Monday, March 26, 2018


Here are some pictures of our girls! These are all from early March 2018. MC is 5.5 years old, and GL is 1.5 years old.

They are playing "story time at school" so I snapped a quick picture while everyone was still having fun.

(Alternative caption: Queen Bossy and Baby Honeybadger)

GL's hair is getting long and starting to hang in her eyes, so one day she rocked the Pebbles ponytail to keep it out of her face.

Waiting at the mechanic's shop for some routine maintenance on my car. As long as she's got snacks, she's good to go!

MC's sweet little friend from school came over for a play date. This is like the golden age for play dates, at least with these two friends. They practically disappeared for 2 hours while her mama and I got to chat without interruption.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

MC's 5's Class Art Museum

The culmination of MC's class Fine Art unit is an art exhibit where the students act as docents for their parents on a guided tour of the "museum" they created. Unfortunately, MC was sick on the actual day of the art museum, so we went before school on a later day to have a private viewing of the art.

Just as with her Cherokee Museum that we attended back in the fall, BD and I were blown away by the amount and quality of work they have produced over the last month. I'm pretty sure at this point MC knows way more about fine art than I do!

Their museum had three "galleries" (each classroom was a gallery and the entire hallway leading to the classrooms was a gallery) that were each jam packed with evidence of everything they have been learning. Just about every artist that I have ever heard of was represented in some way - Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Ansel Adams, Georgia O'Keefe, Charles Suerat, Monet, Renoir, Degas - the list went on and on. And tons of different styles of art were represented - Still Life, Impressionism, Landscapes, Pop Art, Portraits, Collages, Photography. It was seriously an impressive output for five year olds!

Luckily, in this museum, photography was allowed, so I took a few pictures of MC's work.

Still Life - her interpretation on the left, photo of actual scene on the right

Impressionism art - she said it was our house

Her collage monster -she said this was her favorite project she did during the unit!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Painted Cookies

Thanks to a case of very bad timing, MC got sick and had to miss the ending projects of her class's fine art unit. One of the things that she had most been looking forward to throughout the whole unit was painting and baking cookies with her classmates. Her teacher emailed me the instructions, so once she was feeling up to it, we recreated it at home. She was still bummed about not getting to participate with her classmates, but I think she still enjoyed the activity with GL and me.

First we made some sugar cookie dough. Then after the dough had refrigerated for a while, we rolled it out and used cookie cutters to cut out shapes. We pulled out our spring shaped cutters for this so we had flowers, butterflies, and bunny face cookies.

I mixed egg yolk, water, and food coloring to make the edible paint. And then they got busy decorating their cookies!

The Health Department probably wouldn't approve of our four-legged kitchen assistant!

Finished project - pretty AND tasty!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Stuart Little

Recently MC and I attended a live theater production of Stuart Little performed by the Theatre for Young People at UNC-G.

We met up with some friends to see the play and then walked a few blocks to the Yum Yum ice cream shop, just on the edge of UNC-G campus. It was a beautiful day, so the kids had fun climbing in an old magnolia tree as we walked back to the car.

We have known these sweet friends since MC and E were just a few weeks old. E's mama and I met in a new mother's support group and have become good friends over the years. It is so fun to watch these kiddos grow up together.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Face Painting

MC's school had a winter carnival fundraiser, and for the first time MC wanted to have her face painted!

She chose a purple butterfly for one cheek and a rainbow heart for the other.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Go Where You Go and Do What You Do

Carolina beat Dook in the ACC tournament this year, so for the second time this season we took the girls to Time Out on Franklin St to celebrate with a breakfast of chicken cheddar biscuits and cinnamon rolls.

March 10, 2018

Just before the ACC tournament began this year, the Carolina family lost Woody Durham, who was the radio play-by-play announcer for UNC football and men's basketball for 40 years. In stressful moments of games, Woody was famous for the line telling people to "Go where you go and do what you do" to bring the team some good luck. So off we went to breakfast at Time Out for some of those delicious biscuits and rolls. Because that's where we go and what we do.

Friday, March 9, 2018


Here are some pictures of our girls! These are from Jan - early March 2018. MC is 5.5 years old, GL is 18 months.

GL trying her first bites of shrimp creole! As usual, she approves.

When I accidentally leave the pantry doors open, she makes a bee line for the "nacks!" Now she has even figured out how to remove the clothes pin on the chip/pretzel bags.

Some mornings she reallllly enjoys the oatmeal!

We got to continue our family tradition of breakfast at Time Out on the morning after Carolina beats Dook in basketball.

While MC is at school...oh, the fun she has with all the toys that are normally off-limits! What Sissy doesn't know won't hurt her! I always tell her, "It's our little secret"!

Some days you just need all the hair bows.

Bundled up for a chilly run in the stroller.

We had a lunch picnic in the playroom upstairs after school one day.

MC got new shoes!

Fun in the bath! MC gave herself a Santa beard, which she thinks is pure comedy gold.

Cool girl.

When Mama says you can't have another cookie.

Just another day in Toddler World - wearing Big Sister's swim suit bottoms over Halloween footie pj's and climbing on the high chair.

And also coloring.