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.

Sweethearts February 22, 2012

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We loved celebrating love! Elly got to exchange Valentines with her classmates, she was really excited. We made cute Valentines that I’d seen on Pinterest. The problem with Pinterest is that everyone else and their Mom have also seen the same idea so I can’t pass it off as my own, dang. Despite that, they turned out super cute.

Later that day we hosted a party for our playgroup. I of course loved the chance to decorate for a party! Elly had a crazy amount of sweet treats and Miles tried to make little Ruth his Valentine.

On Valentine’s Day I took Elly and Miles out for a pizza lunch, after all, they do love pizza.  We also gave them little goodies, Elly got a new princess shirt which she couldn’t wait to wear to school the next day. Miles’ face lit up when he pulled a ‘ba ba’ (ball) out of his gift bag. My face lit up when I saw the cupcakes and flowers that Jamie got for me. He also wrote the sweetest card, I loved and appreciated every word.

We hope your day was filled with kindess and love!


What the Cup? February 17, 2012

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Christmas in Wilmington February 16, 2012

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Elly woke up before Miles so we brought her in bed with us to watch some cartoons while he snoozed since we wanted to go downstairs as a family. And, let’s be real, since Mommy and Daddy were exhausted from staying up late the night before. When he eventually woke up we all ventured to see what Santa had brought. Such a lovely moment watching your kids experience the joy of Christmas morning.

Elly loved opening presents whereas Miles couldn’t have cared less. They were both spoiled. I just don’t know what the proper amount of gifts is to get kids so I tend to go overboard like I do in general for special occasions, ahem, birthday parties. The ‘what ifs’ have lessened in my brain but there are still some that like to lurk around in there like ‘what if one Christmas we aren’t as fortunate to be able to afford lots of gifts for the kids?’ But then I remember we have grandparents for back up!

Jamie cooked his first ever beef tenderloin roast and it was perfect. We told Elly it was roast beast, like from the Grinch, so she tried some. Even better than the meal were the kind words Jamie said at the table, thanking everyone for coming to our home, thanking my brother who lives locally for his tremendous support when I was in a very bad place, and praising me for how far I’ve come. He brought such a sentimental element to the evening (that’s no easy feat when dealing with my brothers!). It made me love and appreciate him even more than I already did, and that was A LOT.

I love my family and feel so blessed to have been able to enjoy Christmas this year with them from a healthier place. Here’s to continued growth in 2012!


Christmas Eve February 15, 2012

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(Ok, I’m back and reminiscing because it’s been so long since I posted. I know you’re on the edge of your seats, so here ya go.)

On Christmas Eve we enjoyed a yummy dinner complete with family and my Dad’s famous potatoes (definitely worth mentioning), before heading off to church.

Church. Always the adventure with children when the nursery isn’t open. We were armed with snack traps of goldfish and figured others would be in the same boat with their small children. Luckily there were a couple teenage girls behind us with their family who were taken with Miles and vice versa. I think the row behind us was paying more attention to Miles than the pastor, can you blame them? This Mama sure can’t.

I decided to go up and take communion, something I haven’t done in a long time. Jamie was fine hanging back with the kids, but then I see little Elly trailing behind me yelling “Mommy!”. She didn’t want to miss out, so she was also handed a piece of bread and was told to dip it in the cup of wine, well, she dropped it in. She was clearly trying to get her buzz on. The woman pulled it out and started feeding it to Elly while wine was dripping down her gorgeous dress!! I freaked internally because a) my three year old was having wine and b) the dress!!!! I managed to hold it together outwardly and hurried Elly back to our seats while carrying her soggy bread in my hand (Aunt Tiff, hope you didn’t just gag). Sheesh.

The candlelit singing of Silent Night was as touching as ever and Elly even held her own candle, while being carefully watched. I loved how she tried to sing even though she didn’t have a clue what the words were. It was precious. Meanwhile Miles was with Jamie nearby (his goldfish had run out, the horror!), climbing stairs and attempting to crawl out onto the church stage (is that what you call the area up front?). He was desperate to act out the part of baby Jesus for everyone but alas Jamie squashed his dream.

After the service was over a man who looked to be in his 50s came up to me and told me how much his family enjoyed watching our family during the service and that it made their night even more special, which of course made my night even more special. Amazing how kind words work.

Once we got home we did the typical fun stuff; Christmas jammies, cookies for Santa, carrots for the reindeer and a reading of the Night Before Christmas. Once our angels had visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads Santa’s elves got to work preparing, and sometimes cursing, the toys for Christmas morning while watching It’s a Wonderful Life. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!