Thursday, November 16, 2017


FOOD - an odd title for a blog post, right???  Well, in our house this seems to be the current theme....

Emma has recently become obsessed with cooking shows - specifically Pioneer Woman.  And I won't complain one bit, because I love that show, and anything is better than Vampirina....can I get an Amen??!!  She recently started making "masterpieces" "herb derbs" creations....whatever you want to call them.  It's mostly animal crackers, and graham crackers, and pirates booty covered with peanut butter or Nutella.  Oh...and apples and bananas too.  She makes plates and plates of them, then sits outside in the freezing cold to sell them:)  We haven't had any takers....but feel free to stop in if you're in south Durham and hungry!

And this one....a chow hound...eating us out of house and home!  

I guess this is a good thing with the Holidays coming up....Emma has already declared that she is cooking Thanksgiving...and I'm sure Merritt is already planning her total domination of some turkey and stuffing:)

Friday, November 10, 2017


It is finally fall here and while the weather is flip flopping between warm and cold, I am really enjoying the leaves!  I love fall - it's always been my favorite time of year.  I love the crispness, the grey days that make the leaves pop.  I surely could survive in another part of the US where they get much BIGGER seasons:)

I chaperoned Emma's class to the pumpkin patch and we had a great time!

I couldn't resist adding this picture of Emma and I:)

With fall comes the need for hot drinks....Emma orders her first hot cocoa:)

We went to Fitch Lumber for a Halloween celebration and had a great time!  We will be going again for Christmas!

Emma wouldn't smile for the school parade...but she looked cute anyway!

This past Sunday, we went to Raven Rock State Park for a memory walk for a dear friend's father.  It was a really good time, and I was glad to be there for the family.  If you haven't been, it's beautiful....and the drive there wasn't too bad this time of year either.

Merritt celebrated her 11 month birthday!  I can't believe she is almost ONE!

This site will never get, I love these guys.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Halloween 2017

Truthfully, Halloween isn't my favorite.  I like decorating, but the costumes and candy and stress of Halloween night are not my thing.  Either way, I rallied and we had a great time.  This was the first year Emma got really into it, and although I had to leave early to put Merritt to bed, I had a great time.  

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

NC State Fair 2017

We left Merritt at home with my parents and took Emma to the was a great and special day with her!

We started with the ferris wheel because Emma really wanted to do it, and the line was really short...

I immediately regretted this decision because I am afraid of heights.  Yes, I am a grown woman and afraid of heights.

I was fine once we started going, but the loading and dangling there was torture.  I definitely had some panic moments and shortness of breath.  Sorry to all those around me who had to witness this.

Emma wanted to play all the games and rack up on the cheap toys.  Better than riding rides....

She milked her first cow!

The Village of Yesteryear is my favorite part - I love the bluegrass, the ice cream made by the John Deere tractors, and the new NC wine and beer section (which we sadly couldn't go into with kids - BOO)

We had a GREAT time there and I was really glad to give Emma this memory and ALL our time.  I know it has been hard to learn how to share with a new sister, so I was very grateful for this time:)