Snapshots Of Home

August 4, 2010

Driving home today was like a dream. I haven’t come in from that direction in TEN YEARS.

I passed Hurdle Mills Road. Carr Store Road. Walnut Grove Church Road.

I had friends who lived at the end of every dirt road in the county!

Finally, I was home. Small town to small town, Virginia country roads in between.

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Home Sweet Home!

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The Bears were busy reading a novel when I arrived

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And sweet Billis was taking a nap

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Mom wanted to feed me one of her favorite lunches – a sandwich with Cucumber, Tomato and Cream Cheese (and I added a little mustard!)

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Plus strawberries with rice pudding!

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And a Diet Birch Beer

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‘Twas pretty tasty!

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And it wouldn’t be mom without mid-afternoon hot tea! Prepared with sugar and milk.

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I spent the afternoon studying RD flashcards before this busy two weeks starts

Don’t Know on the left, Know on the right

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Upon visting my childhood bedroom, I discovered a box of Biscoff that arrived here for me during our move when I used my home address for shipping. SO HAPPY to see Biscoff!!

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Had two cookies for a snack!

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The Original Three went out for dinner!

To my very favorite restaurant of all times: Brixx

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Mom and I shared a beer

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And then we got a Hop Devil because of the Blue Devils and because beers were on special!

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Dad got the Bruschetta and shared

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I got a famous Brixx Spinach Salad

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And we all shared two pizzas – 4 flavors

Greek, Spicy Shrimp

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Artichoke, Quattro Fromaggio

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I had a slice of each flavor

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You have no idea how excited I was to see Duke Blue Skies :)

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Might have a slice of watermelon and/or go for a walk with Dad. Early morning tomorrow!

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1 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 4, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Yay Duke Blue Devils!! Your childhood home (aka Grandma Buzz’s home) looks so elegant. My goodness.


2 Erin August 4, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Go Terps! 😉


3 Stormy August 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

Kath needs to adjust to her new home: Go Hoos!

Although she’ll be surrounded by plenty of Duke fans in Charlottesville.


4 Erin August 4, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Looks like fun! It’s always nice to go home and relive childhood, at least for a few days. Cute town and LOVE that big porch. 😀


5 Heather August 4, 2010 at 7:26 pm

OH MY GOD, do you have a Suffragette ‘Votes for Women’ print in your home?! I love that!!!!!


6 Hannah August 4, 2010 at 7:26 pm

How lovely – sometimes there’s nothing like heading home to be pampered by your parents. There’s something that just feels safe and loving about home :)

P.S. I want that rice pudding. Just sayin’.


7 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 4, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Awww! There’s absolutely nothing like home. I am seriously drooling over your pizza too! I love trying a whole bunch of flavors :) I hope things are getting better for you Kath!


8 tanyasdailyproductreviews August 4, 2010 at 7:27 pm

wow, that pizza looks so good!
it takes time to adjust to new places…time


9 Tracey August 4, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Oh, I adore your parent’s home! So many little touches. I just wanted to reach through the screen and pick things up and look at them. :)


10 Meg August 4, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I ADORE your magazine-photo-perfect house, Kath!!


11 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 4, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Your parents house is so charming!!! I hope one day my daughter is as proud of our home and your are of your parents :)


12 Evan Thomas August 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Home is definitely where the heart is.


13 Daniel August 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm

The feeling of old memories and happy moments as a child are great to relive when you go to the place where you grew up. I’m glad you’re feeling wonderful about it and it’s awesome that your “don’t know” pile is diminishing!!

I’m not sure if you have this has happened to your home town, but do you find it depressing (or at least a little upsetting if that’s too strong of a word) to notice the things that have changed where you grew up? It makes me a little bit sad when we drive around my first two homes and the apple orchards and old restaurants and shops that I went to as a kid are closed or torn down, and super markets and other industrial buildings stand in their place.


14 Kath August 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I actually think it’s kind of cool to “know” what was there first, but yes, it’s sad when historic things go and brand new things come in their place


15 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Glad you’re having such a nice trip home!! :)


16 Mama Pea August 4, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Beautiful photos, Kath. Welcome home.


17 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 4, 2010 at 7:41 pm

There really is no place like home, right!? Your parents’ house looks so lovely!

Although I have to say, some of those doll pics kind of freak me out :-)


18 Lisa @bakebikeblog August 4, 2010 at 7:41 pm

What wonderful photos! Have a fantastic time!


19 JenATX August 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

such a charming home :) My parents are planning on moving to California to retire in a few years and I’m already so upset about it.. I would like to be able to come home to my home, not some condo in California! count yourself lucky :)


20 Heather August 4, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I wish my parents still lived in the home I grew up in. Going “home” just isn’t the same anymore – they don’t even live in the same state!

