David and I packed up the car last Wednesday and headed to North Carolina. We went to visit my sister and her family, and my mom and her honey. We weren't able to bring the kids, due to scheduling issues, so we brought the dogs instead. :-)
Thursday, my dad and my grandmother (his mom) came to Becky's house. They'd been in Southern NC for my grandmother's sister's funeral, unfortunately. It was nice having them visit though.
Here Grandma watches as Jon, Charlotte, and Evan play with the Marble Run game from Dad.
The dogs had a great time while we were there. Scooter had fun resting when he wasn't keeping everyone in line.
Poor Elmer. He's so tolerant. Almost too tolerant. :-) Becky and I had a little fun with him and his big ole lips.
Then David consoled him.
But then Oscar, my sister's little chihuahua got ahold of him. Once Oscar figured out that Elmer was very gentle, he decided to lick Elmer's nose. Non stop. Poor Elmer wasn't quite sure what to make of the little pip-squeak.
Then Elmer helped out with laundry. This is the pre-treat setting for bibs.
My neice Charlotte (R) and my nephew Evan (L) had fun playing dress up! Evan wants to play just like his big sister!
Saturday evening, Jon stayed home with the kids so Becky, Mom, Mark, David, and I could go to Lexington, NC for BBQ. Lexington is VERY well known for their awesome BBQ. We went to Cook's, a favorite of ours. David and I found it one day when we decided to take a little trip to Lexington. David had seen Cook's on a show on the Food Network, so we decided to try it. It's a little place, and very out of the way. That's when you know the food is going to be good!!
We had a good time. And the food was delicious, as usual!
They'd decorated for Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas, we exchanged presents while we were down there. We usually draw names to help with budget constraints. Becky had my name, and she got me this awesome book. It has so much information in it- everything from gardening to raising livestock to processing animals and making soap, cheese, and wine. I've looked through it once and can't wait to go back and read it! She also made me some great wool mittens to wear while I'm outside. I'll get pictures of those soon!
We drove home yesterday (Sunday) and came home to find a homemade pot pie from David's Mom waiting for us in the refrigerator. Yum! His Dad took care of our animals while we were gone. I'm so lucky to have great in-laws!! It's nice to know your home and animals are so well taken care of while we're gone!
I'll post soon about what I knitted on the trip!