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!

January Snow

It’s now March and the weather seems like it’s leaning towards Spring, but it’s always possible to get that weird late snow in South Carolina.  We had the best snow in ages back in January here.  It took us out of school for an entire week which the kids loved of course.  Usually when we get winter weather, it mainly consists of ice, but we had more than enough snow to play in this time.  The park provided some great sledding hills and the kids had a blast!

Christmas Day!

Christmas Day was so much fun!  The kids were ecstatic of course and the snowfall on Christmas was so beautiful and such a rare treat.

I mean, how can you not feel the enthusiasm from this picture??


Graham’s biggest request this year was for a spy net video watch and Santa must have listened.  He also wanted the Lego Death Star, but at $600, it was way out of Santa’s budget!


Surae didn’t have any major requests, but Santa thought she might like a camera since she is always stealing her mommy’s and he was right.  She took about 200 pictures Christmas day, none of which were in focus, but she’s getting a lot of practice!


Although Graham didn’t get the Death Star, he did get a lot of cool Lego sets.  He spent the majority of the day huddled over building Lego’s with his Uncle Chris, also a Lego fanatic.


Graham also wanted a skateboard and Nana and Poppy delivered on that.  He is one lucky boy!


When Graham was not dominating Uncle Chris’s attention with Lego’s, Surae got in some fun with him too.


My dad was kind enough to give the family an Xbox Kinect.  It is so futuristic and cool, plus really great exercise.  Thanks Dad!!


We are so lucky to have such a wonderful family.  It was a great Christmas!


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!

Surae’s First Haircut

I have been super reluctant to cut Surae’s hair and haven’t done so since we brought her back from China.  Well, it was time!  Her hair had gotten so long and it was really getting difficult to manage, so we brought her in for her first haircut.  Being the little diva that she is, she was really excited about it.  She did great and sat super still.  I was so shocked when I first saw how short it was, but now I love it and I think it looks perfect on her. I didn’t really get an after shot, but you’ll see in the next few posts how much shorter it is.

Graham wanted to join in on the fun as well and chop off his long hair.  Daddy wasn’t there with us at first, so he talked me into a “spikey do”, which Michael was not too pleased about.  As with Surae, I was shocked when I first saw the results of his haircut, but it has really grown on me.  He looks like a little man!


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!

Happy Birthdays and Halloween

October is always such a busy and fun month!  After returning from LEAF, it was time to start preparing for Halloween and Surae’s 4th birthday. Surae has been so excited to turn 4 and has talked about it basically non-stop for months.  She has also been very consistent in her birthday requests- a princess bike, a cupcake maker, and a Barbie Splash Mermaid.  The girl knows what she wants!

On her actual birthday, she decided she wanted IHOP funny face pancakes.  They were Halloween themed funny faces ones when we went and certainly the grossest pancakes I have ever seen!

When we got back home, we let her open our presents and she was thrilled to finally have her big girl bike!!

Pop Pop and Roni came up the next day and she got to open more presents including the much desired cupcake maker.  She was thrilled!!

Since her birthday is so close to Halloween, we decided to have a combo party this year and have a dress up party.  Lots of people came and she had a great time!  We had Halloween themed food including melon brain and mummy wraps.  The kids painted little pumpkins, decorated cupcakes and played outside since the weather was so fabulous.  Surae had a blast with all of her friends.

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!


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