Monday, December 19, 2011

Over the River and Through the Woods to Dad's House We Go!

This weekend we headed out to see my Dad for Christmas.  It was LITERALLY an over-the-river-and-through-the-woods event, as Dad lives in the mountains near Luray Caverns.  He built a house tucked in off the road...


... and when I say "he built", I really mean HE built it.  He's always been handy but this was truly his big creation.

When we got there, we heard low music behind the house.  Surely they weren't outside in 31 degree weather?  Why the radio?  To keep the bears away.  No.  Seriously.  He once had to shoo off a bear that got too close to the house.  Off to investigate, you find the gazebo (also built by Dad) ....


... guarded by a gargoyle.  Are bears afraid of gargolyes?


The first thing we saw once inside the house was the ornately decorated tree, which made Zack literally stand still with his jaw open.  Lots of bling and red and gold!  And then we got right down to the presents, which is always the most fun when you have a kidlet.



When Zack opened his Star Wars "Slave 1", he went into conniptions.



And then, of course, Zack had to explain ALLLLL about Star Wars to Dad.



Zack decided he wanted a ride around the woods in Dad's golf cart, so they braved the bracing weather for a short while and fortunately didn't see any bears.


Then we visited some of the House Guardians.



The trip was shorter than we would have liked but Gloria broke her hip a couple weeks ago and I can't even imagine what it's like recovering from that sort of thing.  I get exhausted just thinking about it.

Now we wait for Zack's brothers, Ryan and Colin, to come home, and Zack's paternal grandparents from Pennsylvania.  So much going on!  

And have I dusted the house yet?

Um, that would be a no.  

Maybe I can convince the house elves to do it for me.



Quote of the Day: "Snow (and Cats)"


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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

40 comments:

  1. what an enchanted place! I half expected the roof to be made out of cotton candy :-D

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  2. oh wowowowowo! love your dads house.

    Too bad you didn't get a pic of a bear :o)

    Merry Christmas!

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  3. What a beautiful house your father built, great. And what a wonderful nature...

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  4. Just remember what I learned from Beth Stone -- a house is not a home unless you can write I Love You in the dust. Enjoy all the fun that this season brings, and forget about the chores!

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  5. Okay, WOW! Your dad's house is gorgeous!!!!

    ...And I want a ride on his golf cart, too...

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  6. This whole seems like a fairy tail!!!! So great!

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  7. Oh, how I love central Virginia! As close as I live, I seem to never get the chance to visit as often as I would like to! Your pictures make me want to go....now! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. LOVE that cabin! It's so whimsical, lol.

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  9. Your Dad's home is WONDERFUL! Looks like a great weekend was had!

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  10. Your Dad's home is gorgeous - I can see where you get your creative talent from.

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  11. Oh your dads house is just enchanting - love it!

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  12. I'd love to live in a place like that!! And who wouldn't be excited over Star Wars legos?

    Dusting is highly over rated. Have a Merry Christmas!!

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  13. Awe Lori! Love this! So wonderful to see grandparents with grandchildren! So dear to my heart!
    I wish my parents were still here and I hope the LORD blesses me to have grandchildren! Can't wait! Your father's home is fantastic - looks like a homey - comfortable place to visit!
    I hope you have a blessed week!
    Kathy

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  14. What a wonderful place! I would find it difficult to leave. Too bad your stay there was a bit short.

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  15. What a lovely cottage. I'm so impressed that your father built it.

    Love the gargoyle. I used to have one like it, but it eventually crumbled into pieces.

    Sounds like a good visit!

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  16. I love your dad's place!!! I could live there. hheee hee heee.
    Glad you all having so much fun.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  17. Fun:) And one of my favorite quotes is "dust is a protective cover for furniture".

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  18. Wow, your dad's place looks simply magical!!! I love the area out near Luray (have you been out to "Dinosaur Land" out there?). I worked as a planner on a wedding in Luray two years ago and there were bears roaming the area around the rehearsal dinner - it was all anyone talked about that night!!!

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  19. Looks like you had a wonderful time! Your dad's house is really amazing too-love the gazebo area! Very enchanting.

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  20. I love the Luray area...we spent most of our summers on weekend trips throughout that area. Beautiful cabin *sigh* maybe one day?

    We have bears here too...and coyotes, mt. lions, bob cats...and we're 2 hours from the mountains!

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  21. Well, I can certainly see where your artistic eye has come from. How fun his home looks.

    SO glad to see you out enjoying your family! Merry Christmas ~~T

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  22. Oh Lori the home your dad built is absolutely charming. What a wonderful place to spend the holidays.

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  23. What an absolutely beautiful house!

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  24. Precious and few. Love the photo with Zack hugging grandpa.

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  25. Wow ! Great house !
    Try sprinkling some finely ground glitter over the dust...people will think its all part of your festive decor! LOL!!!
    There are far more important things to do during the holidays than dust!!!! Especially when Zack seems to be growing up way too fast!!!
    m.e. :)

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  26. Lori, Your Dad's place is a beautiful and enchanting place. I have visited that part of the country and it is so very pretty up there.
    Merry Christmas,
    Therese

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  27. Your dad's house looks so neat! My dad built his house, too, but he's not much for decor.

    Oh! And just wanted you to know I received the beads from the giveaway. They are so beautiful!! Thank you so very much. It was like getting an awesome Christmas present. :D

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  28. This looks like the perfect place to visit at this time of year! I lived in the woods and loved hiking and riding an ATV around! Your photos bring back good memories! ♥♥♥

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  29. What a lovely place! So charming!

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  30. Oh Lori what a lovely post. I love Christmas for the children. Your fathers home is sooo lovely and in such a lovely place. I can see where your Creativity comes from. Zack was sooo cute Don't you just love little wide-eyed and-courious boys.
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  31. House elves! Everyone should have them!

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  32. Wow Lori - you made me cry! It's ok, it's good for me :P My grandpa Bill built the house that they lived in until shortly after he died... and the gargoyle and other out door decorations made me choke up too... Healing though :) So thank you!

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  33. I do like that house! Sounds like you had an enjoyable visit.

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  34. Lego heaven! I loved your earlier post about Zack and your dad bonding so it is really cool to see them together again. Cool house, too. Enjoy your holidays!

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  35. Lori, your Dads home is fabulous - so welcoming, whimsical & warm.
    Merry Christmas!

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  36. Wow, what a wonderful home! Thanks for sharing those wonderful family moments with us. Merry Christmas!

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  37. What a great place your dad has. As for dusting? Forgetaboutit! Clean a bathroom and pick up clutter. Done! Have a happy Christmas and a joyous New Year. And Zack did an awesome job on the tree decorations.

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  38. What a great home! Of course I am going to be partial to any home with gargoyles and guardians.

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  39. What a wonderful day for all of you! I love the frog picture... Happy Holidays!

    Cari

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  40. So lovely~ thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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