A few highlights from the past month while we excitedly anticipate summer adventures!
Peaceful Play at Prairie Ridge EcoStation, (more on this below.)
NCMA’s Art in Bloom…this year didn’t disappoint. Do we have a new tradition mom?
A weekend away (sans kids!) in Oriental, NC
The smallest carrot cakes for Easter.
Shrimp and spinach pizza al fresco, recipe here.
An almost 2 year old, always going after my camera.
The April issue of Walter which included two of my own stories. Linked below with a few others. Hope you enjoy reading some of these as much as I did writing them!
Peaceful Play at Prairie Ridge: Walter
Jewel Tones: 3 Irish Jewels Farm: Walter
10 Books for Parents with Picky Eaters: Mother Mag
10 Books for your Mini Francophile: Mother Mag
More to come!
I couldn’t resist sharing a few photos from our short but sweet Easter weekend in Gainesville, FL. We went to spend time with our best friends, the Corrings (you may remember them from this trip), who are now a family of 3! They welcomed a perfect baby boy in February who I was just itching to meet. Gainseville is a laid back, funky college town. A major perk of being in Florida for Easter was that it was actually warm! The weekend was filled with lots of baby cuddles, good food, a wonderful Easter mass service and lots of quality time before they made a cross country trip to their new home in Seattle. Emily and I used to stay up all night talking about our future adult life and what we wanted out of it. It’s crazy to me that now we we are living it! Seeing friends you hold near and dear have children is incredible. Here are a few favorite photos from our weekend. Enjoy!
We ate at a popular restaurant, The Top for both Sunday brunch and dinner. The Top is a very fun and funky place, much like Gainesville itself. The food didn’t last long, otherwise you know I would have included a photo 😉
How sweet is this little family? Parenthood suits them.
The Baughman Performing Arts Center (pictured above) on UF’s campus made an awesome spot for a little Easter egg hunt for Grace. Afterwards we hung out around Lake Alice, took some photos and spotted both a turtle and an alligator!
John bought dried fruit to fill the eggs with, which Grace was very happy about. By the end of eating all the dried fruit from the eggs she knew which was papaya, mango and kiwi (her favorite).
“Too much, Mom and Dad…too much.” Ha!
Across from Lake Alice is a huge Bat Conservatory (pictured above) that you can read more about here. Just before dusk every evening, you can apparently watch the thousands of bats swarm around outside their houses. While we didn’t stick around for that, Grace loved playing in the patch of wild flowers on the property.
Emily and I were laughing about the fact that before kids, we used to revolve these weekend meetups around our pets…notice there are no dogs in any of these pictures. Oh how times have changed! Hope you enjoyed the pictures and thanks for reading. Until next time! -Addie