Friday, April 29, 2011

our easter

in pictures:

my mom sent us an easter package. we always love opening the box to see what she has stuffed inside! thanks for everything mom.

after visiting the bunny at the mall

danny made us bunny pancakes on easter morning, he used a new recipe and they were delicious. my mom sent us the bunny pancake mold. 

we headed to gamma bicky and pop's house, and found this note taped to their front door :)

we spent lots of time outside 

malcolm loves to "take a ride" on all of pop's motorcycles

we played a humorous and at times intense game of badminton with the family

dessert! (wish i had also taken a photo of vicky's wonderful vegan lasagna)

it was nice to have sunday off of work, even if i don't care much for this holiday (too much sugar and candy in our house!! eeep!) and to have spent the day with family. i hope you had a nice easter weekend as well.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


alanna had all of last week off for spring break. we usually go to salt lake city during her vacation, but this year we simply could not afford the outrageous airfare. we didn't do anything exciting since danny had to work everyday. the kids and i just spent time at home, went to the mall, and ran errands. i felt like we were spending too much time inside, so on wednesday i decided we should take a nature walk. we visited a new place here in raleigh, the jc raulston arboretum. it was beautiful, i'm not sure why we've never been there before, but we plan on going back often. of course i chose the hottest day of the week (91 degrees out, oops), and we were all sweaty by the time we left, but it was good to explore someplace new.

"the american honey bee is usually a very gentle creature. however she will defend her home against all threats." what a good mama. we stayed a safe distance.

malcolm wouldn't smile for me...

he made silly faces instead :)

we found some wildlife

who knew such a beautiful place was tucked away in raleigh. it is open every day of the year, is free to the public, and has a big open lawn perfect for flying kites. fantastic.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


it's been a busy couple of weeks, so i am playing catch-up on my blog today. i've been working more hours lately, which means this space has been a bit neglected, and my free time is spent with my family instead. i actually worked six days in a row earlier this month, which is the most time i have spent out of the house (sans kids) since january of 2008 -before malcolm was born. no complaints here :) i do often wonder though, how full-time working mothers get everything done? i only work part-time, and on those days i feel like our house is a wreck, and that i won't ever catch up on what needs to be done. how in the world do you ladies juggle it all?!

anyway, so remember when i posted that it was my husbands birthday on the 8th? well on the 9th it was my turn, and i turned thirty-one! our birthdays are a day apart, so each year we get to celebrate them together. it's pretty great. a few days before the big day, i received this large package in the mail

my sister sent me this bike basket that i asked for from cb2. thanks again natalie!

on the morning of my actual birthday we all headed out to danny's parents house, where we dropped off the kids so that danny and i could go on a date. we had a delicious lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants in durham. we saw a movie at the carolina theater, and then danny treated me to some shopping at the mall. what a sweet husband i have, he waited patiently while i tried stuff on at victoria's secret (coffee kept him company, ha!) and then again in urban outfitters. i love you husbandito.    

this is how we found malcolm when we got back. wiped out. he and grandpa dan played hard.

vicky made us a wonderful meal

(here is malcolm's opposite shot)

and then we had cake!

danny surprised me with this cake from blue moon bakery. it was sooo good, one of the best cakes i've had in a long time. reminded me of why they are so expensive.

danny gave me these beautiful day lilies (my favorite!) from whole foods, and the kids made me a cute card.

debbi and the girls at work gave me this gerber daisy 

my mom and dad sent us each a card with some spending money, which was well spent. danny picked up a couple new records while we were out on our date. and i bought my very first pair of toms! i love them. thanks guys!

malcolm took this photo. he is an aspiring photographer :)

i don't mind getting older, i actually love being in my thirties. and i sure do love this family of mine.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

happy easter bunny day!

this was taken on our second visit to see the easter bunny at the mall... the first one was tragic, and malcolm has asked me not to mention it again. this time he got his "big flash" with the bunny! after multiple attempts at a photo, each time pulling a different funny face and making the entire photo staff (and danny and i) laugh and laugh, we finally got a great shot. that little malcolm sure is silly. and alanna sure is a good sport for posing with him... even if she did complain a little. she was definitely bigger than the bunny was, ha! :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

tornado?! in raleigh!?!

on saturday afternoon our area was hit with severe weather. we knew it was supposed to be a bad storm, but we never could have imagined that we would be hit by a tornado. the news said that there hasn't been a storm like this in north carolina since the mid 80's, so this was a very rare freak occurrence. 62 tornados ripped through nc, and there were multiple areas where twisters touched down right here in raleigh. one spot that was badly damaged, less than two miles from our house, was on yonkers rd where danny's screen printing shop is located. 

i left work at 3 pm and when i got in my car to head home, the radio was blaring emergency info about seeking shelter immediately. the short drive home was crazy, lots of downed tree limbs, heavy rain, out traffic signals, and flashing police lights. danny had been dropping alanna off at a friend's birthday party, so he and malcolm were also on their way home. malcolm and i were safe inside when the really serious weather hit. the storm brought heavy rain, and made the power flicker on and off. danny had left to meet a friend to see a movie, but chose to turn around in fear that his windshield would be shattered by hail. on his way back to our house he saw a car sitting in water up to the bottoms of it's windows. then just as quickly as it had arrived, the storm was gone. blue skies and birds chirping. we are so lucky that our house and yard did not suffer any damage. we did have a tree branch puncture the roof of our tuff shed and knock it off of it's foundation, but danny and i were able to move it back into place, and he bent the metal roof back the best he could. 

alanna's friends house lost power for about 30 minutes, but the girls were all safe and busy having fun while the storm passed. driving out to pick her up was so strange. large stretches of what is normally a very busy road had lost all power, so it was like driving through a black out. pretty eerie. at 11 o'clock i wanted to watch the local news to see what the extent of the damage was in our area. that's when i heard them say that yonkers rd had been hit hard, i told danny and he left to check it out. the power was out there too, but when he got home he said it was like driving through a scene from independence day. we drove over sunday morning to check it out in the daylight. here are the photos i took while in the car on the drive to his shop.

this used to be a highway entrance sign, and a large billboard

the destroyed front entrance to a self storage complex

the sun washed this photo out, but this building was completely leveled :(

wrecked stretch of businesses. this complex is most likely a complete loss.

box truck on it's side.

there were tons of people out collecting large chunks of metal to sell as scrap. one guy even had his entire mini van filled, and was attempting to tie a street lamp to the roof! craziness!

large pieces of metal that landed in the shop parking lot. 

and an uprooted tree. this was the extent of the damage to the business park where danny has his warehouse space. compared to the destruction on either side of it, we are very, very lucky that it did not sustain any major damage. very lucky. 

the roof of the shop was damaged a little, we could see cracks of light near the brick wall, but hopefully that should be a quick fix. they had men up there today working on it already. we are so very thankful that the building is intact. it is hard to imagine what we would do if his shop had been wrecked like his neighbor's were. pretty unsettling to even think about. 

the plumbing supply company next door was very badly damaged. it's hard to see the actual mess in these photos.

that twisted mess up top is part of the inside of their structure. this photo was taken from the dock door of danny's shop. that is how close it came to it. 

and this business is on the other side of the shop. both corners of their brick building looked like they had exploded. it's insane that virtually every building on the street was damaged (some destroyed), except for the building that danny's shop is in! did i mention already how lucky and thankful we are for that!? because we are.

debris from the buildings that had been blown up against the fence that runs along the highway. what a mess.

danny went to work today to get some things done that could be accomplished without electricity. he and a friend walked around the area and took more photos of the destruction with his phone, so i will post a few more later. the cleanup is gonna be a doozy.