Weekly Wrap Up: Amish Country

June 2, 2014
This week was my last week subbing since the students' last day of school was on Thursday.  On Thursday, the class's regular teacher came back for the afternoon so that she could present the awards to her students.  She got up on the stage and thanked me in front of all the parents that came and gave me a plant and a Starbucks gift card. I was really touched and was not expecting that!  She said that with me in charge of her class she knew she could relax because the kids were in good hands.  It was just really sweet.  When the teachers got up there and started talking about their classes, they gave these speeches about how wonderful the kids were and started tearing up, which caused me to do the same!  They mentioned how much they enjoyed watching the kids grow in a year's time and how in their homes their own children knew about their students by name.  The whole event was really inspirational!  I'm thankful that I was able to student teach and sub in a great school district that had high standards for the students.

Since subbing is officially over, that means I don't have to work two jobs for the time being and I got TWO WHOLE DAYS OFF.  That's not even the best part...the best part is...wait for it... that my two days off were back to back!  They were also weekend days off: Friday and Saturday.  :D  It was glorious!  I got one small vacation that I asked off for so that I could go to North Carolina, but besides that, I would very rarely get two days off per week, and if I ever did, they were never in a row.  

On Friday, I went through my wardrobe again.  This time I found clothes that I want to try to sell at Plato's Closet for a tiny bit of extra cash.  I might as well try because they are in good condition and it's not like I'm wearing them.  Then, I went to my parents' house for a bit and we stopped and got ice cream at a local ice cream shop.  

That night, a friend of mine invited me to Bingo.  We both ended up losing, but it was still a good time besides that someone in there reeked and it eventually started making me sick.  

On Saturday, I met my friend Autumn and we drove out to Amish Country.  We had been wanting to go for months, but it just never worked out for us until now!  It was the perfect weather for it and it was the best day I had in a long time.  We stopped at an Amish restaurant and got noodles over mashed potatoes and of course a couple of pieces of homemade Amish pie.  

Then we spent the rest of our day shopping and walking around.  What I like about shopping in Amish Country is that not only are there traditional Amish goods for sale (such as jams, Amish dolls, quilts, and baskets), but there are also a lot of boutiques and shops that sell a lot of cute not-so-Amish items like adorable mugs and Pandora jewelry.  

They even opened up an ice cream/cupcake shop that had all these interesting types of pop for sale.  They had every flavor I could imagine and some that I would never have thought of in a million years, such as buffalo wild wing soda as well as bacon, peanut butter, and pumpkin pie pops!  There was even a shelf of pop with disgusting names like "kitty piddle" and "bug barf."  I'm SURE the kids in the 1st grade that I subbed for would have gotten a kick out of that.  I ended up picking up a bottle of Shirley Temple, just because my grandpa used to own a bar and I remember him making those for me as a child.

Okay, and while I was shopping, I must have seen about a hundred owl items.  Maybe I'm just more aware of owl stuff since one of my best friends chose owls as the theme of her baby girl's bedroom, but everywhere I turned there was something with an owl on it!

Here are a few more pictures from my Amish Country experience: 

Yesterday, a co-worker and I decided to head to Chipotle after we were done working.  Then we headed back to the movies to see Maleficent.  The best part was Angelina Jolie playing Maleficent...I could have done without those three little fairies, but I think they were trying to make the movie appeal to kids by adding those.

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Lora Ashley said...

That icecream cone! Yummmm
I love Bingo! I never win, but it's so fun!
I love the Amish place here. I need to go back and eat more of their delicious food!
What weird flavors! I'm sure kids love that kind of thing though lol
Looks like a pretty fantastic weekend!

The Rachael Way said...

That is sooo sweet that they honored you like that! Way to go, girl!!!
Amish Country looks so fun! Glad you finally got some days off work :)

Nancy @ Neatly-Packaged said...

What an awesome time you had! I am glad you finally get to relax a bit :)


Lynsey @ Eternally Wanderlyn said...

Wow! That ice cream cone is no joke! Hah. I'm glad you had such a great time. :)

Kristen said...

ICE CREAM! it looks amazing.
i used to love owls, and i still like them, but i swear they just exploded in the last few years and now everywhere i turn, they are on a shirt, necklace or in a store.

jackie jade said...

looks like an awesome weekend! amish country sounds pretty fun especially with all those cool shops.

Erica D said...

That ice cream looks delish! I shouldn't even be looking at it after all the gelato I ate in Italy :) just got back, and yes it was amazing. I will have posts up soon so I hope you stop by! My sis gets attached to her students too, they are always giving her gifts at the end of the year. I have only played Bingo once on a cruise ship and I didn't win a darn thing lol. Enjoy your days off!


Rebecca B. Bird said...

High five for two days off in a row! I would have been tempted to buy all of the weird sodas and blog about them. Especially "bug barf". Guess I'm just a first grader at heart.

Anni S said...

I LOVE this post! I'm secretly obsessed with everything Amish craftsy and food.
Going there is definitely on my bucket list! Plus me being German makes it easy to understand their little language :D

Thanks for sharing!!

Jenn @ hellorigby! said...

peanut butter soda?! what, that sounds awesome! i probably would have bought all of the strange flavors to try. i also have a plato's closet run on my list of to-dos. it's so nice to free up some closet space!
jenn @ hellorigby!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

It was a great weekend! I love Amish desserts--they always have sooo many types of pie.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I thought it was, too. They didn't have to do any of that. I loved that school!!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Me too! I was getting worried about myself...haha...I went from an intense Master's program to working almost every single day!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

The cone itself was so small. I did not think I would get that much ice cream on top! I need to go there again before I move to Savannah!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Yes, they are everywhere!! It was funny--my friend and I would spot like 15 owl things in practically every store!!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

The weather was perfect and Amish Country is always a fun time. It also didn't hurt that I had some good company!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I bet she does! It would be really hard saying goodbye to a great class because you never know what kind of class you might get!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I was tempted, but I had already bought one and also some cupcakes, which is more than enough sugar for me!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Oh, you've never gone? I think you'd love it! Something that I've always wanted to do is tour an Amish person's house and get the inside scoop. They do offer tours like that and in the end you get to ride in the horse and buggy!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I want to go back and buy some more to try! I just was on a sugar overload that day from the pie and cupcakes I bought, so I didn't think I need to be buying all those pops, haha.

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