LEAF Spring 2011

 

 

Another spring, another LEAF to enjoy!   We had another wonderful LEAF experience and were thrilled to bring along 5 new LEAF recruits- Kelly, John & Oscar and Sarah & Josh.  I think they were all converts after the weekend.  I was super worried about the weather this year because the forecast was for rain, rain, and more rain.  What happened was the total opposite.  It was some of the best LEAF weather we had ever experienced!

Graham expanded his kid’s market line this year to include LEGO earrings.  As a LEGO fanatic, it was the perfect choice for an addition to his wares.  His uncle Chris sent us a bunch of extra LEGO pieces to work with and he and Holly stopped in on their way back from Asheville to help us get some earrings made.  They turned out looked way better than I expected and were a huge hit at LEAF.  Graham sold out of almost all of his earrings.

Graham and Surae had a blast at the festival as always and we tried some new things this year like the rock climbing wall and the trampoline.  The kids loved doing that!

 

 

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Easter 2011

I know posting about Easter when it’s almost July??  Pretty slack!!  We’ve just been so busy this spring and into the beginning of summer.  Busy with fun stuff, but busy.

We once again went camping for Easter this year which is a tradition I hope we will continue.  The kids think it is so cool that the Easter Bunny comes to the campground and it’s usually nice enough out for our first camping trip of the year.

We went to Oconee State Park again this year.  They have an enormous Easter Egg Hunt, so it’s a good choice for Easter camping.  Surae actually got pretty sick this year at Easter and ran a little fever.  Pop Pop brought his camper too and Surae stayed with him one day while Michael, Graham, and I went on a hike to a nearby waterfall.

The Easter Bunny arrived on time and left fun treats inside the camper and hid Easter eggs all over our campsite.

Western North Carolina Nature Center

With our Greenville Zoo membership, we also get into other zoos around the country for free or half off.  It makes a good deal even better!  Since the kids and I had off for President’s Day, we all decided to check out the Western NC Nature Center in Asheville.   The Nature Center has a lot of rescued animals there such as owls, wolves, and coyotes.  All of the animals there are native to the region.  It’s a really beautiful setting with very natural environments for all the animals.  We had a great time and got to go to Salsa’s afterwards for lunch. Yum!

Hollywild

Hollywild puts on quite the holiday lights extravaganza each year.  There are not only lights though, but wandering zebra, deer, cows and various other animals wandering around for you to feed from your car.  It’s quite the sight!  It was a super, super cold night when we went, but the kids loved it.

 

Pre-Christmas Fun!

We had a wonderful Christmas this year.  The kids were so insanely excited, especially Graham.  He was about to leap out of his skin from pure anticipation.  It was really magical to see.

The Hyatt has a really wonderful “Festival of Trees” each year that we’ve started making an annual visit to.  The trees are gorgeous!

Surae was part of her school’s Christmas program.  She was the star!  How fitting.

Santa and Mrs. Claus made a visit to the Greenville County Art Museum.  They are serious art collectors from what I understand.

Graham and Surae did a great job making a gingerbread house!

Thanksgiving

The family had Thanksgiving together at Pam and Doyle’s house this year.  Pam twisted our arms as usual and had us get together for family photos.   The adults and children all resisted of course, but we did get a few good ones out of it although Graham was making his infamous “fish face” in many.

Surae and Graham’s Thanksgiving Programs

Between Surae’s birthday, my birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, I have gotten very, very behind on posts!  So, I have a little catching up to do.

Surae had a wonderful Thanksgiving program at her school.  The kids sang super cute songs and we all got to stick around after the program for special treats with Surae.  It was a great day and she was super excited to have us all there with her.

A few days later, Graham had a Thanksgiving feast at his school.  I am so thankful to be working half days, so that I can be a part of these things now.  I came and helped set up the feast and Graham was so proud to have me there helping!

