Meg's Memo

. . .writings from Wilmington.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Ella donates 8" of hair

Remember when Lily donated her hair this past January? Well, Ella's hair has been growing and it is L-O-N-G. We are also rather delinquent at scheduling regular haircuts PLUS it's been more challenging with COVID-19 (salons being open, finding time to go and not bring everyone with me, etc....)  Ella's long hair is also pretty hard for her to brush out and detangle. These same factors encouraged Lily to cut her long hair and donate it. Tuesday night I started talking to Ella about if she'd like a hair trim before school or a cut or if she had enough to donate. Well, we went for it Wednesday morning at Mom's hair salon. 


Ready to cut and send to Children With Hair Loss


Saturday, August 8, 2020

Hurricane Isaias

As mentioned in my previous post, we were in OBX this past week. When we left for OBX last Saturday, it was projected that Hurricane Isaias would hit Hatteras and Outer Banks. In fact, we thought we may have to evacuate OBX and drive back to Wilmington on Sunday. Well, the hurricane changed course a few times and ended up hitting Wilmington.

One of our sweet neighbors texted Jake Tuesday morning to let us know that a tree was down and on our house. Jake asked another friend to check it out. We ended up having a crew get most of the tree off of the roof and another friend tarp up the 3-4 holes in our roof.  Part of the down tree was on the power line so that was another issue.

Here is our house when we arrived back home on Thursday evening:

On Friday, we worked, from after lunch until dinner, cutting branches and hauling limbs to the front. 


Friday, August 7, 2020

OBX vacation

What a wonderful week we just had with some of our friends in OBX. I have been friends with Jocelyn since I was in 5th grade.  We have seen each other occasionally over the years (graduations, weddings, a girls weekend and then THREE separate visits with our families - ONE. TWO.  THREE. Saturday morning we drove to OBX to meet their family, for a week, at the beach. We had a beach house in Kill Devil Hills and they had a beach house, with 2 other families, in Duck, NC. It was such a fun week.  It was 4 families and a total of 13 kids ages 4-10 years old.

Saturday evening dinner - kids lined up for pizza!

Sunday morning - Exploring the Avalon Pier that was just a few blocks from our rental. We then headed to the beach access near the Hrovath's rental. Our daily plan was head to their beach (around 10am) with lunches packed. When everyone had their beach fill (usually around 3-4pm) we would go back and swim at their pool until dinner.

Friends since 1993

TACO BAR at our house for Sunday night dinner. After dinner we walked to the Avalon Pier.

Monday morning was overcast and cloudy and we decided to check out Jockey's Ridge. It did not disappoint! In Wilmington, you are not allowed on the sand dunes - you will be fined if you are caught on them. Our kids loved running up and down the dunes.

We had some amazing finds at the beach this trip. Meg & Ella found a live starfish on Monday. Wednesday afternoon Lily found a huge, beautiful & all-in-tact conch shell. Then on Thursday, Jake found a live puffer fish while boogie boarding (no photo). So fun! Our friends said that our family was "the ocean whisperers."

Another lost tooth on Monday evening!

Tuesday is when Hurricane Isaias was riding up the east coast. We had lots of wind and some rain in OBX. However, Wilmington got hit - see next post. We ate breakfast, walked to the pier to see the waves and then hung out at the pool all day.

Tuesday morning pancakes by Jake. At home, Jake is in charge of Saturday morning breakfasts. The options are pancakes or waffles and he is really good at those two options!

Tuesday after dinner we walked in to the boardwalk at Duck. 
We grabbed some yummy ice cream too!

Wednesday morning back at Avalon Pier, before we headed to meet our friends at the beach.

After dinner Wednesday evening the crew headed to Jockey's Ridge to play on the sand dunes until sunset. This was so fun and everyone had a blast. 

Thursday morning breakfast was at Duck Donuts, which was started here in Duck, NC. Since all of our Duck Donuts have closed in Wilmington, we had to grab some while we were in OBX. We also had Duck Donuts at our Adoption Party back in 2017. It's a family favorite and brings back all the memories.
After breakfast we packed up our rental, headed to their beach to play until 2pm and then hit the road for home.
The crew: 4 families. 13 kids ages 4-10 years old.

Flaming & Hrovath families - friendship is such a gift!

Monday, July 27, 2020

summer learning

Do you remember how we usually have a summer plan at our house? Well, this summer WE ALL needed a break. However, I did want to make sure we did TWO things:  (1) lots of reading and (2) keep up on our math facts.  I decided we'd use the library's summer reading plan, with the free coupons, to spur on reading.  Then Jake & I talked and we decided to do a multiplication challenge for Lily & Ella to know their times tables from 0-12.  Super proud of BOTH the girls for doing AWESOME at both summer reading and completing their multiplication tables.

Lily completed the multiplication challenge on July 7. This was review for her as she learned her times tables during 3rd grade. The review was still a challenge for her. 
I assigned an amount they would earn for each number. For instance the 2's were only $.25, but the 12's were $2. In total, they could EARN $10 plus a pack of gum once completed. This incentive worked well for both girls.

Books read from Tuesday at 4pm to Friday at 11am - WOW!

FREE insomnia cookie - thanks to NHC library

Ella completed her multiplication challenge TODAY - this was a big challenge for her as she had only done grouping through 3's. They had just started 4's when we went to all online in March. So proud of her!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Our 12th Anniversary

We're back from a night away to celebrate our 12th ANNIVERSARY.

A sweet friend of ours said she'd watch the kids, we asked her early June, so we could do an overnight date for our anniversary. It was so nice to have uninterrupted time together. Dates have been minimal, like one, since COVID-19 happened. We have had two other times we needed a sitter: (1) to attend a 40th birthday dinner party and (2) to attend a funeral. We were very thankful for an overnight DATE!

Our sitter came Saturday around 1pm. Jake booked us a room at The Waterway at WB. We headed there to park the Jeep and then we took out the paddle boards, borrowed from other sweet friends, on the Intercoastal Waterway. We did paddle boards a few years ago for our 9th anniversary as well. Later that evening we walked across the bridge to Poe's Tavern for dinner.

Jake's pick - Rue Morgue

We went for a walk after dinner, then sat at the intercoastal side for awhile and also over on the beach. After sunset, we grabbed ice cream. Saturday morning we tried paddle surfing - we are no good. We had a wonderful brunch at The Famous Toastery, but we forgot to take pictures. Afterwards, we drove to Trails End to park and try the paddle boards around Masonboro. Meg may have taken the scenic route. It was hard work fighting the wind, the changing tide and the boat's wakes, but we had fun.

Still full from our brunch, we enjoyed coffee at Bespoke that afternoon and were home by 4:30pm to squeeze our kids and hear all about the fun they had with Miss Jessie! What a blessing she is to our family.