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Monday, November 16, 2009

The Colonel and I went on a little trip!

Every year the youth group at church go on a retreat.  
This year BOTH our children went...so we decided to go away as well.

We went to Lancaster, PA, just under 2 hours from our home.  
Lancaster is famous for its large population of Amish people.  

Here's the hotel we stayed at...

The Colonel on his computer.  
Work did call him a few times...
The view from our room...

Another view...

A museum we visited...
You all remember that I'm married to a Colonel?  
Yes, there he is waiting for me to take the picture so I can join 
him in this interesting museum...

A picture of some of the displays...

I really was trying to get the museum with the canon and all of a sudden this
 Amish buggy came by and just happened to get in my picture!
We had a great time!
We did tons of shopping, or I should say, looking. 
I only purchased two things, a cookbook and a painting to 
hang over our fireplace.
We did a little Christmas shopping for family as well.

We spent Friday night watching a few videos and 
enjoying some pizza in our room. 

Basically we just relaxed and had a wonderful time.

Enjoy your Monday!


  1. Looks like a fun trip! I've never been over that way, but would like to go one day to Lancaster!

  2. What a fun excursion! I miss the are I grew up in - we have an Amish Community there and you see the horse and buggy's frequently.

    Thanks for stopping by the Ranch for a visit!

  3. Sounds like a great time. So nice that your whole family could go.
    I love Amish buggies. Very cool that you got one in your picture.
    Enjoy your week,

  4. What a beautiful hotel you guys had! The room looked so expansive and the views are so relaxing.

    Gosh, that Edged Weaponry Museum is fantastic! I just can't stare at edged weapons enough. *smile*

    I feel bad that you will soon be apart from your Colonel. It must give a bittersweet feeling to each day. I hope it isn't tacky to mention it.

  5. I just love Lancaster and I especially like to eat at some of the family style Amish food type places out there. Now the buggys are so cute and I especially like to look at all the hand sewn quilts for sale with all the colors. I still have photos of my kids when they were little riding on the train out there. Glad you were able to get away and relax in such a beautiful area of our country.

  6. I would LOVE to go to Lancaster. I have somewhat of a fascination for all the Amish things. How fun this looked. And relaxing. It really puts me in the mood for a little get away. Have a great day. Blessings, Debbie

  7. I'm so jealous! Mama Hen and I are dying to go to Amish Country! I'm glad you had a great time and got to spend time with the Colonel!

  8. I love going to Lancaster! We live about 3 hours from it. I love to go to Kitchen Kettle Village and all the little shops. Looks like you had a great time!! Hugs~ Karen

  9. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend. So glad you and the Colonel could have a get-away before his deployment.

    In ref. to your comment, "meep" is just a senseless word. Beaker from "The Muppets" made it popular.

  10. Hi Sunshine!
    How delightful that you and the Colonel got to get away, too!! Beautiful hotel and view!! So serene and lovely!

    Love those buggies, too!
    Have a joyful week, Lois!
    Love ya, gal!

  11. Thanks for stopping over and the nice comment. Maybe we can get each other through this upcoming year! I'm sure my son's first year will be the hardest on me, do you know of any good online support groups for mom's??

  12. Oooh, Lois! That place looks beautiful. I hope you relaxed to the max!

    Have a great Monday!

  13. Oh what a lovely trip!! Sounds like so much fun :-) I'm glad the two of you got away. It looks very romantic. I stayed with an Amish friend occasionally when I was working nights in a nearby city. I ended up getting into a whole pack of trouble with the male leaders!! Wacky women who drive and have vivid imaginations don't mesh well in that community. Anyway, I helped her with her secret courtship. She was a widow with 4 kids and had fallen in love with a man who was staying there. He didn't want to vow his life to the community and they wouldn't let him marry her unless he did. Oh it was an exciting romance!! They eventually married, left and have had about 4 more kids together. She just called me a few months back. Well, enough of my dramas. I'm so glad you had such a fabulous time!!

  14. Oh I am so happy that you and the Colonel had a chance to get away by yourselves and enjoy each other. Great pictures! We live about an hour away from Ohio's Amish community. We enjoy going there at least once a year to relax...can't you just feel the stress leaving your body in the peaceful countryside? To say nothing of all the great FOOD! We need to remember to pray for the Amish people. They are bound in tradition and religious practices. They do not teach the freedom of knowing the assurance of salvation in Christ and believe it is presumptuous to say that one might "know God" personally.

  15. Lancaster is a fun place. I am very happy that you got to spend a weekend alone with your husband.

  16. I'm so glad you got to go away. Looks like a lovely place to stay.
    I understand fully about the museum. My hubby loves Civil War and visit those sites when every they're within driving distance.

  17. Hi Lois, Lancaster is like home away from home for us! We love it and I've done my share of shopping there. One time my sister and I bought so much stuff we couldn't fit it all in 2 SUV's!! My favorite shop is The Olde Mill House Shop. It right behind the outlet mall. Did you get to see a show at the Sight and Sound theatre? Your hotel looks beautiful. Where was it located? So glad you both had some relaxation time together! Hugs, Loretta

  18. Glad you had such a good time. Sometimes we all just need that special family relaxing time.


  19. Oh I am so glad you had a fun trip. I was born and raised in Pa and my hubby and I lived in Strasburg about 20 years ago. Love that you got to spend time together. You will need that....


  20. I love Lancaster! and I love the shopping in Lancaster. We are also about two hours from Lancaster and usually just make it a day trip..but I love the look of your hotel - would be fun to spend the night one time. Have you been the Sight and Sound??

    Glad you had a weekend together:)

  21. I love visiting Amish country- it just amazes me to see the horses and buggies parked next to cars... My brother and his wife live near Amish in Indiana.

    So glad you were able to get away with your hubby- looks like a great place!

    So excited about your new room coming along!

    Happy Monday!

  22. Sounds like a great date!!! I love the last picture with the buggy...

  23. I am SO glad you had such
    a great time!!! :)
    The pictures were wonderful.
    LOVE that Amish Buggy!!!!!

    Love~ Jen

  24. It's always nice to get away for a little rest and relaxation. It looks like you had a happy and well deserved trip. I think it would be a fun place to visit. Blessings to you and your family ♥

  25. Sounds like you had a great trip. I always enjoy the Amish country there in Lancaster. We visit there when we go tomy sisters who lives in Bethlehem.

  26. What a fun trip! I'd love to visit there someday and compare their Amish to our local settlement. Such interesting folks, they are.
    Love the pictures! -Tammy

  27. Hi Lois, Love the new look of your blog. What a wonderful get away-I love all things Amish but haven't been to PA yet, just Tennessee and Ontario Amish communities.
    Have a wonderful week.

  28. Hi Lois, Love the new look of your blog. What a wonderful get away-I love all things Amish but haven't been to PA yet, just Tennessee and Ontario Amish communities.
    Have a wonderful week.

  29. Looks like a fun trip! I've been to PA many times but never Lancaster.


  30. Hi Lois,

    Thanks for sharing pics from your trip. My family traveled to Lancaster in 2000 and we saw a play at Sight & Sound Theater...the Noah's Ark production! Really special.
    I also went to school in PA. In the town of Carlisle, mid '70s.

    Hope your week is going well.
    Sending hugs and blessings your way!

  31. Sounds wonderful Lois.
    The pictures are lovely!

  32. I've never seen Amish people! I'd love to go somewhere and see them. That hoarse and buggy looks awesome!