Urban Farm Tour

Greenville started this super event this year called the Urban Farm Tour where people received maps of where to go to see urban farming at its best.

There was everything from herb gardens to chicken coops to honeybees along the way.  It was a great event and I loved seeing what other people were doing in the community.   My friend Michael and his daughter Sadie came along with Surae and I.  The girls loved seeing all the animals especially the baby chicks.  I wish it had been an extra day because there was so much to see and we only made it to about 6 of the houses.  Greenville sure is stepping up their game!

Mice on Main

For all the times the family has been downtown and spotted the little bronze mice, we have never tried to find all the mice in one day.  On a recently beautiful spring day, I decided it would be fun to try.  We started out at the Blueberry Frog to fuel up on some yogurt, then set out on our way. Based on the book Goodnight Moon, a bronzed sculpture of the book and one mouse are mounted on the fountain in front of the Hyatt Regency hotel and the other eight mice are installed along a nine-block stretch of Main Street between the Hyatt & the Westin Poinsett hotels.   This was a school project idea by a local high school student, Jim Ryan, who wanted to do something good for the community so that people would feel they are in a special place.  It was fun to go on the mouse hunt and we found all 9 with no problems!

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.

 

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!!

Star Wars Day at Roper Mountain Science Center

The theme of Roper Mountain Science Center’s Second Saturday event in April was Star Wars.  We are actually just now letting Graham watch the first 3 Star Wars movies and he is loving it!  It’s really cool to go back and re-experience the movies again with him because it had been ages since I saw them.  The Star Wars day at Roper Mountain was really great.  There were characters all over the place and all of the old toys that Chris and I used to play with.  Graham ate it all up.  I think they do it each year, so we’ll have to go back next year now that he’s seen the movies. This was actually the first time we had done the Second Saturday event and we will absolutely be back.  We were there for almost 3 hours and still didn’t see everything.  It’s a great way to spend a Saturday!

Surae Goes to the Circus

Surae’s Nana and Poppy take one grandchild to the circus each year and this year was Surae’s turn.  From what I hear, Surae was a little hesitant at first around all of the excitement which is no surprise.  But, after getting more comfortable, she had a great time.  Thanks Nana and Poppy!

Children’s Museum of the Upstate

Graham and Surae were lucky enough to be invited to a birthday party at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate a month or so ago.  The museum opened up this summer, but we had not gone yet.  Part of this was due to our busy lives, but part of this was also due to the fact that I wasn’t sure it would be worth the $48 it would cost to get all 4 of us through the door ($12 per person 2 and up).  Boy was I wrong!  It is a steep price for a museum, but the kids had an amazing time.  We were there for over 4 hours and could have easily stayed longer, so for an experience that is going to last that long, the price didn’t seem quite so bad.  There is so much to do there and so much to learn as well.  The set up is great and there were plenty of things that kept both 3-year-old Surae and 5-year-old Graham engaged.  They definitely were not ready to go when we left.  The museum has mostly regular exhibits, but also rotating special exhibits.  The birthday party we were at started in one of these special exhibits which was a walk through various fairy tales.  The kids were able to dress up as the characters in the fairy tales and interact in the scenes.  They loved that.  I mean what little girl doesn’t want to sit in Cinderella’s coach?

The main exhibits are really well thought out.  Highlights for the kids included the market area where they could buy their own groceries and check each other out:

A place where you can create all types of music.  Michael of course loved that one as well.  Graham even got to play the theremin.

A place to make your own stop motion movies and to become a tv anchor for the day:

A place to race cars:

And a place to rock climb:

There are even lots of things that are fun for parents to do as well like milking cows!

Overall, we were super impressed with the Children’s Museum of the Upstate.  It kept the kids engaged the entire  time and they are already asking about going back.  Graham was actually able to go back thanks to his Nana and Poppy.  He loved it all over again.  We will all be back soon I hope!

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