A couple weeks ago, Dave and I made a last-minute executive decision for our family and booked a cottage in Lancaster, PA for the weekend. It was just one of those times when an emergency get-away is truly needed, and it was one of the best experiences we've ever had as a family.
The cottage we booked was a pretty good deal, and one of few places that was actually available, so we weren't expecting it to be anything special. We were happily surprised at how comfortable, charming, and cozy it was! It sat by itself in the middle of a well-kept state park and though it was built in the 1800's, it was very well preserved and updated...so it was quaint enough to take us away from our current, hurried, every day life but had the modern conveniences to still keep us comfortable.
|Being shown the cottage for the first time.|
|Leah and Dallin were so excited to be out of the car and free to explore. These are the stairs leading from the kitchen/living area to the bedroom.|
|...and here's the bedroom. Dallin slept in that little closet to the right. We purchased a little peapod (so much more convenient than a pack and play!) and it worked out perfectly.|
|The door separating the downstairs from the upstairs.|
|We liked the old-style key.|
|The wooden stairs were fun, but a little scary with two little ones. We kept Leah and Dallin off them for the most part.|
|As soon as we set up the pack and play downstairs, both kids were begging to get in. They sat in there and looked at books/played together for at least 30 minutes.|
|The kitchen/eating area (as seen from the living room). The television is inside those cabinets on the right side of the island.|
|View of the living area from the kitchen (you can see the doorway leading to the stairs on the far right).|
|Still playing! (Yeah, half the time we're at home, Leah and Dallin are just running around in shirts. It makes for much quicker diaper changes!)|
|Another view of the cottage. Or, as we like to call it, "Home Sweet Home."|
|After resting for awhile in the house, we decided to explore the park. Leah LOVES her pockets, and often rests her little hands in them when she can.|
|Another view of the cottage, this time with me and Leah there, too!|
|...aaaaand another view. Is this overkill??? We were in love with this place, so we wanted to preserve as many images of it as we could.|
|This beautiful covered bridge ran over a small stream, all of which were a couple hundred feet from the cottage.|
|It was only appropriate we hitch our buggy here!|
During the short few days we stayed there, we saw many, many families come to get their pictures professionally taken on the park's beautiful grounds, including quite a few Amish families.
|After exploring the park, we hopped in the car and drove to Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, PA. Our first order of business - get Leah on a pony!|
|She had a serious look on her face most of the time, but we're pretty sure she liked it (because she usually doesn't hold anything back if she isn't in favor of something).|
|She kinda started to slip off to the side. We had to point it out to the guide.|
|Well she looks pretty happy to me!|
|Dallin was somewhat intrigued by the animals until one of the hens loudly ruffled her feathers. It scared him to death and it pretty much ended our time in the little petting zoo.|
|Strolling through Kitchen Kettle Village...always a favorite place.|
here and here for further information), so we were expecting a couple rough nights. But, miracle of miracles, both kids slept awesome. Leah chose to sleep in the pack and play downstairs (another surprise - I was sure she'd want to sleep with us in our room) and she handled it all really well (considering she hasn't been sleeping that great at home the last couple months either, she handled it perfectly, with just a couple of middle of the night wake-ups. After a quick tuck-in and reassuring words, she went back to sleep both times). And Dallin never woke up once until the next morning at 8 am. We couldn't believe it...a full night's sleep?!?! It was quickly turning into a dream vacation for us!!!