A weekend with the Villes in Pennsylvania

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Emma and John are from England and now live in a huge gorgeous house in the small-ish town of Emmaus, Pennsylvania with their 3 AMAZING kidlets, Jeanie, Rufus and Arthur, their foster kid Blaine along with 2 cats and a fabulous but quiet as you like dog with curly hair quite similar to Timbo's! Tim used to work with Emma in London and on this particular weekend we (Tim, Tom and I) invaded their lives for a long weekend.

Tom also wanted to see a little bit of American life outside of New York so we took the 2 hour bus journey on a Thursday after Tom finished work. We had a militant bus driver who refused to let us have a conversation and so after 2 hours of silence we arrived into the night at Emmaus. The guys had cooked us an amazing roast dinner and we had a great evening with far too many glasses of wine into the early hours! We awoke early (for us not for them!) to meet the kids and join them on the school run. There must be something in the water in Emmaus as these mini Villes were bursting with energy and the sweetest, most beautiful kids. Each had their own unique personality. Jeanie-4 had a cheeky side and although her and Rufus had the American accents, Jeanie has mastered the 'English' accent to a T for when the mischievous side came out! Rufus, was cute as anything too, with his little dungarees and Knight outfit that we managed to put on backwards-whoops, and Arthur at 10 months was literally the most chilled out baby I've ever seen.

So 8ish we were up and out. John's workplace is handily located next to the school so we got to see both. Emma then took us on a tour of the town which included at trip to the bakery for dogs, oh yes! And the  tour ended at Cottage, Emma's shop.  This place is absolutely gorgeous and would nestle in nicely in any town. Selling everything from candles to handmade baby clothes, Emma also runs craft afternoon for local little ones and it's just the cutest shop, with a little porch and steps leading up! We all totally loved it. While we were hanging out there half the town came in to say hi. Emma and John are obviously very popular and seem to know everyone.

Over the next few days Emma and John took us out to try to give us a feel of Suburban American life so we got to go to an American high school football game, the announcement of the Homecoming King and Queen and the town's Saturday night Halloween parade. Halloween is massive in the US but this was 2 weeks before and we had no idea it would be such a big lead up. We had a quick peek in town earlier that Saturday and saw that people had put their chairs out lining the streets to stamp their spot-brilliant! We all sat by Emma's shop that evening so had a great view.  We made a trip to some local farmers markets too, Beer heaven, I bought a small bottle of captain morgan rum for less than 5 dollars and we randomly saw a camel near the Amish supermarket which was...just a bit weird really but Tim and Tom were seriously entertained by it! Emma took us and the kids to Pumpkin patch, a huge corn maze with clues and  at the end you pick your own pumpkins! As Rufus decided orange was his favourite colour we had to find the best one too. Turns out the clues weren't so easy and even between  4 adults we still got hopelessly lost and managed to lose Arthur's hat and one sock?! Emma was happy to be told 124 times, 'ooh do you realise he's only got one sock dear?' as if she had somehow forgotten when getting him dressed in the morning!

 The town was actually very cool and didn't seem so small after all. We met some of their really sweet local buddies, and enjoyed our small town outings but most of all we just enjoyed hanging out with the Ville fam, there are so many of them and they're all fabulous - never a dull moment and we all had a great weekend, thanks guys! xx        
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