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Snow Daze

Yesterday was entirely spent indoors.  Except for my husband who shoveled the driveway and sidewalks every two hours or so.

I thought about taking Calvin outdoors to play, but we got sidetracked building dinosaurs out of Duplo® blocks, mixing pancake batter, playing “hiding” and other fun games.After I created a “Mickey Mouse” from buckwheat pancakes and frozen blueberries, Calvin asked about Doofy and Donald Duck…naturally.  He did have fun eating the eyes, nose, and ears, and announcing every part that he devoured like a dinosaur.  I’ll admit, the pancake mouse looks an awful lot like his breakfast bear.  Oh, and he refers to pancakes as birthday cake since his first taste was on his 2nd birthday…so sweet!


Calvin snuggled under a quilt on the living room floor with his Daddy.  While staring up at the ceiling, he pretended to star gaze….pointing at imaginary constellations.  I think he misses going camping.


My stir-crazy son is sick and tired of being stuck inside.  All he wants to do is play outside with a soccer ball, build a snow boy, play with kids at the playground, and run around with his head thrown back while the beautiful ringing of giggles escapes from his mouth into the crisp air.

I can’t help him with everything on his wish list, except for the snow boy…and only then if the snow conditions are just right.

Today, while dusting off several inches of snow on my vehicle, Calvin “helped” his Daddy shovel snow off the driveway.  He tromped around the drive and the yard until his cheeks were rosy pink.  I don’t know if he’s gotten all of his pent-up two-year-old energy out of his system, but at least for the first round of the day, it was a great joy for him.

To warm up after getting wet and cold from the snow, we enjoyed  a fabulous tea party complete with blueberry lemon tea and raisins.  Joining us was Mr. Bear.


If you’d love some great snowy day craft ideas for Valentine’s Day, check out these great ideas from SuzySaid. We’re going to make the conversation heart wreath.

YOUR TURN:  Are you experiencing some winter weather?  What are you doing on your snow day?

Stay warm,

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Charlottesville Life

Just over a week ago, Calvin’s grandparents and cousin M came to town to visit and take Calvin on adventures in the local area.  We had a crowded apartment, but a fun visit.  Calvin was so entertained, that I was able to make it to several networking events.

My friend Elisa of ElisaB Photography invited me to a girlfriend-networking event hosted by SuzySaid.com at Millmont Grill.

ElisaB (with baby Lucian) & Dr. Dolly at the SuzySaid event - we match!ElisaB (and baby Lucian) with Dr. Dolly at the SuzySaid.com event.  We match!

There were yummy appetizers and lots of galpal networking in a small group of entrepreneurial women.  What a blast!

SuzySaidAmy of SuzySaid.com

SuzySaid.com (Amy) was a great hostess who shared some of Millmont Grill’s best appetizer’s with us–they collected school supplies for children in need as part of the event.

I also met Jenee Libby of Edible CVille who writes a fab food blog.  I also met Jennifer Hamlin of Events with Panache–Jennifer is planning the grand opening bash for my practice Spinal Health & Wellness.  I’m so excited about this!

The next evening, I attended C-Ville’s Best of 2009 bash in a parking garage in downtown Charlottesville.  I guess the location was appropriate since  the Charlottesville Derby Dames was the featured entertainment.

Charlottesville Derby DamesCheck out these tough gals on wheels.  I love the descriptive blurb in their program:

By day we are mothers, nurses, teachers, vets, bartenders, artists and more; by night we are rock stars on wheels, passionate about a sport that combines athleticism, showmanship, firece competition, and a mischievous good time.

Talk about having an alternate personality on the track!

I enjoyed the organic apple cider donuts and organic sno-cones–yes there IS such a thing, and Carpe Donut has them in CVille.  Seriously, the best donuts I’ve ever had.  If there is such a sugary thing to splurge on, well, this is it!

Carpe Donut

Dr. Dolly enjoying an organic grape snoconeI hadn’t had a snocone in a decade, and I felt like a kid again.  That’s why I was wearing a flashing jelly ring and light-up plastic guitar necklace.  The free swag was lots of fun, but I ended up sharing it with my very cool niece and very cute son.

After I left the party, I joined up with my family on the Downtown Mall to get some real food.  Okay, it was pizza with mozzarella, fresh tomato slices, and fresh basil, but that’s better than downing donuts and hotdogs (a.k.a. not real food).

We cruised the mall stopping to enjoy live music along the way like a barbershop quartet.

Barbershop Quartet on Charlottesville's Downtown MallThen, we ran into a guy with a 150 pound boa constrictor.  It was beautiful, but it looked very heavy.  If I ever think carrying my toddler around is a stress on my back, I can’t imagine how this guy must feel.

Man with 150-pound boa constrictor15 year-old snakeThe proud owner let us touch the snake’s back.  Calvin thought it was cool, but he was a little freaked out.  When he’s older, I think he’ll totally dig snakes.


Psst.  Stay tuned for some fun giveaways in the next couple of weeks.  Also, on Labor Day, I’m starting a new feature on amazing and inspiring women.  Can’t wait for y’all to check it out.  So, stay tuned!

–By Dr. Dolly
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