“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” -Milton Berle
We really enjoy our weekly posts…it’s so nice to know that no matter what stage of motherhood, or where a mom is located that we’re all basically the same. This week is no different. Please say hello to: Hanna Benedict
Hometown: Thurmont, MD
Home base must do’s: Up county we take things a little slower. We have some of the most beautiful scenery around. People come from all over to become one with nature. It’s an outdoor wonderland, no matter the season. There are orchards, farmer’s markets, a winery and local butchers. Something outside of the norm is In the spring get the stink off the family and take them up to explore some hiking trails during a sunny, warm spring day – even with snow still on the ground, the trails can be seen and people are friendly. We use https://www.alltrails.com/us/maryland/thurmont to help understand the trail elevations and if our sedentary lifestyle over the winter might be make the climb a bit tricky. Come back during the summer for a day at the lake (beaches for the kids to play, bring your own food or splurge at the snack shack), fish and explore the waterfalls. During the autumn the colors of the changing trees, the crisp feel in the air and the smell of campfires are just perfect. Our town becomes a little crazy the second weekend in October for the Catoctin Colorfest (http://www.colorfest.org/). The town park holds it’s juried arts & crafts but the entire town is transformed into a crafter’s wonderland. It’s a great way to support local businesses and get a jump start not only on your holiday gift shopping but your autumn decorating as well! Vendors from all over the country come to share their wares. The kickoff to Colorfest weekend starts on Thursday where all your yard sale dreams come true! Friends gather together at the house with the most visibility for multi-family yard sales. You can cruise down almost any street and someone will be set up. One of the reasons I fell in love with the town (in addition to all of the above) is the town parade during the Thurmont Carnival in July. It’s an all-out event with firetrucks from all over, local bands, cheerleaders, sports players, churches, awesome cars and the best fun around! You know it’s parade day when you see chairs and blankets lining the sidewalk, claiming their premium parade viewing spot, first thing in the morning. Just up the road is the National Shrine Grotto of Our lady of Lourdes, Mount St. Mary’s for great sporting events and winter sports up at Liberty Mountain .
Meet the Family: We’re a blended family and proud of it! I’m a native Marylander, having lived between D.C. and Baltimore most of my life. I gained a best friend out of a co-worker and knew it was a match made for me when he could play and talk with my then five-year old son. A year after marrying we grew our family by rescuing a Beagle mix and she remains my only daughter. A year later we welcomed Gray into our family and moved to Frederick. A year and a half later we learned Ethan was on his way and moved up here to Thurmont, where we’ve been for 8 years. We’ve since rescued a Borador. In a fun twist of fate, we fell in love with a kitten at our local shelter, Cuddles Cat Rescue , only to fall in love with a kitten who now has completed our family. If we’re not at home, and pending upon the season, we’re either on the football field, the basketball court or the lacrosse field.
Passions and Interests: I love to read, have been crafting with vinyl, needle felting and just picked up metal stamping. I have won awards for my baking and can cook for an army. I do love my amenities, including cable service, internet and live tweeting during my favorite shows. I currently volunteer for almost anything that piques my interest or involves the kids. I sit on the conference for local recreation lacrosse; I am a Level 1 Certified boys lacrosse coach and work with Catoctin Youth Association Lacrosse. I also coach basketball and this year coached mini pony football. If there is a competition, I’m there to watch who wins.
Most Controversial Thing About You: I cuss enough to cause a sailor to blush. It’s definitely a challenge to be G-rated when coaching.
Biggest Pet Peeve: Lying. It’s a deal breaker. Ever heard of the vase that breaks? You can try to repair it but it will never be as strong as it once was.
One Major Goal You’re Striving For: Right now I’m just focused on staying afloat with a bunch of smaller goals, like laundry, vacuuming, and keeping everyone alive. One day I’ll try to sit down and write that great American novel but for now, I’m doing research by living my life.
Best Advice You’ve Ever Received: Don’t borrow trouble. If you don’t need to worry about it, don’t.
What are you reading? I’ve borrowed a book from the library, based on a recommendation from Goodreads, but I have yet to start it, which is rather sad. I’m a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series (well before it hit Starz), Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton.
Favorite Kid Friendly Restaurant: Mountain Gate is the jam. Can I make all of that myself? Yup. That’s not the point – me not cooking 5 different meals but everyone being satisfied is the point.
Go-To Family Dinner? I’d say pizza, because I’m so sick of eating it that I’ll actually eat something else just to avoid eating it.
What types of activities do you like to do as a family? We usually sit down to eat dinner as a family, although it might be 4:30 during certain times of the year. We’ll all usually go to each other sporting events; when we’re not enjoying solitude during our free time, we’ve enjoyed going hiking, walking around the Gettysburg battlefields, seeing movies ON THE DAY THEY COME OUT – we do move heaven and earth for those. Since we’re a family on the go most of the time, we’ve learned to bond over a variety of different things at different places.
What do you do when you have some alone time away from the kids? Honestly, I nap. I’m a full blown napper. When Troy and I go out, I’m usually pushing for dinner that I don’t have to cook and an overpriced coffee. We’ve been known to make any event together a date; drop the kids off at Sunday school and have a McDonald’s breakfast followed by Jubilee date, a Walmart date, a Wegman’s date. We’re happy, blessed and thankful for what we have.
Keep in touch with Hanna on Twitter: @2CleanOrNot2
Where else? I’m on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn (though I ignore most of those emails), Instagram and you can find me under Catoctin Youth Association Sports, CYA Lacrosse and CYA Basketball.
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About Dani Gurrie
Dani Gurrie is the founder of Tots2Tweens, a wife to Ashley and mom to Cooper and Brodie. She spends most of her days trying to find the ultimate kids-related thing that mom's will love...just to share it with her world.