Monday, April 19, 2010

egg-cellent getaway...

This past weekend Marc & I (Amy) were fortunate to get a quick, but much-needed, overnight getaway by ourselves! Caroline had a wonderful time at our house with a young married couple whom she ADORES while we zipped over the mountains to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley for the night. We stayed with some friends of ours who live on an amazing property with a river in their backyard!, so we were able to take a canoe ride on the river and enjoy some quiet togetherness.

I DIDN'T take my camera (I know, that's shocking... but what's the point when my favorite subject to photograph wasn't even with us? he he!), so the following pictures are blurry since they were taken on Marc's cell phone.

I don't know how many of you have seen the new documentary, Food Inc., but we loved it and we'd highly recommend it. There's a farmer that's featured in the movie that to us, seemed to have a biblical world view as he spoke about his profession, and we were really impressed. (people travel hundreds of miles to visit this farm- it's crazy!) Well, long story short, his farm was within minutes of where we stayed, so we decided to take a visit of the farm and pick up some good food while we were there!

So to our surprise, the worker selling the food at the farm told us that we could go gather our OWN fresh eggs. "Like, FROM THE CHICKENS!?!" I thought. (that's when you know you were raised in the city...)

Turned out to be the highlight of our weekend. :) Hence, the only camera we had was on the cell phone to capture this hilarious, and strangely somewhat romantic moment. :)

See, we had to walk around the bend and THROUGH a cow pasture, crossing over the fences, until we got to this free-range chicken house-thingy. (whatever you call them! Don't make fun of me-- I'm from the city.) Then we climbed up the little ladder and as we got inside, you wouldn't BELIEVE the cacophony of noise that started coming out of these chickens!!! (kinda freaked us out a little...)

And inside, there were chickens laying eggs in these little nesting places.

Literally, when the chicken flew off out of the nest, we would snatch up the eggs, still warm!

I don't know if this is as amazing to any of you as it was to us... again, if it isn't, just remember... we're from the city. :)

Aren't all the colors beautiful?

Wow. Here's our dozen! Next time we go, I know a certain little someone who'd LOVE to go along with us on a REAL Easter-egg hunt...

...and there was something else about our hunt that she LOVED as well!
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  1. Ha, thats so cool you got to that. When I first moved here, people warned me that the eggs were 'really, I mean really' fresh. Hehe

  2. This has to be one of the prettiest, happiest faces I've ever seen!
    We Love you all!

  3. I think a chicken house is called a coop (pronounced like cupe, not co-op). Kinda makes you wonder why store eggs are white. I'll have to look that up.

  4. That's the way I (Nanny) was raised. Our own chickens, fresh eggs. fresh milk (still warm from the cow), fresh meat (beef, pork and chicken). Also turkeys. We had it all. But at that time it wasn't that much fun. It was too much like work!!

    Love y'all,

    Nanny & Papa