Well, Ema's visit came and was over way too fast. We had so much fun and enjoyed having her with us!
She flew in on Wednesday, October 20th, and she and my dad arrived at the house around 2. There were hugs all around and we settled in and visited.
Talked about some family history that night. Learned that some of my family may have come from Texas, but mostly Alabama and Georgia. Southerners as far back as I know. ; ) As I said on my blog, Ema mentioned one of her aunts was called 'Sunny'. Her real name was Sybil, but she was always known as Sunny. When I get the extra time, I plan on looking up the names Ema gave me on one of the Genealogical research sites and see what else I can find out.
Thursday, we went up on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the Craggy Pinnacle lookout.
We couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous day. Maybe a less windy day, but nonetheless...
Here are some pictures from our hike...
We stop for a picture on the way up.
This is quite a picture to show the flat-landers!
Hold on to your hats...and doggies...and babies...
The Pinnacle wasn't *that* high...just so high
Gorgeous layers of mountains
Once we got home from our hike, we were all ready for some relaxation...and pizza.
Friday, the plan had been to take Ema to see some of Downtown, but she asked if she could help my dad finish cleaning up Jed's garden. We all thought that a wonderful idea and made that the focus of the day.
What a special thing for Ema to do!
Natalie, of course, enjoyed being outside!
Nathan even got involved, hauling away the trimmings.
"What do you want done here?"
Back-breaking work, but oh so rewarding!
She looks like a little gardener with her hat and crocs on!
Leaning on Jed's rock for support
"Take picture my hand!"
They had a line going...Daddy threw weeds to Ema, Ema gave them to Natalie, Natalie loaded them in the wheelbarrow and Nathan hauled them to the compost pile.
Headed in after a full afternoon of gardening. Time to get ready to go for dinner at Piazza's!
A couple times during her visit, we walked our road to enjoy the beautiful colors of Fall, which were at their peak!
Love this picture of Ema on our front porch!
The rest will have to be continued on the next post!