Saturday, October 30, 2010

North Carolina

Growing up in New England, I have always loved autumn.
The crispness of the air, the blaze of color as the trees
shout out one last song before giving up their leaves.

Even after 30 years, I still miss it.

The closest I come to experiencing it is in North Carolina.
I have been blessed with having a dear friend live there for the last 20 years.

Two years ago I brought Isabel up there for the first time.
We did a lot of exploring,

Went apple picking,

ate hot apple donuts,

saw how tall we were

played in miniature houses,

fed ducks

and laughed ourselves silly.

Last weekend we returned.
It was glorious.
I was in heaven.

We stayed on a farm this time and woke up on Saturday to a morning in the 30s with frost on the ground. Isabel was in her glory.

She was surrounded by chickens, cats, and dogs.

She visited her first hen house and gathered eggs

She had wide fields of golden grasses to run in

and huge piles of leaves to run through.
We went back to the apple orchard

and saw how tall we are,

and played in miniature houses

and saw amazing foliage,

We discovered a small bamboo forest

We drank apple cider slushies,
ate hot apple cinnamon doughnuts.
and picked flowers

We met up with good friends,



and ate well.

In all, the trip lasted less than two days
and yet it was enough to tie us over...

at least until next year.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

B+W Wednesday: Serenity

After church on Sunday, Isabel and I headed over to the local Town Center to shop. I was able to catch these shots of her...
unusual, in that, she was not in motion.

See more photos at:

the long road

Friday, October 15, 2010

Butterfly ... I mean... October Fest

Great music...
laughter, face paintings, cake walk,
bales of hay, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, bouncy houses...
Pure bliss for a four year old

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

B+W Wednesday: Friends

Two-legged or four, there's nothing like a friend.

the long road

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A-Maizing Afternoon

With the autumn weather upon us, Isabel and I headed up to a nearby Corn Maze this morning. It was opening day and the place was bustling with activity. We ended up meeting two of her classmates there. The girls had a blast riding the Cow Train, seeing the animals, taking a hayride and listening to some live music. Heading out to Movies Under the Bridge in a little bit. A wonderful fall day spent outside enjoying the weather.