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Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Family Fun, Fashion, Trips | 0 comments

Family Trip to North Carolina, Part 2

Hello and happy Thursday to you! I’m coming at ya today with one more recap of our quick weekend getaway to Bear Lake Reserve in North Carolina.

How flippin’ gorgeous are these woods? GAH! I still can’t get over it. Autumn makes my heart sing.



On Sunday morning we woke up, got dressed in our coziest fall clothes and headed out to explore the area around our cabin. We let Atlas & Andi Rose lead the way (and who am I kidding…they always lead the way and I have no real say so in the matter because Hello! I’m OUTNUMBERED). Dave & I followed them through the stunning leaf-covered trails, stopping several times to let them play in the leaves.


Both kids thought is was so hilarious when I showed them how to throw the leaves up in the air. They were cracking up and of course, when kids laugh you can’t help but just laugh with them. My children love stomping on anything from puddles to leaves, so they were in Heaven with so many leaves to stomp on.

Watching my kids run and play together that morning was refreshing for my soul. They had no toys and they were fully entertained by each other and nature. It was just one of those simple moments in life that I wanted to savor.




But then it started to get hot and I was all, “Okay! I’m hot and now I’m over this so let’s go change into summer clothes before I freak the heck out because I’m starting to sweat.” #Reallife

*Rabbit trail: Does anybody else out there get super cranky when they get over-heated? When I’m out with the kids and I start to sweat the party is over (OV-AH). Obviously this isn’t the case if I’m outside in gym clothes prepared to play with them, but if we are out running errands or something & I start to feel unexpected sweat beads on my neck I go into crazy-mom-mode.

Anyways, since the chilly weather didn’t last too long we changed into t-shirts, loaded up the car and headed into Highlands for lunch. We ate outside since we had Ob & Marley with us and it ended up being super breezy so then we all got cold again. Fickle fall weather. After lunch we walked around Highlands for a quick minute, but Andi Rose was not having it and I started to get hot again (I think my body temperature was having a hard time regulating since I was fighting a cold) so we ended up piling back into the car and heading to Dry Falls for one last mini-adventure before driving home.


Dry Falls is such a cool attraction located just 10 minutes away from downtown Highlands. You can actually walk under the waterfall, which our kids thought was beyond cool. We let the kids play under the waterfall for a bit, but then Atlas had a meltdown because we wouldn’t let him ‘slide down the waterfall into the pool.’ I know – we are jerks (insert the eye-rolling emoji here). I tried to explain to him that you don’t ‘slide down waterfalls’ and that it didn’t land in a pool, but in a rapid-like-river. He wasn’t buying it. So, we took that as our queue to leave and made the drive back home (& Atlas fell asleep within 10 minutes of being in the car).

The drive home was even prettier than the drive up (we came home a different way) and if I wouldn’t have been on the verge of death by car-sickness I would have documented it.

And that sums up our weekend in North Carolina! If you want to plan a trip to the mountains on the East Coast, I can’t recommend Highlands/Cashiers/Bear Lake Reserve enough! Our little family loves the area so so much and we are already planning our next trip back. We have plans to hit up the mountains again in December, but this time I think our trip will take us to a different spot to do something extra special for Christmas! 🙂 I love traveling with these cuties…


And if you want outfit details, they are linked below. I’m drawn to neutrals so this sweater caught my eye and it has a criss cross detailing on the front that sealed the deal for me. It comes in a few colors and I want it in another color now. My only complaint is that I wish it was a smidge longer in the front (Spellcheck is telling me ‘smidge’ is not a word – pppsshhh… I am totally overriding that and making it a word right now).


My Sweater (currently on sale for less than $50, but the sale ends tonight)// White Jeans // Similar Scarf  (mine is old and I can’t remember for the life of me where I got it) // Similar Booties (mine are old)

On Andi Rose: Pink Dress is Burberry via E-bay // Coat // Plaid Dress is by Gap, but I can’t find it online so I’m linking a similar one here

On Atlas: Long Sleeve Polo by the Bailey Boys // Scarf  (Um, on Nordi’s website they have this listed as a girl’s snood. I totally picked this out for my son. And I assumed Andi Rose could wear it too…and I also have worn it because it fits me. Dave would die if he knew I put our son in a girl’s snood though. I’m giggling as I type this.)// Similar Plaid Shirt

And now to pack up for our trip to Savannah! 2 more days until race day! We’ve officially entered my favorite part of half marathon training: carb loading. Eating a cupcake as I type this…

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