Thing 1 & Thing 2’s Excellent West VA Adventure


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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21 thoughts on “Thing 1 & Thing 2’s Excellent West VA Adventure”

  1. Kerry MeachamKerry Meacham

    Yeah!!! I got you’re blog link today. Woot!

    It looks like Thing 1 and Thing 2 had a great time. We haven’t done anything exciting this summer. We’ve just been hanging out and sweating in St. Louis.

    Have a good one Kathy.

  2. Lori Druskin RyanLori Druskin Ryan

    Wish I could be packed up as easily as Thing 1 and Thing 2 and experience their summer travels. Looks like an awesome time was had by all in West Virginia. The photos are hilarious.

  3. Susie LindauSusie Lindau

    They seem like the perfect guests! They were always ready to go with smiles on their faces, they didn’t take up much room, and they didn’t stink like fish at the end of three days! If they did, you could just pack them up and put them in a closet!!

  4. Renee Schuls-JacobsonRenee Schuls-Jacobson

    Holy crow! I want to go on vacation with you guys! You know how to show those things a good time! 😉

    I think Thing 2 cheated at Othello.

    Just sayin’.

  5. JessicaJessica

    Okay, I know where we’re going for our next family vacation. Looks like that place is a blast!!

  6. Tiffany A WhiteTiffany A White

    LOL – I didn’t know LeeAnne shipped you guys Thing 1 and Thing 2 for an adventure! How marvelous! It looks like you really showed them a good time. 🙂

  7. Elena AitkenElena Aitken

    What a great time the Things had.
    Leanne did mention something about them possibly whitewater rafting the same day we did last weekend. Glad they decided to play it safe at the lake instead.
    I need to say…despite all the great pictures of the trip, I could NOT get over how neatly packed your towels were in the trunk.
    yes, it’s true. I have towel packing envy. I tend to stuff them in the bottom of a bag. I think I need to take packing lessons.
    Great job with the Things it looks like a fabulous time was had by all.

  8. Nancy LauzonNancy Lauzon

    Sounds like you all had a fabulous time, thanks for the cool pics!

    We just got back from a fabulous beach on the coast near Boston (Gloucester, where The Perfect Storm was filmed). So beautiful! I read books, shopped, went into Boston for a Red Sox game, toured the city – everyone was so friendly. Boston is my new favorite place 🙂

  9. JM RandolphJM Randolph

    Ziplining is awesome! I’m so glad they got to go. So, did Paul’s bishop get taken because he ignored their advice?

    • Paul OwenPaul Owen

      I lost the bishop (I was distracted by the blue hair) but won the game … so I guess that’s okay!

  10. Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

    OMG, it’s like Flat Stanley times two! How fun is it that you showed the Things such a great time. You better check the tape on the box when you ship them to their next destination…it looks like they really want to stay with you. 🙂

  11. Chase McFaddenChase McFadden

    That place looks like a blast, and the hot tub pic is great. Those things are going to be so spoiled by the time they get back to Leanne that she isn’t going to have a chance with them.

  12. Loree HuebnerLoree Huebner

    Looks like a great time!

    Kathy, I wanted to tell you that you’ve been given the Liebster Blog Award on my blog post today Congrats! 🙂

  13. Clay MorganClay Morgan

    Great vaca eh? Oh, I forgot that Thing 1 & 2 are Canadian so they call it “holiday.” Love the zip line photos.

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