McKenzie lost her first tooth!

April 7th, 2015 McKenzie lost her first tooth! It had been wiggly for weeks! She was eating her lunch, and while she was chewing she felt something hard. Her tooth had fallen out! She ran over to me, beaming.

We’re so used to Bennett being the one with “firsts” since he’s younger, so it was really fun to celebrate something brand new with her. We ceremoniously got out her tooth fairy pillow, and placed it next to her pillow that night (so the tooth fairy wouldn’t have to struggle to lift her pillow). I teased her that I was jealous that the tooth fairy got to keep her first tooth. The next morning, she had a brand new dollar. I think we’ll have another one soon, the one next to it is wiggly now, too. ♥First Tooth

Heather - April 9, 2015 - 7:52 pm

LOVE IT!!! SHE WAS SO WAITING FOR IT TO HAPPEN. TREASURE HER CUTE LITTLE SMILE SANS TOOTH. I LOOK BACK ON PICS OF SOPHIE TOOTHLESS AND ITS SO PRECIOUS. YAY Z!!!!

Sophie’s Easter Visit

Day 1: Water table fun outside, yummy tacos and cupcakes downtown, then ice cream at Gillis Hill Farm!

Day 2: Searching for eggs and Easter Baskets, singing in the car, splashing and shell searching at Wrightsville Beach, and a delicious late-lunch at the Wilmington Riverwalk.

Day 3: Yummy early lunch at Blue Moon Cafe, then painting pottery at Greg’s Art, Pottery & Gifts, and off to the airport.

We had such a fun time with Sophie & Heather! Thanks for taking the time to visit!

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Heather - April 9, 2015 - 7:54 pm

WE HAD A BLAST!!! ONCE AGAIN…THANK YOU SO MUCH FOE CAPTURING IT ALL ON CAMERA!!! LOVE THOSE CUTIES …

Summer’s around the corner.

The weather has been interesting! 4 snow days within the past month, and yesterday was 83˚ outside. I’ll take it! In the spirit of summer, I preemptively purchased a water table for the kiddos. It came just in time for the warm weather! I’d been using a makeshift tote full of water and toys. The kids loved that too, but this is much easier!WatertableCollage

In other news, I just got a gym membership with one of my BFF’s here. Our sons are the same age, and they play really well together. We’ve been going to classes in the morning, and then coming back to the house (either hers or mine) for the boys to play and us to work. It’s been great! Anyway, the gym is ridiculously nice and has a spa-like feel. Steam room, whirlpool, pool, cafe, daycare, etc. I’ve been working with a personal trainer the past month, too, and I’m happy to say I already see results in my muscle tone. Win!

We also had a wonderful visit from Nina last weekend. We had fun going out to eat yummy food, going to the dog park a couple times, and playing Cards Against Humanity. McKenzie and Bennett loved seeing her! McKenzie was especially sad to see her go. ninaCollage

And I also wanted to mention that Winston’s been such a fun addition to the family! He’s so goofy, talkative, cuddly, and outgoing. He walks around the dogs without issue, is so calm even when Bennett harasses him, and loves to cuddle up on our laps. He really loves to be around people. ♥winston Collage

Dana P. - March 13, 2015 - 10:29 am

So happy to see you are doing so well!! :)

Delicious Bernaise Sauce in Under 10 minutes.

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I love a good sauce, and recently I’ve been addicted to this one so I thought I’d share! It’s not “good” for you, but it’s SO. DANG. GOOD. On steak, eggs, salmon, asparagus, etc. You get it—it’s yummy. Anyhow, you can whip it together really quickly because it only needs 4 ingredients. And a blender. I’m not fancy or patient enough to whip it by hand. Anyway, it’s delicious and you should try it! Mmmmmmm…

EASY BERNAISE SAUCE (makes 6 servings, easily doubles for 12 servings)

  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 4 egg yolks (save egg whites for breakfast!)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine OR cooking sherry (whatever’s available)
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar OR champagne vinegar

BLEND 15-20 SECONDS until incorporated. SERVE. ENJOY. If it separates for some reason, add another egg yolk and blend again. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

**DON’T MICROWAVE TO REHEAT or the egg yolk will cook and solidify.** To reheat, place storage container/bag in hot water or double boiler until soft & lukewarm. It takes time to re-liquify. Again, enjoy!

kelsey - February 26, 2015 - 3:17 pm

so do we just heat this on the stove orginally then?

Meet Winston!

Meet Winston (or as Jon calls him, “Kitty Winston”), the newest addition to the family! We picked him up on Valentine’s Day. ♥ It might seem like it was out of nowhere, but I’d been thinking about it for awhile. I’ve never had a cat.

We were initially thinking of getting a kitten so it wouldn’t have any bad habits, but when we found Winston we  Jon knew he would be a great fit for the family (he instantly loved him).

He’s 5-years-old, and the sweetest cat ever! He’s great with dogs and kids. We rescued him from Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, a no-kill shelter here in Fayetteville. His previous owner passed away, but it was a “hoarding” situation: he was one of 27 cats and 6 dogs—so he’s no stranger to living with other animals. He couldn’t care less about Logan and Cali sniffing around, which is great! Although, they’re a little jealous. He’s also very outgoing and social, and already uses his litter box like a pro (no accidents!). He happily cuddles and purrs in our laps for hours. Just today, I found him snuggled under the blankets on McKenzie’s bed. I could be happier with our choice to adopt an older cat! =)

Winston