Are We There Yet?

March 15, 2012


On our way to Bald Head Island! It’s my mom’s 58th birthday weekend, and the Original Four are coming together for a celebration. Cake covered with buttercream is in the trunk!!!!


Kanz opted to stay home [although he sends his birthday wishes!], and Larbs’ Matt is in India on an MBA trip!

I left Cville early this morning and drove 3 hours to Hillsborough where I loaded into my parents’ Buick for the second 3 hours of driving. Love being in the back seat!!


We ate lunch on the road.


I made egg + cheese sandwiches for mom and me on Cville Crunch [Dad declined in lieu of fruit and yogurt] This is such an easy sandwich to make.


Apple side dish


And a diet Birch Beer – my parents always have a great selection of soft drinks, so I have one a few times I year when I visit. Love anything root beer related!


I’m finding myself hungry every 2 hours these days. I snacked on trail mix on the ride down and again just a little while ago. This kind – The Hedgehog – is another from the selection coming to OpenSky. I absolutely loved the dried figs and their crunchy seeds and the pistachios (that I didn’t have to crack open!) inside.


Plus grapes!


One more afternoon snack…lovin’ stringcheese these days


We’ve mostly been chatting the whole ride, which went by fast. I tried to do some reading, but didn’t get very far with constant questions from my mom : ) My friend Meredith lent me her favorite book, but I have to say it’s been hard to focus on the older writing style!

Three cheers for anyone who identifies the fabric of my bookmark!


We missed the 5pm ferry but had plenty of time for the 6 to lounge in rocking chairs. We’re so lucky with this nice weather!


Neverending hunger called for a snack box I brought from home [also from OpenSky!] Salted Caramel 479 popcorn!


Although that excited the birds!


And mom.

We’ve just arrived in time for a marsh walk, and Larbs should be arriving on the 7pm ferry before dinner.


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1 Clare March 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Hope I look like your Mom when I’m 58 :)


2 Mom March 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Thanks! And thanks everybody for the birthday wishes.


3 Ashley March 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Did I miss it? Why do you call Matt Kanz?


4 KathEats March 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

It’s a college nickname after the bonobo Kanzi


5 Carol B March 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Like the monkey?


6 KathEats March 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Yeah! But it’s a bonobo not a monkey :)


7 Clare March 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Does the bookmark fabric have Scarlet Pimpernels on it? Otherwise I’d guess Cath Kidston.


8 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth March 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Is that egg and cheese sandwich a fried egg? A classic egg sandwich in England is boiled egg mashed up with mayonnaise and served with cress which are little green shoots with a peppery flavour. Really good – give it a go.


9 KathEats March 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Yup. “fried” meaning cooking in a skillet


10 Elisabeth March 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I love diet birch beer! I always get a can of that same brand every year when I go down to Amish Country (Holmes County in Ohio) :)


11 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs March 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I think I know what I’m having for dinner. Simple and easy! I always know I can count on you for ideas :) Wish we had that nice weather its been raining here for days, have fun and happy bday to your mom! I


12 Elizabeth March 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Fabric looks a lot like an American Girl Doll fabric (blast from the past!)?? Egg sandwich looks delish, one of my favorites!


13 KathEats March 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm


Which one!?


14 Allison K March 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I’m guessing Kirsten!


15 Gwen March 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Yes, it is the light medium blue dress of Kirsten’s that does with the bonnet and boots, the dress she comes with!


16 Gwen March 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm

does= goes


17 Allison K March 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I had Samantha, but Kirsten was my 2nd favorite.


18 Cathy March 16, 2012 at 11:34 am

My daughter had Samantha too. She was so pretty.


19 lindzjane115 March 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm

WOW! I’m so impressed with Elizabeth’s eyes! Now that I know, I absolutely recognize Kirsten’s dress, but I don’t think I could have seen it!

Have a great weekend with your family, Kath.


20 Elizabeth March 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I thought it was Kirstin, she was always my favorite!


21 KathEats March 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

You guys are goood!


22 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

your lunch looks great! I love string cheese, I need to get some!


23 Becca @ Blueberry Smiles March 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

What a fun way to celebrate! Have a great time!


24 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Sounds like a fun weekend in store!


25 Megan @ Megan's Munchies March 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Happy Birthday to your mom! Have fun!


26 katie @KatieDid March 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm

ohh such a fun trip! Have a blast with your family.


27 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance March 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

My boyfriend loves birch beer. I just can’t do root beer though – something about the taste of it does not agree with me!


28 Kathi March 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I laughed at the comment about your mom kept asking you questions. 😉 I do this to my daughter as well, and I realized that my mom does the same of me. Oh the cycle! Happy birthday to your mom! I am much closer to her age than yours but relate to both of you so well. Enjoy your weekend!


