Friday, April 17, 2009

The Biltmore Estate With Some Dear Friends

After 3 years of living in the area, we finally visited the
Biltmore Estate.  It is hard to believe something so 
beautiful and vast is less than 20 minutes away 
from our humble home.
Ruby enjoying a lift from dad to see the estate.

Here she is enjoying her freedom.
Look at my Larrys.

Here are the Dietrich's.  Larry and Tony roomed
together in college. And Tony & Vickie
 attended our wedding
way back in 1996.  We have kept in touch all
these years, but have done a poor job
at visiting one another I suppose.
Kids can hinder traveling and
group get togethers.

A side view of the house near the gardens.

I was trying to get a snap shot of the
gargoyles.  The boys fell in
love with them.

Here is our happy family.

Ethan enjoying the fountains.

My three sons.  

By this point, Ruby is wanting her freedom.
Only candid shots please.

My little girls.

Something about trees and boys.
This estate had a lot of climbing worthy trees.

Look at all the Tulips.
They were gorgeous.
Still not as pretty as the ones on Temple Square
that we got to see back in 2003 at Mary's wedding.
Thank you Mary for the invite.

I love this shot Larry got of Ruby.

Here is Vickie and Tony and their youngest,

Don't mind Xander.  He had to pee really
bad and was holding himself all
over the garden.  Ethan was too, 
but Ruby was shielding him.
I am just thankful they did not
decide to pee in the gardens.

This is so Savannah.  Some how, I am raising a southern belle.
I should have named her Scarlett.
Here is a good shot.  Ruby was picking pretty purple flowers
for me and Larry.  I am sure it is against the rules,
but tell that to a 2 year old.

I love my little Ruby.

Alright, so after a long day at the
Biltmore, we took the kids to the fanciest
McDonald's in the world.
This McDonald's boasts a grand piano, 
a fireplace, tapestries on the wall, and well
dressed employees.


JoJuan said...

I am so jealous. I saw the Biltmore on a PBS show on mansions in America and I've always wanted to go. How much fun!! And so beautiful. Looks like you guys had lots of fun.

D, A, B, Z, and Ak said...

Wow!!! Thanks for posting pics of the Dietrich clan!!! Those kids look so big! I suppose I've seen yours on your blog - they don't see so foreign to me as their kids do! I need to go see them soon. Looks like a fun time!

Brooke said...

All your beautiful pictures has made me invest in a Nikon D60. I've had fun with it so far, but I think I need to talke a class. :)