Merry Christmas!

Another Christmas is here already – sending some holiday cheer your way!

Ready for the holidays!

With a tree in hand thanks to the local Optimist Club, we set out to decorate and remain a happy family. Overall, mission accomplished!

Santa, Baby!

We look forward to visiting our favorite big guy, Santa, all year! The boys had a relaxed catch up, filling in on all the latest with school, sports and life at home – plus sharing their wish lists of course!

Scooby Dooby Doo Halloween!

We’ve flipped the script from last year, and went with crime-fighting good guys for our family costume for Halloween. Three-fourths of us stayed true to the costume for trick or treating, while Colin joined a bunch of friends as avocados who took the neighborhood by storm. It was a mad candy rush, as always!

Kickin’ It to 7!

Owen had an action-packed 48 hours on his birthday and the day after, with a special breakfast, fun day at school, fun meal out at Melting Pot and then a soccer-themed birthday party followed by a soccer game!

Rest of Asheville

It was a lovely long weekend in Asheville, hiking, touring Biltmore and otherwise enjoying fall. Here’s a roundup of the rest of the best!

Touring the Big House

Biltmore, the largest privately owned home in the US, lived up to the expectations – taking more than an hour to walk through the areas open to the public (not even counting the gardens and other grounds). The audio tour made it informative, and the boys thoroughly enjoyed the kids’ version.

Fall Foliage Hike

It was our first trip to Asheville, and one of the best hikes according to the interwebs was the Triple Falls in Dupont Forest – made famous by Last of the Mohicans or, more recently, Hunger Games. We came, we conquered the inclines and even enjoyed ourselves (except one of us the last stretch on…

Celebrating 11!

Colin turned double 1s this year and was very much excited for his baseball-themed birthday with friends! His actual birthday was just days later as he enjoyed some freshly baked Trade Joe’s croissants, a day at school, some pitching practice and a night out at Melting Pot to cap the day!