Monday, January 29, 2007

There's No Place Like Home

I typed this yesterday, but blogger was down. Actually, this is the second post. I lost the first one! Very frustrating, but thankfully all is well.

Dorothy wasn't clicking her heels and repeating "There's no place like home" for nothing. She knew what she was talking about. Don't get me wrong, I like to get away as much as possible, but it's everything else that goes with it that makes it a chore. I have to pack the pharmacy, nursery and everyone's wardrobe all for the sake of a two day journey. I mean, how could we not take all these things? We might surely need them.

Anyway, we finally got to visit here.We have wanted to go for quite sometime. We were blessed with complimentary tickets and took full advantage of the opportunity. The history of this place is very interesting. I was anticipating taking lots of pictures, but was not allowed, much to my dismay. Seems they have a "No Camera" policy. However, they were taking group photos inside and wanted to sell them to us. We would not be purchasing any, per my hubby's request. He said if we couldn't take pictures, he wasn't going to buy their's. He is funny like that. I may have been tempted to get them if my eyes weren't closed. Shhhh...don't tell my hubs.

I had contributed more money than I had planned already. While waiting for our "appointment" we were conveniently stationed outside of the various gift shops. I bought Caleb and Nathan lollipops, truffles for Amanda and hubs,and two tea bags for me. One is apricot and the other is cinnamon plum, neither of which I've had before. I decided to browse the bookstore and found a lovely bound copy of "Anne Of Green Gables" this also managed to make it's way into my possession. I thought it was reasonably priced, considering.

This is a picture of Amanda and Caleb huddling together in the cold. The wind was horrid. It was already below freezing and the wind chill made it absolutely miserable to be outside. Although it was a gorgeous, sunny day, I did not want to be outside, neither did they. Another reason I don't have more pictures with them.

This is Nathan with the lollipop and Caleb clowning!

I took this outside while in line.

These others are ones we stopped and took as we were leaving the grounds. No one wanted to pose because it was tooooo cold!

Hehehe, this one is of the ground in case you're wondering. Hubs was having a problem operating the camera!

This is my Nathan hiding in the closet.

Amanda and hubs took Monday off in order for us to be able to lounge around and not have to rush back Sunday night. I wanted to do a little shopping and thought this would give me the perfect opportunity. I just knew I would have the time I wanted to stroll around. After finishing the tour we bundled up and headed to town. My sweet hubs took me on a teacup hunt. I shouldn't say hunt. He actually told me to "hurry up and look" Now those of you that like to shop, this is not something you want to hear. I have been desiring a particular pattern that I have not been able to find locally. I didn't find it here either, but I did find one that I loved. Okay, I confess. I bought two. Ahhhhh, I feel better.

I hurried to the car with my treasures in hand. Hubs and I had discussed leaving early. As we headed back to the cabin where we were staying, it started to snow. This cinched the deal. We did not want to get snowed in and we packed in record time and headed home. My king size bed was await with fresh sheets. After sleeping on a full size bed with Nathan in the middle, I could hardly wait to get there.

We finally made it home and I thanked the Lord for keeping us safe. Now, I'm off to try a cup of apricot tea.


Lisa said...

Welcome home!! My inlaws went there last year and said it was very neat! I'm glad you got to have a fun trip with the fam!

I think that apricot tea is THE best!! What did you think?

Nathan's photo in the stroller is just priceless!


BrideOfChrist said...

Wow it sounds like you had a great time :) But yes, it is always a great feeling to get back home and sleep in your own bed :) Glad you had a good time and that ya'll got home safe!

Unashamed said...

AHHHH!!! Are you kidding me??? You got to go to the Biltmore Estate? Ok, now I KNOW you are my long lost sister, because that's on my list of places I'd like to see when we visit North Carolina. Which will be soon, I hope *wink*

sara said...

THAT is very cool. I love visiting places like that. I prefer the warmer months though, when things are blooming.

BTW, I agree with your husband about the picture thing. It's one thing to limit photos because the flash can degrade antiques, but then to try to sell pictures? Annoying.

Denise said...

Glad you had a nice time, thanks for sharing the pictures.

Beth said...

Glad you made is home safely and refreshed!

Debbie said...

Lisa, the apricot tea is delicious!
Anita, you've got me wondering now! *smile* My mom said my dad use to get around. (they are divorced) lol
Sara, I also prefer the warmer months, but the tickets were dated. You know how that is. I really wanted to go at Christmas. I have heard that it is spectacular.