Friday, March 28, 2008

Trains, Trains and Smorgasbords

I've been very lax about posting lately and there's so much to talk about.

We've been trying to get a weekend away for as long as we can remember and last weekend we were finally able to do it. James, Seamus, and I took a trip up to Amish country in PA. The main event was a train ride with the Easter Bunny on an antique steam engine. It was a very nice trip into the PA countryside. The EB did make an appearance but it was pretty quick. Seamus was hoping to play with the Bunny ("Will he play Wonder Pets with me? Will he, will he?" Repeat continuously for a 3 hour car ride) but she was too busy seeing all the other kids. He did end up getting a lollypop out of the deal which was very exciting and he met some new friends. There was a little boy next to us who actually made Seamus seem like a quiet shy little kid, which is pretty hard to do.

We stayed at the Hershey Farm and Inn in a "rustic" room that Seamus declared was "awesome" as soon as we walked in. Daddy didn't quite share in his enthusiasm. Seamus spent the first 10 minutes running around the "awesome" room counting in Spanish very loudly. (I know, very odd but somehow it felt right.)

Then it was time to take a walk on the farm with Mommy while Daddy took a much deserved nap. We saw ducks and geese, who weren't as thrilled to see Seamus as he was to see them, and lots of goats and chickens. They also had a really cool playground where Seamus went on the big kid slide all by himself.

That night we went to a huge smorgasbord thinking there must be something for him to eat but apparently Amish people don't have milk, pork, and beef allergies. Everything was either in a cream sauce or had big honking pieces of sausage in it. Somehow we got some food in him while Mommy and Daddy rolled out of there.

The next day we went to "Chocolate World" in Hershey. Again, the allergies caused some issues. Seamus couldn't eat any of the chocolate and after having gummy bears and throwing up we remembered he was allergic to the gelatin they're made with. Thank goodness for jelly beans.

We had a nice Easter and had dinner with Ga and Pa. Seamus' new friend, the Easter Bunny brought him some nice stuff, including Easter monkeys. (You'll notice the EB doesn't read ingredients very well since he also brought marshmallow Peeps which were soon confiscated.)

We also had an exciting visit to a pre-school. I'll post more about that later.

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