Boo and I have been in North Carolina since the 12th visiting my family. I’ve tried to stay unplugged as much as possible. Boo and I have turned most of our technology for good old fashioned compositions books the last week. It feels really great to write with a pen a little more. Maybe this will be the start of some new habits for me.
Here are a few of the things that Boo would want me to share with you so far:
1. North Carolina has very interesting leaves and trees. (The most interesting part for her is that there ARE leaves. There aren’t a lot of leaves in the desert. If you live in NC….notice your trees today please.)
Is that a squirrel? It’s like a zoo here!
2. There’s a cool restaurant concept called a cafeteria. (She had her first experience….and she’s hooked for life….which would be an issue in this family if she wasn’t.)
3. The best part about becoming a better swimmer year over year is not having to anticipate the bottom of a waterslide with dread anymore. Yahoo.
4. Bojangles is the best restaurant ever. (The goal is to eat as much as possible until we can’t stand it anymore so it won’t be hard to leave behind.)
5. Deer poop is easily recognizable when your Aunt and Uncle have 2 deer families using their yard as a nightly hangout.
6. This….is a good slingshot stick. Found at a haunted house. A real abandoned haunted house. Well….it was really abandoned. Not sure about the haunting….but the odds are about 72.44% based on looks alone.
7. Moon Jellyfish can hypnotize you. We think. Ok I think. They hypnotized me. (We went to Discovery Place in Charlotte. Our family was the row of criers watching Flight of the Butterflies in the IMAX.)
8. Having a fashionable Aunt has its perks. These shoes would not look great with my yoga pants.
9. This little church in Linville, NC reminds Boo of Little House on the Prairie:
10. Walking through a cloud is kind of magical:
11. Cracker Barrel is the 2nd best restaurant ever. The candy rocks.
12. The Biltmore House exceeded Boo’s expectations a gazillion times over. She hung onto every single word of the tour and cried when it was over (she’s definitely my kid.)
Boo recommends the kids’ Biltmore audio tour over the adult Biltmore audio tour. (So do I. And so does my mom. And so does my sister. It’s told from the perspective of the family dog.)
Boo would like to move into the Biltmore House. (I’m getting a little tired of having to explain that it’s not for sale.)
The conservatory impressed everyone BUT Boo:
Eh….just a lot of palm trees.
13. Grandma’s guest room has a creepy hand in it.
13. Rain rocks.
I found this quote today in one of my mother’s books. It just summed up what I’ve been thinking about lately…..how easily the joy in life can become elusive if you let it. Don’t let it!
These were some small highlights of the trip so far. We just got back from three days at the Hemlock Inn in Bryson City, NC. I’ll share those stories soon when they have time to sink in a little more. I’m convinced that Hemlock is one of the most unique places I’ve ever been to. I think it might be time to start contemplating an LBB retreat.
Ash (and Boo)