Meg's Memo

. . .writings from Wilmington.

Friday, November 11, 2016

San Diego for two

Last week Jake was in San Diego for the Adobe MAX conference.  Last Friday I flew, BY MYSELF, to join him. I am 99% sure I have not flown by myself in over 8 years, when I would fly to NC to visit Jake.  I have not flown without kids in 5 years.  It was amazing and also really weird. I am used to flying with my Mary Poppins bag that is chuck full of play dough, books, toys, crayons and every snack imaginable! So back to San Deigo....I got in around 6pm and we enjoyed dinner at Union Kitchen in the Gaslamp District. We stayed at The Sofia Hotel, where Jake had been all week.  

The next morning we were up 5:15! So we hit St Tropaz Bakery & Bistro at 7am when it opened.  We then took Uber over to Coronado for most of the day. It was beautiful.

It was pretty foggy, but when the fog burned off it was so pretty.  We saw the Hotel Coronado, some amazing sand castles, and walked all over the place (like 8+ miles).

Lunch at Miguel's on Coronado. 

It was so fun (probably the most fun thing) to see my cousins, Greta and Mark, and their sweet families.  We had so much fun catching up and meeting the kids.  Although, once again, it was rather odd to be there with all their kids and have NONE of our kids in tow.  Hopefully soon west coast cousins can meet east coast cousins!

 Sunday morning we slept a little bit longer, not much with Daylight Savings Time, and then headed to Richard Walker's Pancake House. The line was long....

 ...but the baked apple pancake was worth it.

We then took Uber out to La Jolla.  It was beautiful.  The seals were so cool.  We wished the kids were with us to see them in person.  Instead, we sent them a video.

We walked all over La Jolla.  Another 8+ miles.  It was beautiful.  That is Jake on the very tip of that cliff in the below picture.  

We enjoyed a late lunch at The Cottage. That evening we headed out for dessert at Extraordinary Desserts.  

The only redeeming factor for how much food we ate, was how far we walked in San Diego, Coronado & La Jolla. 

Monday morning we grabbed some coffee & pastries at Du-par's and then headed to the airport. It was so nice to getaway and have some uninterrupted time together.   

A HUGE THANKS to two sets of friends who took our kids.  Thank you! Jake & I hadn't done a trip together in 5 years, back when we only had one childI'm sure it's a contentment issue...when you're with our kids you just want a break and then when you're without them you just want them with you.

Thursday, October 27, 2016


This past Saturday we headed over to our local Lowe's Foods for free pumpkins + painting.  We did this last year too and loved it. Plus who doesn't love not having to pay $12+ dollars for a pumpkin!
Lily decided to paint Easter eggs on hers.  
(Whose kid is this? Don't ask, I don't know why.)

Ella painted blue lines on hers.  
#babyB drew with markers and applied stickers.  
#babyS just drank her bottle.

Then Sunday afternoon we decided to carve #babyB's pumpkin (he said it was okay).  We had fun with the whole process, including roasting the seeds and eating them all up. 

Our pumpkin 
Who knows, we may decide to carve another one this weekend.

Friday, October 21, 2016


This morning was Grandparent's Day at Lily's school.  There was a pirate themed program and this is "Pirate Lily." Aaaarrrrgh!
Lily also had a Charlotte's Web project due this week.  It was a diorama of Zuckerman's Farm. She had so much fun creating it. Lily loves art projects, crafts and drawing.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

PUMPKIN baked oatmeal

We love pumpkin at our house.  However, we are not pumpkin fanatics.  I am fine ordering brewed coffee and not a pumpkin spice latte.  I can easily pass this season's pumpkin spice cheerios, pumpkin spice chex and every other pumpkin flavored specialty in the grocery aisles.  NOW, there are a few pumpkin recipes that I can not pass up and this is one of them.  We love our usual baked oatmeal.  Last year I had an opened can of pumpkin and decided to sub the applesauce with pumpkin.  It was life changing.  It's so so good.  

Earlier this week we had pumpkin waffles for breakfast.  Another recipe you MUST MAKE this week. Since Hurricane Matthew arrived today, I am trying to use up opened things in my fridge and bake a few yummy options just in case we lose power today. So, I used up my open can of pumpkin, threw in some dark chocolate chips, sliced up a banana on top and slid it in the oven. The house smelled amazing & breakfast was so tasty. The kids gobble this up.

Go ahead & whip this up today and then use the rest of the can for pumpkin waffles tomorrow.  Your family will thank you!

Baked PUMPKIN Oatmeal
Ingredients: 1⁄2 cup PUMPKIN 1/2 cup brown sugar 3 cups oats 2 eggs 1 cup milk 2 tsp baking powder 1⁄2 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon
Additional add in's before baking: Pecans Chocolate Chips Sliced Banana on top
Directions: In medium bowl, mix all ingredients. Pour into a greased 8x8 pan. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes.
Other PUMPKIN recipes that our family loves!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

#babyS - 10 months

Current Stats: 18 lb. 2 oz. & 27.3" long
This happy and smiley girl is 10 months old.
She loves table food.
She is currently working on tooth #8.
She is pulling up on everything and walking around things. 
Daddy is trying to get her to walk, much to mommy's dismay.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

first grade

Look at this first grader! 
I can not believe how grown up she is.  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

celebrating TWO

We celebrated THIS GUY on Tuesday as he turned TWO.

We had a breakfast party with all things doggie and some yummy baked oatmeal.

 We had fun playing at the park during the day. That evening we enjoyed a family dinner, at home. We had pasta, another one of #babyB's favorites. We opened presents after dinner.  And that was like Christmas morning with so many new fun gifts to play with! After presents we sung & dug into his yummy cake (chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting).
Happy Birthday, #babyB! 
You are LOVED immensely.

Current Stats for #babyB
26 lb. 6 oz. & 32.25" tall
*Benny loves doggies, books, and his super hero masks and capes. 

He is starting to go stinks on the potty. We will start potty training soon.