photos by Jared Smith
We’re finally getting back into the groove of things around here after our trip to West Virginia for Thanksgiving! I rarely get to break away to visit home much, so it basically makes my entire year when I get to see so many people I love in one place. This also marks the second year that Jared has visited my family for Thanksgiving, and since he grew up with Houston weather, this thing called “seasons” that I’m used to is a new thing for him, ha!
Last year he got lucky enough to see snow because a massive cold front came through just in time for our visit, which also left me having to purchase more appropriate winter clothes while I was there (I know, it’s sad that I lived the first twenty years of my life there and couldn’t anticipate that better). Not to mention my Dad got verrrrry excited about showing Jared around for the week and the next thing I know we were hitting every tourist spot and scenic overlook between Charleston and Snowshoe. All I had with me were heeled boots that were NOT made for those 7am-9pm daily extravaganza.
This year I swore I would be prepared (it turns out I was actually over-prepared, doesn’t it always happen that way?!) and it ended up being in the 60’s except for one or two days, so we set out to make sure I got good use of my winter wear and perfect Born comfort boots (super comfy, I wore them the whole week!) while we could. For someone that’s not used to seasons, this means we hunted down the biggest pile of leaves still left to play in. Oh, and I also forced my Mom to make her blog photo debut, too, muahaha! No, but seriously…