Friday, August 25, 2017

Eclipse and Hershey

What a week! We kicked off the week with the total solar eclipse (it totally lived up to all the hype!) and then drove to Hershey, PA for one of Ryan's fellowship interviews.

My pictures don't do it justice at all! At 2:38 on Monday afternoon the sky got dark, the night time bugs starting chirping and outside nighttime lights flicked on. And then a few minutes later it was back to looking like a normal afternoon! The moon over the sun was something amazing to see and almost indescribable! 



Ryan's flight from Iowa City was delayed and so he was a day later getting home. Caroline, Duncan and I picked him up at the airport in Charlotte and then we headed towards Pennsylvania. It was a long drive and the 8.5 hours turned to 16 thanks to the most unbelievable traffic jams all along interstate 81 in Virginia.

Sheninagnas at a Wendy's somewhere along the way. My yoga mat makes a good way to let Duncan stretch out. And all he wanted to do was stand.



I both love and hate the Wave App...this is was we were stuck in for hours. There were children playing catch on the side of the interstate!



We stayed with our friends Brian and Bettina who have just moved to the area for his fellowship.



Bettina and I took Caroline and Duncan to Hershey World. It was really crowded and although they don't look happy in these pictures, we had a great time!






Next we checked out Cocoa Castle playground. It was hot and we didn't last long!



These two are the best little travelers! We turned Duncan's seat around for the ride home hoping he wouldn't get as hot.



A stop somewhere along the way at the neatest little park...along with more Wendy's.





Cool shades!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Lazy Weekend

Happy Eclipse Monday! In my opinion this whole eclipse thing has been way over blown but since Al Roker is in South Carolina to mark to the event, it must be a big deal!

We had a low key weekend that involved a lot of not doing too much. Which was very much needed! 



Saturday morning we took a bike ride around the neighborhood and stopped by the park.












Saturday evening we headed downtown and ate at Ink 'n Ivy. Ryan left bright and early on Sunday morning for Iowa City for a fellowship interview.



Early mornings are for are snuggles! We went for a long walk before it got too hot and ended up at another park.



Our friend Hannah Beth had her first birthday party on Sunday afternoon at the YMCA. She's got a bandage on her arm from a bad burn and so everyone decorated socks and wore bandages too!



Caroline loves to brush her teeth. Which is actually her just walking around with her tooth brush. Duncan does not look forward to this time as much. I don't think the toothbrush actually got in his mouth last night. But at least we remembered to try!



Hope your week is off to a good start!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Five for Friday

1. On Monday we tried a Kindermusik class at the bookstore downtown. I captured the only moment they were both still and quickly decided this type of class is meant for one-on-one interaction.



2. Popsicles on the swing quickly turned to popsicles on the porch when it starting thundering.





3. After PT on Wednesday morning we headed to the pool. They are happy to splash on the steps for the most part but after awhile want to swim (i.e. me carry both of them walking in the pool while they kick and splash). 



4. Cake pops make for the perfect pick-me-up before OT. Duncan ate his in under two minutes and was very neat about it. Caroline took three times as long and got it everywhere. I was so glad we were in the Kidnetics lobby and not in my living room!



5. My happy reader. Since she was tiny Caroline has been content to sit and look at books. Now she has most of our favorites memorized and can tell you the whole story. 



Hope you have a good weekend! We're hoping to spend some time outside on Saturday before it gets too hot. And this whole town is going crazy over Monday's full eclipse. Our news is calling Monday 'Eclipse Monday' and there are parties all over town. And most offices are closing at noon or not opening at all. Since it happens in the middle of naptime, I'm not quite sure what we're going to do! But we've got our safety glasses ready!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Grove Park Inn

We spent last weekend at Asheville's Grove Park Inn where Ryan had a medical conference. The hotel was simply beautiful. It was built in 1913 and just oozes old world grace and charm with sweeping mountain views and rustic furnishings.





Upon checking in, Caroline and Duncan were given little stuffed animals and then the next day goodie bags.





The view from our room looking towards the back of the original hotel structure. 





We were all impressed with the gigantic fireplaces in the lobby.







Saturday we spotted daddy taking pictures with his colleagues.



I spent Saturday afternoon at the resort's spa and felt extremely pampered. Jennie and I got pedicures and then alternated between the outdoor pool and the indoor saunas and heated pools. One even played classical music under water! That evening our group went to eat at Ambrozia, a farm-to-table restaurant.

Sunday morning while Ryan wrapped up his meeting, I took Caroline and Duncan to met up with Warren and Lainie for breakfast at Early Girl Eatery and then went to see their house.







And the entire Med-Peds group and spouses finished the weekend off at the Sierra Nevada Brewery. I think this is the first time we've all been together at the same time! It's been almost a year exactly that we went with Duncan and Caroline - Caroline had just started walking and this time she ran (and jumped!) all over the place.





Saturday, August 12, 2017

Five for Friday

Is it just be or has this week flown by? We started the week off with a quick trip to Augusta and got home late Monday evening. I feel like I've been playing catch-up ever since...

1. Caroline is into doing everything that I do. I absolutely love it. It also terrifies me the way she notices everything, like the pony tail holder on her wrist in the picture below. When did she notice that I almost always have one on my wrist? She'll tell me things like "Mama went to yoo-ga" and then in the next breath "Caroline went to yoo-ga" (even though she stayed home). Also yoga is the only place she can fathom me going. Ryan came in from work the other day and she said, "Daddy went to yoo-ga" - he was like nope.



She also had to pack a matching bag for our short trip!



We at at Oliviana's in Augusta and had the best pizza!

Ryan had a work thing on Monday so Caroline, Duncan and I checked out a park and then spent time at the hotel pool.





2. Duncan's had a handful of seizures lately so we had his Keppra level checked this week. It's so scary, and I'd give anything to take this from him. But he handles it all with amazing strength! He's getting old enough to get really upset about blood draws and his bottle really didn't help like it has before. 



Extra snuggles were required when we got home!


3. We love when our little friends come over to play!





4. One of the best things about all of Duncan's therapists is they all full of good advice on where the best playgrounds are around town. We checked out Rockwood Park with Katelin and Heather after Becky told us about it in physical therapy. It was truly hidden - we circled the block three times before I noticed the sign for the entrance!





Caroline has been a little hesitant on slides lately after loving them all spring. But she seems to have gotten over it and did this one over and over.

5. On National S'more Day we baked s'more cookies. The first batch was a gooey mess, but the dough did much better after it had been in the fridge for 24 hours (just like the directions said to do!).