August 16, 2012


Remember the time I stopped blogging pretty much all summer? Yeah, that happened. To be honest, I don't feel bad about it. I think it's important to roll with the flow and enjoy the time instead of having to pause every so often to make sure you've snapped enough photos and planned out enough blog posts.

This photo was taken in July when Cory and I were driving cross country. This was our second to last stop on our trip--Asheville, NC. We stayed in Asheville for two nights and had a fabulous time; it quickly became one of our favorite places we went on our trip. Specifically though, these sunflowers were part of a gorgeous sunflower field on the outskirts of the Biltmore Estates property. The very first thing we did when we got into town (we were early for our reservation) was check out the Biltmore. It was a pretty cool experience being able to see the largest house in the United States and see where Mr. Vanderbilt invested his money (into a large art collection). It was also very cool to see the rooms where Edith Wharton would stay when she visited.

Anyway. The point of this post is just to say that I missed blogging and I'm ready to come back. As enjoyable as traveling was this summer, Cory and I experienced many trying times as well. One of our favorite colleagues passed during the first week of summer, Cory's aunt passed the first week of July, and I had a small family emergency. We are extremely fortunate that we were able to balance the negative with so many good, rich experiences this summer.

Knowing that this summer was so full allows me to walk into the school year more focused and excited than before. I'm nervous for all the right reasons and am ready to meet my students.