Spring Break 2013: The Week in Review.

This week was so busy! It was good busy, though. Mostly. I sort of wish I had a week to run around and get stuff done and another week to sleep and sit around and perhaps go to a vacation-y spot. Alas, I managed to cram it all into one ten day span! And there are still a couple more days!

Monday I went to the dentist. Clean teeth: check. And I went grocery shopping. Tuesday I went to the eye doctor and got my haircut. Healthy eyes: check. New purple glasses: check. Hair trimmy-trim: check. Scott has been in various states of an ear infection all week – pain, fever, vertigo. Stinky stinky stinky.

Wednesday morning I hit the road to Chapel Hill! Had lunch with my oldest friend, Emily Silva, before she moves to NYC next weekend! Go Emily go! Went to Trader Joe’s to stock up – one day the Asheville store will open! Thursday I spent the day with my mom in her classroom. Her kids had a really neat Poetry Coffeehouse in the morning where they read some of their original poems! I had lunch with my dad at Merritt’s Store and Grill – really terrific BLT – and had a nice time catching up with him. After school was over Mom and I spent some time going around her house and making a list of things I want to have from her house while she’s in Kuwait. Among various other conversations and general hanging out! It was a very brief visit, but lovely. Thursday evening I headed back home to the mountains!

Friday ended up being a general catch-up day. Laundry, some errands, picked up my new glasses (!!!), lovely relaxing, hanging out. Saturday I worked at my weekend job again and Mom came up for the weekend! Easter Sunday we had a nice brunch – pancakes and bacon. Mom and I borrowed our friends sweet pooch, Cricket, for an afternoon walk and had a lovely time! Then we spent the evening in and cooked a nice simple Easter dinner of ham, roasted potatoes with cheese, and green beans. We watched a fair bit of Downton Abbey and hit the sack! Monday brought another fun day of running around. A lazy morning, late brunch, an early afternoon visit to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, a walk down to the Screen Door (where I found an awesome little children’s size ironing board that I intend to use for plants), a visit to the Biltmore for their wine tasting, and another delicious dinner together! Followed by some more Downton Abbey!

It was a lot of mish mash and this that and the other thing this Spring Break. Today was glorious! It snowed some earlier this Spring Break and we have had some lovely weather mixed in, with some rain too. The weather has been up and down and all around this spring. One day it will be consistently warm though! I was very productive this break, I got to travel, and I got to spend time with some of my favorite people! Scott is finally starting to feel a bit more like himself, which is such a relief. He still has some vertigo, but he was able to come with us to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge earlier! And I am very glad because it is our six year anniversary today!!! All in all it was a great break, a much needed rest, a rejuvenating time off, and a good week mixed with some productivity!

Loving our hyacinths!!!

Snow over Spring Break!?


Stocking up at Trader Joe's!

4th Grade Poetry Coffeehouse!


Sunset on the road.

New specs!

Easter bunny pancakes!

French Broad Chocolate Lounge!

snow to sunshine

On Tuesday I decided not to lead my kids in a snow dance for fear that it would jinx any chance of us actually getting the forecast snow, and therefore also jinx our possibility of a snow day. So instead we all just carried on as normally as we could. As we were getting ready for bed on Tuesday night I looked outside my window, shrugged, and tried to remind myself that it wasn’t supposed to start snowing until after midnight anyway.

Wednesday morning looked like this:

A light dusting

Snow day!

Ladies and gentlemen, I do live in the south and this immeasurable light dusting closed school for the day! We had a snow day!!! After receiving four text messages, all telling me school was closed, I bounced around looking out the windows excitedly since it was the most snow we’ve gotten in a long time. Then I tried valiantly to go back to sleep since I had the opportunity to sleep in as late as I wanted, but that just wasn’t going to happen. So, after some breakfast and lounging, I set up my “office” and had a spot of productivity.


Letter writing.

The snow, as per the norm here in the south, did not stick around for very long and the days got warmer very quickly. On Thursday morning I rediscovered my pink kicks and reveled in their pinkness all day. And it was a good day.

Pink kicks.

The days continued to get warmer and Saturday was absolutely gorgeous. Scott and I, both feeling rather blah lately (come back, immune system!), enjoyed a long walk at the Biltmore in hopes of kick-starting our health. I, for one, would like to think that it worked.

French Broad River March 2013

What a week, indeed.



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.


A Slight Delay

We had our first weather-related school delay today! Only a little bit, but it still felt exciting! We had a tiny smidgen of snow covering our cars this morning, but nothing on the ground. At school, however, we definitely had some snow on the ground! Granted, this is probably the most snow that I have seen since living in Massachusetts two winters ago. (Click here for some comparison.) Especially since last winter hardly felt like winter at all with the weather we had. I must say though, this photo looks pretty pitiful when compared to many many feet of snow solidly covering the ground everywhere within sight. I digressed. My point is, it was an exciting day! And the kids love it! I include myself when I refer to the kids.

And tomorrow is Halloween! Luckily I have plenty of room for my down jacket under my costume! Pictures to come!!!

belated but not forgotten.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011: Door Number Eight … leads to? Somewhere in the Littleton Town Offices.

Thursday, March 3, 2011: Busy busy day! Always time for a little bit of a good book!

Friday, March 4, 2011: My tomato babies are growing so fast!!! Check out my February 28 post to see how much they’ve grown in just four days! Can you believe they were ever that small!?

Saturday, March 5, 2011: Highs in the 50s! The snow is melting, the water is flowing, and the air even feels a little bit warm! Spring fever, here I am!!!

still so much snow!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011: This is Scott. This is how much snow there STILL IS in the front yard. Hello March, please melt this snow, mkay thanks. (Pardon how dark Scott looks in this picture.) At least it was beautiful and sunny today!