Walking down memory lane with my mom: my first Passport photo. 3 days old.
A Visit to Hi-Wire Brewing!
Summer is here.
I would say that we are settling into a nice summer routine. We have gone hiking in the beautiful mountains that surround us, sipped beer at the countless places in Asheville where one can drink beer, watched our tomatoes grow, stayed dry during the monsoons this past week and steered clear of the flooded roads. My tomato plants have enough water now thankyouverymuch. There have already been two trips to Carrboro and there are more visits still to come before Mom moves to Kuwait. Memory Lane is becoming a well traveled highway in our family as of late. I think it’s my favorite highway. Parker is in China and seems to be having the time of his life. I am grateful. Summer camp schedule at school is most excellent. It allows for an actual summer vacation unlike any I have had in a long time. Mornings allow for leisurely drinking cup-after-cup of joe. I like joe. The farmer’s markets are abundant and rich in smiles and freshness. The flutter of love in my heart is so real. Love that feels settled and rhythmic. We dance in the kitchen. Sometimes there is no music.
My backyard is glowing with the flashing lights of fireflies.
Simply put, yoga is awesome. After a week of school with the munchkins (whom I love very much) it is a wonderful transition into the weekend to go to yoga. My favorite class is Sivananda yoga and it is amazing! I think I have been doing it on and off for about four years. I could ramble on about why I love yoga and how much it has changed my life for the better and how much it helps me to stay balanced and centered, but I will spare you. My yoga teacher and I stood preaching to the choir after class about how much we love Sivananda yoga. So yeah.
And because I can not bear to leave you without a photo, here is a beautiful view from our hike to Rattlesnake Lodge over Thanksgiving with the fam!
My mom and brother joined us for Thanksgiving this year! We missed Dad and Dean and Scott’s family, but it sure was nice to have some family around! And we had so much fun, as we always do when we are together. We hiked up to Rattlesnake Lodge, watched lots of Downton Abbey, went for a walk at the Biltmore, laughed, cooked, ate, and had a great time!
It was a wonderful holiday! So glad to have a few days off with family! Scott and I both worked Friday and Saturday, so Mom and Parker headed home. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. It was crazy! I am so thankful for my life, my loved ones, and the opportunities I have.
Yesterday my brother turned 20!!! He is such a great guy and I am so proud of him!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011: Scott and I went for a nice hike at Craggy Pinnacle off the Blue Ridge Parkway this afternoon. It’s always a bit chillier at elevation, but today the weather was fall-teaser chilly! It made for a lovely hike through the über dense fog that had settled on the mountain. We could hardly see driving up to the overlook and the fog was so dense that there was no “view” on the hike, which was interesting because it made me really appreciate the things more immediately surrounding us. Perhaps this will give you an idea of how dense the fog was. (Normally there would be many hundreds of miles of rolling mountains behind us in this shot.)
Thursday, January 20, 2011: Friends came up from Corvallis today and we went on an adventure around Portland! We went to Beaverton and explored the new/old/trying-to-be-up-and-coming area and found a nice little place – Ava Roasteria – and had a nice time chatting and catching up. Then we meandered over to Washington Park and went for a walk around Hoyt Arboretum. It was beautiful!