Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Little German Town

It's the charm of Bavaria, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

That little statement couldn't be more true.
Helen is a charming little town with German touches everywhere you go.
We love visiting this town - in fact, we stayed there the night we got married and explored the town the next day as a newly married couple, complete with lunch on the river. Even before Cody and I tied the knot, Helen was one of those places we often ventured to as a little getaway. Its a fun walk and hitting the touristy shops always makes for a good time. Plus, the river is beautiful and fun to tube down in the summer. 

But really, our favorite part about Helen isn't necessarily downtown, but up a nearby mountain, along the river where Cody and I have made a lot of memories. We used to ride his jeep up the mountain when we first started dating, hanging out by the river. We took a picnic to the top and announced our pregnancy via social media on our one year anniversary. And although our little announcement is now almost two years old, and a ball of energy who loves to be outside as much as possible, we still hadn't taken her to this fun little town that Cody and I are pretty fond of.

So on Fall Break, we decided to hit the road for a day in Helen with our Harper girl in tow.
We made sure to eat at the same restaurant we ate at the day after we got married, and scored a table right by the river for Harper to enjoy. We let her walk the gardens and sidewalks. She especially loved the chocolate stores, and got to try some pumpkin fudge. Since it was pretty warm for a fall day, she got to enjoy an ice cream cone for only the second time ever. And this time, didn't try to eat it from the bottom up. And to top it off, we headed up the mountain, parked by the river, and let her have a little fun before heading home. She's a daddy's girl through and through, and for every rock her dad skipped down the river, Harper had to do the exact same - except hers were more of a plop than a skip. :)

We had a wonderful afternoon just the three of us and totally soaked in every moment.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Jaemor Farms

One of our annual fall traditions is going to Jaemor Farms in Alto. Cody and I started this tradition back when we were dating, and have carried it on just about every year. In the fall, they have a pick your own pumpkin patch, plenty of already picked pumpkins, corn maze, several games and activities for kids, and a farmer's market right on top of the hill. We've always loved going, but it seems even more fun with our little munchkin in tow.

This year, Cody's parents joined us for the fun. We were really excited that Harper was older and could have done more of the activities, but girlfriend didn't nap well, and was just on her own agenda that day. She did walk into the petting zoo, and checked out the goats and cows. But skipped out on the train ride. She did however, wave at the hay ride people every. single. time. they went by and every. single. time. the whole ride full of people waved back. I would say she was probably the highlight of their tour. :) 

She did tear up the pumpkin patch - keeping us on our toes trying to keep up with her. Needless to say, we got our exercise in that day!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Washington Farms

Our newest fall tradition includes a trip to Washington Farms to get a pumpkin or two before Halloween. It's the closest patch to us, and really - even if it wasn't, we would go anyway because we love it so much. 

Last year was our first time going with Harper, so we made it a priority again this year. Since last fall she was just a tiny little tot, she didn't really get the whole concept of pumpkin patching. But I was hopeful that this year she would be all about pumpkins and picking one out. That is - if she took a nap that day. 

But in true toddler form, the day you have something fun planned, all naps are strongly prohibited. And because Harper was a 'No Nap Ninja' - Harper wasn't all about that pumpkin life. She more so about that - "I do what I want when I want" life and "I don't need no stinkin' pumpkin" life. :)

She loved wandering around though, especially down the isles of the blackberry vines they have ready for summer. She liked the sunflowers too, which were beautiful again this year. 
But you know what she was all about - riding in the wheelbarrow.
Which made for some pretty good laughs and fun. 

Until next Spring, Washington Farms.
We're already counting down until strawberry season. :)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fall Break

I vote that everybody should get a Fall Break.
What do we say?

This has been my second year with a Fall Break since switching counties last year, and I have to say - it always comes at the perfect time. I SO needed a mental break from work and the everyday hustle and bustle of our norm. And more importantly, I needed some time with my blue-eyed babes. Yep, both of them. Cody planned his vacations this year to have that week off also, so we were able to knock out a few things around the house, start on a big house project, and head to the mountains for a getaway with Harps. 

Here's how it went down.

Fall Festival

We had a Fall Festival the first Friday evening of break at my school that I had to attend to for a little while, but for the rest of the time, I got to experience it with Harper. Both her grammies came - Mimi & Gigi - which was fun. She loved watching the animals in the petting zoo - of course -  time with her school bestie, Hayden, and sucked Mimi into some shaved iced.

Pumpkin Patch

I squeezed in a little bit of solo shopping, which was nice. And then we hit up one of our favorite pumpkin patches around with my family. Harper decided she wasn't all about that napping life, so by the time we ended up at the pumpkin patch, she had very strong opinions about what she wanted and didn't want to do. But hey, she looked cute, so I'll take it.

Big Girl Room

We decided to start transitioning one of our guest bedrooms into a big girl room for Harper as a birthday present. Lord knows this child has enough toys, and really - I feel like she needs a space that she can enjoy, play in, and grow with her. The thought of a second baby isn't on our radar right now, but I'd rather slowly be able to transition her into sleeping in a big girl bed and be okay if we have setbacks, rather than feeling like we're on a time frame whenever we do decide that having a second child is on our radar.

Cody and I cleaned out the room completely, painted, and set up her tepee in there over the break, bought the cutest rug ever, and let me tell you - the girl is obsessed with going in that room already.

Iced Coffee & Muffins

Ok, so confession. I don't like coffee.
Well, I thought I didn't. I even tried several times to like coffee, but couldn't make myself like it.
Until I had a craving for it over fall break. I tried to avoid it, but Cody brought me home an iced coffee one morning, and I was hooked. Hooked to the point where I had one every day. Along with an Ingles muffin, and I swear - I probably gained five pounds off of iced coffee and giant muffins.


We spent a day together as a family, and headed to the mountains for a little day trip. We had been to Helen in awhile, or at least walked around the cute little town since we got married a few years ago. We had lunch by the river, walked in and out of shops, and promised Harper an ice cream cone which she devoured. She even ate it from top to bottom, which is pretty good considering that's not how it went down the first time she had one. :)

Cody and I have a special spot we always go to up there that we've been going to since we started dating, so we decided to take Harper up there too. Harper tried to skip rocks like her daddy, but it was really just a lot of rocks plopping into the river. We ended the night with dinner at our favorite sushi place in Dahlonega too.