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I [heart] Davids · Visitors


When people visit us

We’ve had a pretty busy summer of visitors, so I haven’t been able to keep up blogging with all the visits. Here are photos from Leslie and Vince’s trip in July. We were pretty lazy about taking pictures. Most of these photos are from a trip to Duke Chapel, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and the Durham Life Science Museum.

Duke Gardens
L&V - Duke Gardens

Duke Gardens Pond

Duke Chapel
Duke Chapel

Life Science Museum
Train at DMLS

L&V onboard the train

Lemurs at DMLS

Henry loves Dave
And his Uncle Vince

We were so lucky to have my grandmother (Henry’s great-grandmother) in town for her 84th birthday!! She got to spend lots of quality time with Henry. We even went to the pool one afternoon, it was so relaxing.

Friday was my work-at-home day, so Granma went with Uncle Denny (her brother-in-law) and Aunt Betty out to lunch at her favorite Raleigh restaurant, Kanki. Saturday we got up early and hit the North Raleigh Farmer’s Market with the neighbors. It was pretty hot out so we didn’t stay long.
North Hills Farmers Mkt

Then we headed to The Roast Grill, which we had seen featured on a recent episode of Man vs. Food. I knew that Granma loves hot dogs, so I thought we’d check it out. I was in for a surprise when I discovered how incredibly small a place it is. We got our order to go and had yummy hot dogs at home.
The Roast Grill

Granma spent time with Henry, helping feed him and playing with him in his playroom. She did a real good job of keeping him entertained!
Feeding Henry Breakfast

Lounging at the pool

For her birthday on Sunday, my mom joined us for a big dinner in Granma’s honor. My mom brought over balloons, which were a great hit with Henry. She wore herself out playing with Henry and the balloons.
LOVES baloons

Dinner was sweet potatoes, grilled T-bones and wilted lettuce salad – YUM!
Birthday Dinner

After dinner, Granma got to blow out the candles and enjoy the fabulous cake Dave made, an angel food cake spiked with pineapple and coconut-rum frosting.
Birthday Cake

Then she opened presents, including the candy she got from Jonathan and Dawn (which was also yummy!).
See's Candies Gift

Here’s Granma saying good-bye to Henry on his way to school on Monday.
Time for School

It was a great trip and it was so nice to have her here. I love her so much and I’m so happy to be able to spend time with her.

Amy Visit

Amy spent the weekend with us. We had a great time! Not many photos, though. Highlights include watching Fay Grim, eating chocolate chip pancakes, visiting the North Hills Farmer’s Market, cooking a terrific Pork Wellington, and seeing Kerri and Adam.

Plus, we did Duct Tape Crafts!!

Duct Tape Lunch Bags

Lunch Bags Inside

Aunt Amy and Henry

Lovely girls

Cayce and Larry

Cayce ignores rules about sitting on the counters

Cayce helps Larry type

Hangin’ Around

Some photos of the kids hanging around the house.

Henry and Audrey

Carson's legs

Carson, Audrey, Kate and Henry

Audrey, Kate and Henry

Carson and Henry


Saturday afternoon, Dave’s brother Kevin, his wife Mary, and their three kids all arrived from Cleveland. We are so excited to have them here as most of them have never been here before.

We had a nice chicken dinner last night and waffles for breakfast this morning. The waffles went over better with the kids. 🙂

Today we went to a local park to let the kids run out some energy. They had a great time at the playground.

Tonight Mom and Gene come over for a big family dinner. It’s sure to be a chaotic, fun time!

Larry and Hiroe

Our trip to Fishmonger’s last weekend.

Hiroe and Jeni
Hiroe and Jeni

Dave and Larry
Dave and Larry

Henry with his new toy
Henry LOVES his pumpkin
Henry loves this hard plastic pacifier that Hiroe brought him.

Pumpkin carving

Dave and Hiroe carved their pumpkins last Saturday. It was really gorgeous out, nice and sunny.
Hiroe applies a pattern to her pumpkin

Larry and I supervised, beer in hand.
Larry enjoys a beer


Hiroe’s windowpane pumpkin
Hiroe’s windowpane pumpkin

Dave’s happy pumpkin
Dave’s happy pumpkin

Jeni’s creepy pumpkin
Jeni’s creepy pumpkin

Last minute plans

Granma’s coming to visit for a few short hours this Saturday, courtesy of her next-door neighbors. They’re driving down for the day to attend a wedding, and they’ll drive home afterwards. They’re carting her down here so she can play with Henry for a few hours. 🙂

Yay!! William and Joyce finally got to meet Henry. 🙂 They’re like another set of grandparents. Ele’s post is here, more pictures here and a video here.

Henry and Finn are becoming fast friends

William and Joyce with Henry, Ele and Will with Finn

The doting granparents
William & Joyce with Henry

Oh, and the screech owl that William and Joyce were nursing back to health. So cute!
screech owl

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