Sunday, November 3, 2013


We drove down to my MIL Allison's house for her church's Trunk-or-Treat this past weekend. The girls went happily, as did the boys once they were told that there would be a trip to The Haunted Forest after the church function. Unfortunately by the time we got to the forest the wait was about 2 hours long and it was already almost 10 pm and we had a 1.5 hour drive home that night. Oops. Next time!

So the girls were all dressed up and happy. This time Abigail was The Black Swan with a twist. The twist was the striped leggings, but people didn't get that. Haley was a baker.

There were games and face painting. Abigail got a spider web painted on and changed her costume to a Spider Queen.

 Haley had a small cupcake painted on to match her costume.

Then she won a cake walk and ate a small cupcake that matched her costume.

There was a set up for pictures and the boys indulged me and had a picture taken in their "lumberjack" costumes. At least they tried.

Lewis' mom was in charge of the event so once the Trunk-or-Treating started he decided to play a little prank on her. Lewis and Jason ran to the store and bought a can of whip cream and pied his mom! It was so funny! I just happen to have the camera there when it happened so we got a couple of fun pictures!!

This is the best picture of the night!

We were all disappointed about the Haunted Forest but I think most of us had a good time anyway. (Jason was very glad that the forest was canceled, he really did not want to go!!)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Green Tunnel

Lewis and I went on a hike at the beginning of October. We drove the 5 minutes to the Virginia/West Virginia border and hiked on the Appalachian Trail for a little over 4 miles. It is a section called The Green Tunnel. During the summer we had taken the girls there for a short hike going on an easier path and it was green, green, green. I wanted to go for a longer/harder hike while they were gone to school.

The location is gorgeous  About half of the trees have changed and about half of those have lost their leaves. It was a dry week so the ground was only wet at the bottom of the hill.

The first half of the hike was up. It is hard to tell in these pictures but we were hiking up.

This one was taken on the way down. I turned around and took a picture. Going down was actually harder than going up. With all of the rocks and leaves you couldn't really tell where your foot was going to fall.

It was one of my favorite mornings since we moved here. The hike was quiet and wonderful.

Only two things bugged me on the hike.
1. I was watching for snakes the whole way up the hill. I never saw any but that is something that they warn you about.
2. Mountain men! The place that we were hiking have hill people that live in tents and old cabins and trailers. I did not want to run into them.

Obviously neither was a real worry because we didn't run into them. It was a beautiful hike that I would do over and over. I have been told that it is a better hike in the winter because the leaves wash away to make the walking easier and it is still gorgeous.