Swinging Summer Sunday, Jul 26 2015 

Mattie Windsor has been longing for a tire swing.

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So with the help of a massive old walnut tree, Pinterest, and a very patient gentleman at Lowes, Jed and I were able to grant her wish.

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Because every kid needs a tire swing.

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Time of my Life Monday, Jul 20 2015 

Have you checked out a movie at Winston Square Park?…

   because it is hard to beat catching up with a good friend and watching one of my favorite movies al fresco!  http://www.aperturecinema.com/off-site-screenings.html

Fools in the Rain Sunday, Jul 19 2015 

Matt and Kelly came up from Atlanta for a weekend visit.  After a fun-filled Saturday morning at the farmers market followed by an afternoon of local shopping, we came home to enjoy snacks and cocktails on the porch.

Even a sudden heavy downpour could not ruin our fun.

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The sky was bright as the rain came down and we all got wet.

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Nothing beats dancing in the rain…

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followed by soaring high in the sky.

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We eventually got all clean before heading out for dinner.

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  A very special thank you to Kelly for bringing back this fabulous dress for Mattie Windsor from her recent travels abroad.

Northern Triad Farm Tour Monday, Jul 13 2015 

On Sunday afternoon, Mattie Windsor and I set out for the Northern Triad Farm Tour.

Our goal was to visit four out of the five open farms (we had previously visited to Buffalo Creek Farm & Creamery in Germanton) in four hours!

Our first stop was Yellow Wolf Farm in Walkertown.  After a few wrong turns, I finally managed to navigate us there.

There was a menagerie of animals!

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There were pigs and baby pigs

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and chickens

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and ducks

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and goats

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and horses

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and did I mention the baby pigs?  (They were quite possibly one of the cutest things I have ever seen!)

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Next we were off to Plum Granny Farm in King.

We started off with a tour and peeked inside an old tobacco farm now used for garlic.  (They harvest over 20,000 bulbs of garlic  a year.)

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We found our way to the “Pick your own” blackberry and black raspberry patch.

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We picked over two pounds of berries to bring home and devoured at least another pound while we were at it.

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Mattie Windsor enjoyed a refreshing snow cone with fresh raspberry syrup

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while we went on a hay ride around the farm.

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We even got to see a bee hive.

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The next stop on our journey was Truffles NC at Keep Your Fork Farm also in King.

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There we got to learn about truffles and meet Daisy the “truffle dog”.

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We even got to see and smell the truffles up close. Ooh la la!

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We purchased small jars of truffle honey, truffle salt, and truffle butter before heading to Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve in Westfield.

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There we discovered a lush farm with endless rows of flowers and vegetables.

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We met Arlo the cat and

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Woody the dog.

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We saw unusual floral varieties

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and enjoyed the natural perfume.

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It was truly a beautiful place.

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I simply had to purchase a few flowers before returning home

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and was able to make some lovely arrangements for us to enjoy!

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Exactly how many berries can one family eat?

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Pilot Mountain Hike Saturday, Jul 4 2015 

On Friday we took advantage of the three day holiday weekend to go on a family hike and picnic at Pilot Mountain.

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We thought we had selected a moderate 1.2 mile trail…

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only to discover that we had meandered onto a strenuous 2 mile trail.

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No worries…Pilot Mountain was no match for Mattie Windsor.

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She conquered every rock

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and tree that that got in her path!

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Despite the dreary weather we had a great time taking in the sights

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and Mattie Windsor unknowing fell victim to her first photo bomb.

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By the time we headed home, we were all ready for a snooze.

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Happy Independence Day from the Hurts!

Iron Family Wednesday, Jun 17 2015 

Last Saturday we headed up the road for Jed’s half ironman distance race in Williamsburg, VA.

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After getting all checked in and set up for the race, we arrived at our condo where Mattie Windsor was transformed into a fancy butterfly.

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After a quiet evening and a good night of rest, it was race time!

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 Jed headed out before dawn while Mattie Windsor, Lynn, and I arrived in plenty of time to make a sign and jump around in the bouncy house.  We enjoyed watching the professional athletes cross the line and learning about the amazing life stories of the other racers.  The MC of the event could not stop raving over Mattie Windsor’s red hair and blue eye and even presented her with her very own Challenge teddy bear.

And then it was time to cross the finish line with Jed!

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He came in 6th in his age group

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and 44th overall!

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This is one proud mom!

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And a very proud wife!

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The fun continued into the afternoon with a visit from Kathleen and Piper.

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Even a brief rainstorm could not keep this girl from dancing.

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So we went to the arcade and shot aliens in our bikinis.

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And then tested out our driving skills.

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We ended the day with an excellent meal at Prime46forty.  (A special thank you to our wee photographer.)

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 The next morning we hit the outlets before our journey home.

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I am not so sure that yellow is my color but Mattie Windsor insisted on snapping a picture!

Congratulations Jed and thank you for giving us such a fantastic weekend!

2015 Kitty Hawk Vacation Album Monday, Jun 8 2015 

 Disclaimer: If you follow me (or Jed) on Instagram then you probably have seen all of these photos, but if you are my parents then please enjoy!

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Welcome to the beach!

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All smiles with Jed on a perfect day for the beach (and a bike ride!)

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Relaxing with EZ on the deck.

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Check out these waves!

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Beautiful Beach Babe

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Watch out!  This girl means business.

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Walking with her Big B.

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Dance party!

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Jed and Dude off to conquer the ocean.

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Our version of taking on the waves.

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Even Owen joined us for the fun in the sun.

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Don’t you love when your bathing suit coordinates with your daughter?

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Obligatory Selfie

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A cool, windy day became an opportunity to treat ourselves to a pedicure.

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One last good night.

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And back home where nothing beats sitting in a bucket of water in the comfort of our own backyard.

Happy Saturday! Saturday, Sep 6 2014 

Another fantastic Saturday morning at Cobblestone Farmer’s Market and yard saling with Mattie Windsor!

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Looking forward to Hoots Flea this afternoon!

 

 

I love summer! Monday, Jun 30 2014 

I just cut a few things from our garden.

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And done!

Smith Mountain Lake Tuesday, Jul 23 2013 

Last week the Hurt family packed up and hit the road for an all American summer vacation at Smith Mountain Lake.  We rented a cabin with a large deck and a private dock for swimming .  We had a lot of visitors during our five day stent and Mattie Windsor showed off her fearless self as well as her love of the water.

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Our dock

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Daytime view of Smith Mountain Lake

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Jed and Mattie Windsor taking in the view

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Mattie Windsor showing off her twirling skills

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Sunset our first evening

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Even better sunset our second night

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Jed and I enjoying the romantic setting

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Time to hop in the water

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Fun with Lynn and Bernard

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On the boat with Meme

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Cheese!

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Right at home on the boat

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Swimming off of the boat

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Cruising together

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Self photo with Erin (a.k.a. EZ)

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Lounging in the water

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Serious fisher girl

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Catching a wee little fish

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Fearless!

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Mom and Dad after a leisurely lunch

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A girl could get used to used to this…

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