29 Sara March 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm

hey kath,
you may have answered this question before, but what brand of String Cheese do you buy? Have you found a good one? I’ve tried a few of the lower-fat kind, and still looking for one that doesn’t taste rubbery! Thanks!


30 KathEats March 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Just bought the whole foods brand for the first time this week. It’s good


31 TeenyLittleSuperChef March 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I love how you put your food in random places like plants and bushes. Definitely makes string cheese look more fun and exciting than it actually is. I hope you have fun with your family. Sounds like a good time. Tell your mama happy birthday. She looks beautiful :)


32 Anne March 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

American Girl Kirsten’s dress!!


33 Angel7 March 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I love birch root beer! I have been trying not to drink much pop, since I know it is not good for the baby in my belly. But it is a good switch from water every once and a while. I wish I had some of your bubbly water that Matt makes you :)


34 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I love the background of your food pictures. So festive for St. Patrick’s Day!

I don’t drink much soda, but I can never turn down root beer. Mmmmm!


35 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass March 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm

If you’re going to only occasionally have a soda…PA birch beer is the way to go, but I might be biased. 😉


36 Mandie March 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Thats my favorite soda!!! I’m not a soda drinker but birch beer is soo good!


37 [email protected] March 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm

This looks like so much fun! And such a good lunch!!! Have an awesome time!


38 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith March 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Diet soda question – I thought I read somewhere that artificial sweeteners weren’t recommended during pregnancy. Is that like anything else – okay in moderation? (I always thought caffeine was a no-no too but I guess that’s not either from what my friends tell me.)


39 KathEats March 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I don’t think drinking diet soda is ideal, but I also don’t think there’s any harm in having one every now and then. Same with caffeine (200mg or less is considered safe)


40 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith March 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

How much is a cup of coffee? I have no concept (other than I probably drink too much) …


41 KathEats March 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm

A cup of drip is 80mg on average, but i think Starbucks is more like 160mg?


42 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith March 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Huh … I had no idea. Thanks!


43 Bizzle March 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I had to laugh @Mom asking questions. It’s what parents do best. I can remember being sooo annoyed as a teen. Luckily, I got over myself and now cherish those questions.


44 Pamela March 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Waving hi from Wilmington. Have a great weekend!


45 KathEats March 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm



46 Lydia March 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Looks like a wonderful place for a weekend celebration! Wishing we were headed on a fun retreat.
Have a great time!
Lydia :)


47 Michele Sparrow March 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Hi Kath! I am a regular reader of your blog – LOVE IT – I guess I just don’t comment too often, though. I love looking through your bakery pics as well…all that fresh bread looks absolutely divine! Congratulations on your pregnancy, too! I have read the Scarlet Pimpernel, many years ago, actually – when I was in college and really liked it. There is a movie of the book, made in the early 80’s with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour and it is fabulous. If you are bored one evening and enjoyed the story, you should watch it. It’s a good one!


48 Linnea March 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm

You look especially lovely in these pictures – glowing, really! 😉


49 Meredith March 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Hey, that looks familiar! 😉 I remember the beginning of the book being slow, but there’s a turning point after the ball (I think) and it gets more action-packed! Although what do I know about good books, I’m on an average of 1 every 6-ish months right now, haha. I just read The Help after Christmas (yeah, I’m behind the times) and really liked it. What do you recommend I read next?

P.S. Enjoy “some beach, somewhere” this weekend! :)


50 KathEats March 16, 2012 at 7:27 am

I might have to save it for a time when I can concentrate more :) It’s not the most beachy read out there! It seems intriguing, but I’m having trouble keeping who’s who in my head!


51 Carin March 15, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Hi Kath – greetings from a sunny and autumnal New Zealand!
LOVE this post – you all look happy and relaxed! The island looks beautiful too.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend x


52 KathEats March 16, 2012 at 7:27 am

Hi from the other side of the earth!


53 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I love Bald Head Island! We used to run the annual Bald Head 5 & 10k Race every year when we lived in the Carolinas! I’ve almost missed the ferry there for those 7am races…almost every year :)

HAVE FUN and Happy Bday to your mom!


54 Laurie March 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

I love the pictures with the shamrocks as a backdrop!!


55 Chris March 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

Happy Birthday to your Mom and have a great weekend!!


56 Cait's Plate March 16, 2012 at 8:52 am

I’m dying to go to Bald Head Island. I’ve loved it ever since you first posted about it!


57 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot March 16, 2012 at 8:57 am

I’m not even prego and I still get hungry every 2-3 hours! 😉 Looks like you all had a great time! So special for your Mom on her Birthday :)


58 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach March 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

Love the spirited bed of clovers you found to snap your photos on! Happy St Patty’s Day!


59 JessicaE March 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Aww how come Matt decided not to go?


60 Erin Shmidt March 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm

My sisters and I loved that book! It’s so good…after the second chapter. I really wish they would make a movie version of it. Wait for the ending!


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