Wednesday, June 1, 2016


And a third weekend in a row was spent with Mark & Sarah's family! They spent part of their spring break in Asheville, NC, and we met them at Biltmore for one of the days. Biltmore was built/owned by one of the Vanderbilts and is the largest privately owned house in the US. The one big downside to the trip was that it was an extremely windy, cold day. When we arrived, the wind chill was below freezing--not what you'd expect when you go to NC in April on your spring break! We took turns going in so we could tour the house without the littlest kids, so poor Christine and Jacob were stuck out in the freezing wind all day. The house was amazing! Seriously. My favorite room was the library, but the basement was also extremely interesting, with all the food preparation areas, an indoor pool, a bowling alley, and an odd "Halloween room." When we had all finished at the house, we went to the farm in the nearby Antler Hill Village, where we got to see animals, climb on tractors and wagons, play old-timey games, and watch a blacksmith and woodworker at work. The blacksmith was one of the highlights of the day. It was a very fun day and we all had a great time!! If only it had been a little warmer...

Poor Jacob and Christine! So, so cold.

A tiny, tiny portion of the grounds...


Our visit happened to coincide with a "Fashionable Romance" exhibit. Throughout the house were displayed costumes from wedding scenes in movies, including some of my favorites!
Elinor & Edward's wedding clothes from Sense and Sensibility
Marianne & Colonel Brandon's costumes in Sense and Sensibility
Darcy and Elizabeth's outfits from Pride and Prejudice!!

A few rooms inside...

indoor pool

At the farm...
Seriously, he was the best!!

Monday, May 23, 2016

another trip to Atlanta

The week after Easter we had another quick trip to Atlanta. Thomas had a job interview (at SUNY Orange, as it turns out!) and he flew out of Atlanta, so we drove him down and stayed at Mark & Sarah's for a couple days while he was gone. The cousins love getting so much time together. :) We also had a very quick surprise visit with Thomas's dad, who was coincidentally at a conference in Atlanta at the same time! It was such a quick visit that I hadn't brought in my phone so I don't have any pictures of the boys bouncing off the walls in Papy's hotel room.

trip to the nature center
Jacob & Savannah

Easter in Atlanta

I'm super behind in blogging again, so I'm going to try to get a bunch of posts up with mainly just pictures and little writing.

We spent Easter weekend in Atlanta this year, but we did Easter baskets at home before we left. Our niece Adriana got baptized that weekend and several other family members were able to come as well, which made for a very fun holiday weekend.

bored in the car, haha :)
first time meeting our newest niece, Eleanor
Eleanor and Daddy :)
at Adriana's soccer game
Adriana's baptism
baby Eleanor
baby Savannah
Jamie & Eleanor
Savannah & Eleanor
Easter dinner
Matthew Wilder & Jacob Wilder