Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Montshire Hike

The girls and I had the sweetest morning last week, hiking the "ridge trail" at the Montshire.  The weather was mild, and the girls were happy and enjoyed each other's company 90% of the time.  It was a mile long, and took us just over an hour (a little longer than I expected, but we got sidetracked a few times).  

 I asked the girls to smile, and this is what I got.  This is why I need a professional photographer! :)

It's been really cold and rainy ever since, so I'm so glad we got out when we did!

Monday, November 11, 2013


I had lots of cute costume ideas for Emily this year, but she just wanted to wear her generic pink princess dress from the dress up box.  And then the morning of Halloween, she pulled out her Dora outfit instead and Adara opted for the Dora princess dress instead of her ladybug suit.  Easy and fun and everyone was happy. :)  They dressed up for Romp & Stomp, Emily wore her costume to preschool, and they both had a blast handing out candy again.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Laura & Paris' Wedding

I love weddings. A few weekends ago I attended the wedding of a dear college friend Laura, and her now-husband Paris.  It was our 6th and last of 2013, and every one has been completely different.  I love learning more about my friends by seeing them in the context of their families, and seeing what's important to them in how they choose to do their wedding.

I flew to Georgia all by myself (and slept most of the way there:) for four days to be with college friends for Laura's wedding.  Virginia and her kids picked me up from the airport and I spent the rest of the day with them, and Juanita got in from FL in time to join us and go out for dinner.  Poor little James was sick with a really high fever, so V stayed home with him an extra day while Jua and I headed to the beautiful little campground/retreat center on Friday morning.  We spent the afternoon relaxing (and shivering - it was cold!!) and then a BBQ dinner & Malvi s'mores around the fire pit.  Cat, EJ & Kellie came in later that night.  I skipped the hot-tubbing and went to bed at 11, and (with a few bathroom breaks) slept until 10am!  Amazing.  We went for a little hike up an incredibly steep ATV trail, complete with a real rural GA sighting - a group of bearded guys out in their jacked-up jeeps and beer cans driving down the trail.  After a little more relaxing, it was time to layer up in our wedding clothes and wander over to the ceremony, which was in a clearing in the woods right by our cabin.  The wedding itself was simple & beautiful and made me so happy for L& P.

It was so refreshing to be responsible only for myself for 4 days.  I was grateful for the chance to get away, but then so eager to get home to my girls!  I was counting down the hours all day on Sunday.