Meg's Memo

. . .writings from Wilmington.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

a MINNESOTA vacation

We just got back at 1 am on Wednesday from enjoying 2 weeks in Minnesota with family.  We had a great visit seeing almost all of our family, except Aunt Anna, but she just came to NC to visit. Here are some of our highlights:

LOTS of playtime with cousins



Spending time with Grandpa & Grandma 

Riding Grandma's bus

Pedicures with Auntie Em

Going to Como Zoo with a lot of our family 

S'mores with the family (and celebrating Aunt Jess's birthday)


They loved Grandpa's two swings

Daddy installing a new floor for Uncle Luke & Aunt Jess

Snuggles with Grandma

More cousin playtime

Dinners with the family

A yummy breakfast at Fat Nat's

Making cookies with Grandpa

Seeing friends

We fit as much as we could into 2 weeks. Of course I forgot to take pictures of our first weekend with all of the family (both sets of parents, my grandparents, my aunt), a friend playdate and our weekend in Spooner with Jake's parents. But we made many fun memories that will last forever.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

SIX years

What a blessing to be married to this guy for SIX years.
Six years ago today we said I DO.



Our sweet friends, Chris & LeAnn, agreed to take our girls last night so Jake & I could enjoy some time alone.  It was a wonderful 20 hour date!
We did dinner at The Oceanic.

We also enjoyed coffee in downtown Wilmington at Port City Java


This morning we had breakfast at Salt Works, before we picked up the girls.

Friday, July 25, 2014

haircuts

We girls went & got haircuts this morning.  
This was Ella's first haircut & Lily's first haircut at a salon.  
I cut Lily's hair here & here.

Lily went first.


 AFTER-ta da!
Lily said "I look like a new girl!"

Ella was next. A few days ago I told both girls we were all going to get haircuts on Friday.  Ella said, "cry." Jake & I assured her that the haircut wouldn't hurt.

Ella did a great job keeping her chin down.


AFTER-ta da!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

family comes to NC

We had some more family come to visit us.  Jake's sister Jen, and her family did a road trip to NC.  They had never been down to see us.  Anna, Jake's younger sister, decided to join the road trip.  We had so much fun having them all here.  Here's some of the fun we had:

Hanging out at home, waiting for the rain to stop & the sun to shine.


 Once the sun came out & the rain stopped, we headed to WB with our picnic lunch.

Selfie with Aunt Anna

 Playing games.

The girls got their nails painted MULTIPLE times.

Painting the seashells we found at the beach.

Waiting oh so patiently for the hot & fresh Britt's donuts.

Cousin donut distribution

This girl LOVES donuts; both our girls do.

Siblings

Family picture at Carolina Beach with a photo bomb by two cuties.

Saturday Dinner out to Island's

Evening at the beach.  Surf watching.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TWO birthdays, ONE party

Since Ella & Lily's birthdays are less than 2 weeks apart we decided to do ONE BIG party. I am thinking we will be doing many combined birthday parties in the future.

Jake had this picture of the girls printed off.  Staples will do a blueprint size for only $3!

We did a dessert bar with double chocolate cake, angel food cake & pound cake.  Cakes could be topped with whipped cream, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate sauce & sprinkles.





We had a small gift for all our little friends who came to celebrate with us.

 The gift included: a note pad, stickers, crayons & smarties.

I am loving having this chalkboard to change out for different occasions.

The birthday girls all ready for their party.


The party was a drop in from 3-5 pm on Saturday.  I got my camera out to take pictures of the kids playing & doing bubbles in the backyard.  I took one picture, set the camera on the grill & then totally forgot about it.  Ugh...I wanted a picture of all the kids & our sweet friends who came to celebrate.

Auntie Em was able to come up for the party.  She was a HUGE help.  She washed & cut all the berries for the party - thank you, Emily!