spontaneous whimsy // biltmore house edition

Hibiscus Flower

On Sunday Scott and I spontaneously decided to go for a house tour at the Biltmore! Disclaimer: We have 12 Month Passes and we use them regularly. We read an article on the Biltmore Blog┬áthat outlined a few restoration projects that are going on right now and we thought it would be fun to go check things out! So we took ourselves on over, found a doozy of a parking spot, and wandered through the house. They have self-guided tour booklets available (that you should definitely use if you’re going through the house for a tour), but we have been through the house enough times that we don’t always pick them up anymore. Lately we have enjoyed mapping out the many levels of the house in our heads and noticing the ever-changing decorations in all the rooms. The tour itself also changes from time to time. It gets rerouted depending on the time of year and the restoration that is happening at the time. We gallivanted through the house taking note of the detours and various subtle differences. It was delightful! After a quick jaunt we found ourselves at the winery – because free wine tasting. Why not!?

It was wonderful and spontaneous and whimsical.

Oh, and this beautiful hibiscus flower was blooming beautifully outside the winery!

Dear Tiny Humans

To my munchkins,

I love you. I love the way you run around pell-mell, still learning about your equilibrium, chasing after balls and laughing your heads off. I love that you’re learning how to work things out with each other and share. I love it when you tell me you missed me even though I just saw you yesterday. I love it when you snuggle up next to me just because you need a little loving. I love that I can be there for you when you miss your mommy and that I can make you feel better. I love that you are learning how to tell jokes and that you laugh so hard when you’re with your friends. I love that you don’t want to leave because you’re having so much fun. I love that confused look on your face when I see you outside of school and then you get really excited! I love how you say my name … not quite right, but you’re trying to hard! I love your little monkey self after you wake up from rest and need a few more minutes to really wake up while I carry you around doing other things. I love the games you come up with on the playground and that I get to play with you for hours each day. I love your little loving self so much!

It’s not easy, and we definitely have moments, but it sure is awesome.

Thanks for letting me into your life.


Miss Adrianne


I am so thankful for today.

I woke up with a sore throat. Day six of a sore throat. Needless to say, it was not a great start to the day. But I managed to turn things around and make it a good day!

It was a peaceful day with my munchkins. It snowed while we were out on the playground – just flurries, and no accumulation, but it was snowing nonetheless. And I was pleasantly reminded that these kids – my kids – really are something else. They are sweet and loving and smart and creative and funny. Don’t get me wrong, they can be very challenging too, but today was a good day. And for that I am thankful.


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Wow, what an absolutely jam-packed holiday season this has been! And it has all gone by so quickly. Back home tomorrow!

I would like to write a good review of the holidays when I’m back home and not about-to-run-out-the-door-for-NYE-festivities, so I’ll save that for later. But I wanted to say that it has been absolutely terrific! And this year has been glorious. What a year, 2012! Here’s to a marvelous 2013!

More on that later.


Thank You Tile

At the end of the day, when all the friends have their backpacks and are ready to go home, we have one last circle time where we do Thank You Tile. The teacher goes around the room and each friend gets to say two things that they are thankful for. After a busy and slightly-chaotic-at-times first day of school, this was perfect. The children have such tender hearts and they are so loving. I am thankful for patience and hugs.

I needed this.


Today we had our new three-year-olds and four-year-olds come into the classroom to meet us and see what they are going to see tomorrow. We showed them their cubbies, showed them where to wash their hands, showed them where the rugs live and how to carry a work so carefully to their rug, and how we put our work away when we are finished. All the parents and their kids joined us in circle time where we told them our class rules (In this classroom we use: kind hands, kind feet, kind words, listening ears, and inside walking feet.), did some yoga, and welcomed everyone!


Tomorrow is the first day with the children! And I am so excited. I will try my best to post more soon!