Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Livin' in an Amish Paradise

Last weekend we took a great trip to Amish Country with Mindy and Jeff. It was wonderful! We stayed in this quaint town, Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. It was right next to Intercourse, that's right Intercourse, PA! We shopped in food, quilt and handicraft markets. We toured an Amish house and farm and rode in a buggy! I am fascinated by the Amish people! It was so interesting to learn about their religion and lifestyle. I really respect them. We enjoyed delicious apple cider and tried to get excited about very fermented homemade Rootbeer. We found great little places to eat; we got lost; and we even crashed a Renaissance Fair (that had nothing to do with the Amish). We went to the "Field of Screams" and most of us enjoyed a haunted hayride.:) The drive was beautiful, and we were all quite enchanted with Lancaster County. It was a great way to celebrate fall!

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Yea for the Amish and their fine work!HPIM3517
Lunch at Haydn's Zug... great little restaurant with pewter dishes (not seen here)... recommended to us by a teenager high on pot.

HPIM3523 Yes, I'm from Iowa and grew up in the cornfields, but I was still impressed with the large pumpkins!

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Best friends prego together... so fun! Remember how Mindy is one week ahead of me but I'm looking huge in this picture???!!
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Jeff likes to pretend he's prego too... mostly so we'll stop bossing him around.
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All hail the queen!

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They couldn't resist.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Friday-Overs... almost over?

Harley and I just realized we haven't spent a Friday night in our bed for nearly a month! First it was a camp-out with Harley's JHU peeps in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. It poured rain 80% of the time. Good thing we had the Tent-of-All-Amazement to keep us dry (thanks Wannacott family)! Highlights of this adventure include watching Harley blow up our air mattress with his mouth (our pump died), and eating a hot dog and actually thinking it tasted good (something I hadn't experienced in about 15 years).

HPIM3429Unlikely trio: me, a hot dog and a smile.

HPIM3443 The Wannacott Tent or The Hilton?

Then we spent a weekend in New York City visiting some of our favorite people Jeff and Mindy. We also saw Peter while we were there. We didn't do much... which is exactly how we wanted it. The boys played video games; Mindy and I just talked. An entire weekend inside "The Octagon," simply chillin'. Their apartment building is so fancy! Doesn't it look like a hotel? We always think that when we visit!

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The Octagon

Last weekend Harley and I stayed at Bar-T Ranch for a ward youth leadership retreat. We stayed in yurts... something I didn't even know existed! It was fun getting to know the youth and other adults in the ward, even if I was freezing most of the time!

HPIM3464 Harley trying to entertain the youth

Our three-week stint of "Friday-Overs" have been great, but they've led me to two conclusions: #1. No wonder I've been so tired lately (and so negligent of my new blog!) #2. I'm really over S'mores. This weekend... Charlottesville to visit Cheryl and Ryan! After that the visitors come to us (yea for Sarah and Eli)!