A little over a year ago, a dear friend of mine from LSU called to tell me he was engaged and would be getting married in October 2015 in Asheville, NC. I thought to myself that I would not miss that wedding for the world and from that day, Matt and I decided that instead of going to the beach for our annual vacation, we would make a trek to the mountains instead. I am so glad we went! And even though traveling long car trips with two little kids who are three and almost one was not super easy or enjoyable all of the time, I think it went pretty smoothly and the kids really seemed to enjoy our adventure.
We set out on a Thursday with our first destination being Knoxville, TN to stay with our friend Jason for one night before continuing on to Asheville the next day. I made an Activity binder for Kolbe filled with sticker books, magic markers, coloring pages of his favorite characters, little activities, a scavenger hunt, and more stickers that went over SO well. He loved it and felt special that he had his very own lap desk and binder to work on while we drove and I am happy to say that we didn't have to employ the use of electronics on our entire 25 hours roundtrip spent in the car.
Our dear friend Katie, Kolbe's Godmother, rode up with us which was the biggest blessing to us. You were so missed on the car ride home Katie!
Once in Asheville we stayed at a super cute AirBnB House with The Fossier's, and Father Brad, which was a blast. One of the perks of having a priest staying with us was having Vigil mass in our living room! It rocked.
The wedding and reception were beautiful and I'm so glad we were able to attend.
After the whirlwind weekend, we ventured over to a town called Waynesville where we rented a cottage on a mountain with the Fossier's for a few days. The roads were pretty steep to get up there but it was so worth it. It was the perfect relaxing getaway with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains right from our balcony. The house was perfect for our two families and our time there was filled with balcony conversations, couch naps, smores (Kolbe's first!), and cute babies. It was perfect.
One of the days we were there, we took Kolbe on a mountain train adventure while Annabelle hung out at the cabin with Brad, Emily, and Baby Pier. Thanks to my phone that failed to set itself to Eastern time, we had a late start to the morning but we arrived at the train depot with three minutes to spare! After running 1/4 mile to get to out train car (with Kolbe on Matt's shoulders!), we finally made it to our seats and relaxed for the next four hours. It was a beautiful ride showcasing the fall foliage, rivers, and lakes of the area and Kolbe loved it. Matt and I's favorite part was watching his joy and excitement as the trip unfolded.
We stopped at the Nantahala Outdoor Center right on the Nantahala River where Kolbe and Matt got to dip their toes in the super cold water. They loved it =)
On our last day at the cabin, we took a short drive to the Blueridge Parkway and did a short (but ridiculously steep!) family hike. We really enjoyed it despite how winded we were and the views from the top were pretty sweet too.
We were sad to say goodbye to our little cottage of relaxation (and cable TV!) and to Brad, Emily, and Pier but it was time to make our way back. After we left, we headed back to Knoxville to hang out for a few days before making the trek back to Louisiana. Thanks for hosting us Jason!
We will be back soon North Carolina...we can't stay away too long =)