Blissful days

We’ve taken a little holiday to the mountains – our annual pilgrimage to the North Carolina mountains to see the turning of the leaves. Mom and PopPop joined us and we all met at a cabin near the Cherohala Skyway – where we’ve stayed in years’ past. We love the area – the mountains are beautiful and the cabin we stay at is nice and welcoming – a perfect place to to relax and disengage from the world.img_0815

We arrived on Thursday afternoon and spent most of Friday exploring – riding around looking at the beautiful leaves and scenery.  We had a wonderful surprise in that it stormed on Thursday and the majority of the Skyway iced over. Mom and PopPop were riding up there in the storm and had to turn back because the roads were icing up.img_0805

On Friday we woke up early (I think they kids were up at 5:30!) and we drove up to the Skyway to see what we could see – would the snow still be there?

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It was!

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and it was absolutely beautiful.

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There was some snow, more ice than snow, though… where the rain had fallen and frozen on the trees.

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the girls were so excited.imgp3778

and we took full advantage for photo taking opportunities…

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of people and scenery. I really think it was prettier than the fall leaves. and probably something we may never see again as I can’t imagine going up there on that Skyway in January or February! The roads are probably pretty treacherous.

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It was cold, but even PopPop got out to walk around and look at the trees.imgp3798

And SuperMan got a little ice down his back when he tried to shake the ice off of the trees on to the girls and his trick backfired – he ended up with more ice on himself than anyone else!imgp3805

It’s been a fabulous weekend. Just what I needed to get away from the hustle and bustle of work and every day life. I am really relishing my time in the beauty of the mountains – I almost hate to go home.

almost.

What we did on our summer vacation

This year, we had a “STAYcation” as opposed to a vacation. We stayed in, or rather, around town instead of heading off on an adventure elsewhere. Mom came up to visit and we had some mini-trips to various places within an hour or two’s drive from home.

First up: Cabbage Patch, Cleveland, Georgia.
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girls had a great time watching a baby being “born” and were fascinated at the concept of a baby coming from a cabbage patch! Although they had been there once before, apparently they’d forgotten about it and the experience was new all over again for them. We spent a great deal of time in the gift shop and went home the proud new parents of twin girls (for Angelina) and a baby girl (for Mary Beth). Ironically, Mary Beth’s new daughter shares Angelina’s real birthday, and Angelina’s twins’ birthdate is one day prior to Mary Beth’s. How weird is that?!?

On the way home from Cleveland, we made a stop at Vogel State Park, where the girls had a dip in the lake. They stared at Mom and I in disbelief as we told them it was perfectly fine to “swim” in their clothes. After making sure we weren’t joking, they dove right in and had a blast.

Tuesday was a “rest day” and we treated ourselves to pedicures and manicures. The girls went to Sweet & Sassy, a salon dedicated to pampering Little Girls and Mom and I made a trip that evening to our own nail salon.

Wednesday, Rob took off work and the five of us headed to Chattanooga, to our favorite hangout, the Chattanooga Aquarium. Since we’re members, we go pretty frequently, but Mom has never been, so we treated her to a tour of the aquariums’ exibits. The girls loved showing her around and we had so much fun. One highlight was the butterfly exhibit… which is always interesting. Angelina was afraid the butterflies would bite her, and Mary Beth was trying her hardest to get one to land on her. We managed to find two who decided we must be good traveling companions. One perched on Mom’s shirt for a long time and the other on Mary Beth’s hands. Angelina was brave enough to let one on her hand, but not for more than a second. She laughed that it tickled, but had NO interest in a repeat visit when Mary Beth offered to share her “rider” with her sister. Thursday and Friday were spent hanging out at home and doing some belated spring cleaning.

This weekend, we’re resting and getting geared up for next week. More to come… bike riding adventures and swimming fun.