Even though it was "spring break" there were very few signs of spring. I like to call this time of year "sprinter" - in-between spring and winter. It is dreadfully painful (like a splinter :)) waiting for spring after a looooong winter. Anyway, we stayed at my family's vacation home in western North Carolina and spent most of Saturday over in Asheville at the Biltmore Estate (thanks Mel for the passes!). Even though the gardens were not in bloom yet, I was anxious to take Zach and Allie here since they have never been.
Some stock photos of America's castle.
Italian Garden sans lily pads.
Family adventures are my favorite. About to tour this beast of a house!
the winter garden (Where can I get one?)
Live music in the conservatory. Keepin' it classy Biltmore.
And this guy. My favorite travel companion.
as well as playing outside
(Making pretend soup with wild onions)
(The Daddy playing some guitar.)
and playing in the mud.
To my dismay, most of the lake was actually drained due to maintenance. (They do this in the off season periodically.) This turned out to be quite a joy for the girls as they got to explore the lake bed and find lots of treasures (and living clams!) in the silt.
And Allie's new rain boots went from this-
to this in 5 seconds flat.
(I am proud to say this step momma was able to scrub out the inside of these muddy boots and get them back to 99% of their original freshness upon arrival back home. WIN.)
Ringing the bell
On our way back to Atlanta after our weekend getaway, we stumbled across the most… peculiar/awesome roadside attraction - Goats on the Roof.
Anyway, it was a fun, unexpected adventure thanks to Zach's eagle eye and there was no better way to top off this weekend trip. I love spring break! There's more to come from our week with Allie so stay tuned!