Friday, August 29, 2008

Our fun day in Pennsylvania Dutch Country!!

Kylie & I spent a very fun day with my cousin, Jen & her daughter (Kylie's best friend), Haley!! We had originally planned to go up to Dutch Wonderland, however, the weather had a different plan and decided to dump tons of rain, so we had to improvise. We decided to head on up to Lancaster and tour around and experience a little bit of Amish culture. Our first stop was to the Intercourse Pretzel Factory in Intercourse, PA. We had a yummy snack of a soft pretzel and a drink before getting a brief tour of the factory and getting to twist our very own pretzel! Both Kylie & Haley did a great job at rolling out and then twisting their pretzels! They even got stickers declaring them "Official Pretzel Twisters" of the Intercourse Pretzel Factory!

Kylie all smiles on our way to Haley's house!

Haley & Kylie watching pretzel twisting in the front window.

Having a little yummy snack...

Kylie doing a great job twisting her pretzel!

Kylie proudly displaying her pretzel!

Kylie Thayer & Haley Amato - Official Pretzel Twisters!

After our factory experience, we traveled to Ronks, PA to the Cherry Hill Farm. Unfortunately, due to the wet weather the farm itself was closed, but Kylie & Haley were able to make their very own Amish doll at the "Make-a-Friend" shop on the farm! They were the only children there and were able to pick their own doll, dress her, & name her! They also got to experience a bit of what an Amish child would experience in a one room school house! They played games & solved puzzles together while sitting at school desks. They sat very attentively while our guide explained life as an Amish child to them before heading over to purchase accessories for their new dolls. They even got to wear sweet, little aprons while creating their new Amish friends!

Kylie dressing her new friend, Elizabeth.

Haley (with Hannah) & Kylie (with Elizabeth) listening to what life is like for Amish children.

Playing matching games...

Solving puzzles together.

Kylie ringing the school house bell to signal school is out!

After the girls had their new Amish friends, we said good-bye to our guide and headed to Bird-in-Hand, PA to the Farmer's Market to get a bit more for lunch and pick up some goodies to take home. We picked up some delicious cookies & whoopie pies that were to die for! Sadly, we had to call it a day and left beautiful Lancaster and headed back to Stewartstown, PA. Once back at the Amato's, the girls played a bit while Jen & I chatted. Kylie & Haley love playing with each other and saying good-bye is always the hardest thing to do. But, we know that they'll see each other again soon! They have become the best of friends and love each other so much! Thank you Jen & Haley for a truly wonderful day and we can't wait to do it again very soon! We love you!!

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