The Real World: Wilmington

This is the true story … of four family members … who chose to move to the south … live together and have their lives blogged … to find out what happens … when people stop being polite … and start having babies … The Real World: Wilmington.

Trip to Asheville: Day 3 October 31, 2009

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Prepare yourself for withdrawal symptoms because this is my final post about Asheville. I will give you a moment to process that.

We had another lazy morning at the cabin before we had to check out. Jamie had a blast packing up the car for our departure. We stopped at the BEST bakery located near our cabin. If that place was in Wilmington I have a feeling we’d be there several times a week.

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We drove about 40 minutes outside of Asheville to find a place to go apple picking, something I’ve always wanted to do. Elly seemed slightly more interested in eating cheerios than picking apples but she has been loving the homemade applesauce that resulted from this outing. Jamie and I have enjoyed apple pie a la mode the past few nights. We still have lots of apples left so feel free to leave me a recipe in the comments section.

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VERY opposed to being measured

We also stopped at a farm with more pumpkins and a huge corn field.

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The drive home to Wilmington wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It took us six hours and that was with a long dinner stop at this cute little place we found with real southern down home cooking called Cracker Barrel and a couple other short stops in between. I am thankful that Jamie’s head didn’t explode due to my love of Oprah radio and Elly’s love of her Music Together cd ( she says “Ma!”, which translates to more,  after each upbeat song ends). We made it back safe and sound with the hope that we will be able to return to Asheville in the future!


Trip to Asheville: Day 2 October 29, 2009

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Thanks to the denim curtains we were able to sleep in a bit later than usual (did I mention how madly in love I am with those things?) so our day got off to a lazy start which was wonderful.

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We made our way downtown to do some shopping; me for clothes, Jamie for music, then just outside of town we went to grab lunch at 12 Bones. Best. Ribs. Ever. Definitely our kind of place with southern style sides to go with the perfect ribs. We were warned that the line would be stretched out the door but that it moved quickly and was worth the wait, we totally agree!

Back at the cabin we decided to hike around a bit by the creek. We tested out our new baby carrier. Lucky for Ergo, babies can’t write letters of complaint because while being carried about boy did it sound like Elly had a lot of bones to pick with this new carrier. It continued to be cloudy and at times drizzly. While walking by the creek I couldn’t help but feel like I was in a different town, such as the town of Forks. Of course I said this out loud which made Jamie’s eyes roll so far back into his head I thought he might fall over. I have recently gotten ‘sucked’ into the whole Twilight phenomenon, just having finished the 1st book and having watched the movie before coming to Asheville. And the books are set in a town called Forks where it’s rainy and overcast almost everyday. I’m sure Jamie will be mortified that I am publicly admitting my addiction to all things Twilight. Well, at least I’m not gushing about Harry Potter.

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Later that night we went to the town of Weaverville which is near where we stayed. We went in an adorable pizza place with live music to get a take and bake pizza since it was Elly’s bed time. Elly enjoyed the music and attention from the patrons while we waited. The bedtime battle wasn’t as long this time and once Elly was down we enjoyed our pizza and finished watching ‘Milk’. We would both recommend the movie to anyone who hasn’t seen it before. [Stepping on soapbox] Although our country has made progress the lack of equal rights for gay people is still mind-boggling to me. To quote Dr. Seuss, “A person’s a person no matter how small”…or gay, or straight, or brown, or white, or female, or male….[Stepping off soapbox]

We had another wonderful fall day in Asheville!


Trip to Asheville: Day One October 26, 2009

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We decided to take a trip to the mountains, Asheville, NC, to have some good clean fall fun. Jamie found us the PERFECT cabin. I think it was the only cabin available in all of Asheville, still not quite sure how he found it because when we were looking everything seemed to be booked. I guess it was Kismet.

