anticipated. Babyland General Hospital here we come!  For those of you that are not familiar, Babyland General is in Cleveland, Georgia and it is where Cabbage Patch Kids are born.  Yes, I said Cabbage Patch Kids and yes, I do know I am a full grown women.  Growing up in the 80's, Cabbage Patch kids were a big deal.  I embarrassingly still remember my 4 babies names!  
 We laughed as we looked around the parking lot at all the middle aged women grinning from ear to ear and gleefully bouncing towards the entrance.  We were welcomed by a Babyland nurse and then walked through the rooms filled with cabbage patch babies set up in nurseries.  Next we entered "the patch" where there was hundreds of babies up "for adoption".   You could watch a nurse help with a "baby's birth" from Mother Tree with a lot of cute jokes about "branch deliveries" and "easiotomies".  We thought it would be fun if Clare "adopted" a baby and let her make her choice.  Surprisingly, the boys didn't want to pick a baby for themselves!  An adoption nurse had us fill out paperwork picking a name and birthdate then asked Clare if she would be a good Mother to her new baby.  Clare nodded solemnly hugging her baby close.  She received her adoption papers and much to the boys relief we headed out.    
 We arrived at Sesquicentennial State Park and had a great bike ride on the 6 mile trail around the lake.  Later Bruce and Caleb pulled out the fishing rods to try their luck again.

The next day we woke up to pouring rain.  We weren't overly concerned as we had planned to go to Edventure, a children's museum.  We had shown the boys the museum's website and they were eager to climb up "Eddie" a 40 ft model of a boy.  You could climb into his brain, jump in his stomach, and slide out his intestines.  What could be more fun than that?    Clare was excited to go to the "Clifford, the big red dog" exhibit where she had big hugs with one of her favourite characters.   The boys had a game of chess with giant pieces, Clare milked a cow at the farm, and they all learned how to change a tire on a car.  We did a little construction work then went grocery shopping.  There was lots to see and do at this great museum.  

We had also planned to go to Congaree National Park.  It was still pouring rain but we decided to bundle up and go anyways.  After hanging around the Visitor Center hoping the rain would let up we finally headed out on their 2.4 mile boardwalk through the swamp like vegetation.  We were a little concerned when the mosquito meter outside the visitor center was pointed at "war zone" but the Park Ranger said people move it all the time to have their picture taken with it!  The rain let up for the first little bit of our walk but about halfway through the torrential rain started.  I will give the kids credit because we still stopped and read all the route markers and they didn't complain at all until near the end when all of our hands were freezing.  It was an amazing hike but probably would have been more enjoyable without the rain! 

We headed back to the trailer to end our first full day of rain with some hot chocolate and some board games!
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Amanda on

So what did she name her baby??

Rebecca on

Thanks for my postcard, Ciller!! P.S. Where are you? where are you? where are you? (okay, Rebecca, enough already - Mummy)

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