LEAF Fall 2010

The Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mt, NC has come and gone again this fall.  We had a great time as always!  The weather was beautiful, the people kind, and it is always such a great time to reconnect with family and friends!
Graham once again made record bowls to sell at the Children’s Market this year.

He expanded his line though to include record cover bookmarks and wine cork earrings.  Such a little entrepreneur!

Surae, of course, worked as the record bowl apprentice!

He did a great job selling all weekend.  He loves to make some Lego money!!

The Weisers camped with us along with 2 other families from Atlanta.  We had a big group and lots of kids running around all weekend.  It was wonderful to get to spend some time with Chris and Tammy and to let all the kiddos play together!

The music was super as usual.  The Secret B Sides played all 3 nights which was fantastic.  Surae even got to go on stage with Juan!  Such the little groupie!!

Lots of fun was had by all as always.  I was once again blessed by the blue fairy and I’m hoping that will hold me over until the spring!

 

Goodbye Summer 2010

Well, summer has almost flown by.  Our smaller, more portable camera broke a few months back, so we’ve been relatively pictureless, but we have managed to take a few, some with just my cell phone.  We’ve all had a busy, but fantastic summer!  Graham is now back in school and just started first grade and Surae is getting ready to start 3 year old kindergarten!

Graham, Surae, and I joined Otter Creek Water Park this summer which we all loved.  Going to the pool several times a week was so much fun and Graham was able to learn how to swim.  He loves to swim underwater the most.  Surae is getting much more comfortable with the water too and I think by next summer, she’ll be swimming right beside him.

Graham and Surae have spent lots of time with their grandparents this summer which they both have loved and Michael and I have greatly appreciated!  Thanks Grands!!!

They took a trip with their Nana and Poppy to the beach and stayed at Pirateland in their camper.  They had a great time!  They were able to swim lots, go to the beach, and to the Imax theater.  Fun!

All that fun in the sun certainly wore them out!

Surae spent lots of time camping with her Pop Pop and Roni this summer too.  That girl loves her Pop Pop!!

Graham has also continued his obsession with Legos.  His little word really revolves around them:  buying them, putting them together, taking them back apart and doing it all over again, drooling over the ones he doesn’t have, watching reviews of  Legos on the computer… The boy is in love with Legos!!  I decided one day this summer to take him to Charlotte to the Lego Store as a surprise.  He loved it.  He was even able to participate in a Lego building competition and take home a mini fig.  That was the ultimate in cool for my little Lego freak!

We made a side trip on the way to the Lego Store at a Natural History Museum that was super cool.

And finally, to officially end our summer fun, Graham started 1st Grade.  He is growing up way too fast.  You always hear everyone say that, but you never understand it until you have kids and watch them do it!

I feel very lucky to have been able to spend the summer with the kids!  We stayed super busy and had so much fun and I already can’t wait to do it all over again.

Yogi Bears Jellystone Camping Trip with Pop Pop

Pop Pop took Graham, Surae, and I on a trip to the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground in Marion, NC.  It was a great trip!  The campground was very cute with a big pool, fun water slide, arcade, mini golf, paddle boats, etc.  The weather was insanely hot that week even way up in the mountains, so we weren’t able to try out the mini golf or paddle boats.  We mostly took day trips during the hot afternoons and swam in the mornings and evenings.  Graham and Surae both loved the waterslide the best.  It was super fun!

The Yogi Campgrounds have themes each week and the week we were there was Pirate Week.  They have games and activities each day to go with the theme which the kids loved.

We took a trip to Linville Caverns and Linville Falls one day.  The caverns were very interesting and it was great getting into 57 degrees for a change!  Graham and I did the hike to the falls and went around to all the different views of the falls.  The hike was pretty easy to moderate and Graham did a great job keeping up.

Another day we visited the NC Mineral Museum  and checked out a 100 yr old apple orchard, both right off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The parkway is always a treat.  The whole camping trip was really wonderful!  Thanks Pop Pop!!

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