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The cabin was about 10 minutes outside downtown Asheville in the woods overlooking a creek. It had a gas fireplace and outdoor hot tub. Our only complaint was that the bathroom door was see through, minor detail. At least there was a door, at 1st we couldn’t find it. We were like, um, I love you and all but this bathroom is right next to the kitchen, where we consume food. There are certain things that just don’t mix. There was a bedroom on the main level and a loft with another bed. We all stayed in the downstairs bedroom. The best things about our bedroom were the denim curtains. You are asking yourself why someone with my taste level fell in love with denim curtains, well the reason is that they trick 14 month olds into thinking it’s still night-time when really it’s morning therefore making them sleep in. Glorious! As you are reading this I am busy cutting up my designer jeans and turning them into curtains for the nursery. I will soon be starting a company which only sells denim curtains, I will let you know when my website  launches.

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When we arrived at the cabin Elly played in the leaves while Jamie unpacked the car, bless his heart. Unpacking and packing the car is the bane of Jamie’s existence. I try to hide myself and Elly away because fun happy Daddy is no more and Daddy who takes many deep sighs abounds. If you saw the amount of stuff we bring when traveling you would begin to understand his pain. I really appreciate your packing and unpacking skills Jamie. I hope that the fun times we have on our trips make the icky chore worth it.

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Does this shirt make my cheeks look big?

Does this shirt make my cheeks look big?

We got a little adventurous and tried a vegetarian restaurant for dinner in downtown Asheville. We were both impressed by our meals, but Elly wasn’t too impressed with the place which made it a smidge hard to relax. Elly decided she was also not impressed with her pack and play when it came time for bed. So weird that she put up such a stink. It couldn’t possibly have been because we had let her sleep with us in our cozy bed, don’t judge, the previous 2 nights because she was our little sickie. Once we finally won in the battle of wills we settled in to watch the first half of  ‘Milk’. We later enjoyed some bubbly in the outdoor bubbly. Great first day!

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An Apple a Day October 14, 2009

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Elly enjoys using her 2 bottom teeth (which also happen to be her only teeth) to scrape off little bits of apple after we’ve eaten off parts with skin. She looked cute and grown up while eating her apple. Yay for finding new ways to entertain a 14 month old!

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Tutu Cute October 11, 2009

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I am slightly obsessed with this leggings/tutu combo (they are attached) I found at  Naartjie children’s clothing store. They had them in multiple colors and I’m kind of regretting not getting more because they are so adorable. Elly has gotten lots of compliments the couple of times she’s worn them.

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Riverfest October 7, 2009

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We went to Riverfest downtown over the weekend. There were lots of people, vendors, and performers down by the river, including adults dressed as pirates having sword fights. Awkward.

My Dad had his boat docked along the  river so that’s where we spent most of the day until needing to get Elly home for a nap, if that’s what you call sleeping for 30 minutes then waking as the world’s fussiest 13 and a half month old in the state of North Carolina. We distracted her with a bath, which she loves, and dinner, which she loves even more. Luckily she became a much happier little lady and went to bed easily.

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We had been planning all day to head back downtown for the fireworks later that night because we could watch them right from my Dad’ s boat, an awesome vantage point.  But decided that we wouldn’t wake Elly since she had a rough afternoon sleep wise. At 10 till 9 she woke up on her own, stood up in her crib, happy as a clam so we went for it. We rushed out the door and made it to the river just as the fireworks were starting. Elly seemed to enjoy the lights and didn’t mind the loud noise. She loved waving at all the people passing by after the show.

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It was a day filled with good clean family fun!


Chillaxin’ On the Quad October 2, 2009

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We gathered up our hackey sacks and frisbees and headed off for some relaxation, college style on the JMU quad.

After a killer game of ultimate frisbee we enjoyed some kisses and cuddles with our babies on Kissing Rock.

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Elly had fun climbing and crawling.

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Wilson Hall

Wilson Hall

Thank you JMU for bringing Jamie and I together.  We miss you and will look forward to our next visit.