Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sydney's class trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Today was one of those special days for making memories with my preschooler. Sydney woke up early after a night of anticipiation and asked, "NOW can we go to the pumpkin patch?" We (along with the rest of her preschool class) headed to Wilson's Farm to pick a pumpkin (albeit small.)
Highlights of the day were a tractor-pulled wagon ride, a cornmaze (Sydney was more interested in picking the morning glories along the maze interiors,) and a petting zoo. All in all a fun day with lots of cute photo opps. :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Autumn in the mountains

Truly one of our favorite family outings is to head up to Blowing Rock and Grandfather Mountain. Especially in October when the air is crisp and the leaves are in their peak colors. On this trip the leaves were particularly golden, and even our 6 year old could appreciate their beauty as we drove along the parkway. We managed our first hike as a family, winding almost a half-mile up Grandfather mountain over many rocks and large roots. The kids were super hikers, much to our surprise (although going down was much easier I must admit!)
Tyler enjoys the waterfalls along the parkway more than anything, while Sydney enjoys the animals of Grandfather park. Most trips this way allow us some time to stop and visit into a few of our favorite local establishments, one of which is the Candy Barrell/Mast Store in Valle Crucis. We also enjoy the downtown area of Blowing Rock, with it's fantastic park, little quaint shops, and of course no trip to BR would be complete without pizza on the deck at Mellow Mushroom. This past weekend's trip ran a little later than usual, so we had to skip dinner in BR and make our way home just in time for a quick tubby and bed.
But the lovely part of living in Hickory is that there's always next weekend, and the moutains are only 45 minutes away.

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This is our official family homepage. I hope to share pictures, thoughts, prayers, hopes, dreams, and maybe a few recipes too. I am married to my soulmate Shane, who is so good to me. We have two gorgeous, rambunctious, sweet, funny kiddos. Tyler is 8, and Sydney is 5. They keep us on our toes, and we are better in every way because of them! Life can be stressful and hectic at times, but we know that God has us exactly where He wants us to be- we are so blessed!