We left here on Friday morning. My husband forgot to pack the cards and poker chips and we didn't want to be late. My brother-in-law and his wife showed up with ~C~ a little late but not by much. My mother-in-law gave us all a bottle of water for the weekend that we were to keep track of. The van was packed and we headed out! We drove by Longaberger headquarters and got to see the big basket building. About half way through the drive we stopped at the vistor's center at Roscoe Village to stretch our legs. Not long after, we were in the right vicinity and decided to have lunch.
But Old Christmas got in the way! What's Old Christmas? Is it a second day of Christmas when heirloom gifts are exchanged? No! Old Christmas is also known as the Day of Epiphany. It was a commonly celebrated until Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 changed the calendar and put Christmas on December 25th. Old Christmas is a day to celebrate the visit from the three wise men. The amish celebrate it with prayer and fasting. I read in the local paper that the Latino community celebrate the day also but they had a Christmas party with toys for the children this year with traditional foods to celebrate it. Who knew this was such a popular holiday?
Most of the places my in-laws wanted to take us to lunch are run by Amish families so they were closed for the holiday. We ended up with the buffet at the Der Dutchman in Walnut Creek. The view was very pretty. The snow kept coming and coming.
We stayed at The Grapevine House in Winesburg, Ohio. The owners have two houses. The first house has four bedrooms on the top floor, one bedroom on the bottom floor, a kitchen, a family room and a gift shop. The second house has two bedrooms and a common room. Each bedroom has it's own bathroom. My husband and I thought we would have to share a room with his brother, his wife, and our nephew. Several of the rooms had two double beds so it was possible, but we had our own room each night. Saturday night we got to share the second house and that was fun.
Friday afternoon we took a nap and then hung out in the family room. We read books, played sudoku, and ordered pizza and subs from Whitmer's General Store across the street. We could hear the horses clip-clopping down the street. It was really peaceful.
When my sister-in-law's mother and stepfather showed up we played Taboo. The kids against the parents. We beat the parents by 14 points. We creamed them!
I kept getting up during the night. First I was warm. Then I was cold. Then I had to blow my nose. Then I was warm. Then I was cold. Then I turned off the nightlight. My sister-in-law said she kept waking up from the varying temperature also.
Saturday morning we had breakfast at Mrs. Yoder's Family Restaurant. Most of us got the buffet breakfast. The restaurants stop serving buffets at 11am so it wasn't the wisest decision because we got there around 10:30am. That meant they weren't putting out so much fresh food for us and they'd end up taking it away before we had a second play if we weren't careful. At Mrs. Yoder's they had the usual (bacon, eggs, french toast sticks, potato dish, etc.) and some kind of egg/cheese casserole. I even ate some of it! My husband said it must have been really good since I got a second helping. I don't like eggs much at all and there are some pizzas that I think are too cheesy.
We went to the "Amish Wal-Mart" which was really Yoder's Bargain Store. My husband got some really warm gloves for $6 and my nephew got a Peter Rabbit book for a $1. My father-in-law got this night light thing for his desk for $8.50 and he saw it at the Carlisle House later for $49.95. That is why my in-laws call it the Amish Wal-Mart. The prices are so much cheaper there than at the more touristy places. They had gas lamps which made a nice background hiss for our shopping.
The kids went back to the bed and breakfast for a nap. We were given $20 and the keys to one of the cars if we wanted to go out. The parents went to the Heine's Cheese Chalet and Guggisburg Cheese Factory. It would have been nice to go but I was just tuckered out. We read, I wrote some, and my husband played 3-D pinball on my laptop. My sister-in-law was starving and ate about a half bag of trail mix. Plus she and I had these miniature bags of popcorn. We waited until the parents returned to go down the street to the only restaurant in town. The food was good! I'm still eating my "fall off the bones" pork ribs. You have to eat these with a fork.
That night we played Taboo again but switched up the teams. My team lost by 2 points so it was a lot closer. The kids played Cranium with my in-laws then we read some more and went to bed around 1:00am.
Sunday we had breakfast and drove home.
All in all it was a fun, relaxing weekend.