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#OptOutside Day After Thanksgiving

Each Friday after Thanksgiving we usually go up North Georgia. If we’re not already up there for the week, we drive up there for the day. We usually attend Blue Ridge’s Tree Lighting event and Santa Parade. We just love it up there. So when I saw on Instagram REI’s challenge to get outdoors instead of shopping, I figured hey we already love being outdoors so we can easily participate in this challenge.

I was super excited to take this drive up north since we’ve had a warm Fall this year I was excited to get to see the leaves still in it’s changing state. I wanted to catch some of it’s glory and was worried I had missed it. And we got to take the new car!

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We actually stopped at the Nacoochee Mound in Helen first. We stop by this every time and when I asked Vu to stop again so I could grab a photo he said that very thing “We stop every time!” Ha ha. It always still makes a great photo. Sometimes when we stop the field is filled with cows so you never know what kind of photo you’ll get!

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And there’s our new family car again–with Jordan’s feet dangling out. He’s a funny kid whenever I want to stop and take photos. He steps out for a minute to get some fresh air and stretch his legs. When I ask him if he wants to come with me he says no. I miss the days when he would follow me everywhere. I’m telling you ladies…suck up every moment when your child holds your hands and wants to go wherever you want. I use to hear moms complain about not getting to go to the bathroom by themselves. I mean, yeah do use the bathroom in private, you don’t have to take your kids. But the day will come when your kid wants to be independent and then the things you do no longer becomes interesting to them. I have to ask Jordan all the time if I can spend some time with him. Yup…that’s how it is now.

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And here’s Hardman Farm Historic SiteWe didn’t stop and visit but passing by made for a great photo. Since our agenda was visiting Brasstown Bald first and foremost we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to spend up at the overlook. I’m hoping the next time we can stop by stay a little while at this farm.

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In one of the photos above you can see further out the smoke from the North Carolina mountains. It’s so sad that this is still going on. I’ve seen some amazing photos from Instagram despite the tragedy of the forest so as I snapped my photo I thought over that. How in our mess, in unfortunate circumstances, we can still see beauty. One of the practical things we are learning in family counseling…and in life in general is finding the joy in everything–in our disagreements, in connecting, in being present.

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Okay guys…it’s story time. So the night before Thanksgiving I had a dream that we were being chased by 2 black bears! When I told Vu that dream he said there’s a possibility since we are going to North Georgia Friday. It was quite humorous. Then we get to Brasstown Bald and I didn’t realize they had a small museum at the top. And behold…two black bears! Jordan wasn’t too thrilled with the overlook, claiming he didn’t like height but he was definitely into the museum. And he shouted in excitement seeing these bears and quickly let me know that the black bears were there.

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Another highlight for Jordan was getting a piggy back ride from Vu. He always talks about wanting to ride Vu’s back and brings up when he use to when he was little. Well Jordan…you’re a big kid now and Daddy can’t always give you a piggy back ride. Plus, we don’t want to wear out his right knee. We wouldn’t want to go through that period of knee surgery again. The 5 minutes that Jordan did get totally made his day.

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The view getting up to Brasstown Bald’s tower. I love it! How nice would it be getting to drive to this kind of view daily? I guess our car wouldn’t appreciate it but man is it gorgeous. We finished up our trip making random stops along windy road and found ourselves a secluded road returning through Helen. Georgia has some amazing scenic roads y’all. I so enjoyed our day and hope you guys had a fantastic Thanksgiving and day after as well!

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