Catching up...again

I can't believe today is November 1st.  The weeks and months are just flying by these days.  Every time I look up I am changing the calendar.
I want to slow down and enjoy each season...but how can I when they are just speeding past??

This was one of the first games this year.  We actually ended up with EVERY single sibling (and sweet spouses/girlfriends) in attendance!
This momma's heart was certainly happy.

Jake actually put off his shoulder surgery for a few days so that he wouldn't have to miss Homecoming.  He had a super, sweet and beautiful date!

Love these boys and their bowties

It was a rainy afternoon...but stopped for short periods while we were able to snap a few pictures.

We had the after party at house...but I didn't get any pictures.
Teenagers are too excited about mom running around getting pictures.

October 18-21 Mark and I were able to get away for a few days to the mountains.  We have been able to do this for the last couple of years and it is so much fun.  It's about a 5 hour drive from our house and is usually peak leaf season in the mountains.  The best part is getting to have Mark to myself for 3 whole days!  We are in no rush...we stop if we see something interesting and we do lots of talking.  We talk about the year that is coming to a close and things that we wish for in the next year.  

We drove along part of the Blue Ridge Parkway and were amazed at the beautiful views.

One night we always go up to a spot called "sunset Rock" to...well, what the sunset!!

I told him not to smile too big...
so this is what i got!  We got there about an hour before sunset which gave me some time to try and get a couple of pictures.  More people show up closer to dark.

This year there was a group of about 5 couples who showed up to see the sunset.  They had obviously already been enjoying some wine (a lot of wine).  They were loud and quite funny.   Before long, we realized why they wasn't just the sunset.  They came to spread their sister's ashes on the mountain.   The whole situation was quite strange.  They weren't solemn or quiet...they said they just had a little bit left and thought this was a great spot.

I just had to spot a picture over my shoulder to remember them by.


  1. Happy November, dana! Loved the family photos...everyone looks great in their fancy clothes and you and your husband look so good together.

  2. Loved this! Beautiful pictures! Sounds like you and your hubby had an interesting time, too! Funny! co


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