Meg's Memo

. . .writings from Wilmington.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's Day 2017

We love celebrating Daddy.  He is a wonderful father.   
We started the morning with homemade cinnamon rolls.

Daddy always hugs & kisses everyone before he leaves the house.  Then after he pulls out of the driveway, he gives us the "I love you" sign as he heads off down the road.  It's kind of his & the kids "thing." So, for father's day, we came up with this:


 It's for his office.

A little peak of us doing the actual project while Daddy was away. We were so sneaky!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SEVEN



We can hardly believe that Lily turned SEVEN today.  
Unfortunately Daddy is in Boston for work, but we still celebrated here.  We started off the morning with a birthday breakfast of requested "slimy oatmeal" (ie....stovetop oatmeal). One of Lily's favorites!


We facetimed with Daddy while opening gifts.  Then we met friends at the pool to swim.  Lily loves the pool and has become quite the swimmer this season. 

We invited our sweet friends & neighbors over for dinner. Dinner party for seven. Lily picked eggs, bacon and waffles for dinner.  This girl LOVES breakfast!

After dinner we were off to night #3 of VBS. 

Happy 7th Birthday, Lily! You are loved.

Monday, June 5, 2017

18 months

This beach baby is 18 months old.
21 lb. 8 oz and almost 32" tall

Friday, June 2, 2017

last day of FIRST grade

It's no coincidence that the last day of school is also National Donut Day.  I had planned to head to Duck Donuts after awards chapel, but everyone was up bright & early so we made it there before school.

Remember Lily's first day of school? Well, she has learned so much this year.  She has had an amazing teacher, learned to love reading, improved so much on her cursive, and much more!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

celebrating FIVE

Today, Ella turned FIVE!

Yesterday, we made her requested homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches. Ella loves to help in the kitchen.  We have so much fun together.  We mixed cookies, baked them, let them cool and then assembled the ice cream sandwiches and even rolled them in sprinkles. She really is a big helper.  

We started off the birthday celebration with requested whole wheat banana pancakes shaped like snowmen.  Then opened presents. We got Lily off to school and Daddy off to work.

We met friends at Lewis Farms to pick blueberries and of course eat banana ice cream. Then we headed to the park to play and have a picnic lunch.



We snagged some FREE tomato plants at Lewis Farms so Ella helped me pot those while the littles napped.

After school we grabbed Lily and continued our birthday festivities at the Children's Museum. Then we met Daddy downtown at Island's for a birthday dinner and we enjoyed a walk by the river.

HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY, Ella!
You are loved.

Friday, May 26, 2017

through the eyes of a first grader

The other day, this homework came home in Lily's folder. I knew that I had to "keep" it so we remember: how her mind worked, her answers, and especially the spelling.

Translation:
Do you like windy days? Why?
No, it makes my hair knotty.

Are you glad that there are shots? Why?
Yes. They hurt, but they do help.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

mother's day 2017

Saturday morning, I came home from running and found this: 
The big girls had decorated our chalkboard for Mother's Day.  The list in the middle seemed to be prophetic for actual Mother's Day....


Saturday afternoon both girls were coughing uncontrollably with a dry cough.  Well, in our house, that tends to be a side effect of an ear issue.  I gave them some natural options and was praying it would subside by Sunday morning.  Unfortunately, we were up at 4:30am with lots of coughing.  So, I knew we were headed to the doctor once it opened at 8am.
Jake made a yummy waffle breakfast. The girls had set the table the night before. Then I opened lots of wonderful art and a few gifts: new rainbows and 3 bracelets. Two of the bracelets are wooden bangles that the big girls hand painted.  I absolutely love them! 
After breakfast, I took the big girls to the doctor, while Jake headed to church with the littles.  Bummer!  After an examination, my predictions were correct.  Lily had swimmer's ear in her right ear and Ella had an ear infection in her left ear.  We then headed to get the prescriptions....that took a VERY long time.  
We had planned to do lunch downtown after church, but due to circumstances, we just did lunch at home and then headed toward naps. After naps we played at the beach for an hour or so, no ears were allowed to get wet.  Then we ate dinner at Mellow Mushroom on the way home.  That was a hit with everyone!



This will be a mother's day that I'll always remember.  It wasn't glamorous, but it is life as a mom.  Kids never get sick when its convenient.  Thankful for these FOUR who call me mom!

Friday, May 5, 2017

sunshine & 17 months

Are we ever loving all the sunshine!  It can't get much better than Lewis Farms ice cream out on the bench in our backyard.  

#babyS turns 17 months today. She is just a peanut at 20lb 8oz but is close to her brother at 31" tall. We had well checks earlier this week.  #babyB, who is no longer a baby, is 28lb 6oz and 35" tall.  I am regularly asked if they are twins.
#babyS is a smiley girl.  She loves to do whatever her older siblings are doing.  She is a very fast walker/runner. She eats everything, but loves banana.  She recently added book, ball, and bubbles to her growing vocabulary. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

the DREAM team

As my previous post rehashed Jake & my amazing trip to Mexico, I also MUST document the dream team.  While we were relaxing, resting, and being spoiled in Mexico, our kids were having a blast with Grandma and Great Aunt Ronda.

My mom and my Aunt Ronda, took time off of work, flew to Wilmington, and spent THEIR vacation caring for OUR four kids. When I initially told my Mom that Jake was invited on the trip, she told me to let her know the dates ASAP and she would see if she could come. She & Ronda rearranged work and life to come. This was a huge blessing!


