quick weekend trip

quick weekend trip

A month or so ago, my brother and sister-in-law mentioned that they were going to be meeting my sister in Asheville for the weekend and wanted to know if I wanted to come too. I considered it, but ultimately decided not to because we were actually just up in Asheville for our anniversary, and we saw Amy then too.

So, AJ and Molly decided to stop in Atlanta and have lunch with us on their way up to North Carolina. At lunch, Molly reminded me that her offer for us to join them still was on the table.

And I was tempted.

Then Paul tells me he has to work on Saturday because he is just swamped these days. And I thought about it, and decided that there weren’t many reasons why I shouldn’t go to Asheville. Besides, I’d get to spend more time with AJ, Molly, Amy, and baby Drew!

It was about 2pm, and I drove home and quickly packed. I also had to finish up a few things for the birth center, and I was out the door by 4pm. I had to stop for gas (the light was on!) and also for some diapers and wipes (I didn’t have enough clean cloth diapers to last all weekend, and didn’t have any sposies on hand). I was done with those errands by 4:30 and I headed for the highway… straight into Friday rush hour traffic. Oops! Forgot about that! Oh well. Between traffic and the horrible rain/hail storm I encountered at the tail end of my trip, it took me about an hour longer to get there, but we made it. Savannah slept most of the way which was really nice!

We had a wonderful weekend. On Saturday I met up with Kesed, a blog friend that I met for the first time a few weeks ago. Her daughter Lyric is only 3 weeks older than Savannah. Lyric also has low muscle tone issues and scooted like Savannah, and didn’t walk until late like Savannah, so Kesed was a definite encouragement to me when I was stressing about that!

Giving Lyric a hug

Savannah is very generous with her hugs – it’s adorable! She’s also generous with her kisses:

Giving her cousin a kiss!

This is baby Drew, my brother’s son who is only 12 weeks old! I really enjoyed seeing him again, and also LOVED getting to talk about childbirth, breastfeeding, and parenting with Molly. Our parenting styles are very similar, which is always nice! AJ’s best friend Chad had come along for the trip, and the poor guy kept getting caught in our conversations about all these topics.

Drew is a very happy baby…
AJ and baby Drew

And I can’t believe how much Savannah is growing up!
Little lady

Here are my siblings and me, with Savannah and Drew. Do you see any family resemblance?
The kids and their kids

On Saturday evening after everyone was done with their various activities of the day, we went to the McDonald’s by Biltmore because it doesn’t look like a typical McDonald’s – there’s a baby grand piano in the eating area! It was pretty cool. Afterward, we decided to drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway to get some cool pictures of the sunset. I’m pretty happy with the ones I got!

Sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains

Watching the sunset

Toss the baby!


I love my sister. I pretty much think she’s the awesomest person ever, and I wish I could somehow make it so that she lived close. :-)

Happy Drew!

Drew is absolutely adorable, and I am so jealous of his dimple!! His daddy carried him around in the pouch sling, and that just melted my heart – love babywearing daddies! I can’t wait to watch this little guy as he grows up. I wish they lived closer, too…

I love this picture of Savannah, even though it’s a little dark…
Mommy and Savi

Savi loves her Aunt Amy too. (She calls her “An’ Mamie” – adorable!)
"An' Mamie" (Aunt Amy)

We had a great weekend, and I’m glad I went. I really love Asheville, and the mountains of North Carolina in general. We’ve talked about moving there someday, but not anytime soon because I can’t imagine trying to sell our money pit house in the current economy/market.

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