What a beautiful home – I love the hardwood floors and charmy feel it has to it. Safe travels tomorrow.


21 [email protected]:// August 4, 2010 at 7:57 pm

What great pictures. Your parents are so amazing. You have a beautiful family.


22 Sara @ August 4, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Your house is so cute – I love the decorations, it gives the house so much character! It’s funny, I have a church in my home town called Walnut Grove Church! Those pizza flavors sound so good…I wish Athens had a Brixx!


23 Heather August 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm

love all the beautiful pics. how homey!


24 Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm

You house looks like a doll house! I love it! So pictureque and relaxing.


25 coco August 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm

love all the pics :)


26 Wei-Wei August 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I LOVE all the photos of your home! I can totally imagine you running around with your camera taking photos of everything that makes you feel like a kid. Ah, nostalgia…



27 Rachael @ Mrs-adventure August 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Wow that pizza looks wonderful, and I’m seriously impressed you ate a slice of each!


28 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) August 4, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I adore your home. I’m a sucker for charming, older houses. Must be why I make the commute from my little town to DC every day…. 😉 I love your craftsman house in VA too! My Historic Preservation knowledge comes to life when I read your posts. LOVE!


29 Katharina August 4, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Oh wow I bet the nostalgia really hit you. This is such a charming post, Kath. I love the sandwiches too! They remind me of something they’d serve at a tea parlor.


30 Terri Nickols August 4, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Was that a “tiny tears” doll??? I had one of those :)


31 Rhea (Greek Feaster) August 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm

What a cute, comfy Southern abode! Thanks for sharing it with us :)


32 [email protected] Nation August 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Your house is adorable. I love the colors and the furniture. Just beautiful!


33 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I don’t know why, but this brought tears to my eyes. Virginia is just beautiful. I’m from there as well and I know that someday I’ll end up back there. There is nothing like going back home. Have you heard Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” song?


34 Kath August 5, 2010 at 6:20 am
35 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Lovely home photos! It’s so much fun revisiting your roots. I know when I go back to where I grew up I feel so nostalgic and at peace. It helps rejuvenate my spirit, and inspires me to go back there!! hehe

That pizza looks amazing. Seriously, I am drooooooooooooooooling. YUM! :)



36 Shannon (The Daily Balance) August 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm

such a beautiful, comfortable home! Nothing beats the comfort of home 😉


37 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes August 4, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Nothing like home to come home to sometimes! Yours looks espeially cozy!



38 Shannon, Tropical Eats August 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

these pics all say Home Sweet Home to me :) Love love love them


39 Shenan @ Iambs and Ales August 4, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Love all the back-home-again pictures, and the fact that most of your childhood stuff seems to still be as it was- my old room was long ago turned into a guest room with decidedly fewer toys than used to be in it.

Also love the Hop Devil! :)


40 Krystina August 4, 2010 at 9:00 pm

You look so happy. :)


41 Kerri @ Kerri Turns into a Zombie August 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Loved all the home sweet home pictures. Your mom is an awesome decorator/collector.


42 holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I love going home. Your parents’ house is absolutely beautiful — I love all of the little touches, and the stuffed duck near the beginning is so sweet.

And an unexpected package from Biscoff? What could be better?


43 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 4, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I love the wall hangings in your mom’s kitchen :) Nothing like going home for a visit! Enjoy!


44 Faith August 4, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I hate to say it, but that looks like some Carolina Tarheel sky.


45 Nicole August 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Go Heels!


46 tws August 4, 2010 at 9:57 pm

go heels indeed! one of the best nutrition departments in the country!


47 Kath August 5, 2010 at 6:21 am



48 Nicole August 4, 2010 at 9:34 pm

LOVE your kitty!!


49 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 4, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Your childhood home looks so quaint and charming, I love all of the trinkets and dolls.

That bruschetta looks so delicious and is beautifully presented!


50 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 4, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Your parents have Royal Copenhagen plates!! (the blue ones on the walls) My family is Danish and we collect their Christmas plates. Makes me think of home. :)


51 katie August 5, 2010 at 12:10 am

same here- coming from a Danish family whose mom and grandma, and now myself, have collected both royal copenhagen and B&G plates, they always remind me of home as well.


52 Lucinda August 5, 2010 at 4:03 am

My Grandmother has those plates on her wall too!


53 Mom August 5, 2010 at 5:44 am

They belonged to my great-aunt. She just adored them, especially the one of The Little Mermaid.


54 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 4, 2010 at 9:41 pm

fun to see pix of your home . the one i grew up in is no longer, and wasn’t nearly as cozy. it must be so nice to return to something dependable!


