Archive for April, 2010

Pick-Your-Own Strawberries

April 25, 2010

Did you know North Carolina is the 4th largest producer of strawberries in the country? Another interesting fact—North Carolina strawberry farmers grow this delicious fruit, not to ship all over the country; but rather to sell locally.  What better reason to head to a pick-your-own farm for a weekend excursion as strawberry season is in high gear!

We discovered Vollmer Farms—an organic farm located only 15 short away in Bunn, NC.  Clare had a grand time hand picking red ripe strawberries to bring home!  This farm was great—lots of fun things for the kids and a delightful gift shop.  Oh…and organic tomatoes and homemade ice cream!  We’ll be back!

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Dr. Clare

April 17, 2010

On Friday, we had to take Clare to see the “Cough Doctor” to reassure ourselves that her persistent cough was nothing more than allergies to the relentless, record-breaking pollen (“ponlen” in Clare-speak).   She has a Mickey Mouse stethoscope which she absolutely loves to play with.  She decided to take this with her as we visited the pediatrician’s office.

The Pediatrician commented on how that was the first time that a patient actually brought their own equipment to her office.  😉  Clare observed intently as the Doctor did her exam and then when all was over, she politely asked, “Where’s my sticker?”.  They say children have the memory of an elephant…I truly believe that.  It amazes Robert and I when Clare remembers such specific details of moments that occurred well beyond yesterday.

This Doctor’s appointment made me smile and think back to a few different times when Clare’s imagination kicked in (high gear of course) and she portrayed herself as a Doctor and a Nurse.

Doctore in Training

Doctor in Training

Band-Aids for the baby doll

Band-Aids for the Baby Doll

And most recently with her pet, Franklin (AKA Frankie):

Veterinarian in training

Veterinarian in training

Time will tell…

Easter Traditions

April 4, 2010

What’s your most memorable Easter tradition?  For me, it was springtime bonnets, white patent leather shoes, the end of Lent and Easter Sunday Mass.  Growing up in the northeast, it wasn’t uncommon that Easter Sunday was accompanied by snow…didn’t matter though; we still wore our springtime attire.  It was Easter after all and that signified out with the winter and in with the spring season.

Another memorable tradition at Easter for me, was the Easter basket…every year my sister and I would each get a delicious giant chocolate covered peanut butter egg (I think my sister’s was vanilla crème filled) topped with a flower made of icing.  We had to cut them with a knife and would savor every bite which often led to belly aches as we were sitting in Mass.  I also remember we always had coconut covered mini chocolate eggs in our baskets too…guess the Easter Bunny knew those were Mom’s favorite.  😉

As parents, you easily become a kid all over again as you watch the excitement and curiosity in your child’s expressions as they partake in what may very well turn out to be holiday traditions.  For Clare, this year was her first Easter at home that she will probably remember.

It started out with decorating eggs and leaving carrots for the Easter Bunny to snack on while he dropped (or should I say, hopped) by during the night.   A bit of anxiety hit the next morning when she peeked outside (“Daddy, hold me’) to see if the Easter Bunny had eaten her carrots…I think she was nervous the Easter Bunny would be on her doorstep.  😉  She wore her Easter bonnet with her dress and crocs (she is quite particular about her shoes) to church.

Easter Sunday

Her favorite moments of today were discovering small bottles of brightly colored nail polish in the eggs the Easter Bunny left in the yard along with some Crayola sidewalk chalk shaped liked Easter eggs.  Hmm…Nail polish and sidewalk chalk, could this become part of our Easter tradition?  😉

"This chalk looks like an Easter Egg!"

"There's something in these Eggs, Mommy"

I know what will not become a holiday tradition in our house…roasted asparagus with the ham dinner.  Although it’s a favorite of mine, I discovered that’s not the case for Robert and Clare as I was the only one eating it.  That’s okay, they enjoyed the Peeps all to themselves as that is clearly a favorite of theirs (and a definite tradition for us at Easter time)!

Clare and her Daddy LOVE some Peeps!

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on Its Way!

April 1, 2010

Is it really April already?!  My how I would LOVE for time to stand still (or at least slow down).  Not gonna happen!

This first day of April brought with it nearly 80 degree weather, blooming daffodils, the end of basketball season for the Tarheels (toughest season in a long time) and the best part about the day—the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Clare’s school.  Here comes Peter Cotton Tail, Hoppin’ down the Bunny Trail!

Off and Running

Searching for that one last egg

It doesn’t seem that long ago that were doing this same thing last year.  Again, how time flies and what wonderful memories are made…

Last Years Egg Hunt...searching hard for those eggs!

April 2009--Easter Egg Hunt