It’s been a busy few days with Grandma! Jace was all smiles playing with his new Batman toys. We tried to play with markers, but Jace was more entertained by the mat we had on the floor to protect the carpet.
On Sunday we went to CHOCOLATE WORLD! We all had a great time. ‘Course that’s easy for me to say – I’m the only one who didn’t end up covered in throw up! But more on that in a second…. The drive to Hershey, PA is about 90 minutes. Jace tried to nap, but he wasn’t feeling very well so it made napping difficult. Once we got out of the car, Jace was a little happier. For our first activity, we went to a chocolate tasting. Jace did pretty well and was happy to play with the water bottles we all got to cleanse our palates between chocolate types.
After the tasting, we went on the free “tour” of how chocolate is made. It’s a 15 minute ride on a moving car. There are lots of bright lights, loud noises, and singing cows. Jace was pretty entertained! They take an official photo of you on the ride and you can purchase it for $15.99. I took a picture of the screen instead. Apparently that is against the rules and they yell at you. But they stop yelling at you when your baby starts throwing up peaches and sweet potatoes all over the place! I had another outfit for Jace and the sweet potatoes and peaches kinda blended in with the pattern on Adam’s shirt, so it wasn’t too bad….
In fact, Jace was sound asleep in his grandma’s arms before we even made it to the assembly line. Cherie and Jace went to find a bench outside while Adam and I supervised the creation of our chocolate bars. The whole process is pretty cool. You get to pick your chocolate flavor (dark, milk, or white), you pick your mix-ins (crispy rice, pretzel, chocolate cookie, toffee, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips), and you specify if you want sprinkles on top. Then, you follow YOUR candy bar through the factory! While the chocolate is cooling, you get to design your wrapper. At the end of the process, you end up with a custom chocolate bar in a cool tin with a fancy wrapper!
After we got our chocolate bars, we went looking for Cherie and Jace. Jace had slept in Cherie’s arms during the entire 45-minute candy-making experience. He seemed very happy. So did Cherie! In fact, I think this was her favorite part of the entire visit!
By this point, we’d all had quite a bit of candy, but not much real food. We tried the Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate BBQ Chicken pizza. It was pretty good! Jace slept and slept. When he woke up, it was time for a trolley ride! He seemed pretty happy for the first half for the ride. And then he seemed decidedly less happy. Adam, Cherie, and Jace were in one row in the trolley. I was in the row behind them. And THAT is the reason that I ended the day NOT covered in throw up! Poor Jace. After he finished getting sick, he was worn out and fell asleep in his grandma’s arms again.
After the trolley ride, Jace got another outfit change while Cherie and Adam – who didn’t have spare clothes along – headed into the Hershey 4D experience. Jace and I explored the gift shop, checked out the baked goods, and had some relaxing time in the car.
And by the time the 4D movie was over, Jace was all smiles again! Adam and I did some final shopping while Jace hung out with his Grandma and waved at everyone. So our Hershey trip ended on a high note with everyone happy!
We ended the evening with a delicious dinner – Jace loooooves his macaroni and cheese! And then, Jace got an early birthday present from Grandma! Fun, fun, fun! It’s been so much fun having Grandma in town!