Snow Days

Over Thanksgiving break we were lucky enough to have a small amount of snow cover the ground in Stewartstown PA. Only a week later we received two snow days in Philadelphia. On the first day the snow came in so fast that we got caught out during a Sunday grocery store trip and had trouble getting the car to drive up our steep driveway on the return trip home (ended with parking halfway and walking up the other half). We had one day where school was cancelled due to snow and although we had plenty of school work we were able to make time for sledding together.

Snow has truly been a blast for us here, the area we live in can go all winter without a snow which is what happened last year. This year has brought enough snow to make it fun and yet not too much to create havoc. However if we are honest we are stilling crossing our fingers for snow on the 28th December when Anna’s family gathers to celebrate Christmas and there is a killer sledding hill just crying to be used.



Exploring Philadelphia has been one of our favorite activities over the last couple of months, our only regret is that we didn’t get to see more of it. The city felt like one of those adventures that always has more hiding around the next corner, we just didn’t have to time to make it around each and every corner.

These photos were taken by Mitchell during and after Anna’s half-marathon in the city late November. Philadelphia carries great history and the architecture is a testament to the city through the years.


Ditching School – Part Three

Our last two days ditching school involved traveling back up to Philadelphia using a different journey then our route travelled earlier in the week. Our travels took us across the famous Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, past fields of cotton and alongside Boardwalk filled beaches.


Ditching School – Part Two


Yorktown is part of the historical triangle and the only corner in this triangle that Mitchell had previously not been too prior to this trip. It was at the top of his must-do list since it tied in nicely to the American history paper that he was taking.

It was the location of a pivotal battle in the revolutionary war where the British General Cornwallis surrendered. You can read more about this battle here.

We took advantage of the self-tour CD for your car that leads you around the historical locations of the Yorktown siege.


Ditching School – Part One

Shortly before arriving in the United States we discovered that there was no semester break on offer during the Fall Semester. After a bit of thought we decided to pick a week where no assignments existed and skip school for the sake of exploring parts of America. We ended up at Colonial Williamsburg where we had visited three years earlier with Anna’s Parents.

Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum, the historic area includes buildings dating from 1699 to 1780. Early in the 20th century, the restoration and re-creation of Colonial Williamsburg was carried out by the Rockefeller family and friends with the intention of preserving America’s history. The motto of Colonial Williamsburg is “The future may learn from the past”. The Historic Area is an interpretation of a Colonial American city, with exhibits including dozens of authentic or re-created colonial houses, and some others relating to American Revolutionary War history.

Why did we revisit  a place we had already been to before you ask? Good Question.
This are is known as the historical triangle and with Mitchell studying American History he wanted to see a part of the triangle that he did not see during our trip in 2010.

What do you do in a town that is a historical destination, is it just museums?
We walked the town daily, went running through William & Mary College, and like any true tourist, we ate good food (including apple ciders to die for). When we are in Colonial Williamsburg we are in our element. It offers all things needed to create a truly fantastic M & A Oud holiday ticking all of our relaxation boxes (history, city, food, shops, culture, travel).

NB Photo overload below of mostly buildings… ok only buildings. We discovered upon returning home that our camera didn’t make it out of the bag much during Williamsburg.

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Pennsylvania Fall

Pennsylvania foliage is nothing short of amazing to us and we are so glad we chose fall as our season in Pennsylvania.

The below photos are from all over the state: The Grand Canyon of PA, The Poconos and Valley Forge

Redneck Farm Party

We are not sure how personal to make this blog so have avoided showing a bunch of family photos on here. However Anna’s Uncle had his 60th Birthday party last weekend and we found it to be quite the cultural experience so felt it was appropriate to share with you on our little blog.

As guest arrived at the party they were gifted a bandana with instructions to wear them throughout the night, why you ask? Well Anna has NEVER seen here Uncle Joe without a Bandana on his head (its his thing) so in honor of Joe his friends/family celebrated his 60yrs of life by wearing a bandana. Joe was smiling from ear to ear the entire evening, actually now that we think of it Joe is always smiling but on this evening it seemed a little big larger then usual. You can spot Joe in several photos usually we would point him out by saying ‘Joe is the one wearing the bandana’ however this description is unhelpful for such a party, so Joe can be found in the last photo. 

Side Note: Anna took the theme a little to seriously and dressed for the occasion, lucky she ended up looking like an average American so really she just blended in through out the night. It should be noted that no one else dressed up, seriously no one.






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