Weekend in Asheville!

A few weekends ago, Tara and I went to Asheville, North Carolina.
We've always wanted to go on a trip to celebrate our birthdays.  We were born just 10 days apart. We decided on Asheville because it was South of us, so we wouldn't have to worry about snow.  (They actually did get a ton of snow dumped on them a week before our trip, but it was all melted by the time we got there!)
We brought Breaker with us, because nursing ;)
Luckily, he is the easiest baby ever.  Well, maybe not in the middle of the night, but he did great during the day.  In his defense, he doesn't sleep 8 hours straight anywhere!

Our weekend in pictures:

Will stop for murals!

We checked into our hotel and then headed downtown for dinner.



Dinner with a baby! ;)


The next morning, getting ready to start our day!


We headed to the Biltmore and had lunch while we waited for our tour time.  This was an old stable that had been converted into a restaurant.






The dining hall with three fireplaces in one.


This room was in the middle of the next two bedrooms pictured below.  They said this would have been a more informal room, where the wife and children would meet with their maid in the morning and have breakfast and go over their plans for the day.


Mrs. Vanderbilt's room:
(They said they didn't share a room because back then it took women so long to get dressed and they had their maid help them that it wouldn't have been appropriate to be in the room with the man.)


Mr. Vanderbilt's room:


The library.  Beautiful!


"Secret" entrance to the library, so upstairs guests had easy access.


I want one of these rooms! A whole room for floral arranging.  I loved all of the vases.


I took this picture to send to Joey. He is obsessed with copper.


Breaker in front of the bowling lanes!

 

We loved the swimming pool! Back then they didn't have the means to keep it sanitary, so they would fill up the entire thing and have to drain it within 2-3 days to avoid bacteria.  Isn't it cool though that it had lights underwater and it was heated.  


The view was beautiful!!



We didn't plan it this way, but our timing worked out perfectly. We went on a Sunday and got there later in the day.  Our tour was one of the last ones, so not crowded at all, leaving us time to meander and not be rushed.  Then when we were finished with the tour, the grounds were all but empty.  




Have you ever seen more of a dream baby!?


We went to dinner on the property after our tour.  Breaker loved the bread they served and sneaking spoons of ice cream!


Can I just say, it is so funny how life changes?  When Shep was a baby, I made my entire family drive to Memphis to keep him for like 2 hours when Joey and I won a tour of Graceland.  Now, I take Breaker by myself and drag him through historic home tours and he's perfect. 


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Friday!

This week has been the best week, all because of SUNSHINE!!
We've been outside, everyday. The windows are open, the sun is shining, fresh air makes my children act right...its glorious...and its February, so that makes it even better.  This did not happen last year, in Utah.  Literally, this time last year, I was so pregnant and so miserable! I was giving myself pep talks to get through the MINUTE.
THANK YOU Jesus for this week!

On Monday, my sister in law was off work so we met up with her and my brother in law for an afternoon at the park. I don't usually take all three of them to the park on my own, but with Jen and Jeremy on aunt and uncle duty, we could handle it!

Have you ever seen a happier baby?
And look at his little amber teething necklace poking out.  I love it. Matches his brothers.





My best friend met us, too.  Max and Major were busy building a fire.


He insists on dressing himself, and its just so sweet.  


Jeremy helping out with the campfire. 




I don't know where Mills is for any of these pictures???


Major said, "Take a picture of us, Mom!" UM, you don't have to tell me twice. :)


Brotherly love! 


This sums up his personality perfectly ;)


While Shep was in school on Wednesday, we met Lindsay and her kids at Chick fil A.
Breaker and Isaiah, just a little over a month apart.


Please look at Major.


And I didn't even force this!



OK, to round out today I have three random things to share.

First, last weekend my mom and grandma were in town and it just so happened that some old home movies I had taken from my moms and sent off to turn into dvds, got back that day.  It was little 8mm tapes, so no one had literally ever watched them.  We had no idea what was on them.  You guys, I have never laughed so hard in my life.  One of them, the ENTIRE VIDEO was back and forth between my sister and I recording ourselves, when we were teenagers.   And y'all the only thing I did was sing.  And occasionally shit talk my sister.  OMG it was hilarious.  Then at one point, my sister snuck in my room and recorded how messy it was.  The back and forth between my sister and I talking bad about each other was so funny.  I called her and we were dying. I have zero recollection. Can we all say and AMEN that social media did not exist in our teenage years?


A little update on our dining room. I am honestly just overwhelmed with all of the house stuff.  There is so much we want to do, and no time to do it.  We are still not done painting :(
But here is our dining room, that is actually making progress! I've got plans for a wooden, beaded chandelier, some artwork and a few other things.

Finally, this is just random, and if you follow me on Snap, you already saw it. But isn't this funny? I accidentally made a pancake that looked like Donald Trump.



Happy weekend!
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Soundtrack of Our Lives :: What songs do you sing to your kids?

I have distinct memories of my mom singing my sister and I to sleep.  I'm sure she sang lots of songs, but the one I remember is the hymn Holy Ground.  Now I sing it to my boys as they fall asleep.

We are standing on Holy Ground
And I know that there are angels all around
Let us praise Jesus now
For we are standing in His presence 
On Holy Ground

Each of our kids have a song that is "their song." With each of my pregnancies we've had a song that we picked for them, and these songs always take me back to being pregnant and their newborn days.

