Saturday, October 31, 2015

Jacquelyn Visit - Part 2 - Jacq-o-lanterns!!

Happy Halloween! Today we carved pumpkins, took Kylie trick-or-treating for the first time and had tons of Halloween tricks and treats!

A magical / spooky bamboo arbor tunnel outside
Ted's Bulletin!

 US: This is fun!
Kylie: What's that awful smell? I don't like these pumpkins!

 Mini-carving

 YUCK!

 Sleeping Beauty & her pumpkin pals

 All dressed up!

 Trick-or-treat!

 Elevator-selfie!

 Baking cookies with Auntie J

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Jacquelyn Visit - Part 1 - The Corn Maze of DOOM!!

Let's go to a corn maze....

....it seemed like such a good idea at the time...

....but one hour in the corn maze is an eternity.....

Today Jaquelyn came to visit, and as you may guess, we went out to The Plains, VA for afternoon tea, corn maze "fun" and pumpkin picking. The corn maze was pretty awful, but everything else was a blast! I'm so glad that J got to come out to visit on this trip!

 Welcome to the Virginia countryside!

  This way to Crest Hills Antiques & Tea Room

Yummy teas!

 Tea sandwiches and other fancy things

 Scarecrow contest!

 Welcome to the corn maze....you'll never make it out ALIVE!

 Oh look, they have slides....

 30 minutes later...

 CORN!

 Oh this will be fun...

 Uh, we're kind of far from the farm...

 Now, where are we...?

 I see it!

 It's the end! 

 Ok, let's get the pumpkins and GO!

 Just one more slide!

Let's carve!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

In spite of the rainy, foggy weather, we trekked out to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the day. It was still a beautiful drive, and again it was so nice to have a change of scenery!

 Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

First stop....visitors center!

 Cuties

 Mingus Mill

Peeking at the forest

 Cheese!

 The old aquaduct

  Beautiful fall drive

 Shhh....nature!

 Selfie!

 A walk in the woods

 Old and new

 My baby and baby bear

Rushing river

 Rainy day ladies

Lil' explorer

Tranquil waters

Troublesome cub

 Panorama just below the clouds

Color explosion

Around Asheville

While visiting Biltmore and the Great Smokey Mountains, Asheville, NC was our home base, and it was a great little town! So many good restaurants and fun things to do!

A delicious breakfast monstrosity at Biscuit Head

Beautiful fall colors

We thought this grocery store "Ingles" was "ingl├ęs" as in English in Spanish, 
but it was really pronounced Ingles as in Laura Ingalls-Wilder.
It seemed funny at the time....*good story*

Awesome Tex-mex!

Autumn's cutie

Family photo at the "Most photographed view in the Smokey Mtns! - 50¢"

Foggy mountain morning

Don't feed the bears!!