Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuesday Ten - The Mountains

Last week's Tuesday Ten featured pictures from our beach vacation.  Well, I am fortunate to live in a place that allows us to be at the beach OR the mountains in just a couple hours.  I grew up in a town that is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  My parents still live there and, every summer, I take the girls and go stay with them for a few days.  (We are there right now!)  I thought it would be fun to do a similar post this week featuring pictures from our mini-vacation!

Ten Things I Love About Going to the Mountains
[There are more than 10, but this is a start! ;-)] 

1.  My Mom
Wouldn't it be great to have an extra set of hands to help with the kids??  And someone else to cook all the meals??  And someone who encourages me to sit and rest while she picks up after the kids??  Well, that's my mom!  Of course I love spending time with her, but it is also completely wonderful to have her help with the kids and to let her take care of me a little as well! :-)
MeMaw helping Emily pan for gems.
2.  My Dad
The quintessential grandpa (or Pa as referred to by the grandkids), he will do just about anything for his granddaughters, including piggy back rides around the lake trail!

3.  Cone Lake
One of our favorite activities to do when we visit my parents is to go to Cone Lake and walk the path around it.  It is beautiful and parts of it are covered by lilly pads that have beautiful blossoms like the one in the picture.

4.  Water Falls
Water falls always make me think of the mountains.  These are two that are around the lake.  Due to the incredible amount of rain we have had so far this summer, both waterfalls were flowing extremely quickly.

5.  Mountain Laurel
I love mountain laurel.  There weren't many blooms on it this time, but I found a few!

6.  Wildlife
Wildlife is abundant in the mountains.  These are all animals we saw while walking around the lake.
Mama Duck and her babies
A Blue Heron getting ready to take flight 
Ms. Mallard duck
7.  Cousins
This picture was actually taken in June, but it is such a great one I had to include it.  My brother lives about 15 minutes from my parents, so we always make a point to get our families together when we are up for a visit.  He has three children, too, who are all close in age to mine.  Every time we get together, they seem to automatically pair off and pick up right where they left off.  Cousins sometimes make the best of friends!

8. Blowing Rock
No trip to the mountains would be complete without a stop in Blowing Rock.  Here, Megan and Emily are swinging at the park.

9.  Kilwins
And - no trip to Blowing Rock would be complete without at stop at Kilwins for some ice cream and chocolate!!
Sorry this one is a bit blurry.  I only had my camera phone and I was a little intoxicated by all that chocolate loveliness!!! 
Fudge, fudge, and more fudge! 
Ice cream!
Blue mouth from her Kilwins favorite - Superman flavor!

10.  Smiles

This picture pretty much sums it up don't you think???  Family, fun, nature, and sweets!  All reasons going to the mountains makes us smile!


Janine Huldie said...

Oh that last picture really truly summed it up and you weren't lying. Looked like tons of fun and seriously the chocolate had me quite intoxicated, too!! :)

Karen @ BakingInATornado said...

Great pics, and although the scenery makes me homesick for New England, the best part of vacation is, without a doubt, watching the kids with their extended family.

GrowingUpMadison said...

Those are some really lovely pics you were able to capture. Just watching the little one eat that icy makes me want one. :)

The Dose of Reality said...

Oh, just seeing these pictures made me so jealous!! I pink puffy heart the mountains...especially Blowing Rock! Your girls are ADORABLE! :)-Ashley

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Funny how chocolate can do that, huh? :-)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Absolutely! I love seeing my girls interact with my parents and with their cousins!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thank you!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thank you , Ashley! Blowing Rock is one of my favorite places. I took it for granted when I was growing up because I lived so close. Now, when I go back, I remember how special it is!

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