Hi!  Our family in Virginia was the next stop for Thing 1 and Thing 2, travelers extraordinaire, as they continue their adventures.  As you may already know, Leanne Shirtliffe (also known as “Ironic Mom” and designated guardian of Thing 1 and Thing 2), decided to send the blue-haired duo on a world-wide tour, with visits to her blogging buddies along the way.  And as everyone knows, bloggers really know how to show Things a great time.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 had a nice rest via the U.S. Postal Service trucks from the Buttram’s home to ours.  If you’ve read the account of their adventure with the Buttram family, you know they needed the recuperation period!

But they were rarin’ to come with us on our vacation to Ace Adventure Resort, in the mountains of West Virginia.


Car Ride

Thing 1 and Thing 2 were great little travelers.  They always looked so happy.  (And they were near the snacks).








They enjoyed playing a little travel Othello along the way.  I think Thing 2 won that game.




Settling in

After arriving at our cabin that evening, Thing 1 and Thing 2 relaxed in the hot tub out on the back deck before heading off to bed. That’s our middle son, playing lifeguard.


Water Fun

Although they begged us to take them along whitewater rafting (that’s one of the company’s photos on the wall of our cabin), Thing 1 and Thing 2 settled for a trip to the lake to play on the inflatables.  Nothing beats a floating iceberg slide!


Horseback Riding

We were going to put them on the fence for the picture, but the horses looked REALLY interested in them.  To keep Thing 1 and Thing 2 from being a morning snack, our youngest rider posed with them instead.


Here they are, on our horse Skipper, who thankfully was more interested in eating the greenery along the trail.  A lot of greenery.  (As you can see, Thing 1 was kind of a camera hog here).



In between adventures, Thing 1 and Thing 2 liked playing games with us, such as this game of Giant Chess.  They really thought Paul should have moved his bishop.


They were so eager to play billiards that they jumped up on the balls, but we moved them before the first break.



Our final activity of the vacation: the zipline Canopy Tour!  Thing 1 and Thing 2 weren’t scared at all.  In fact, they wanted to do it again!

And so ends…

Thing 1 and Thing 2’s Excellent West Virginia Adventure

Many thanks to Leanne, for trusting us with the Things’ safe-keeping.  We had a blast!

So where will Thing 1 and Thing 2 turn up next?  Stay tuned to Leanne’s blog to find out!

What fun times are YOU having this summer?  Do the adventures of Thing 1 and Thing 2 inspire you?  We’d love to hear about it!

Until next time,




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