Monday, July 20, 2015

life is better in the mountains

life has been kinda crazy in our family these last few years with college schedules, new babies, and aging grandparents. so my family hasn't gone on a family vacation with the entire family since before i went to college. (did i say the word family enough in that sentence?) this year life has finally settled down so we were able to do a family vacation again! 

my parents got a cabin at Lake Lure, NC which is a lake settled into the mountains and is really gorgeous. you may have heard of Lake Lure before - a good portion of Dirty Dancing was filmed there (before a fire burned the camp down). i've never seen the movie (it's not really my type), but it was neat to see where a movie was filmed! 

we all took turns making dinner, so it was fun to have lots of different meals. Thomas & i made dinner friday night when we got there. since we were coming straight from work, we went with pepperoni pita pizzas since they are quick & we were pushing on time. plus, we figured it would be a kid friendly meal & everyone loves pepperoni pizza, right? 

i also tried out a new dessert recipe from The Sprouted Kitchen's Bowl + Spoon, the dessert was a banana cocoa ice cream-ish dessert. that is, it would've been ice cream-ish had i not forgotten the milk. instead, it came out like a thick mousse texture. it was really really chocolately, mostly due to the fact that i forgot the milk, but it was pretty good. we dipped Teddy Grahams in it & it reminded me of Dunkaroos! 

on Saturday it rained almost all day so we just hung around the cabin, celebrated father's day, and watched American Sniper per my dad's request. i just got done reading the book so it was cool to see the movie right after! if you like reading, and don't mind reading about war, the book is definitely interesting! also, my brother in law made homemade donuts for the movie & we learned a super easy delicious recipe for them!

Sunday the rain was gone and it was a beautiful day, so we took a family boat tour on Lake Lure. it was neat to see all of the lake houses & just be out on the water. it amazes me how much money some people have, like the couple that built a $9.3 million house for their daughter as a wedding gift! WHAT?! is that even real life?! it just astounds me that someone can have that much money to spend on a gift. 

after the boat ride, we went to play putt putt. apparently 3 year old attention spans do not hold for an entire round of putt putt... but it was still a lot of fun! on Monday we slept in and had a slow morning. that was nice! then we went to Chimney Rock Village to have lunch and walk around. then unfortunately we had to leave after dinner so we could get back for work on Tuesday. but it was a nice long weekend vacation! 

his name is Jonah and he is eating whales! :)

where does your family normally vacation? mountains? beach? lake?


  1. Sounds like an AMAZING weekend!! I love that you all took turns with making dinner (pepperoni pita's and almost dunkaroos sounds DELISH!). My sister and I were just talking about how we need to make the fan take a beach vacation (but I could be convinced of a lake vacay.) :)

  2. What a beautiful place for a family getaway!
    Fun coincidence... the other parts of Dirty Dancing were filmed at a lake in southwestern Virginia and my husband's great-grandmother was an extra, so of course his whole family is DD obsessed. Though I'll agree that it's not one of those movies I'm obsessed with either! I think it could go either way... you could watch it or not watch it and I don't think your life will be any different haha.

  3. Okay, that's the kind of trip my dreams are made of!!!!! I love Lake Lure AND Chimney Rock!!!!! :)

    It looks and sounds like you guys had an AMAZING time!!!! I'm so glad that you all got to get away together and that that first day was a rainy one. I love it when there's at least one good rainy day on vacation because it forces everyone to completely relax and really focus on each other. Tell me more about those donuts!!!

    Also....That cooking "catastrophe" sounds REALLY yummy! I love that you guys had Teddy Grahams for dipping - I'm guessing that's thanks to having Jonah along!?!?!

    Your pictures are GORGOUES, BTW!!!

  4. oh man - looks like y'all had an amazing time! i love chimney rock!

  5. Based on your pictures I'm guessing putt putt is mini golf? I've never heard that term before! I've never seen Dirty Dancing either - but that doesn't mean much. I don't really like watching movies.

  6. it was!!! fun, tiring, but mostly fun :)
    y'all most definitely should... that sounds like a blast!!

  7. yeah it is!!! really? i have heard it called putt-putt my whole life!!! so weird how different areas have nicknames for things!! :)

  8. nope! of course, i'm not a huge movie person anyways :)

  9. it's such a fun little area!!! :)

  10. same here!!! :) maybe you can convince your parents to do a family vacation here some year!! you're right - it's always nice to have a rainy lazy day of rest!! :)
    the donuts are made out of pillsbury biscuits!!! they are light & fluffy - i will post the recipe sometime soon! :)
    yes... the Teddy Grahams are all thanks to Jonah! haha! but we adults like them too!!

  11. ahh really?! that is SO COOL!!! :) what a fun little irony!