Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fall Break

Ya'll... do you remember me?! Ha! I know my blog has been collecting dust for the last few weeks. My apologies. This year has just been... a lot to take in. We are in the midst of moving, but before we officially have a Georgia address I wanted to wrap up the last of our adventures in Charlotte. I will certainly do a legit update on what our new life entails, but for now... here's some of our fall break from last month!

Our fall break started off with a bang (or maybe it was a crackle) as we enjoyed a bonfire with our friends Justin and Jenny. Allie was the smores maker extraordinaire, diligently roasting marshmallows to their perfect toastedness. Ha!
On Thursday Allie and I went to school. That's right - SCHOOL! We went and visited her two friends Emma and Annie at their AMAZING school Providence Day.
 Ok seriously... I have never seen a cooler school. Check it out! Allie bought lunch in the cafeteria and ate with Emma and her friends. (This place has amazing food (and locally grown too)!)
We visited some of the classrooms such as Emma's art class, science class (where they were studying hydroponics)
and the most incredible science room I have ever seen in my life. Like.. for realz.
It had an aquarium in the back! With a shark in it! (a small shark)
and a chocolate chip starfish (never heard of that...)
They also had specimens, skins, hides, skeletons of every kind!

We also visited the greenhouse (so adorable)

And Allie even got to play on the playground with Annie and some of her friends.
We finished off our "day at school" with a trip to their incredible library
reading tub,
and topped it off with leaving Emma a special note in her locker. We love PDS!
Over fall break we also took our annual trip to SkyTop Orchard, our favorite apple orchard in western NC. I am sooooo thankful we can still come here with ease from our new GA residence!

We stopped in downtown Hendersonville for lunch. Such a cute little town.

Time for apple pickin'!





And up they go. Like father, like daughter.


Tree top
Oodles and oodles of apples
Annie

Emma
World's tiniest apple
I got out from behind the camera and picked some too!

So pretty. And in her element.
On the move



Our basket!
If you are a little less adventurous and don't want to hike all over the orchard, you can just buy apples from the store,
as well as amazing jams


and all sorts of pumpkins and weird gourds. 
Like this one.

But the best thing you can buy here is apple cider donuts! And they are worth waiting in line!
The secret ingredient.
 Getting powdered.
Yum yum.
 Yum.
Allie and Emma. Haha 
Oh hey! It's us!
And now for the fun farm animals.
I love sheep.

Silly goats.

Pretty peacocks and some chickens. Ha!

Idyllic duck pond. 
and of course... the bamboo forest, where every "island girl's" dreams come true. :)

 Playing :)
My loves!
And fall break would not be fall break without a spontaneous sleepover. :) Since this was our last time in Charlotte with Allie, we wanted to make the most of it and let her get as much time with her friends as possible. So naturally, a sleepover was a necessity! 
 I loved Mouse Trap as a kid.
 Actually sleeping! That's a first! Haha
And me and Ms. Christy whipped up a mean sleepover breakfast spur of the moment! Another successful sleepover complete!
Allie and I also took our annual trip to Simpson's Pumpkin patch, our favorite roadside patch in all of Charlotte. 
This place has a ridiculous amount of pumpkins. 

Loads of regular ones
and weird gourds
 and dark orange pumpkins
 tomato shaped pumpkins
 white pumpkins?
 MORE assorted pumpkins
Small pumpkins

(our picks)
And a teeny, tiny pumpkin! This was the smallest we could find and had to buy!
A sea of pumpkins
 Digging to find the perfect pumpkin (this took us FOREVER)
But finally we found it AND a $1 bill sitting underneath it. Score! haha 
Look I'm a mum. Get it? :)
Here's our adopted pumpkins for this fall. So cute! 
And, I can't finish this post without a few "lasts". I would be lying if I said fall break was easy this year as all of us were processing the upcoming transition to Georgia. But.. we trust God completely with the course of our life and know that this road is the one he wants us on. So here are some pics of Allie playing with her dear friends at FHC for the last time. As usual, they kept it lighthearted. :)





Her last time ringing her special bell at this house (and a moping Daddy in the background LOL). 
And her last time flying out of Charlotte. Gulp. 
Even when it's hard, the Kales are always up for a new adventure so here we come Georgia - ready or not!