Tuesday, October 30, 2012

upon discovering lollipops

Well the sisters are back at it again.  I am in trouble with these two!  They are super close-maybe so close that they're already conspiring against their mom.  

We went to the Worthingtons for their annual Halloween party and the girls had a great time.  They had all kinds of games and food.  Marianne hosted a ghost hunt where the kids got to go find the ghost goodie bags and tootsie roll pops.  Most kids got their pops and carried on as usual.  My girls, on the other hand, proceeded to collect all 100 leftover pops and goodie bags in some bucket they found.  Ha!    

Monday, October 29, 2012

Boo at the Zoo, 2012

On Friday we joined our friends Lisa and Andy at the Smithsonian National Zoo for its annual Boo at the Zoo.  This was our first time ever going and it was a great time!  Despite the crowds (they let Sunday night people in on Friday because of the impending hurricane Sandy), the kids behaved so well and loved every minute of it. 

We picked up famous 2 Amy's pizza to go and ate at the zoo with our friends.  Andy said only SEC fans would tailgate at the zoo-ha!  This was a GREAT idea, though, and we were able to get a yummy dinner and walk right into the zoo.
Kate enjoying pizza (the irony of this picture is not lost on me).

playing in the leaves

Our crew starting our trick-or-treating

The Resnicks

the blue fairy!

Harper trick-or-treating

Ha!  Harper freaked out at a woman dressed as a gorilla.  Here she is a little timid still.  

Sweet Kate was so good in the wagon.  

Best buds 
the girls!  I was a butterfly with Kate.

looking at a Maryland crab

spooky bugs! ha!  look at Conor's face in the background!

Lisa and Conor at the jellies

best daddy ever!

Harper was wired the whole way home and Kate passed out immediately.  This was a really fun event and I just love all of the wonderful things the girls get to do in this area at this time in their lives.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Clark's Elioak Farm

This fall we tried something different-Clark's Elioak Farm.  It is a BIG farm that hosts an annual fall festival for several weeks.  What I really like is how spread out everything is for the kids.   They can run around and we don't have to worry about crowds.  It also has all of these statues for the kids-mostly of nursery rhymes and fairy tales.

We had such a fun time!  We rode the cow train and the girls loved it.

We went on a little hay ride through the "enchanted forest."

 We took silly pictures...

and pet lots of goats and sheep.  Kate is fearless when it comes to animals and she just LOVES farm animals.

They have a big pumpkin patch and the girls each picked out a little pumpkin to take home.


The girls are so sweet to one another and playing so well these days.  Here they are with their pumpkin prizes.  We had a great day at the farm!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Virginia Wine Weekend

We booked a lovely room at the Boar's Head Inn in Charlottesville.  It was quiet and romantic and such a nice place for our weekend.  This is an iphone panoramic shot.

We arrived Thursday night and had all day Friday and Saturday to check out Charlottesville and then the wineries.  

on the back deck at Blenheim

First we visited the Dave Matthews vineyard, Blenheim, on Friday afternoon.  It has a super relaxing, country, and quaint atmosphere.  We heard it was a college hangout spot, and unfortunately we shared the back porch with a rather boisterous group of college kids ("kids"-how old am I??) Other than that, we had a nice visit there.

Next we went on to greener pastures-Trump Vineyards.  This was perfect for a Friday sunset.  The wine was great!  We ordered some cured meats and cheeses and we out on the patio and listened to jazz guitarists.
in front of Trump

patio at Trump

my favorite was the sparkling rose

We went out to dinner that night in downtown Charlottesville and turned in early.  Like I said, "how old am I???"

The next day we had someone drive us the wineries because we planned on visiting 4.  First we went to this pretty spot that has polo fields just below the winery.  It was nestled in the mountains and so peaceful!  This is the King Family Vineyards.

Next we sampled at Afton Mountain Vineyards and had a light lunch on the deck.  They had corn hole boards in the back and the deck overlooked this lake, the mountains, and the vineyards.  This was a down to earth, mountainy place.

Next on the list was Veritas.  It was packed and very popular.  We actually ended up ordering wine to be delivered because we enjoyed this place so much.  It has a big lodge feel with plush leather sofas and chairs and just a cool vibe.  The view out back was awesome.  There were adirondack chairs and gazebos everywhere so we sat outside for a while in the grass and enjoyed the sunshine.

Lastly, we visited Pollak.  It was a little more secluded and, in my opinion, offered way too many wines  in the tasting (9).  Afterwards we went outside and sat on the dock talking about the girls.  I am kicking myself for not taking pictures but I left my camera in the car and the battery was dying. 

Our last morning we went to breakfast at an AMAZING place called The Bluegrass Grill and Bakery.  Two words:  candy bacon.  We had a great weekend and will definitely go back again.