Major always wants me to rock him and always asks, "What's Breaker's song? What's Shepherd's song called? What's my song?"

Shepherd: Danny's Song (Kenny Loggins)
Major: My My Love (Joshua Radin)
Breaker: Daughter (Sleeping at Last)


Danny's Song

People smile and tell me I'm the lucky one
And we've only just begun
Think I'm gonna have a son
He will be like she and me, as free as a dove
Conceived in love
Sun is gonna shine above

And even though we ain't got money
I'm so in love with you, honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the morning, when I rise
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be alright

Seems as though, a month ago, I was Beta-Chi
Never got high
Oh, I was a sorry guy
And now, I smile and face the girl that shares my name
Now I'm through with the game
This boy will never be the same

And even though we ain't got money
I'm so in love with you, honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the morning, when I rise
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be alright

Pisces, Virgo rising is a very good sign
Strong and kind
And the little boy is mine
Now I see a family where there once was none
Now we've just begun
Yeah, we're gonna fly to the sun

And even though we ain't got money
I'm so in love with you, honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the morning, when I rise
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be alright

Love the girl who holds the world in a paper cup
Drink it up
Love her and she'll bring you luck
And if you find she helps your mind, better take her home
Don't you live alone
Try to earn what lovers own

And even though we ain't got money
I'm so in love with you, honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the morning, when I rise
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be alright


My My Love


So many moons have come and gone all alone
I heard this song inside me to wait
I was told but now I found a different sound
I hear when you're around me
It's something new because of you
I hope I hear it forever

[Chorus:]
My, my love
I've been without you too long
My, my love
I've been running too fast to belong to anyone
But then you came along

When first I laid eyes upon your face
This song replaced all the others I have written
It's all brand new because of you
Feels like I've known you forever

[Chorus:]
My, my love
I've been without you too long
My, my love
I've been running too fast to belong to anyone
But then you came along

You warm me like sunshine
You cool me like summer rain
Just let me sit down beside you
Over and over again

[Chorus:]
My, my love
I've been without you too long
My, my love
I've been running too fast to belong to anyone
But then you came along



Daughter



If only you knew
The sunlight shines a little brighter,
The weight of the world’s a little lighter,
The stars lean in a little closer
All because of you.

I want to see
You lift your chin a little higher,
Open your eyes a little wider,
Speak your mind a little louder,
’cause you are royalty.

This is your kingdom,
This is your crown,
This is your story.
This is your moment,
Don’t look down..

You’re ready, born ready.
And all you gotta do
Is put one foot in front of you.
Our ceiling is your floor,
And all you gotta do
Is put one foot in front of you,
If only you knew.

If only you knew
The forests grew a little greener,
The roots reach in little deeper,
The birds all sing a little sweeter,
All to welcome you.

I want to see
Your happily ever after,
That you know in your heart that you matter,
That you are royalty.

This is your kingdom,
This is your crown,
This is your story.
This is your moment,
Don’t look down.

You’re ready. born ready,
And all you gotta do
Is put one foot in front of you.
Our ceiling is your floor,
And all you gotta do
Is put one foot in front of you.

You’re ready. born ready,
And all you gotta do
Is put one foot in front of you.
Our ceiling is your floor,
And all you gotta do
Is put one foot in front of you.
If only you knew

This is your kingdom,
This is your crown,
This is your story.
This is your moment,
Don’t look down.

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I love these songs! We have other songs that are kind of collectively for all of them, but these are their main ones I think of for each of them.
I imagine dancing with them at their weddings some day to these, and I'll just embarrass all of them with my weeping.
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Bachelor Chat!



I just need to get this off my chest. I am so sick of ABC!
I'm talking to you, Chris Harrison!


I am fine with cliff hangers, but when they force spoilers on us by letting us know Rachel goes home, go ahead and give us a rose ceremony!

And unless Andi is coming back to say she made a mistake and she wants to be with Nick, its just annoying and fake feeling.

I was so excited about Nick's season because I always liked him, even on Andi's season. But this has just felt so produced and ABC has ruined so much with spoilers and I'm just annoyed.

I felt like on Andi and Kaitlyn's seasons, we saw more of Nick than we are on his own season.  Like we knew him better? None of his relationships feel developed, we haven't seen them talk about anything real or deep.

*I realize I'm talking about a reality tv show with a low success rate, but I refuse to feel embarrassed about this blog post ;)

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I would think Corrinne would go home, because while I'm sure being Instagram famous (#jealous) is lucrative right now, I don't think it's a big turn on to have the girl your dating assume being the breadwinner.
However, I think he will keep her around for fantasy suites.


I really like Raven, and I realized I think I have her voice. #i'mahick
Her hometown was fun, her family was sweet.  No complaints here.


BORING.


Vanessa's hometown date was the biggest snoozefest I've ever seen.



I feel like its obvious that Rachel is his best match, so I do want to see why he sends her home.  Although with how produced this season feels, I wouldn't be surprised if ABC was like "hey nows our chance to have our first black woman as the bachelorette, lets offer it to her so she'll turn down Nick."

WHEW I feel better sharing my feelings and I have no shame for how much I love this show ;)

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