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.

Snow in the South February 23, 2010

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We recently enjoyed several inches of snow in Wilmington! I didn’t think we’d get any since last winter was the 1st snow they’d had here in years. It was a pleasant surprise. The snow started while we were out to dinner with our friend Andy, who was visiting briefly from Northern Virginia. I’m sure he was super excited to see snow in the South too. We just wanted to make him feel right at home, ya know, the whole southern hospitality thing. You’re welcome Andy.  

The next day we put Elly in her wagon and Otis on his leash and walked to the park, or in Jamie and Elly’s case, got pulled to the park.  We all loved playing outside in the winter wonderland. Hopefully the snow was the last of our really cold weather seeing as I can barely snap Elly’s winter coat over that belly of hers!


Cocoa Powder Equals Speed February 17, 2010

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When I entered my family room the aroma of chocolate filled the air, how pleasant, you must be thinking. Then I looked down to see cocoa powder all over the carpet leading up to the severely damaged container which had a big gaping hole in it. Otis!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had a grocery bag of ingredients to make a Valentine’s treat for Jamie sitting on one of our kitchen chairs. Our rascal of a dog somehow fished the sealed up container of cocoa out, carried it into the family room, then went to town until he reached his treasure, unsweetened cocoa powder.

I called the emergency vet and for once was glad Otis is slightly overweight since big dogs can ingest a larger amount of chocolate before it’s considered toxic. There were around 5 ounces missing andI learned that’s below the toxic limit for a dog of Otie’s size.

There was one side effect from that cocoa though, Otis turned into even more of a crazed maniac than he usually is. Typically he is a bump on a log during the evening hours, but not on this particular night. He was running circles in the yard and running all over the house. At one point he jumped directly on top of Jamie then plopped down on him. I opened the front door to check on him while he was in the yard. He was on the porch and he was so jittery that when he heard the door open he fell off the porch into a bush! All through the night he was in and out of our bed and up and down the stairs. We were a little scared of our possessed dog. I called the vet again and was told that all this was normal.

By the next evening Otis was back to his normal, situational-ly hyper, self.

Here are the buried cherry cookies, yum!


Valentine’s Day February 14, 2010

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all the ones we love!


Super Bowl February 10, 2010

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I was happy to see a Saints Super Bowl victory! My reasons for cheering them on; they had never been to or won a Super Bowl, New Orleans the city deserves the happiness that comes with a Super Bowl win, and Drew Brees seems like a stand up and charitable guy. Not girly reasons at all. I made a New Orleans themed dinner and dessert, both were delish. Thank you Jamie for going to the store and getting all of our ingredients! Here are the recipes if you feel like making them sometime.

New Orleans Style Bread Pudding with Chocolate Sauce:

I had never had bread pudding before so I was a little skeptical but this dessert is amazing. We are still enjoying leftovers! It reminds me a bit of french toast, then when you had the homemade chocolate sauce and whipped cream, OMG is all I have to say.


I had also never had jambalaya before. This recipe was really easy and tasty, I will definitely make it again. I didn’t make it spicy so Elly could have some too. The only thing I would do differently is add less rice because it didn’t cook in the time specified. I had to add some more liquid and give it more time.

Elly wasn’t all that into the Super Bowl other than occassionally stopping what she was doing, pointing to the tv, and shouting “ball!”. But she was into the PUPPY Bowl which airs on Animal Planet. For those of you who haven’t had the joy of seeing a Puppy Bowl before (yes, there have been multiple Puppy Bowls) you should definitely check it out. It comes complete with a water bowl cam in which you get a shot of puppies lapping up water and stomping through bowls, a halftime show starring who else but kittens, and cheerleaders who are actually bunnies. You are wondering who mans the Goodyear Blimp from above, well hamsters do, that’s who. There are announcers, replays, and player introductions. I just about burst into a million pieces from all that cuteness paired with seeing how much Elly loved it!

Watching the Puppy Bowl


We hope you all had fun watching the Super Bowl too!


Beach Baby to Snow Angel February 2, 2010

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Elly learned a new word: snow. She experienced it for the second time in her life when we were visiting family and friends in Virginia. She loved watching it fall all day and feeling it as it was tracked in by Otis.

just starting to snow

early snowfall

We dressed her in a snowsuit that my Mom had bought for one of my nephews, hence the little boy in the pictures below. She was warm and toasty, but immediately pulled off her mittens, which is standard practice for Elly. At first she was thrilled to be outside! Then she put her hands in the snow; strangely she didn’t take to the burning sensation that follows touching something that cold. It took about 15 minutes to get all our gear on for about 2 minutes of ‘play’ time in the snow (play meaning she stood there with tears streaming and boogies aplenty asking to be picked up).


The next day we decided to try again and this time made it a little harder for her to get her mittens off. She squealed with delight as she watched Otis play fetch in the snow and she liked walking around in the powdery white stuff. With how bundled-up she was she couldn’t really bend her knees or arms, so it was more like watching a mini-Frankenstein walk. She also took the occasional spill, the type of fall where you have to fight the urge to yell ‘timber!’ because she’d topple right over like a tower of blocks. She handled snow to the face surprisingly well, probably because she enjoyed eating it so much.

Jamie got creative and turned a recycling bin into a sled, newspapers and all, which allowed Elly to multitask and check the status of her Pampers and Sesame Street stocks as she was being pulled back up the hill. Elly was straight chillin’ in that sled and kept insisting on more at the bottom of each massive run.

Otis in the snow is a lot like Otis at the beach or Otis in any sort of new situation; he becomes crazed. I’m not sure which of our two children loved the snow more. I’m thankful we got to experience some winter fun and I definitely got my fix. Now, can you please bring on beach season, Mother Nature?