Weekending: A Visit With My Sister

June 29, 2015
As soon as school ended, I knew right away that one of the first things I wanted to do was to drive up to North Carolina to see my sister Denise and my baby niece, Sophia. Since the drive to Denise's place is a little over 6 hours from where I'm at, I only was able to see her one time while school was in. If I had a normal 9-5 job, it would have been feasible to drive to see them over the weekend, but the reality of it was that I spent a great portion of every Sunday lesson planning so it probably wouldn't have been ideal to visit them on a regular weekend.  Denise and I counted down the days until my teaching year wrapped up and then finally I got to see her again last week! 

Already Sophia has grown so much! When I first met her, she was just a newborn, but now she is more mobile and really loves to bounce. She's so funny--she loves wiggle or move her arms constantly. She does like to be held, but there's a catch.  You have to be moving, too or she will get upset. My sis has her work cut out for her because Sophia likes to be on the go.  Sophia also LOVES my sister's dog, Maddie. If she starts to get fussy or cry and Maddie appears, Sophia immediately will start smiling and laughing.  Also, when Denise's husband gets home from work, it's heart-warming to see how much Sophia lights up.  Denise called her a "Daddy's girl." 

Mostly, Denise and I just talked and hung out in her house, but we did go out a little if we could schedule it according to Sophia's nap schedule. Something I had been wanting to try out for awhile was this cake shop in Greenville, North Carolina called Your Perfect Cake. I have a weakness for cake and baked goods, so when I saw that Your Perfect Cake allows you to customize your slice of cake, I knew that I had to try it out! I had actually been bugging Denise about going years ago. First you select the kind of cake you want, and then you can choose the type of filling, icing, and topping you want! I ended up with almond cake with raspberry filling and cream cheese icing with a toffee topping. It was pretty good and the slice of cake was huge! Denise got a peanut butter cupcake, but hers was dry and both of us were not impressed, but we both liked what I got.



Then the two of us went shopping at Ulta, and I asked one of the workers to do my foundation for me because I was looking for something with more coverage than just the L'Oreal BB Cream I usually wear. She recommended bareMinerals Complexion Rescue. I don't think it has super heavy coverage, but it did work better than just the regular BB Cream I usually use and hid more of my flaws. I'm quite pleased with it! Of course, I also splurged on a few more items like this awesome hand cream from Eau des Minimes. Thank goodness there isn't an Ulta super close to me right now or I'd be in big trouble.

After my mini-makeover at Ulta with the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue on
Denise and I also worked out at her gym while her husband babysat. It was cool because there was a women's only workout room, so that's what we used. The main part of the gym was kind of intimidating because almost everyone there was super fit and buff. Good for them, but I would have stuck out like a sore thumb! The fewer people that can see me sweat like a pig, the better thank you very much. 

Oh, and to balance out that cake we ate a really healthy dinner full of shrimp and veggies, prepared by Denise's husband on the grill. 



One day we went walking out on Emerald Isle, but we had to stop because of the heat index being over 100 degrees. Although we wanted to get our exercise in, it just wasn't worth it because it was smoldering and Sophia wasn't exactly loving it either.  We stopped at The Sweet Spot to get some raspberry chocolate chip ice cream, though.  That put us (and Sophia) in a better mood!

Ha ha, it was hard to get a good picture with her because she loves to squirm. :)



The next day, we learned our lesson about trying to do things mid-day in the NC heat and woke up early so that we could go to the blueberry patch and pick some blueberries before it got in the 90's. It was a good decision, and Sophia was pretty relaxed and content! In fact, she fell asleep for part of it. Denise made some delicious Nutella and blueberry crepes for us later. 



We also played badminton, watched The Bachelorette, and one night I baby-sat for Denise so that she could enjoy a much needed date-night out with her husband.  It was the easiest baby-sitting job I ever did because Sophia slept the whole time!

Do you like U-Pick places for fresh fruit in the summer?
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Teri Crawford Brown said...

First of all, I love your site header! Looks very original and organized. I am so glad you took the time to spend with your sister. My sister died young and I am grateful for the that we spent together. I will be following you! www.gratefullty.com

Lisa K said...

Thanks for the compliment. :) Yes, it's crazy to think that growing up my sister and I fought sometimes and wanted to hang out with our own crowds but now we cannot wait to visit each other and wish we could do it more often.

Tammy said...

Your blog is cute and I love reading about how families spend time together. My brother lives in another state and when we do get together, its always fun. Great post.

Bri said...

That sounds like a great time with your sister & niece. She is adorable. Blueberry & nutella crepes sound amazing!

Darcy said...

your perfect cake sounds so fun!!!
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Lora said...

Your cake choice sounds delicious! It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Hopefully you can go more this summer :)

Lisa K said...

I wish there was a cake place like that around me...or maybe I don't--I'd go there too much! I doubt I'll be able to visit her again just because my summer is packed, but it was awesome to finally be able to see my sis again!

Lisa K said...

You can create something different every time! I'd love to go back.

Lisa K said...

It was a fun time! It's so crazy how much my niece has already changed. The next time I go back she will probably have teeth and be babbling!

Lisa K said...

Yes, it is difficult with the distance to be able to see my sis on a regular basis, so it is always a wonderful time when we finally get to meet up! I hope you get to see your brother soon. :)

Kay R. said...

Aww sister time is so important. I lost one of my sisters and so I tell everyone to cherish the time they have with theirs!! Also that cake sounds yummy!

Lisa K said...

That is wise advice and I will remember it!

Rachael said...

So cute!!! Love the picture of your sister and her babe by the blueberries!

Lisa K said...

Me too! It was a great way to spend the morning!

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