March 2011

A few weeks ago, on a Saturday night, my husband and I decided to go to The Epicenter, in uptown Charlotte for dinner. Actually, I think it was right around Valentines Day, so it was more than a few weeks ago! But, it left an indelible image and memory on my mind, and seems much more recent. We ended up at Vida: Mexican Kitchen Y Cantina, and what a good choice that was! I do believe it was the best dining out experience of my life!

First of all the ambiance and service were amazing. I guess you could consider it a fine dining restaurant, so that’s why the servers were so professional and kind. It was a little pricey, but it was TOTALLY worth it! The music had me chair dancing and the lights were at a perfect low level.

Starting with the chips and salsa, I noticed a difference from most restaurants, and we eat  A LOT of Mexican food. The salsa had an interesting flavour. I couldn’t tell you what the ingredient was, but it was yummy.

For dinner I had Tacos Carne Asada. You can check out the menu here. And, for my sides I had green chile rice and grilled corn with queso fresco. The food was SO delicious. And, the portions weren’t huge like lots of restaurants, but I still brought some home with me, being pregnant I find I can’t eat much in one sitting.

We even had dessert! I had decaf coffee and we shared an ibarra Mexican chocolate creme brulee. It had a coffee flavor to it, and being chocolate was, of course, very good!

The whole experience was amazing. We even had Lizzy-Jane with us. She is a very good kid, but I think she was in particularly good form that night. I think our relaxed and happy mood just rubbed off on her.

Next time we have something to celebrate, we are going back! I loved that place! But, it is definitely a place to go for special occasions only, it’s not the cheep neighborhood restaurant.


The last time my Mother-in-law came to visit she brought Lizzy-Jane and I matching bracelets. Today I pulled them out and Lizzy-Jane (after seeing them ONE time before) said, “Oh those are from Peggy.” I said, “These are from Grandma.” Then she got the name right. Not that Peggy is wrong. That is her name….only we tend to like to go by titles in this family.

In other news, I was dismissed today by the Princess. That’s right, I went in to Lizzy-Jane’s room to check on her, and she was looking around for something. I said, “What are you doing?” She said she was looking for her peas. I showed her where they were, and she continued feeding her dolls, then she looked up at me and said, “Go, now.” I guess she really enjoys her alone time while she is playing!

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

I was named after my Grandma, Helen Caroline Ellinwood Harrell. My name is Caroline Ellinwood Summers Ross.

I was supposed to be Caroline Whitaker Summers, when I was born. That way I would have had a family name from both my Mom’s side and my Dad’s side. But, apparently the pain meds got to my Mom, and when she went to fill out the birth certificate, she just went with what was second nature to her. Her Mom’s name was Caroline Ellinwood. She was used to hearing it. So, for me, Whitaker was forever lost!

I remember when I got married, and was preparing to change my name, I asked my Dad if he had a preference: Caroline Ellinwood Ross or Caroline Summers Ross. He preferred Summers. So, I honored him and went with that. So now my middle name is Summers, my maiden name. I remember saying, but I don’t want to lose Ellinwood. He wisely said, “That will always be your name. You won’t lose it.” And, he was right. My name is Caroline Ellinwood Summers Ross. Though, Caroline S. Ross is a lot simpler on formal documents!

I’m glad I was named after my Grandma. She died when I was in elementary school, but I remember her well. I loved her. She had a great laugh! My Mom and I inherited that from her. The picture above is of her laughing, and I have similar pictures of both my Mom and I doing the same thing! She was a poet. So am I. She was wild, and unfortunately, I got that from her too… She was lovely. I hope my Grandchildren will say something similar about me one day. Her loss has always been a GREAT loss in our family.

OK, so I’m not obsessed either, really I’m not. But, I do love celebrity photography, and I’m following a new blog with that title. What a great Blog name! And this site is doing a GREAT giveaway. It’s a book with photography of 80’s icons, BEFORE Photoshop and airbrushing became so rampant. PLUS, there are comments by Susan Sarandon. Check it out! Maybe you’d like to enter as well. But, just be sure to mention, when you enter, that I WANT TO WIN!!!! Ha ha!

So, if you want to see the give away follow this link.

1. This morning Lizzy-Jane was helping me do laundry. It is amazing how much she likes to help me! Now I just need to continue to encourage her, so that she will ALWAYS like to do chores!! Anyway, I was doing a load of her laundry, and she was pulling the clothes out of the hamper…AND…she counted to five! She said ah 1 ah 2 ah 3 ah 4 ah 5. Now, she didn’t JUST say the numbers, she attached them to five pieces of clothing. This is a break through. I am SO proud of her, my little genius girl!

2. Last night I sang in a concert at church. Chris brought Lizzy-Jane in to sit with him, GG and Ol’ Pappi for the first little bit, until she couldn’t take the still and quiet thing anymore. At one point I heard from the second row, a little voice saying, “I see Mommy!” It made me smile. So sweet.

3. She hops! Now, I think she’s been doing this for a while. But, last week she was running and hopping all over the apartment. She even did it in her ballerina tutu. Here are some pictures:

We got a purple ballerina tutu for her birthday from a friend, and a pink ballerina tutu from my Aunt for Christmas. Just this week she has started to ask me to put them on her. She even wore the purple one to a play date this week. She likes to play with her rain boots, too. She can put them on and off herself. She wore them (green frogs) with her cute outfit to church on Sunday. We let her do it. We even let her wear them on the wrong feet. I wish I had a picture of that!









It’s as if she’s saying, “Mom, I’m reading, leave me alone!”









Ah, now she’s giving me a sweet smile.


“All girls are princesses, didn’t your Daddy tell you that?”
– The Littlest Princess

She get’s cuter everyday. I promise.
She also gets smarter everyday. FUN.
Her newest phrase may drive me
CRAZY. We’ve been running errands a
LOT this week, and from the
back seat I hear, repeated often,
“Where are we going to, Mommy?”



But, when she is asleep she









is captive, and only my princess!








Her beautiful little toes and all.




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