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Time Slips Away

Every time I walk into Colin’s room to take him out of his crib after a nap, he seems bigger. Every time he takes an assisted step and smiles, he’s wiser. Every time Richard and I tiptoe carefully into his room to savor one last sweet glance of him before we go to bed, he’s older.

In a few short weeks, our boy will celebrate his first birthday. There is a good chance that I will turn into a blubbering mess. However, I suppose there is also a good chance that I will be so deep into “party setup mode”, that I won’t even have time to process this enormous milestone until there is a cake in front of Colin and we all bust out in song. Then it will hit me like a ton of bricks.

Time slips away faster now that he’s in my life. His darling ginger hair is getting thicker, his sweet dimples are getting bigger, his smile is getting wider. He’s changing, and so am I.

We have kept this tiny, once utterly helpless, precious human being alive for an entire year. Yeah, woah. WE did that.

And in turn, this boy has taught me what it means to be patient on the most trying of days. Richard and I have basically learned how to survive on coffee alone. We have experienced moments of complete joy in ways that I never imagined possible.

Moments with him are invaluable. Every day with Colin is an adventure, and I am proud to spend my days as his mom.

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I’m happy to be back and sharing this week’s Scribble Picnic sketch with you — the theme is “Grandfather Clock”!

I hope you’ll join us next week — the theme is “Rabbit”. Even if you don’t host a blog, you can still get in on the fun by sharing your doodle on Instagram using the hashtag #scribblepicnic — and don’t forget to tag Michael (@dottyhill), the leader of this creative co-op.

Happy Spring, everyone!

xo Cassie

Worthwhile Weekends

What a beautiful weekend! Yes, it was a little chilly on Saturday, but we’ve been lucky enough to have sunny and cloudless skies all weekend.


Saturday morning, we had a delicious brunch at Another Broken Egg Cafe in North Hills with our friends Gerry and Erika and their precious little 1-year-old son, Dylan. In the afternoon, Richard and I walked the greenway trail from Meredith College, my alma mater, to the North Carolina Museum of Art. It was nice to spend some quiet time together (and walk off the beignets). Since Richard works full time during the week, it’s really important to us that we make the most of our weekends together.

We crawled into the “Cloud Chamber” in the NCMA park.

Cloud Chamber

It may have been a little late in the afternoon to see the real camera obscura effect, but it was still really neat! After hiking around for a while, we headed over to Raleigh Brewing (across from Meredith) for a few coffee porters (see header photo).

We did a quick 3-mile run around Bond Lake in Cary today, so now I feel like being rather lazy for the rest of the afternoon.

Anddddd Gretchen spent most of the weekend napping.


xo Cassie

Johnson’s Pumpkin Farm

On Sunday, my grandparents and I headed to Angier to pick up some of the most amazing pumpkins from a very sweet couple, Doug and Freda Johnson, of Johnson’s Pumpkins. And wow, it was such a warm day that we even stopped at Sunny Sky’s for ice cream on the way back to Apex! Um, Caramel Praline… wow.

To celebrate the arrival of beautiful October, I thought I’d share some of my photographs from that fun trip!

Pumpkins 1

I’m a sucker for pumpkins with deep grooves and little stems that twist and turn!

Pumpkins 3

It’s difficult to buy just 1 or 2 when you have a variety of colors to choose from!

Pumpkins 4

Looks like a little grasshopper has claimed this one.

Pumpkins 5

Now there’s a prime example of deep grooves and a twisted stem!

Pumpkins 2

This color reminds me of “Cinderella” pumpkins. I love the grey-green.


Tiny pumpkin warts.


Miniature horses begging for some attention, plus a normal-sized horse!


My grandparents and I, squinting to keep the pesky little bugs out of our eyes!


“Lucky” rolling around, hamming it up for the camera.

Lucky 2

Such a perfect little Halloween kitty, huh?


Myself, my grandmother (Mary), Freda, and Freda’s granddaughter Cameron.

Trailer of pumpkins

I’ll be sharing some snapshots of my at-home pumpkin decorations in a later post, as well as some food posts — we bought pumpkins and butternut squash for roasting!

What is your favorite way to enjoy fall squash? Do you prefer sweet or savory pumpkin / squash dishes? I’ve got a Jose Garces recipe for Cuban butternut squash soup with crab and zucchini that I’m eyeing…

For now, a very happy October to you!

xo Cassie

Fresh Paint & Caribbean Style

Since having our house and front door painted, I’ve been working to spruce up the outside living area a bit. Hanging baskets, potted herbs, flowers on the doorsteps, the works!

Here are some snapshots of the exterior progress…

Potted plants


Basket and pots

Patio plants

Front porch

One can never plant too much basil. Also, did you notice the little kitty in the window in the very first picture above the title of this post? Sweet Merlin is always crying to get outside…

I’m loving the seafoam/peach/yellow combination — makes me feel like we’ve got our own little Caribbean beach cottage in the heart of Apex!

xo Cassie

Brewgaloo Weekend

So, my shoulders are a little sunburned, and my feet a little sore — but I had a great time yesterday at Brewgaloo with Richard, my parents, and my brother Patrick! I continue to be amazed at the number of local breweries that our state is churning out.

The event was also dotted with dozens of local food trucks, each with its own unique cuisine. Richard and I tried veggie and tofu dumplings from DumpPhoKingTruck — a brand new food truck (Brewgaloo was only their second event!) that began as a Kickstarter project. The food was great, and the ladies running the business were just so sweet!

Food truck

Now that it’s Sunday, it’s time to get caught up on a few things around the house. I’m happy that we are able to have the windows open, though — it’s going to be over 80 degrees and sunny today! May need to take a stroll around the lake later…

The cats are enjoying their lazy Sunday.



I get the feeling that every day is a lazy day for them.

Oh, check out this cute little piece of wall art that a vendor was selling at Brewgaloo — I think I want to try to make one!


Richard pointed it out and I fell in love with it!

I even threatened to fight another freckle-faced girl for it.

I was kidding.

Happy Sunday!

xo Cassie

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