Sunday, December 30, 2007

Biltmore and the Bandaid Paw!

We have been excited to be on vacation in Asheville, NC. We were able to do the candlelight tour of the Biltmore Estate on Friday night - WOW is all I can say! That is a BIG BIG house! 250 rooms and 43 bathrooms ... but Jonathan and I decided that most of them were for the servents. We loved the indoor pool ... and all of the pantries! Think about how much food storage you could have! The house was beautiful --but I told Jonathan - that's what our mansion in heaven will be like ... except BIGGER and BETTER and hopefully not so many tourist!

These are a few pictures that we took at the Biltmore ... you will notice Benjamin's "BANDAID" ... well it's a BIG bandaid! Saturday morning after Jonathan ironed his clothes - he set the iron on the table at the hotel - and Benjamin went over to iron - needless to say- we couldn't get to him before his left hand was grasping the front of the iron. We rushed into the bathroom ... with Jonathan's pants around his ankles ... that was probably the only thing fun about the whole experience. Benjamin cried for more than 2 hours - he has one BIG blister - and lots of burns on his hand. I tried everything - as Jonathan went to get gauze and antibiotic cream -- we finally just had to put him in his carseat and he FINALLY fell asleep! When he woke up -- he was "BETTER" ... except for his hand - but he hasn't cried since! He had done pretty well with keeping his bandaid on and didn't cry when we had to wash his hand today.

We did get to do more touring yesterday at the Biltmore - which may have kept Benjamin's mind off of his hand. As you will see he LOVED the animals and walking to the bass pond. A really neat place to visit if you get a chance to go to North Carolina.

We LOVE the mountains! I'm planning to post Christmas pictures ... probably with New Year's! We did have a great Christmas - just haven't gotten my Christmas pictures edited :)

Polar Express!

Thursday - December 27th - we rode the Polar Express in Cherokee, NC to take Santa back to the North Pole. Benjamin LOVED it and would've hung his head out the window the WHOLE time if he could! He loved that he could see the engine and the stars, and Christmas lights!
He didn't mind Santa too much - but Santa also did not try and hold him!
Santa signed his Polar Express book, he got a jingle bell - and the best part - he got a Chocolate-Marshmellow Santa and hot chocolate! We had a BLAST!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Only at Grammy and Grampy's!

This is what you do at Grammy and Grampy's! Play in the mud with a really fun Uncle -- Albert! Benjamin had a BLAST -- Albert even tried to get him to pick the mud up, but Benjamin just wanted to "wash, wash." He even washed Albert's shorts - which took all afternoon to dry! We had a GREAT time seeing all the Aunts, Uncles, counsins - and especially Nana, Jared, Albert, and Grammy and Grampy!
Benjamin REALLY enjoyed getting to drive the "galf cart", saying "bock, bock" to the chickens and playing until he was exhausted! Nana gave him a track and some trucks and a tractor to bring home - the little track has been in our living room since we came home. I did get him to stack it up tonight - but I'm sure he'll have me re-build it tomorrow!
Can't wait until our next trip to Florida!!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!

Well we went to buy our Christmas Tree last Saturday (a week ago) - and Benjamin LOVED running around and looking at the "twees". He finally was so tired and just stopped and sat under the tree that we were trying to decide on - and we thought that that should probably be the ONE.
Benjamin REALLY enjoyed decorating the tree - and continues to help decorate it. His favorite is to pull up a chair and decorate it. He loves to help daddy give it a drink - and even makes a smacking sound, as if the tree is really drinking. Everyone is amazed that he doesn't try and open the gifts - we think it's because he probably just thinks that they are decorations too, and doesn't realize that there is something inside.

At the end of buying out tree - Benjamin HAD to go and stand by the big snowman. He loves any kind of Christmas decorations or lights - but don't get him near anything that looks like a real Santa, even if it is the Santa Cow at Chick-fil-A!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Whistle Stop Cafe...

So if you've ever seen the movie: "Fried Green Tomatoes" ... Well my Mom, Grandma, Benjamin and I went to the Whistle Stop Cafe on Friday for lunch!
The highlight for us was seeing Benjamin scarfle down the fried green tomatoes and turnips ... of all things. He did enjoy the "corn pudding" as well -- I didn't order it because I thought it was going to be like vanilla pudding with corn in it (so did my Grandma) -- but my mom knew that it was just "creamed corn"!
Benjamin LOVED watching the two trains that both came by within 1 hour -- and boy did they go by fast! What a fun place to visit! It definitely STILL kind of feels like it's set back in the

Sunday, December 2, 2007


Well Chris, Elizabeth and Kinsley Forscutt (Jonathan's sister & family) came to visit as Chris interviewed at MCG's dental school. Benjamin loved playing with Kinsley -- and she LOVED playing in his room! She would've even played in there during his nap if we would've let her! It was so fun to have them together. Kinsley will be 1 on Tuesday! So Benjamin shared his "cupcake" with her!

Benjamin helped me put out the reindeer while Kinsley was taking her nap - so they were both in AWE when it got dark outside and the reindeer were lit up! I wish I could've captured their expressions -- the TRUE happiness that Christmas brings!