Sunday, June 01, 2008

Getting Away

Little Nashville
We just got home last night from a little get away for our ten year anniversary. Daddy, Peanut, and I went to a very quaint and fun little town, Nashville, IN. It is a charming town with many neat shops and restaurants. We arrived on Thursday evening after a little mishap with our car. It died! Thankfully we weren't too far from home and Dobbie and Papa came to the rescue. This was the first and hopefully the last time that we ever have a car die along the road. Peanut did well waiting seeing as how it was pretty warm and we were confined to our car. Once the rescue mission was complete we were on our way. A big thanks to Dobbie and Papa!


Daddy: We tried to prepare Cora before we left by telling her about the trip we were going on as a family. She obviously would have no idea what a "trip" is, but we did our best to explain it to her, building up the excitement. When the car broke down we were worried that she would expect to get stranded the next time we plan a trip. :)

Little Nashville

We stayed in The Hidden Valley Inn. It was really nice because it was right downtown and the room had a nice size kitchenette so we didn't have to eat out all the time.
Little Nashville
Daddy and I had visited this area on our one year anniversary. We had eaten at a yummy little diner called The HobNob Corner when we had visited before so we tried it again for supper on the first night. It is such a quaint place with really yummy food. Peanut recommends the Grilled Cheese. Mama recommends the Green Salad and Daddy recommends the Mexican Quiche. Unfortunately the town does close down pretty early so we just spent our first evening strolling up and down the streets. We ended our first night in our room watching the season finale of Lost!
Little Nashville
On Friday we ate breakfast in our room and then headed to Brown County State Park. We decided on one of the many trails to walk. The one we chose took us around Strahl Lake. Peanut did wonderful. We let her walk with us and she loved that. The trail was almost one mile and she walked the whole thing. We were so proud of her. She climbed rocks, watched butterflies, met a little green worm, and played in the dirt. We had to hit the playground too which was a hit with Peanut.

Daddy: Strahl Lake is retained by an old dam that you can walk across. Water trickles out, depending on how high the level is, creating a waterfall as it flows down stones. Cora thought the waterfall was neat, holding her arms out as if to hold it. While we were walking the trails, Cora was so proud of herself. When she stepped over a large root or climbed over a sizable rock, she would cheer and laugh.

Little Nashville

Little Nashville

Little Nashville

Little Nashville

We ate lunch back in our room at the inn and then Daddy and Peanut passed out for afternoon naps while Mama watched HGTV and rested.
Little Nashville

That evening we walked downtown and ate supper at Harvest Moon Pizza. We recommend the Pesto Pizza. Yummo!!!! Afterwards we spent the evening walking through shops. Peanut found a cute little bird and candle that Daddy bought for her. We also stumbled on one of Peanut's favorite things from the whole trip...a giant sized stuffed dog and cat. They were sitting outside one of the shops and she just ran back and forth hugging each of them. She was in heaven. Peanut calls cats Mows. (That is ow as in ouch. Because cats say meow!) We ended our evening at The Muddy Boots Cafe for coffee and blueberry cake.
Little Nashville

Little Nashville

How our trips have changed. We were in bed at 9pm watching Chicken Little to unwind! Ha! Peanut loved the king bed because she could stretch out between us and also had plenty of room to jump up and down.

Daddy: I started reading Ron Paul's book, The Revolution: A Manifesto, and couldn't put it down. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy! It's a very insightful book about how far we've strayed from the Constitution, our economic trouble, and shipwrecked foreign relations.

Little Nashville

On Saturday we packed up and headed north to the Indianapolis Zoo. I have heard such wonderful things about this zoo and was excited to take Peanut. Neither Daddy or I had been to it before. It was wonderful. I highly recommend it if you are ever in the area. There was so much to do. We took it all in 4 hours but didn't hit any of the shows and didn't linger too long in any one area. The funny story from our zoo trip is when we saw the emu, it was taking care of some business and Peanut saw that. She kept repeating over and over, "Pee Pee!" She even remembered that because when we asked her about the emu she said, "Pee Pee." The things kids remember and get a kick out of. Here are some pictures of our zoo adventures. Oh, and if you go, bypass the train unless you want to see the back of buildings. Ha! Also pack your own lunch unless you want to spend a fortune on food!

Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo

Peanut was extremely polite to all of the animals. She told them all "Hi" and "Bye" when we saw them. She even added a wave. We think her favorite animal were the seals. We could watch them through a window in their pool swimming by us. She got quite a kick out of them swimming in front of her. She kept putting her arms out to hug them. She waved goodbye to them for at least 5 minutes after we left their exhibit.

Daddy: We kept seeing small waterfalls throughout the zoo, which Cora would get excited about. :)

Indianapolis Zoo

Needless to say Peanut was exhausted from our big zoo day. She passed out before we even got to the car and this is what she looked like for half of our trip home.
Going Home!

It was such a fun time. I wish we could have stayed longer. I had forgotten how nice it is to get away. Hopefully we can do this again soon. The only problem with our whole trip was....Mama has poison ivy!!!! I have never gotten it before and thought I was immune to it but I got it from weeding at Grandpa's last Monday. It is awful. It is all up and down my arms. I was pretty miserable at different times from it. It has to go away soon, right? Anyone have any good poison ivy advice? I was reading up on it and found out you can be immune to it then all of a sudden you are not anymore. Ugh! I did not know that. So, I itch!

Hope you all are having a good beginning to summer. This was a great one for us. And there are many more pictures in our flickr account.
-Mama

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Technically you have been to the Indy zoo before...Remember?!?!?!? A wedding? :) hehehe I get it though. Not actually in with the animals. Nick and I are going there in August to celebrate our First year Married! Hopefully eat lunch with you soon!!