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Our Family’s 15 Minutes of (Local) Fame!

Our Family’s 15 Minutes of (Local) Fame!

 Some of you may recall a Cragmama facebook post a few weeks ago that mentioned our family being interviewed by our local NBC TV station at our climbing gym, Inner Peaks.  The producer’s idea was to create a hopefully endearing story about how climbing has been a family affair for us – first as a couple, then as a family of 3, and now as a soon-to-be family of 4.   The shoot took a little over an hour on a weekday morning, and entailed us all being interviewed individually (including a chat with C as he was tying in…Read the rest of this entry →

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Tis the Season to Try Something New! (How about Ice Skating?!?)

Tis the Season to Try Something New!  (How about Ice Skating?!?)

When most people think of the holidays, they think about the familiar comfort of family traditions.  In fact the predictability of such traditions is probably one of the reasons we are drawn to them – after all, nothing lets you settle into your comfort zone quite like doing the SAME thing at the SAME time EVERY year, right?  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not insinuating you do something crazy like having Christmas LUNCH instead of DINNER, or bringing a new fruit cake recipe to Great Aunt Sally’s soiree.  Rest assured, your traditions will most certainly be honored here.  This post…Read the rest of this entry →

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A Local Haunt: Lazy 5 Ranch

A Local Haunt:  Lazy 5 Ranch

  A while back, our family decided to spend a delightful Saturday morning Green Hour at the Lazy Five Ranch in Mooresville, NC.  (For you Southeasterners that are wondering how I could possibly describe the heat wave we’ve been having as delightful, note that I said a “while back”…I’ve been busy so it’s taken me a while to get to this one.   ).  Lazy 5 Ranch is a rather unique place – somewhat of a hodgepodge of zoo meets farm meets playground kinda thing.  My first experiences at Lazy 5 was back in my college years, when I drove…Read the rest of this entry →

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Sentimental Snapshots: A Rainbow of Obstacles (and a GIVEAWAY from Clif)

Sentimental Snapshots:  A Rainbow of Obstacles (and a GIVEAWAY from Clif)

The other day Cragbaby and I enjoyed a beautiful, sunny morning at Belle Johnston Park.  Though technically in Pineville, not Charlotte, it’s only 15 minutes or so from our house, and is well worth the drive for a morning’s worth of playground fun.  What I like about this park is that it seems to have been designed for multi-generational enjoyment, not just the wee folk.  In addition to the many playgrounds, giant sand pit, swing sets, and riding toys situated within the acreage of open green space, there are porch swings and benches scattered about, perfect for outdoor lovers of…Read the rest of this entry →

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Messy Marvins Art Camp: Indoor Fun!

Messy Marvins Art Camp:  Indoor Fun!

Every now and then Cragbaby and I do play inside. A couple of weeks ago C spent a week at Messy Marvins Art Camp at The Art Room, a kids art studio in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte.  The best part for Cragbaby was that he got to get messy with one of his favorite people, Miss Liz.  The best part for me was that it was a drop-off class – which meant I got to play the role of brooding, introspective writer at a coffee shop in the mornings – and it was pretty well-timed actually since my guidebook…Read the rest of this entry →

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