Mark loves Christmas and we had talked about visiting the Biltmore Estate the next time we went to North Carolina to see our daughter, Allison, and her family. The Biltmore House is the largest home in the US and resembles a French Chateau. Allison told us that beginning in November, the Biltmore House was decorated for Christmas, so the first leg of our trip was to fly to Charlotte and drive with the her family to Asheville.
We arrived with just enough time to wander around the gardens.
Dave, Allison, Mark
Emaline, Annabelle, Patrick
Emaline has just started playing the flute and identified with this statue.
There was a beautiful sunset that we enjoyed as the lights came on.
That evening we had tickets for the Candlelight Tour. There were a total of 64 Christmas trees throughout the house as well as other decorations and various performers.
There was no flash photography inside and it was a bit dim, but I did my best to capture some of the beautiful settings.
One of the performers playing a dulcimer.
One of the bedrooms.
The basement hallway (above) that took you to the bowling alley (below), indoor swimming pool, the kitchens and servants' quarters. It is believed that this is the first bowling alley in a house. Servants would set up the pins after each set.
The indoor swimming pool.
We visited the little village area. In the background is the Inn where we stayed.
The farm area had some artisans who were working in their shops... glassblower, woodworker, etc.
Emaline, Patrick and Dave
This rooster was pretty crazy looking.
We stopped and had some ice cream.
It was a great outing and we returned to Charlotte and spent the next several days enjoying our grandchildren, Allison, and her husband, Dave.
I decided that I needed some photos of each of the kids with their grandfather... unfortunately it was a rainy day, so we had to shoot some pictures inside with a flash. Not my favorite, but better than nothing.
Emaline, Wanda, Annabelle, Mark, Patrick
We flew from Charlotte to Salt Lake City, stayed with Rebecca and her family, saw a BYU game, had dinner with David and his girlfriend, Kelsey, and after a few days flew to Denver for Thanksgiving week. Rebecca, Austin, and little Finn drove from SLC to Denver to join us for Thanksgiving at Sarah's house.
Sarah's kids doted on their little cousin, Finn. Gemma shepherded him around, helping him go down the slide, reading books to him, making sure he was safe. Donovan loved helping him play cars or climbing up and down the stairs.
Gemma & Finn
Donovan & Finn
Rebecca & Finn
I just love Finn's curly hair and expressive face.
Finn & Austin
"How big is Finn? SO big!"