Saturday, August 3, 2013

carolina, i love you still

we just returned from a wonderful several day trip to my late grandparent's mountain house. it is a place filled with memories and calm for me. it was such a joy to see this dear place loved and laughed in by my own children. dr honey bunny has had 2 days off in the last several weeks so he very much needed a change of pace. it took him a full 48 hours to start relaxing. there were hikes at nearby parks and down to the stream on the property, mommy-sons date, daddy-daughter date, husband-wife date (thanks to my sweet parents who met us there), a couple mountain runs,and a lot of creature catching and exploring. it felt like we were in the girl of the limberlost because there were butterflies everywhere floating in the trees...truly magical! there were some misadventures too: a black widow on the deck, a couple wasp stings, a fire in the oven, and some typical intense parenting moments (you can't vacation from those!).

one of our goals was to not be in a hurry, to have little agenda, to not rush the kids when they wanted to stop and examine something. I think this slower pace was realized and it was so sweet. we returned in time for adam's first job interview (for the day when residency is over) and real life resumes here as we make plans to start school and ponder more house projects. i'm so thankful for the precious family the Lord has given us and for the beauty of His creation that nourishes our souls.
can't go hiking without your net!

DuPont state park

we forgot how frightening small children near waterfalls can be

goof balls

blue-tailed skinks caught on the porch
graham helped us bushwhack down to the stream and found mr boxy the turtle 

baby toad is so "hoppy"!

patiently waiting for mr boxy to come out of his shell

nature expert

loved watching them tumble down the quiet gravel road with so much joy.  childhood is fleeting.

two of my dad's wonderful sisters came up to visit with us and they spent a little time working on allocating my Grandma's beautiful things.  they were so sweet with the kiddos too.  we love them!

they let marit have a little tea party with my grandma's real china.  this was very special for marit and I know my Grandma would have loved the delight the beautiful dishes brought her.
these things became miles' obsession.  here papa is not helping him go to bed:)

rainy-afternoon cardtable fort village (thanks b-ma for the idea!)

another beautiful spot-Jones gap

we love b-ma and papa!

papa had the idea to build a dam and adam turned into a little boy!

sewing with b-ma

lunch date with my honey.  lovely.

coffee/Bible/porch-sitting view

miles was tuckered out

mama black widow-yikes!

pretty wildflowers

bathtime hair is so fun!

how cute are they? she is working on a nyt crossword puzzle and he is tinkering with a light fixture.

 farewell for now favorite little spot.  we look forward to returning and making more memories with the next generation.


PawPaw said...

Notice how Adam and Graham are looking at the camera and not at the turtle? Anyway a fine shot.

Kevin and Tara said...

I just loved these pictures....and love how y'all are so intentional with the kids on "vacations" glad you got away....any chance that job interview was in atlanta??? :) miss you guys!