This past Saturday we decided to kick off our Thanksgiving week by taking the kids on an adventure to Asheville. If you have never been you really must go, its a grand town. Our default adventure usually takes us to Atlanta or Chattanooga, but this time we made our way to the hippie city and had a blast. First we ate pizza downtown, then we meandered around town checking out all the awesome graffiti walls (complete with awesome ninja kicks of course). Asheville has some incredible artists that have created beautiful work all over the city.
I tend to take a lot of photos of my kids. I find when there is an adventure at hand it becomes more fun to be in front of the camera. My hope is that one day they will look back and be thankful that they can recall these days with ease because of the photographs.
After our downtown walk about, we made our way to the river arts district where we saw more graffiti and got to run and jump around. There was much excitement when the train past through. I wish I could have captured Tess’s fear when the train past by blowing the horn very loudly, hence the two photos of us holding the girls who were quite frightened by such a loud noise. I am not sure I have felt Tess grab me so tightly before. But in all the excitement the train was throughly enjoyed after the fear had passed.
Next we made our way to Hendersonville to an apple Orchard which had the most tasty apple cider, and a gorgeous orchard to explore. It’s always entertaining to see how differently my kids experience things. Keller, being the boy he is, automatically picked an apple up and threw it across the orchard, but the girls were spinning around, and balancing apples on top of their heads.
After the orchard stop we made our way back to the city to Vortex Doughnuts. No trip to Asheville is complete without doughnuts. We each got a yummy doughnut, coffee for mom and dad, hot chocolate for the babes, with marshmallows the size of my hand! I had to laugh a little bit while we were there. The only people with little kids in the hipster joint. Tess kept asserting her cute self on this girl sitting by us, who clearly was being “nice,” but had no interest in being bothered by a little one. Not too long after we got said cup of hot chocolate Tess was enjoying her turn, when her hand hit the saucer and dumped the whole beautiful cup on the floor. But all was not lost, we finished our treats and we were off to our final adventure. The PLAY GROUND!!!
I do believe we found one of the coolest playgrounds in Asheville at Carrier Park. We finished off our time by running, jumping, and swinging. I think this was everyones favorite part of our day. Climbing through tunnels, up winding stairs, and zooming down the slides brought big smiles for everyone. A few rounds of hide and seek brought loud screams of delight and full hearts for all.
This post is the continuing personal journey of savoring motherhood through photography. Enjoy…there is more to come.
Nov 23, 2017