andy typically has thursdays off so that is our day! we typically have done yard work or run errands but this past thursday we had a HUGE day. it was wonderful.
it just so happened that this past thursday was my aunt’s birthday so we picked up some mcdonalds and took her breakfast. we talked for a little bit and then went on with our adventures.
we went to a little shop across from the college and walked around. it is called three blind mice. we ended up getting a Christmas gift for someone while we were there. some of the prices were a little high, but a lot of them were reasonable. it was nice to go in and see what they had. it will be a place i shop when i need to pick up a quick gift or if i need something seasonal! i loved it!
i took andy to river plantation. river plantation is a subdivision that is nice…huge houses and beautiful views.
what a view!
this picture was taken from the top of the development. the houses and yards are beautiful and the houses aren’t so bad either. there is one house that is a huge log house. that is my favorite! i would love to walk in any of them and look around! isn’t that a beautiful view?
when we left there we went to the mennonite store. we are in the heart of mennonite and amish country at least that is what it seems. there is a great restaurant and beside it is a store run by mennonites. there are a lot of local products there and things the mennonite’s make. we got some mini marshmallows for our hot chocolate and we got some sandwiches. andy got ham and cheese and i got turkey and cheese. it was a huge sandwich for little cost. we bought bottle water to go with it and headed towards horse creek.
when i was little my grandparents would take will and i there to cook out sometimes. we were able to play in the creek and those memories have always stayed with me. i wanted andy to see horse creek and share in those memories with me. i knew where to turn…but i will admit i don’t remember the drive…so we drove and passed some interesting places like the meth lab gone bad. we laughed so hard at that one…
i felt a little weird continuing on when we passed this…but we did. we followed signs to our picnic…
going the right way
the sky was so blue and just the perfect day. i was so glad when we saw the sign at the entrance…i did remember that sign (even if i didn’t recognize the rest of the drive).
once we got there we found a picnic table and spread out our lunch by the creek so that we could take in the peace of it all.
i told andy if i knew that we would take a picnic i would have left out a basket and brought some chips or something a little nicer than a plastic bag. we enjoyed every bite! (except for a bee that kept checking us out it was a perfect lunch). once we got done we did a little “hiking” and i use that term loosely because i had on flip-flops and we didn’t really go all that far. we walked along the creek and got some pictures and video of the creek. we were the only ones there (except for a surveyor).
i stuck my hand in the water and it was so cold. we are thinking of taking otis up there soon and seeing if he wants to play in the creek. i will have to wear my rubber boots so i can get in with him! it is the perfect place for rock hopping!
creek and color
there was some color and we were able to get some pictures of it. even though we got some really neat pictures there is something about seeing it in person that really captures the magic…
this neat wall covered in moss with the sun shinning through the clouds was wonderful…the picture shows a little bit of it but walking by it in person in the fall weather was like something out of a fairy tale.
while walking back to the car i saw this leaf. it was huge! i was so excited i brought it home to press and keep it…but i left it in the car and it got crispy so i couldn’t press it. when we walked back to the car a few other people showed up and were laughing and enjoying the weather like we did…
we raced the clouds home and started to work in the back yard. the black clouds threatened to drop buckets on us…but it held off. we were able to get the rest of the bricks laid around the house (i will have pictures later). we loaded up on advil and relaxed the rest of the night!
it was the perfect day to spend with andy…