ma birfday.

ONE QUARTER OF A CENTURY. Wow.

Cinco de Mayo started out a tad bit disappointing, to be honest. I had a hunch, having followed the weather all week, that it was going to rain on my birthday. I did not, however, realize just how cold it was supposed to be and just how much it would rain and that said rain would continue almost without a break all day! Let me set the stage for you: usually the weather is absolutely gorgeous on my birthday. There are lots of flowers involved and sunshine and warm weather and outside and springy clothing and sandals. This year there was rain and large gusts of wind and jackets and boots and wool socks.

BUT! (And this is a big but … har har har.) It was a truly wonderful birthday!

Rubbish weather

The day started out with some quintessential music. Followed by the crepe-master in his element! Scott has really become quite the pro. We had delicious crepes with nutella, raspberries, mango, and powdered sugar. Perfection!

Crepe fixins!

Crepe-tastic bday bfast by Scott!

Birthday candle!

After a gloriously lazy afternoon we headed downtown for some more celebrating! Had dinner at Mamacitas and a little party at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Thanks to all my friends who came to help me celebrate and brought fun games to play! It was so much fun to relax and hang out with everyone.

Suspend - the game

Friends.

Friends Part Deux

And of course, thanks to this handsome guy for making me feel so special and for lighting so many birthday candles! You are my favorite and I am so lucky to be with you! Thanks for everything you do!

My sweetheart

P.S. Thanks for the love from all around the country! I loved getting to chat with everyone who called. Long-distance love!

We give thanks.

My mom and brother joined us for Thanksgiving this year! We missed Dad and Dean and Scott’s family, but it sure was nice to have some family around! And we had so much fun, as we always do when we are together. We hiked up to Rattlesnake Lodge, watched lots of Downton Abbey, went for a walk at the Biltmore, laughed, cooked, ate, and had a great time!

It was a wonderful holiday! So glad to have a few days off with family! Scott and I both worked Friday and Saturday, so Mom and Parker headed home. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. It was crazy! I am so thankful for my life, my loved ones, and the opportunities I have.

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Yesterday my brother turned 20!!! He is such a great guy and I am so proud of him!

Happy Birthday Parker!!!

 

Scott’s Birthday: Part 1

Scott’s birthday was over a week ago! October 12th we celebrated his birth! And I, for one, am so glad he is here! We went to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge for a little celebration. He got his birthday truffle and a candle in his Highland Mocha Stout Cake!

He is gentle and kind and wise. He is funny and silly and listens to all the right kinds of music. I could go on and on, but really all it boils down to is that I am so glad to be celebrating such a wonderful person! Cheers, Scott! I love you so much!

 

Weekend Review: Karl and Janet’s Visit

Phew! We have entered “that time of year” where work gets busier, tourists flock from near and far, the mountains are gorgeous, and all of our friends and family come to visit!

So far my Dad and Dean came, my Mom came the first weekend of October, and Scott’s parents came last weekend! And now I am sitting here in our almost-too-quiet apartment listening to the refrigerator hum, catching up on some much-needed blogging!

Scott’s parents, Karl and Janet, arrived on a Thursday and they greeted me with open arms when I got home from work that day! What a great way to be welcomed to your home! The weekend was another whirlwind and it was so fun! We ate out at most of our favorite restaurants, saw most of our favorite things, went to the Biltmore wine tasting, and even made a day trip to Boone! I lost count of how many times we went to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge (I think it was twice, but it felt like a bazillion). And we celebrated my sweetheart’s birthday!!! It was last Friday, October 12, and I didn’t even post about it yet. (Oy vey, I am so behind it’s a little embarrassing.) Here are some pictures of our weekend with Karl and Janet! Some waiting for dinner at Tupelo Honey Cafe, some fall colors behind the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, dessert at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge for Scott’s birthday, and a neat old truck we found while wandering around Black Mountain!

Thanks for such a great weekend!!!

A Whirlwind

Last weekend (the first weekend of October) was such a whirlwind that I have yet to write about it. Here goes! My mom arrived on Friday evening and we spent some time catching up. Then I worked all day on Saturday, followed by delicious homemade tacos for my mom’s belated birthday dinner, and a surprise visit to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge where we met up with some friends for dessert! It was so much fun to spend some time together, have a belated birthday celebration for my mom, and chocolate is always a good idea!

My mom baked some pumpkin bread on Saturday while I was at work, and on Sunday morning we made it into French Toast! We experienced this delicacy at Sunny Point Cafe, once upon a time, and have recreated it a couple of times since. It was super tasty! And it was so nice to sit and have a lovely brunch together.

After brunch we reunited with my mom’s friend (they drove up together) and went to see my school. It’s so fun showing fellow teachers (and more importantly, mom and her friend) my classroom and telling them about it! As brief as the visit was, it was absolutely marvelous to spend some time with my mom! I went to work on Sunday afternoon and my mom and her friend headed back home. Thanks for coming to visit Mom!!! Miss you already!

Regarding Mulch

This post is all about mulch. Yes, you heard me correctly: MULCH.

(Having just typed the word “mulch” several times it now looks like it is spelled wrong and is probably not even a real word, but I’m going to continue anyway.)

We have mulch all over the playground at school. The pieces vary from about the size of my thumb to a fine dust and the kids are always pulling mulch off of their clothing and dumping it out of their shoes (which we encourage them to do outside so we don’t end up with mulch all over the floor in the classroom). But the mulch is not just the ground we walk on around the playground. No, it is so much more. It is tea, coffee (sometimes spicy coffee, depending on the kid who serves it to you), pie, salmon and rice, and smoothies. It is deliveries in toy trucks, important mail, and food for the kitties (kids pretend to be our kitties and we name them and they run around and meow).

Mulch is everything. And these kids have the most amazing imaginations! It is a humble reminder that our minds have so much creativity!

And now I find myself emptying mulch out of my shoes.

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Also, I want to mention two birthdays that fall on this marvelous day.

Today is my friend Emily Silva’s birthday! Happy Birthday lady! Hope you are having the most marvelous day.

Today is also Maria Montessori’s 142nd birthday!!! She developed the Montessori Method that we use at my school! This is an interesting video about Montessori just in case you’re curious!

Hope you have a terrific weekend!!!