Wednesday, October 18, 2017

North Carolina Day 1&2

We left Wyoming at 10:30am on Friday and drove to Denver (flying out of Wyoming is expensive) where we caught flight to North Carolina. We flew through sunset and into the night.

When we arrived in NC it was late. We made our way to the rental car lot where the kind older gentleman who worked there was so pleased to hear that we came to meet or new niece/cousin that he upgraded our rental! 

Once we had our car and car seats installed we drove through the very dark North Carolina forests to find Ben and Sara’s home. We arrived after midnight. Sara and Hila were asleep. We greeted Ben and everyone went to bed.

The next morning the girls ran outside to see what North Carolina looks like. When everyone else was up it was time to meet Hila!!! 

It was instant love. She was immediately familiar. My heart knew her. I can say that was a full family consensus, she is one of us.

We adored Hila, breakfasted and caught up with Ben and Sara. 

Then we went out to explore the abandoned farmhouse next to Ben and Sara.

We meandered through the forest and eventually found our way back o their home.

We relaxed and gathered ourselves for an outing. Prep for an outing with four adults and three young kids takes a bit of time.

Eventually we made our way to Duke Gardens! So so so gorgeous! 

Cordelia looking like a poem.

Why do kids always stand so close to the edge?

Uncle fun.

Sara and Hila.


After Duke Gardens we went out to eat at an Ethiopian restaurant. I want to eat this meal again.

Then we wandered around and finally stopped for vegan ice cream. 

I scream, you scream, Hila screams while everyone eats ice cream. Not really. 

Finally we made our way back to their house. We had dinner and a family dance party. Ben has strobe lights a disco ball and a dog machine in his basement. He has a full DJ set up too. He even made it rain fake money on the girls. Ha ha ha. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


I was up at 4:48 EST, which means 2:48 in our time zone. Currently we are at the airport waiting to head home to our animals. For the record we did not abandon Lucy (who is doing well!), my mother has taken over care of our home and animals. No better comfort than a medical professional at hand. 

We had an amazing visit with Ben, Sara and our newest family member Hila!!!! I will give you an update tomorrow. Right now I am a full on zombie and have so very many hours until I can sleep.

Monday, October 16, 2017


I am with my niece!!!! Back soon!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Quote: Fiction

But please remember this is only a work of fiction. The truth, as always, is far stranger.
- Arthur C Clarke

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Without Words

Friday, October 13, 2017

Phone Photo Friday:10.13.17

Happy Friday everyone! Thanks for all of your letters and kind words this week. Lucy continues to be on the mend. Her energy is rising and she hasn't puked! So let's just review thephotos. This week has been so intense it is surprising to look back through photos and realize that it has just been one week! 

Here is Eric doing a fingerprint science expirament with the girls.

Oh and last Saturday was Cordelia's birthday party, monster theme.

There were 12 kids in the 8 and under crowd! 

We painted pumpkins as monsters.

Decorated cupcakes.

So many sprinkles.

Then I told them that our hallway was a monster gallery and they needed to decorate the walls with monster drawings. They went crazy!

Three girls playing.

Fall is here.

Gorgeous and golden.

Daily drawing.

Our first snow was heavy and perfect for snowman making.

The girls went bananas.

They made this guy all on their own. So weird that they no longer need our help.

Evening walk.

I am not sure...

Daily drawing.

Vegan eats.

The girls reunited with Lucy!

Painting and collage making with Eric.

Not listening to anything.


Daily drawing.
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