Auntie Em & Blake came up for Easter


Ice cream at Lewis Farms

As time has passed, we continue to hear of all the fun the kids had with Grandma and Aunt Ronda. Many trips to various parks around town, ice cream at Lewis Farms, Power of Play, lots of walks, a donut date, Grandma playing the piano and everyone singing, playing games, doing Great Aunt Ronda's hair in pig tails, reading through The Trumpeter Swan with Grandma, painting and many more crafts.

THANK YOU, does not seem adequate for how much we appreciate their willingness to come and each of their generosity with their time and energy.  Any parents (especially of littles), who live far way from family KNOWS how hard it can be to find childcare just for a date night, let alone for an entire week.  Jake and I were able to relax and really enjoy the time away because we knew the kids were being loved and well cared for. THANK YOU and we love you Mom and Ronda!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mexico

Every year, My Employees takes a Champions Trip.  You have to earn your spot on the trip (top sales, or support staff is invited to go due to their performance at work). Well, Jake was invited.  And his amazing boss doesn't just pay for him, he also pays for spouses!  SECOND HONEYMOON here we come...and did I already say it was ALL expense paid?! I also must preface this by saying we have never been on a cruise or to an all inclusive resort, plus this trip was longer than our honeymoon.  We were just a teeny bit excited.
We flew from Wilmington, through Atlanta, and into Cancun, Mexico.  
The trip was Thursday, April 13 - Wednesday, April 19.  
My mom and my Aunt Ronda, took time off of work, flew to Wilmington, and spent THEIR vacation caring for OUR four kids.....but those details will be rehashed in another post.
We stayed at Valentin Imperial Maya, an all inclusive resort.  The resort was so nice.

We enjoyed all the "US" time.  Every meal was a date. The food was incredible! We had some meals planned as a group with the 40 other My Employees gang.  We also did some meals as just the two of us, and then other meals as double dates.  It was really fun.

We did a bike tour our first morning at the resort.  That was helpful to learn about the resort and also feel like we knew our way around. Although, just a few minutes into the bike tour, Jake got a flat tire.  So our sweet little tour guide took Jake's bike and she ran while pushing the bike with the flat tire.
Another dinner out.

We spent most of our time on the beach.  It wasn't too difficult to find a cabana, so we could enjoy the ocean breeze in the shade or sun. We also played a lot of beach volleyball. We would typically head to the beach in the morning and then hit the pool late afternoon.  

We realized it was better to order a cappuccino, than the brewed coffee.  
We drank A LOT of cappuccino - All Inclusive!

Off to another dinner,

The Mexican Fiesta on Monday night.  Followed by a show.

Room Service - All Inclusive



Love having this guy all to myself for a week!
We also had SO MUCH FUN getting to know Jake's workmates.  We hung out a lot: by the pool, at the beach, during the shows and concerts.  It was very enjoyable.

So, that first morning when we did the bike tour, we learned that the resort runs a 5k race every Wednesday morning.  What? A 5k race with NO registration fee; I'm in!

I ended up placing 2nd for the women.  (Full disclosure: there were only 5 women in the race.) My time was 26:24. I got beat by a 23 year old by 30 seconds.  Maybe if I had laid off the guacamole and the ice cream....

We arrived back in Wilmington at 8:30pm on Wednesday night.  It was so great to getaway, but I was ready to squeeze my kids.  THANK YOU, to My Employees and Dave Long for an amazing week in Mexico. I am so proud of Jake for working so hard and earning this trip!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Reading Contest

The past two weeks, and over three weekends, Lily's entire first grade class has been doing a reading competition. I kind of dreaded this contest.  Lily (and Jake & I) has had to work hard at reading.  She is doing better every week, but it hasn't come easily-naturally-quickly for her. So when she came home with the reading contest rules, Jake had a BRILLIANT idea.  We set a reasonable goal for her of 100 books.  We told her that if she reached her goal, we would have a family pizza party. Now I have to let you know that one classmate read over 100 books in just the first weekend. So her having her own goal helped her not get discouraged when others were so far ahead.

Lily in front of her Dr. Seuss hat. Each paper strip represents one book read.

Lily worked very hard these past two weeks. She even had a great attitude overall and was self motivated, the majority of the time. Last Friday, she passed 100 books.  Even though the contest ended on Monday, March 20, we had our pizza party on Friday night.  Lily picked homemade stromboli for dinner and we watched Mary Poppins. Lily read a grand total of 131 books!

We are so proud of you Lily! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Grandpa & Grandma come to NC

Jake's parents were just here visiting for the past week.  They haven't been down here to visit for three years, back when we painted the exterior of our house. A lot has changed since then. We had a packed week; here's some of what we did.

Right away Thursday morning, Ella had a zwieback lesson from Grandma.  Grandma is great at baking bread!
While the bread rose, we went and saw Jake at his downtown office.  When we got back home it was time to form the zweiback. Ella really did a great job.  She loves learning & helping in the kitchen.

Friday, February 17, was Mom's birthday.  We had a birthday waffle breakfast and presents.
In the morning we saw the Arboretum and shopped at Blue Moon.  Jake worked a half day, so while the littles napped at home with me, the others headed to Bitty & Beau's Coffee. We then had a birthday dinner at Bluewater, down on the inter-coastal waterway.  After dinner we came home and enjoyed cherry pie, Mom's favorite.

Saturday morning Dad & Jake golfed while Mom had a massage.


In the afternoon we headed to Wrightsville Beach & the Oceanic Pier.



Monday was President's Day and we all went to Topsail Beach.  We hunted for shark's teeth! I think we came home with 15 or more.

Tuesday we went downtown and enjoyed a walk on the Riverwalk & Pier 33.  
Wednesday we got to have lunch with Lily at school, before heading to the airport.