55 Camille August 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm

What a gorgeous home! It looks so cozy and welcoming!


56 Rachael August 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Birch beer, wraparound porches and dirt roads do a happy woman make. I love the feeling of being down home!


57 Dorry August 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm

What charm! I love all the detailed shots of the house. I think I might have to start calling my fiance (Billy) BILLIS! :)


58 Cara August 4, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Being at home is always special!

That one doll in the middle of the doll basket has quite the creepy face…
like she doesn’t like sharing the basket with the others :)


59 Mom August 5, 2010 at 5:45 am

She’s a bit of a troublemaker. I’m thinking of getting her her own apartment.


60 Kate @This American Wife August 4, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Kath, I’ve been a loyal reader for almost two years now and I LOVE your blog…but I’m a Wake Forest grad…and it kills me a little each time you talk so nicely about Duke :)


61 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 5, 2010 at 1:56 am

Awh it’s always good to go home sometimes :) mum-time is the best!


62 Luna August 5, 2010 at 2:30 am

Now I see where you got your “decorating-skills” from 😉 very lovely place and love that bold duck … I had a similar one I slept with till … well until there was no more than a small and ruined piece of it left, poor thing!


63 Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 5, 2010 at 2:45 am

Aww its soooo good to go home! theres nothing like being at mum and dads is there! have a great time! treasure it! x


64 Marina August 5, 2010 at 3:28 am

I love all those pictures! It looks so warm and cozy.
Those dolls and stuffed animals look so cute :)


65 RhodeyGirl Tests August 5, 2010 at 5:39 am

Now I miss my childhood home. Can’t wait to go back in September!

Looks like the bears are still happy! I wonder if they will ever leave Grandma’s house?


66 Stormy August 5, 2010 at 7:25 am

Brixx has plans on coming to Charlottesville. Their website says they’ll be opening next month.


67 Lindsay in Indy August 5, 2010 at 7:36 am

That pizza looks heavenly!!


68 Christena August 5, 2010 at 7:48 am

Gosh, I LOVE your parents’ home! I see where you get your attention to detail. Wow! Your mom’s decorating concept is what I am shooting for with my own household. It reminds me of my parents’ home in that there are so many special touches that have been added over the years and would be impossible to replicate. So homey! I especially love the shadowbox/crate collection. I inherited my aunt’s shadowbox collection and it is so meaningful and beautiful.


69 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 5, 2010 at 8:11 am

Your parents’ house is SO charming!


70 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 5, 2010 at 8:21 am

love your parents house. :) so cute.


71 Lori August 5, 2010 at 8:31 am

Love the homplace pics. That pizza looks amazing and the birch beer. Love that stuff, haven’t had any in ages. Got to look for some this week-end.


72 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 5, 2010 at 9:53 am

I love the decor! And your town looks so quaint – I have always wanted to live in a town like that! 😀


73 Ilana August 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

I especially love the penguin wastecan and the baby portraits.
Looks like home is a special place indeed.


74 Krista (kristastes) August 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm

holy huge craving for birch beer!!


75 Kaitlin With Honey August 5, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Your parents’ home has so much charm! I love it. Makes me miss the East Coast dearly.


76 Larb's Matt August 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Is that a “Most Improved Player” soccer trophy I see? Just curious b/c part of the plaque was cut off in the picture : )


77 Kath August 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Indeed! I won it twice :)


78 Maggie (livingfoodjunkie) August 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Your parent’s home is gorgeous! I just love it, beautiful pics Kath :)


79 Jennifer @ Frost BItes August 5, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Aaahhh…makes me miss my Mom and Dad even more. Awesome photos!


80 Tamra August 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm

What’s the significance of “26”?
Love the decor and feel of your parent’s home!


81 Kath August 5, 2010 at 8:46 pm

My birthday is 10.26!


82 Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 5, 2010 at 8:16 pm

The photos are beautiful. Your former home looks like such a lovely place… so inviting! Hope you enjoy your time with family. As someone who moved away a year ago, I feel it’s so precious!


83 Holly August 6, 2010 at 7:28 am

Too many photos — it would be great if you kept it to the food and one or two extra pics.


84 tiffany August 6, 2010 at 10:56 am

Love the pictures of your parents home. It’s gorgeous. Lucky you to have grown up in such a wonderful place.


85 Christine Carley August 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Kath! Did you see these? Biscoff heaven!!!


86 Kay (skinnybound) March 6, 2011 at 10:09 am

Oh my God! Hillsborough is so great. Every time I go back, I feel so peaceful and calm. The scenery is just gorgeous and the people are so kind.

I went to Cedar Ridge. I can’t believe you went to Orange! Your house is beautiful, by the way.


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