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I’m going to be taking a blogging break this week. The very best mom in the whole world (that would be my mom) is visiting with us, and I want to just relax and enjoy spending time with her for the next few days.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. Take care! 🙂
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I hope you are having lovely weather where you live. Have a blessed week!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I spent Saturday doing some cleaning projects that require more time than I can devote to them during the week. It always feels so good to get caught up with things around the house! Sunday we had a wonderful day at church; Mr. C preached some great messages (which he always does :D).
Mondays are just about the weirdest day of the week for us. Bookworm has a mid-morning piano lesson in town which throws the morning school schedule off a wee bit. We jump back into things after her lesson, but it does take us longer to finish up our work. Mr. C sometimes takes part of the day off on Monday, so today is was nice to have him home with us. He treated the kids to McDonald’s for lunch, which means I have four more Happy Meal toys around the house to step on. :-}
This afternoon a friend from church rode with me to pick up some birthday goodies I’d ordered for Bookworm who will be turning 9 on Wednesday. I am soooo excited about Bookworm’s presents! I’ll just say that when we painted her bedroom a couple of months ago, I knew it was time to change her room decor. She is absolutely in love with anything and everything to do with horses, so I’ve been searching high and low for some things to complete an “Extreme Makeover” in her room. I’ll share pictures with you after the “transformation.”
I’ve been updating the children’s ChorePacks, but it is taking me longer than anticipated. My kids are such a blessing around the house, but recently they have not been doing their best on their chores. Part of the problem lies with me not checking the chores consistently. I need to take some time this week to re-train them in some areas and work on my consistency. 😀
Tomorrow night we are having our church-wide Valentine’s Banquet, so between preparing for that and Bookworm’s birthday, I have a pretty busy week ahead of me. I do have a few thoughts to share on the Valentine’s theme of l-o-v-e, so hopefully I’ll get around to posting those later this week.
For those of you who have patiently waited on pins and needles (yeah, right!) to find out the answer to my riddle, your wait is over!
We awoke the next morning to find ice. Everywhere. Now, those of you who are accustomed to (and sick of) ice will not find this amusing, but we were just as tickled as could be to find the doors of the Suburban frozen shut. The kids were so surprised to see icicles hanging from the truck. Mr. C carefully removed the sheet of ice from his window so that he could see.
They serve the food “family-style,” so everything is brought out to the table in bowls and platters. I can’t even begin to tell you what all we had for breakfast (definitely grits with biscuits and gravy), but you can see part of the meal in these pictures.
We were absolutely stuffed after breakfast. Unfortunately, none of the forecasted snow presented itself :(, so we decided to head about 40 miles away near Lake Toxaway, NC. We have some friends that own a huge Christian retreat on the top of Cold Mountain (yes, the one the book was based on). The owners graciously gave us the code to get through the security gate even though no one was home. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to make it those 40 miles along winding mountain roads. We then made the six-mile drive up Cold Mountain. We saw lots of frozen waterfalls along the way.
When we arrived at our destination, we were a little disappointed that instead of falling snow there was just a light “wintry mix”, whatever that is. So, we decided to take a walk around and show the cabins to the kids. When we reached the chapel building, we saw this.
We continued our walk before leaving the mountain. We followed the path of a small train track designed for the “kiddie train” at the camp. The large cabin is the main lodge where the owners reside. It was once the vacation lodge for E.M.Backus, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and some other smart, rich men from the early 20th century. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. We look forward to going back for an extended visit during the summertime so that we can hike further up the mountain and visit some of the waterfalls and lookouts.After the ride back to Dillard, we were ready for supper at the Dillard House. We were so stuffed after our huge breakfast that we didn’t even eat lunch, so we had worked up quite an appetite. We weren’t disappointed. I think I counted 17 different foods that were brought out to our table. We saved the leftover biscuits and ham for our breakfast the next morning.
We’re on a mission!
Last night after church Mr. C wisked me and the children off in search of something I’ve never seen before. I’ve been waiting to see it for 30 years.
Will we find it?
Here’s a clue: