during our time “home”, we took a trip up to the boone/blowing rock/banner elk mountain region over easter with derek’s parents.
our first stop, as usual, was the mast general store…
on the way home, we decided to have some bbq at the peddlin’ pig. so good.
then, it was time for an easter egg hunt.
if the eggs weren’t enough candy, the next day was easter and the kids got soooo much more. it was ridiculous.
minion marshmallow on a stick.
on monday, we packed up to head to a little hiking spot that has a great view of the lynn cove viaduct. unfortunately, it was closed. so, we drove along the blue ridge parkway for some views of the mountains.
we wound up returning to the scene of our wedding (almost 13 years ago!) — the moses cone manor house. first, we went in to look around at the artisan stuff.
then we walked around taking pictures. tons of pictures.
we took this picture to recreate a famous picture from my wedding. even though it was in mid may, it was sooooo cold that day. so as we waited for the festivities to begin, jake and i warmed up under the hand dryer in the girls bathroom. this time, it wasn’t cold, but we pretended, and it was anna’s turn.
we found a little loop to hike and decided to make a go of it.
ike dabbled in some photography with the fancy camera.
my three kiddos on the steps of the place where it all began.
back at the condo, the three kids piled in for an epic bubble bath.
derek and i had a date night, while his parents kept the lidkids. we tried out coyote kitchen in boone. it was good-ish.
the next day, we packed up and headed home.
the end. 🙂