Meg's Memo

. . .writings from Wilmington.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Benny is FOUR

Since this is Benny's first birthday as a Flaming. I thought you all might enjoy some pictures of his previous birthday's without the heart over his face.


ONE

TWO

THREE


Well, this year was a little different.  We had to evacuate Wilmington due to Hurricane Florence.  We celebrated Benny turning FOUR at Aunt Anna's! He is currently loving Batman.
Breakfast request: homemade cinnamon rolls

A lot of BATMAN presents


We found a fun FREE carnival at an area church!


Batman cake

FOUR years old
33.8 pounds
39 1/2 inches tall

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

First Day of School 2018

FIRST & THIRD grade, here we come!

  
Miss Mincey & Lily

Miss Sansing & Ella

Kindergarten-First grade loop, so Ella has her same teacher & class as last year.  
We are super excited about this!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Wetterlund's

Some sweet friends were in town for a quick minute  The Coat's and Jake & I worked on youth staff with the Wetterlund's. We love these families and it was a special treat to be able to catch up!


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A recipe from Ella

Today was Science Tuesday, at our house. Our experiment was that each of the big girls could create a recipe.  Mom and the little kids were the taste testers. Remember my summer sanity? well, we are doing that again this summer but have changed up a few of the days. 
Lily decided to make Num Noms by using vanilla wafers, then painting on them with food coloring and decorating them with various edible treats.  Ella wanted to bake a cake.  We talked through what ingredients she would want and then Mom helped with the measurements.  Ella was thinking 1 cup for each ingredient. So cute!
Here is how it came out of the oven.  We did a taste test and it was good!  Kind of fudgy. 


Fast forward three days, Ella wanted to make it again.  We decided to double the recipe to make a 9" round cake. We also talked about how to change it to a more cake-like consistency and not so dense.  We added some baking powder.  Here is Ella's final recipe:

Ella's Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Mix as for cake, fold in chocolate chips.  Pour batter into a greased 9" round pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tuesday in Washington DC

We did some laundry and packing before we dropped off Aunt Anna at Reagan Airport. It was SO GREAT having Aunt Anna with us in DC!! We all loved it.
Then the kids and I headed to Arlington National Cemetery.  We walked to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  We even saw the changing of the guard at 11am.







We were leaving Arlington and were stopped to let this funeral procession through.



Our AirBnB owners were very accommodating and allowed us to do a late checkout at 4:30pm.  So we had lunch and naps there.  Played again at the park and then loaded up the van. We drove the 2 minutes to pick up Daddy from his conference and then headed home to Wilmington. Yup, Jake walked to and from his conference each day. It was a 5 minute walk to the Sheraton.

LOTS of memories were made and this was just such a great family trip!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Monday in Washington DC

Monday. 9am. Aunt Anna got us a tour of the Capitol through Congress Woman Brooks office.  We even had passes to see the Senate and the House of Representatives.

In the Congresswoman's office & on her couch!





After our snack at the Capitol Cafeteria, we walked over to the National Museum of the American Indian.

Jake picked us up, outside of the museum, on his long lunch break, for his work conference, and took us back to the AirBnB for lunch and naps. After naps, we read, hit the park at the end of our street. Yes! An Ethiopian bakery 2 doors down and a park at the other end of the street!!!

Jake's conference was over at 5:30 and we had a 6:15 reservation at Tupelo Honey Cafe.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sunday in Washington DC

Sunday morning we were ready to hit some museums.

Museum of Natural History

We grabbed a picnic lunch at the food trucks - that was yummy!
Then on to the Air & Space Museum



And some stroller naps...


Carousel + Ice Cream


We then walked to the Museum of African American History but we were unable to get in. We will have to save that for our next DC trip.  Instead we did the Museum of American History and then headed back to the AirBnB for dinner at home & an on-time bed time.


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Washington DC deja vu


Tuttle girls 1985

Flaming kids 2018

Saturday in Washington DC

Saturday morning we headed to the DC Zoo. The kids loved this!









After the zoo, we rested back at our AirBnB. Lily & Ella explored with me. We walked 1 minute to the Dama Bakery (Ethiopian bakery). The cookies were yummy!


After naps, we headed out for dinner at District Chop House. Then we walked...and walked....and walked...


The White House



Washington Monument 






WWII Memorial







Lincoln Memorial



Jake took at Uber from the Lincoln Memorial back to the parking garage to get the van. We were done walking for the day.