For years my husband has been entertaining the kids with a magic trick involving two toothpicks. He makes one of the toothpicks jump up and even flip in the air, seemingly with the power of his mind. For as long as he’s been performing the trick, my sons have been begging him to teach them the secret. They finally figured it out for themselves and watching them learn how to do it was…magical.

My husband likes to refer to what I call “concentration tongue” as “genetic garbage”:

Can you see what I mean in this next photograph?

This next picture had me laughing out loud…

This one made me laugh out loud too…

Weekend Snapshots 13

I spent the weekend in Richmond, Virginia with my best friend…


We met up on Friday and did the Canal Walk:

There are murals all over Richmond. These were right by the water:

We walked along the cobblestone streets in Shockoe Slip and had dinner at The Urban Farmhouse Market and Café



We stopped off at Sub Rosa Bakery in Church Hill for a little snack.


We met up with a friend at The Jefferson Hotel:

There used to be real alligators in the marble pool around the statue of Mr. Jefferson.

We had high tea:

We went to Carytown next:

I love this bookstore…

and this idea:


We spent our last day in Richmond at the fabulous Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The building and grounds are as wonderful as the art inside…


Bolin Creek

One of the best things about living in Carrboro, NC was that we could walk anywhere, from Harris Teeter to the woods. Six years ago, the kids spent many happy hours splashing in Bolin Creek…On Saturday we went back for a visit. It was just like old times…complete with my boring refrain: “Don’t get your shoes wet! Do NOT get your shoes wet.”


North Carolina Botanical Garden

On Saturday morning, we met up with “my writing friend” and her family at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

We especially liked the carnivorous plant collection:

It’s been fun comparing photos from six years ago and the ones I took on Saturday:

Another favorite spot was the chess board. Here are photos from six years ago:

And from Saturday:





Like a kid in a candy shop…

On Friday night we met up for dinner with a friend from graduate school and his lovely family:

The highlight of the night just may have been the trip to the candy store, simply named “It’sugar”: