Wednesday, November 11, 2009

October and November Update

I can't believe it has been a whole month since my last blog posting - sorry I have waited so long! Here's what we've been up to...

Mabry Mill
One Sunday a few weeks ago we took a trip south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mabry Mill in Meadows of Dan, VA. We went there once last year and it was so great that we decided to go back again this fall. I believe the mill there is one of the most photographed places on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Apparently there are even post cards for other states that have pictures of Mabry Mill on them. There is also a great restaurant there that serves delicious pancakes, among other things. The wait for the restaurant was an hour and a half (totally worth it!) so we got to walk around the grounds there while we waited. The drive on the parkway was beautiful, too. We stopped at almost every overlook to take pictures and enjoy the view. Here are a few pictures from that day.

The mill

A pretty shot of some of the changing leaves

The flumes that bring the water to the mill

Us in front of the mill

PANCAKES! It was a stack of one cornmeal pancake, one buckwheat pancake, and one sweet potato pancake. They were so good!

On the way home

Did I mention it was beautiful?


At another overlook

I think the mountain in the distance was called Buffalo Mountain

Last blog post I talked about us going to Layman Family Farms to pick out our pumpkin for Halloween. Even though we didn't have any trick-or-treaters last year, we still carved the pumpkin and got plenty of candy, hopeful that this year might be a little different. But alas, we didn't have any trick-or-treaters again this year. I don't know why we never get any. I would think it would be a prime location because the doors are about 15 feet apart (we live in a townhouse development). Oh well! We still had fun carving our pumpkin...and eating all the candy (we made sure we got candy that we liked because we had a feeling this would happen).

Andrew getting ready to carve the pumpkin (the neighbor's cat wanted to help, too)

Didn't he do such a good job?

All that candy and no kids

On November 3rd at 5:31 pm, my sister and her husband welcomed little Landon into the world, weighing in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces. He is such a cutie and I cannot wait to meet him! Congratulations, Sarah and Brian!

Today is Veterans Day and I have the day off. Although I help veterans everyday at my job, I think it is really important for us to always remember all veterans and those actively serving in the military. They have sacrificed so much for us, and we should be forever thankful for that. At work we got an e-mail with a link to a website sponsored by Xerox where you can send a personalized postcard to US military personnel who are serving overseas for free (you don't have to know anybody specific). Just go to and follow the directions on the website.

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