We spent a long 12 hours in the car that Thursday, but the boys really did great!! We stopped in Erie, PA and grabbed Steak N Shake about 2 minutes from our hotel. The boys were happy to be out of the car; when we went back out to the parking lot, poor Charlie was saying "no bye bye, no bye bye" but our drive was so short that he realized quickly we were finished with the car for the day.
Friday we all arrived at different times, so we mostly just got settled. Uncle Greg borrowed a boat from a friend, so it was quite exciting to watch for him to arrive via water. Grandpa had flashlights for all the little ones so we could send him signals in case he didn't see us (the sun was just starting to go down). I have never seen 5 kids eat dinner so quickly as they did that night so they could get back outside to watch for Uncle Greg (and Daddy, for Parker). It was cute.
Watkins Glen State Park, which was about 15 minutes away. It was really cool - a big waterfall cascading all around through lots of rocks. We didn't hike the whole thing because, well, let's face it, eventually one or both of the boys was going to need to carried and we weren't up for that. But the parts we saw were very pretty. Jack especially liked the part where the path went behind the waterfall - he went back and forth several times to check it out.
dice game (side note: we have this game too and it is SO fun for toddlers through early preschoolers). It's basically a big colored die and when you roll it you pick a card of that color. The cards are themed so you either make a certain animal sound, do some action, find something of a certain color, etc. Here's a clip of them "doing a silly dance:"
I love this video: