Our fourth anniversary

Although we did enjoy an extremely rich (in all senses of the word) meal at the Log Cabin on the 14th, celebrating our anniversary in the middle of the week never feels quite right. So, I planned one final weekend getaway before the baby arrives.

We began this excursion at a mall just west of Media, Pa. on Route 1. We needed to kill time before we could check in at the bed & breakfast, and what better way to do that then lunch at Chik-Fil-A? This is our favorite fast food joint, and it is a travesty that none exist within 40 miles of Lancaster. (Don’t even ask about Dunkin’ Donuts.) Funny thing is, we’ve driven by this mall a dozen times on our way to visit my brother-in-law, Jeremy, at Williamson Trade School, yet we only heard about the Chik-Fil-A a couple of weeks ago.

We stayed at Sweetwater Farm in Glen Mills, Pa. This nineteenth-century stone house and several small cottages were set back in an idyllic woodland pasture setting. The owners were very proud to have hosted the cast of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village during its filming. We stayed in the Georgian Room, which had a fireplace, four-poster canopied bed and private bath.

After a quick nap, we headed for The Point in Bryn Mawr. From what I read online, this non-smoking café/music venue seemed like the perfect place for a date. It did not disappoint. We snagged the last table in cozy corner. The food was pretty good, and the two singer/songwriters there that evening suited both of us. Pete Schmidt opened for Stephen Kellogg, who put on a great show with his band, the Sixers. They ended their set with a hilarious rendition of Time of My Life from Aleisha’s favorite movie, Dirty Dancing. They even included the lift.

After our first taste of eggs Benedict (blech…runny eggs!), we took a quick stroll in the autumn leaves before heading to IKEA. We had $50 worth of free merchandise (after spending so much on the nursery furniture) to buy and picked up a bunch of odds and ends. When we got in line to check out, the cashier pointed out to the woman in front of us that the $50 coupon was only good beginning tomorrow. We dropped everything right there and headed for the exit. Another trip to IKEA wasted!

Then it was on to Babies R Us in Exton. The new store in Lancaster won’t be open until November, but we wanted to get our registry out of the way. The first couple of hours were enjoyable, and their system for doing registries is pretty simple. Aleisha has this thing for using bar code scanners, so I let her have the gun. Looking at all this stuff that would soon be flooding our home was a bit sobering, but trying out all the strollers and exercisers was fun. Once we reached the bedding and clothing, however, I was decidedly less enthusiastic. I’m afraid I made this quite obvious to my wife, spoiling her fun and sparking a long ride home with few words exchanged between the parties.


Don’t worry. We made up. : )