Charlotte had the entire week off of school for Thanksgiving and she and Toby enjoyed catching up on some sibling time and lounging in their jammies. It made my heart super happy.
They also taught Jakey how to stay safe by walking on the furniture when the carpet turns into lava.
We ate a simplified Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday. Toby is the turkey leg man.
I made turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, and cranberry sauce shaped like a can (my personal favorite.) It wasn't fancy but it worked.
The reason we ate on Tuesday was so that we could go to Helen, GA on Thursday. We took our leftovers and headed to this little cabin in the Georgia mountains.
Charlotte brought along a notebook and pencil and discovered she loves drawing from nature.
Yup, Rob is THAT dad. Saw some rocks in the middle of the Chattahoochee River and took Charlotte and Toby out there to explore.
We hiked up to the Anna Ruby Falls.
They were very pretty and it was a totally do-able hike for the littles.
Monkeys in a tree.
This is what downtown Helen looks like. I was excited to explore this Appalachian Alpine village, but it turns out it is basically a tourist trap. Ah well. We still ate German food (not great,) played at the playground, bought fudge, played mini-golf, and bought German salad dressing mix (Woo-hoo! Rob and I were just talking about how we were missing that.) So it was a fun family weekend.
On our last day in Helen we drove up to the Appalachian Trail in the Chattahoochee National Forest to do a little more hiking. We went straight uphill for nearly a mile and then decided to stop while the kids were still having fun. We really want them to LOVE hiking, which means we have to take hikes that are short enough to be fun for them right now and not go until they get cranky. That's our theory anyway.
On the way down we saw this in a tree over the trail we had just come up and which we now had to hike down. It's a black bear. It's not a large black bear, but that made me more nervous because maybe mama was around and wouldn't like us very much. At any rate, we explained to the kiddos about respect for nature and quickly and quietly returned to the car. It was kinda a great ending to our week of giving thanks for family, nature, home, and love. Happy Thanksgiving!