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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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.

Mattie Windsor’s Farmer’s Market Sunday, Feb 22 2015 

It is once again time to celebrate the birth of our sweet little red head.

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For her very important fifth birthday, we decided to transform our dining room into her very own farmer’s market.

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We incorporated foods from many of our favorite local haunts and raised money for the Ardmore Gateway Garden (sustainableardmore.org).

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The menu consisted of bread from Camino Bakery to make homemade barbecue (a special thank you to Lynn) sandwiches and pimento cheese sandwiches.

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We served goat cheese to be enjoyed with fresh strawberries and cherry preserves.  We also filled a bowl with apples for hungry kids on the go.

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The crudités included a variety of vegetables and was served with white bean dip.  We also made popcorn topped with rosemary and parmesan cheese.

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We displayed Mattie Windsor’s hand-painted wooden eggs and loads of fresh flowers.

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And last but not least, there was gelato from Cafe Gelato

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and birthday cake!

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I painted wooden signs on salvaged boards

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and Mattie Windsor drew pictures of the various items offered at her farmer’s market and we hung them on an old wooden ladder.

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In the true spirit of Project Hurt, there was a craft project.

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The mini artists drew on canvas totes with fabric markers

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to make their very own bags to carry to the farmer’s market.

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We had a house full of guests

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and some of us truly embraced the theme!

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Soon it was time to sing

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and blow out the candles!

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(There was no shortage of cake taste testers.)

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Mattie Windsor opened her gifts and we surprised her with a new bike.

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Happy 5th Birthday to our very special girl!

The Found Couch Monday, Jan 19 2015 

Let’s rewind back to a brisk Tuesday morning in early November.  As always I went out my pre-work run.  I was almost home when I came across this on the side of the road.

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I was giddy!

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Not only was the couch sturdy but the caning was in perfect condition too.

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Now it was time to convince Jed to help me load it in the car before we left for work.  I waited until he finished his workout and approached him with my proposition.  The conversation went something along the lines of this.

Me: “I found something really large on the side of the road and I need your helping getting it home.”

Jed: (heavy sigh)

After his shower…

Jed: “What is it?”

Me: “It’s a … couch.”

Jed: (even heavier sigh)

After all three of got dressed for work and school, we bundled up and got in my car.  When Jed pulled up to the curb and saw the massive amount of caning, he let out an even heavier sigh.  (I should mention that Jed hates all things wicker and he equates caning to wicker.)

Jed stuffed the couch in the back of my car as far as it would go.  It only fit about halfway.  So with Mattie Windsor safely strapped in her car seat, I rode in the back of the car holding onto the couch for dear life.  Jed sped back home.  I was quite certain that he was trying to throw the offensive couch out the back of the car (and maybe me too.)

We safely arrived back at our house and Jed dragged the couch out of the car onto the driveway.  With the couch safely in my possession, I snapped a couple of quick photographs and quietly snuck off to work.

Fast forward through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day to a long weekend in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  With the promise of a three day weekend, it was time to finalize my vision.

First, I stripped off the green striped fabric before giving it a fresh coat of paint.

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I used a $5 can of white “oops” paint from Lowes mixed with plaster of Paris for the look of chalk paint.

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With a simple upholstery job using a large neutral patterned remnant,

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I have a romantic oasis on my sleeping porch.

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Jed even likes it!

Pizza Party! Sunday, Jan 18 2015 

Jed’s homemade pizza is my favorite food …

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so I was ecstatic when Jed declared that we were having a Hurt Family Pizza Party yesterday.

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Mattie Windsor helped make the dough.

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She was pretty excited too!

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Jed chose a hard, salty Italian cheese, roasted garlic, olive oil, and kale for his pie.

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I chose lemon, rosemary, burrata, and anchovies for my toppings.

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I shared a small section of my pizza with Mattie Windsor.

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  She chose tomato sauce, salumi and mozzarella.

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Almost ready.

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Patiently waiting…

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Time to dine!

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Mmmmmmm…

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So tasty!

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We are one happy family!

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New Year, New Bathroom Sunday, Jan 4 2015 

Believe it or not, there is one room left in our house that we have not repainted . . . until now.  Apparently 2015 is the year to repaint our downstairs / guest bathroom.

Jed helped to facilitate this decision by removing the small wooden toothpaste holder seen below.

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  He has wanted to rip this dated thing off of the wall since we moved in, but it was painted the same celery green as the bathroom and would leave a random mark on the wall that we could not easily hide.

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With the offensive toothbrush holder gone and a glaring white spot on the wall over the sink, it was time to get to work.  I chose “Catalina Blue” by Benjamin Moore for a spa-like feel and started painting on Saturday morning while Jed and Paul ran the Frosty 25K at Salem Lake.

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Despite just finishing an arduous race, Jed even helped me roll when he got back.  (Of course, we shared a celebratory beer first.)

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After cleaning up, I added a few accessory updates

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including freshly potted succulents

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and the bathroom was complete.

What will we find to paint now?…

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