Archive for May, 2009


I was so proud of my first attempt at making crackers.  They were a bit on the chewy side and nothing to look at, but they had a great taste and went really well with our salads.

When I was uploading pictures yesterday, little e.  took a hard look at my crackers, pointed at them, and proudly exclaimed, “Chicken!”

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Thanks a lot.


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free for the taking but the upkeep can be daunting

Too much fun on Ninth St. today.

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Little e., however, was not to be outdone and wanted in on the action.

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mama, i want to move here and live here forever

Apparently, the beach was a hit.  Many, many snacks later, a pit stop at Wilber’s Barbecue in Goldsboro (go Lutherans!)  and discussions of what crop was growing in the field off of Highway 70 near Kinston and why someone would grow that and who’s going to eat it and how they would cook it, we made it back to Durham.

Asking little w. what his favorite part of the trip was is challenging as his favorites tend to be rather fleeting and fickle.  The nature lessons at the sound were one of the highlights for the kids:

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One morning from this dock, we snacked on our cereal and watched four beautiful white egrets wading in the sound looking for their own breakfasts.


And then there was the game of “Find That Crab!” as we peered into every shell we could find, looking for marine life before placing it back in the sound.

For little w. the beach was his favorite spot.

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No, he hasn’t lost a contact lens, but he is attempting to do his surf-worshipping push ups.

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And little e. may look like she’s enjoying the sand, but it was a mere footnote to the true highlight of her trip to the Crystal Coast…


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And lastly, a sight we saw far too little of during the past few days:

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there goes the neighborhood

I’m sure there are far more lofty publications to have your neighborhood mentioned in, but apparently the fine folks, er, men at Men’s Journal like our little corner of Durham.  Go WHH!

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mama, coming to the beach was the best idea you never had

Gotta love being able to take credit for something that you didn’t plan and just jumped on at the last minute.  Still, I’m so glad the kids are liking the beach and getting along (mostly) with their cousins.

Driving down to Pine Knoll Shores on The Crystal Coast (who knew it had a special moniker?) yesterday, the kids were found to be questioning, “I didn’t know it could rain sideways!”  That being said, it didn’t stop little w. from playing on the beach with Grammy and Bapa in the rain, pausing only to wipe his scraggly, wet hair out of his eyes.  Today, however, was amazing, and many sand castles, moats, and “cookies” with sand sprinkles were made.  Little w. even went into the water until he declared that the big wave that went over him was an “Antarctica wave.”  (Note to self, work on his geography…)  Little e. vastly preferred lounging in a chair, watching her cousins play, and eating goldfish crackers.

Everyone keeps worrying about Will having to be at work, but I bet he’s just fine hanging out with his coworkers after work and watching copious amounts of the French Open (god bless the Tennis Channel).

Up next tomorrow:  Fort Macon, which looks strangely and uncomfortably Pentagon-like in this photo.

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as long as i don’t have to build anything

Too bad we won’t be around for the grand opening this weekend.  We’ll have to set aside an hour or two to play in the store in the future for my little lego obsessed guy.

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it’s amazing!

Little w.’s latest interest is again proving to be taxing for my poor drawing and spatial skills.  He has had me designing mazes for him to complete.  The problem is that the effort that I end up expending on the maze is far, far greater than the effort it takes him to navigate his way through it.  Time to check out that internet again…


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