Tuesday, November 17, 2009


October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.~George Cooper

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Friday, November 13, 2009


Our itch wasn’t fulfilled this year so in a last minute effort, we decided to make a road trip to the mountains. I jumped online Friday afternoon, found a hotel with our points for Saturday, and left the rest to adventure. That morning we packed up and headed West. With no specific plan, we headed towards Lake Lure. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors and when we got to the “town” Evelyn looked up and saw the mountain known as Chimney Rock (where The Last Of The Mohicans was filmed) and said “can we please climb this!” Addy on the other hand said NO!!!! Really, she said she was too scared and we were NOT going up there.  After a quick bite to eat at the cafe next to the entrance we headed up. Sorry Addy!  The trees were past their peak but what a beautiful day and view.  Brian and I had been there several times. Once with Evelyn when she was 10 months old (below).

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The elevator through the Rock was down for maintenance so we had to hike from the parking lot up. Not the best scenario with Evelyn and Addy but E was a trooper and had so much fun hiking and climbing.  Addy, not so much. Brian ended up carrying her the entire 3 hours we were there. At the end, she was asleep and Brian was lugging 40lbs of dead weight.

No fear, she woke up just in time for ice cream at the bottom.  After an amazing day, we headed to the hotel in Asheville. Expecting a standard room with two beds, the resort double upgraded us to our own house with a fireplace and two bedrooms, complimentary bottled waters, fresh cookies and chocolate covered strawberries and grapes. Guess this is how the other half lives.

The next morning after a wonderful breakfast, we headed in town to stroll around and hit up an awesome antique warehouse. Getting hungry we headed to Black Mountain for a late lunch and stroll through town. Of course we couldn’t leave without one last ice cream stop to end the trip right!  Last time Evelyn was in Black Mountain, she looked like this:


On top


Elevator closed!


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The view on top


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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

sick klutz

Addy hasn’t been acting herself lately and couldn’t seem to shake her cough. Besides the cough keeping her up at night, she wasn’t acting “sick”, just calm for her.  So yesterday I kept her home from school and took her to the doctors.  Turns out her lungs didn’t sound so good. She was wheezing and needed a breathing treatment. So while they were out getting it ready, she got down and was walking around the room.  I look away then hear a crash, smack.  She had tripped on the wheel of the doctors chair and came down face first on a stool. Screams, blood and tears filled the room. Back in the doctor came to see if she was ok. She had cut her lip and around to the inside of her cheek to the back of her mouth. Luckily, no stitches or loose teeth.  I guess if you’re going to fall, do it in a doctors office. We just need to watch her teeth to make sure she didn’t damage them.  Diagnosis? Walking pneumonia, ear infection and klutz.

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Happy Halloween!

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I take a break


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School Parties

Both the girls had small Halloween/Fall parties at school and were allowed to wear their costumes. Addy tagged along with me to Evelyn’s. I was worried she would be her nutty self and out of control, but she surprised me and was extremely behaved. Who knew!

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Story time with Sissy, Hoodwinked!IMG_3618 

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