Friday, October 15, 2021

Avery's First Birthday

 Our little man turned 1 last Saturday.
 I have literally HUNDREDS of photos, LOL, but will post just a very few of my favorites. 
 All of his grandparents were there. 
 His great grandparents from Nick's family were there as well. 
 A few close friends of Kelsey and Nick's were there as well. 
 I'm sure you just want to see photos so here you go.
First up the decorations. 
 Can you see that little rocker? 
 That was Nick's when he was a boy. 
 Avery loves it!


When Avery was eating his cake this was what he was seeing, LOL.  
All of us taking pictures.


Avery with his mom and dad.


Our turn with Avery.


He had his own "smash" cake.


He loved playing with this ribbon.


We forgot to put his crown on pre nap, but got a few pics after his nap.



His mom and dad got this bubble blower and he LOVED it!


Avery always kisses any stuffed animals.
This was the fox we got him.


This is probably my all time favorite photo from the birthday party!  
His little friend Reese got him this tunnel (you can see Reese in the background).  
Avery had a ball with it!


I will show you what I made for him in another post.

Happy birthday little man.

Love Gigi and Papa.

~XOP~





Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Haw in Swepsonville, NC

 Since we get time to ourselves while A is in day care we find other things to do to keep busy. 
 For instance I have finished binding 2 quilts, made a quilt top and have almost finished the hand work on my Quite Contrary quilt top.  
I've also finished reading 5 books. 
 This day we went to Swepsonville and found a park on the Haw river. 
 Beautiful day to go for a walk along the river.



My Batman showing off his Bat Cave shirt.




I found a few interesting plants.  
This Clematis for instance. 
 It was going to seed but still pretty.



I had Moonflowers in my yard and this blossom looked like the plant was in the same family.
Chris looked it up and it is a Datura stromonium. 
 I wish we could have seen it in blossom!


These next 2 photos reminded me of faces on the log. 
 Kind of creepy for Halloween, right?



We went to the Saxapawhaw general store and THIS time I made Chris get some "quilty" beer.
I don't really drink beer anymore but I loved this can!  
We saw them the last time we were here and I didn't buy any.
  I picked up a 6 pack this time!


We did go to the brewery there and Chris enjoyed a beer.


Next up is Avery's first birthday.  

I hope you are enjoying our trip to NC so far!

~XOP~






Monday, October 11, 2021

Wedding Weekend

 We were invited to attend the wedding of our SIL's brother.  
Our daughter asked us to forgo the festivities and watch the baby instead. 
 We needed to bring him over to the wedding venue for photos after the wedding then home after that.  This is the wedding quilt I made for Cam and Haley. 
 I don't think I got a photo of it after it was quilted though.


Since we were camping and didn't want to move our camper just for the weekend, we rented an Airbnb.  It was called Bear Holler.
  Nice place.  
A log cabin in the woods.


Since it was a 4 hour drive with no stops we actually took our time and made a few stops. 
Two of those were at quilt shops. (of course). 
 First was at a shop called Sew Much Fun in Gastonia, NC. 
 It was an amazing shop with LOTS of modern fabrics.
There was so much to choose from I just walked out with nothing, LOL.
It was overwhelming!


The other one was called the Carolina Cotton Company. 
 This shop also had lots of fabric. 
 Honestly if you are looking for any team fabric they have it all here!


Once we got to the cabin we settled in and waited for our assignments, LOL. 
 The kids came on Friday and we had grandparent duty for the night as they went to the rehersal dinner. Papa and A loved rocking in the rocking chair on the porch!


The day of the wedding was a gorgeous one.  
We got baby A all dressed and delivered him to the photo shoot.  


Papa and Gigi even got our photos taken! 
 Isn't our little man so handsome!?


After the festivities, on Sunday it was time to travel back to our camper.  
We sure did miss our boys while we were gone.  
They were SO happy to see us when we finally got back. 
 Again, we made a few stops along the way. 
We stopped in downtown Hendersonville to look around.  
Next we went to Bat Cave (but shhhhh don't tell anyone else where it is!)
  We stopped at the Apple House and got some apples.
(good cover, wink, wink)


Next stop was Chimney Rock.
You can see the rock above our heads on the left.
We didn't hike there though.


We stopped at Lake Lure Flower Bridge too.  
Does Lake Lure sound familiar to anyone?
It's where Dirty Dancing was filmed! 
 We drove through the actual area, but spent more time on the flower bridge.


We found Mr McGregor's garden while we were there!




There were many painted bears scattered throughout the garden.  
That's Lake Lure in the background


I will end here for now.
I have more to write but need a break.

~XOP~





Sunday, October 10, 2021

Visiting in NC

We have been in NC since we left Ohio.  
We have spent lots of time with Avery and his parents. 
 I am trying really hard to be choosey about which photos I share of him as his parents don't want too many photos out on the internet.

This is our set up at the campground. 
 As you can see we have added a screened in porch. 
 I'm pretty excited about that.  We put the boys in there but it doesn't have a floor and *someone* (not naming names, Cole) has figured how to go under and possibly out. 
 Oh well, I will use it to sew in!

See these 2 knuckleheads!


I was walking outside one day when I saw 6 of these lillies. 
 Someone told me they are called rain lillies. 
 SO pretty!

I am sharing just a few out of the HUNDREDS of photos I have taken this trip so far, LOL.

I have some from the mountains but that's for another time. 
 I am trying to go in order of events, LOL

 

He is literally the most adorable baby!



He loved being in the pool.  He kept trying to *catch* the water! 


OK, back to regularly scheduled blogging now.  
Finny was helping me sew my economy blocks for my economy fox quilt.



Every morning the boys cry to go outside.  
Finn has even begun using the "Outside" button to tell us he wants out also.
He didn't used to want to go outside with his brother.
This is them chilling in their tent.


I'll probably have a few more posts soon.  Lots happening.

~XOP~