I have many titles including but not limited to momma, wife, friend, daughter, sister, cook, house keeper, Physician Assistant. All of my jobs keep me rather busy. In my spare time I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, cooking, gardening, bike riding and keeping up with friends and family.
Sydney is our 6 year old "baby girl". She is full of energy and has a huge appetite for life. She loves being outdoors, especially helping her daddy in the yard, loves reading (or should I say being read to), sings constantly, and is a huge fan of arts/crafts and projects. Syd adores her little brother and is so sweet to him. She is always ready to help momma in the kitchen. Sydney is an absolute joy and will always be our "baby girl".
Griffin Sawyer is our 3 year old "little man". He is so content and always has a smile. He is very attached to his momma but loves daddy and big sis. We cannot remember what life was like before Griffin and we are thankful for him.
Have you heard of kiwi crate? I recently came across the website via someone's blog and wow I am impressed. You can subscribe and get a monthly crate which is basically a box of supplies for 2-3 projects and crafts. They have crates by theme such as pirates, bugs, fairies, medeval fun, robots, music, farmers market and more! You can order a crate as a gift or of course for yourself. They also have a great DIY category which is filled with crafts for you to do on your own. Check out their website and let me know what you think? What crates would you pick for your kids? Griffin would love space hero or robots and Sydney would enjoy safari fun or fairies. Hint hint mom I am thinking ahead for the kids birthdays or maybe even part of Christmas.
This picture is a favorite of mine. It was taken in December of 2009 at a friend's wedding reception. I do not remember posing but we must have been to capture this moment. I have this picture framed and sitting on my desk, it will always be a favorite of mine.
Our club offered swim lessons (for free) so we signed both kids up. Sydney is a fish already but we really want her to learn some actual strokes. Griffin is basically swimming under water on his own and is fearless.
Our lifeguards are so sweet and they have gotten to know the kids as they have grown up, we appreciate them so much.
While my parents were visiting we planned a day and one night away. We started our day at The Table for breakfast. The decor is so fresh and comfortable.
We had a relaxed breakfast and the owner had us pick a pastry to take to our Inn to share later in the day.
Ready to head out on our destination, Reynolda village and gardens.
This is a picture of the outside of the greenhouse, it has been so rainy and humid here and I did not realize my lens was foggy.
orchids, they were all amazing
The gardens were gifted to Wake Forest but originally were part of the Reynolda estate, which was built by RJ Reynolds and his wife Katherine.
there were vegetables
flowers, I love echinacea
the gardens are huge, this is a view back toward the greenhouse
the roses were amazing and there were hundreds if not thousands of bushes
the children's playhouse
Reynolda house, actually I should say a portion of the house because it was too big to fit in one picture
The house is now a museum and you can pay to tour, it was well worth the 14 dollars. Bill and I wore a device around our neck that you could enter the number into for a room or a painting and you heard the narrator give you history. At times it was family or staff from the Reynolds family. Much of the original furniture is still present. In the basement of this house is a bowling alley, shooting range (rubber ducks), a skating rink, bar, ping pong tables, billiard table, changing rooms, squat quart (like racquetball I guess) and a pool.
The rest of the village, at one time they had a post office, school, barns, and servant quarters on the estate, has been turned into restaurants and shops.
I highly recommend you read The Gilded Leaf by Patrick Reynolds and Tom Shachtman, even if you are not into history it is fascinating. RJ Reynolds became a multimillionaire with the tobacco industry and his brother Abram eventually developed reynolds wrap. So much of the Reynold's fortune was invested in Winston (which became Winston-Salem).
You can visit the gardens for free and of course shop at the village.
This building was just down from our Inn and I thought it was cool, it is right in the middle of the road, and it may actually be a residence.
We stayed at the Brookstown Inn, which was built in 1837 and was an old textile mill.
We returned to Mozelles for dinner and it was fabulous.
We decided to try date swap with our good friends Ellie and Garret. We watch their boys one evening each month while they have date night and they watch our kids one night while we have date night. No lining up a sitter, no money is exchanged just trading off kids so we can have some time with our spouses each month. For our first night out we went to Bistro 42 for dinner and then headed over to a new place in town called The Table. We had coffee and dessert and just talked.
the inside is so simplistic and comfortable
I love the chandelier with mason jars
we had a great night and our kids had fun too
We met Ellie and Garret in the baby room at the daycare when Sam and Sydney were just a few months old so we know them well and they know our kids. There are very few people I can leave my kiddos with and not worry the whole time I am away, it is a blessing to have such great friends.