Friday, July 21, 2017

Five for Friday

It's taken awhile, but it has finally gotten super hot here. My car said it was 102 around noon today meaning it has felt almost too hot to even go to the swimming pool. We've had storms, or threats of storms, most afternoons. Which works out fine as we tend to stay busy in the mornings, come home to eat lunch and take naps and then lay around or play in the neighborhood in the afternoons. A few highlights from the week...

1. Still loving our bikes!

One evening we went for a bike ride after supper, and Duncan rode behind me for the first time! He has really good balance (I guess it's all those physical therapy exercises on the big exercise ball). He also spent most of the ride playing with the back of my shirt which really tickled. Look at this smile!



And speaking of PT, look what this little guy is doing in the locomotion category - up on all fours (with some help) but can hold it all on his own.



2. Planes & trains.

One morning we met some friends at the airplane park. The heat and sun don't seem to phase Caroline at all. Duncan is happy as long as the sun isn't in his eyes.



After the park we headed to the bookstore and made a stop at the train table. I cannot even begin to describe the hard work that has gotten Duncan to the point where he is sitting in the chair, reaching for toys and squealing in protest when Caroline tried to get the train from him. This is the power of prayer and lots and lots of therapy!



3. Pool shenanigans continue...

Caroline likes to be thrown in the air (she says "go high" when she wants to be tossed up) and she loves to jump off the edge into my arms. A running start is her favorite until the life guard fusses at her :-) Life jackets are a must. Duncan loves to kick and splash. And he loves Ollie's water ball.



Caroline is also obsessed with sunscreen (and lotion). She grabbed the bottle - apparently I didn't screw the top on tight enough - and ended up looking like she'd applied war paint. This was on top of a thick layer I'd already applied.





4. Goals & Globes (a.k.a. Green Ball)

We completed the library's Summer Reading Program for babies and turned in our checklist this week after Bouncing Babies. Duncan was super proud to pick out our board book prize.



At the far end of the library's lobby there is a cafe and this huge rotating globe. C noticed it for the first time this week and when I asked her what it was she said, "a green ball." Which was actually a very good guess. Later on when she told me it was a dinosaur so the first answer may have just been a lucky guess!



5. Sweet dreams and a growing garden...

Ryan's worked a couple of late shifts this week, and I've definitely missed his help at bedtime. Thankfully, these little people usually go to bed without a fuss and generally by 7:15 all is quiet.





All the alone time in the evenings has allowed me plenty of time to work in the yard and garden. This week I've harvested grapes (2 gallons and counting), tomatoes and cucumbers.





And enjoyed the most delicious tomato sandwiches for lunch. My favorite is goat cheese, cheddar, fresh basil, tomatoes, and plenty of Duke's mayo and Trader Joes Everything But the Bagel seasoning toasted on bagel thins. 




Happy Friday! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Slip, Slide and Swim at Sliding Rock

On our way back from Asheville we detoured to Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest. It's a natural waterfall that you can slide down and then plunge into a pool below. It was, by far, one of the funnest things we've ever done!

Here's the view from the observation deck above the pool. As you can see, there's quite a line and in the summer there are lifeguards (which made me feel a lot more comfortable!). The slide part is about 60 feet long and surprisingly very smooth.




Mary Thorne and Elizabeth Magee were up for the challenge!



And Caroline, Ryan and Duncan cheered us all on. Along with Sis and Poppy who declined the slide!





Margaret and Ellie went first and made it look easy!



Then EM and I went. She insisted on sitting in my lap which sounded fine to me. Until...





Her leaning into me turned us both backwards! Ahhh...



Then came down Oliver and Mary Thorne. Mary Thorne grinned the whole way down. The water was freezing. So cold that it knocked the breath right out of me when we hit the pool. But it was exhilarating and I'd say a must-do if you're in the Brevard area!




Our whole group!





On our way out we stopped by Looking Glass Falls. It had a pool beneath that people were swimming in.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Warren's Wedding in Asheville

As I've mentioned, my cousin Warren got married this past weekend in Asheville, and I've got quite a few photos to share...



Friday afternoon we all started gathering at the hotel in Biltmore Village. On our way into town we stopped and at at the Juicy Lucy. It was as delicious as the name sounds, all the hamburgers are stuffed with cheese and then grilled. Very juicy!



Duncan and Poppy may be the two most prayed for children out there! Poppy has always been the one of Sis' girls to gravitate towards Duncan and it was extra sweet to see them both so healthy and playing with each other.



And he thought it was pretty cool that she wanted to play with him! We hired babysitters (our sweet sitter drove over both nights from Greenville which was a total peace of mind thing for me!) and the adults went to the Rehearsal dinner at the Asheville Capitol Club. The view was amazing.




West took this picture and I can't wait to tease him about the pole coming out of Ryan's head. He's studying videography at SCAD and pole-coming-out-of-head is a Photography 101 rule :-)



The beautiful bride-to-be, Lainie! She had her grandmother's wedding dress cut down and re-made for her rehearsal dinner dress.



The toasts were sweet and Warren and Lainie were just adorable. They've bought a house in Asheville and I'm so excited to have them close by.

There's no sleeping in when you have two little ones with very strong internal clocks. I drank entirely too much coffee Saturday morning visiting with everyone as they got up and came down to the lobby. We had breakfast and then went on a walk through Biltmore Village. The rest of the day was spent visiting on the hotel's garden patio.






An afternoon thunderstorm threatened to uo-do the outdoor wedding plans but it cleared up just in time. Even though they weren't going to the wedding, we got the smallest children dressed up for a family photo. The last one we have of all of us is the day we told everyone we were expecting a baby!








Camille and Duncan -- she was ready to be picked up and I think he's trying to comfort her (although it does look like he's pulling her ear!)





The ceremony and reception were at Lake Eden on Black Mountain and the perfect setting. The mountains in the background are known as the Seven Sisters - a range of mountains that stretch above Montreat and Black Mountain, North Carolina and ascend to Graybeard Mountain.



The happy couple!



My parents with their long-time friends, Ruth and Johnny. Many of my favorite (and earliest) childhood memories involve these two!











Catching lightening bugs!





Net and Renie with their oldest great-grands. These two innocent looking girls attempted to build a bonfire...one of the waitresses came up to Margaret and me quite concerned about the sticks and lanterns!