Monday, November 9, 2009


We went camping in the city (Umstead Park) this weekend. Our campsite was complete with a beautiful fall & friends...scary stories by the campfire...card games & smores...oh, & a tent with 2 queen sized air mattresses!

Monday, October 5, 2009

I heart Fall

Mums & Pumpkins
Fall Wreaths


I couldn't part with the last of my summer flowers, so I just planted the mum around them!

Apple Cider &....

Pumpkin Spice

And nothing marks the beginning of Fall like candy corn!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Somebody is ready for the UNC vs. ECU game this weekend! Watch out Rameses, I think we have a new mascot!


Monday, September 14, 2009


There comes a time in cancer world when everything comes to a screeching halt. You can set the cruise control of life at a safe speed & get lost on the open highway. The highway where you have all the time in the world to reach your destination. There's beautiful scenery to distract you from the ugliness of cancer. And then all of a sudden, out of no where, something jumps into your path & spins you out of control...."your tumor marker is on the rise"...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

MN Trip

While the girls were tracked out of school (we're lovin' this year round schedule!), they went to MN with Daddy for 11 days. T was born & raised in a suburb of the Twin Cities, so they have a ton of relatives including grandparents who love it when we visit! While there, they were VERY busy...
Mall of America...

Meg & Sadie @ Lego Land

Meg, Sponge Bob & Em

Patrick & Sponge Bob

Cousin Sadie
MN State Fair...

Future Pig Roasts...Just Joking!!!

You name it, they had it on a stick!

Gobble, gobble!

Go Twinkies!

Cluck, cluck!

Grandpa & Grandma Larson's House...

County Fair in Northern MN...

The girls worked at Uncle Tom's Treats & Eats

Petting Zoo...


A few seconds after this pic was taken, the llama SPIT all over Meg!

These little guys were raised together since birth.

Bemidji, MN...

Itasca State Park
The Headwaters...

The Larson's have a cabin on the lake & a boat that the girls were on when they caught these!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labor Day Swine Roast

For Labor Day this year, we went to John Liotti's annual Pig Roast in Mansfield, OH. It was a GORGEOUS drive through the mountains of West Virginia. Even the girls didn't mind the 10 hour drive! The entire, dad, aunts, uncles, cousins, 2nd cousins, etc., etc. were there. One 80 lb. pig, plus family, plus fall-like temps, plus a bonfire, plus beverages = one AMAZING weekend!

Ayla (cousin once-removed) taking a taste of the pig's ear! EWWWWW!

My cousins John (the host) & Paul.

They had a Mojito machine cranked & running the entire day. Some of us started a collection of cups & Corona's a bit too early! (AA) The water bottle was put there to try to "hide" the rest of the mess!

Time to slice the pig!

All of the kids were yelling, "OFF WITH THE HEAD!"

Such a sweet little girl.

A friendly game of horseshoes somehow turned into something right out of WWF!

Paul, Eric, T & Steve

The kids spent most of their day playing volleyball and some game that involved a LOT of screaming & a flag. We're still not sure what they were playing!

Now, THAT'S a bonfire!

Like mother, like daughter?

Uncle Tony trying to roast marshmallows.

Like a barnacle to a ship...that's Toby & T.

Bonfires & family...priceless :)