Sunday, September 20, 2015

Apple Season

Its apple time again in the mountains.  As our tradition dictates, we went to Grandad's Apples in Hendersonville.  It was even better this year with a few new additions for the kids.  We bought apple slushies, apple donuts, apple fritters oh and of course apples.

The enormous bear was a new feature.

The bear works well with the much loved giant gorilla.

They had a new contraption to feed the goats

As always, the kids measured themselves.  

I love looking back at our old photos here.  The kids are growing like crazy

Emma wasn't interested in getting measured

Or taking a picture

The spider web was awesome

We even grabbed some peaches

How to terrify your toddler.....

put her in a cow train....

Let the cow train slowly drive away into a corn field.  Emma cried like a maniac.  

Meanwhile, the boys played on a giant bouncing pillow.

The cow train arrived back to the station.  When Emma got off she looked at us with a very nasty face and said, "I no like that"!!

We met my friend, Emily and her family at the farm.  Emily's daughter is the same age as Emma.  They had a blast playing together.

Emma and Hayden

We have this same photo from the last three years.

Spartan Race

Last month, Josh and I ran a Spartan Race.  I've been wanting to do one for a long time and lucky for us, Black Mountain hosted one.  We were able to drive 5 mins from our house and join the 8 thousand folks other folks competing.  Josh and I asked our friends, Lindsay and her sister, Jennifer to run with us on our team.  We raced 8.5 miles through farmland and up to the rock quarry.  We competed 29 obstacles such as scaling walls, carrying heavy loads, climbing ropes and splashing through mud pits.  This sounds crazy but it was SO much fun!  We have signed up for another one in April.  

Josh, preparing for the race....

A before photo.  Look how clean we were.

This was one of the last obstacles in the race.

Just crawling under barbed big deal.

Lindsay looks much tougher.

You had to fill a five gallon bucket with gravel and carry it.

Here I come....

One of the climbing walls complete with mud pit

Jennifer and Lindsay with buckets

More mud....

To compete the race, you had to jump over a fire pit


We can't wait for the next race.

Friday, August 28, 2015

First Day of Preschool

I can't believe we are back at Montreat Morning School.  After two years of being away, the Scalas are gracing the halls again.  Emma started in the 2 year old room.  She was so excited to start school.  The boys have been back for a week and she didn't understand why she wasn't going.  Em likes to do everything Grady and Myles do.  She tries her hardest to keep up.  Watch out MMS, Emma Scala is in the house!!

Did she cry when I dropped her off?  No way!  She took control of that classroom.  Well, she did tell her teacher "no" when asked to do something.  Ooops, we will work on that.  I was not surprised in the least.  She's a firecracker.

This little girl is a force to be reckoned with.  I have no doubt in my mind that she will "go places" in life. 

Summer Fades

As much as the boys wish it wouldn't, summer fades away.  We enjoyed our last few days before school started.  Out on the water, time with friends, sleeping in and just being lazy occupied our days.  While they were dreading the start of the school year, I was secretly cheering.  All four of us together, in 440 square feet was almost more that I could take.  Yeah for school!!

Our great friends, Kelly and Steven, moved to Oregon.  We were able to spend a day at the lake with them before they headed west.  

Good times with the Wardwells

Not sure what I was talking about

or what he was talking about....

The boys went back to school before Emma started.  We had fun with some babies

And reading in a "nest"

Kirsten and I took the kids hiking at Chimney Rock.

Can you find Grady?

I just love this photo.  Do you think she was hungry for pizza?