Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I wanted to make these cookies for the Halloween party but between hiking, decorating, and Evelyn I just didn't have time.  So I made them yesterday morning before I had to leave for work.  Works out well for me and Nate; we don't have to share them with anyone.

Skeleton cookies

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Party

We hosted our third and final psychology Halloween party today.  Even if we stay in Virginia, we won't stay in the farmhouse so it will fall to someone else next year.  But today was fun.  We had a good turnout with good weather and lots of good food.


Zombies (and a cat in the background)

Jam fest - Nate's supervisor, his wife, and youngest son brought their guitars and cajon so they played a couple tunes for everybody.

Evelyn wore her Snow White outfit so Nate was the huntsman

And I was the evil queen.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

7 peaks

We did our 5th today hike.  Trails seem less busy on weekdays compared to weekends.  We saw a few people hiking down as we went up, but at the top we had the view all to ourselves.

Peak #5 - Dragon's Tooth

This is the third time I've hiked Dragon's Tooth.  It is probably my favorite hike in the area.  The "teeth" are Tuscarora quartzite, with the tallest "tooth" about 35 feet tall.

Hiking up the trail

View from about halfway up

Ashley and Brandon hiking

Dragon's Tooth

At the top

Enjoying the view

 Evelyn did okay; she slept on the way up and was happy most of the way down.  She got a little tired and fussy toward the end.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

7 peaks

The weather was much nicer this weekend for our 4th hike.  A little cloudy and windy, but otherwise a perfect fall day.  The leaves have started to turn colors too.

Peak #4 - Poor Mountain

This peak's claim to fame is it is home to the world's largest population of rare shrub piratebush.  The trail is a loop where you actually hike down to see the cascade/waterfall and then hike back up to the parking lot.

Hiking down the trail

The cascades

Small creek

Hiking back up the trail

Evelyn stayed awake and happy for the whole trip.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Random pictures

Just a few extra pictures of Evelyn.

We are still running even though it is getting chillier outside.

Pretty much anything can be a toy.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

7 peaks

Hike number three happened today in the rain and fog.  Evelyn missed the whole thing.  She slept all the way up and all the way down.

Peak #3 - Read Mountain

Read Mountain is the newest and largest park in Roanoke County and boasts one the best views of Roanoke.  Unfortunately, as we hiked higher up the mountain it became apparent that we were not going to see much of anything.  We had a great time, but we all agreed that we needed to come back on a sunny day.

Our "view" of Roanoke.

Sound asleep at the top.

Picture of Buzzard Rocks


We took some pictures at the bottom of the hike since the top was not so scenic.  

After the hike, Nate, Evelyn, and I went to Piety.  I had a cherry baby pie and Nate got a turtle one. Very very yummy. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

8 months old

Evelyn turned 8 months old yesterday, but we took our pictures today.  In order to stay still she requires a puzzle piece to chew on.  Evelyn is sleeping better and sleeping straight though the night isn't as uncommon as it used to be.  Sweet potatoes are definitely her favorite food, but she also likes apples, pears, carrots, and rice puffs.  And Penny is still her best friend.

On Monday Evelyn officially graduates from one side of the baby room to the other side! All her teachers say she is much happier on the other side as she has more room to move and new, exciting toys to play with.