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Happy Easter

Posted on July 11, 2012. Filed under: E, holiday |

The pictures will have to speak for themselves.  I don’t have any words.

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Still a baby…he can still reach his foot to his mouth.

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Halloween Extravaganza

Posted on November 8, 2011. Filed under: E, holiday |

Halloween was a multiday celebration for E.  First there was the neighborhood celebration, followed by the school celebration and then the big day with included trick-or-treating for his first time.  E was Elvis for Halloween.  His Nana and Papa got it for him last year, but it was much too big, but this year the outfit fit perfectly. 

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The King definitely enjoyed the live music.

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E and his best buddy J in their costumes.

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Now for the class celebration.

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Thank ya’….Thank ya’ very much (insert best Elvis impression)

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Busy Bees….zoom Zoom

Posted on July 21, 2011. Filed under: E, family, holiday, life & times |

We have been busy bees for the last month…So much to do….So little time to blog…..

 

Anyway, the deck is finished.  We had lighting installed on the interior posts and across the front step.  It looks awesome.  Now we will just have to get some furniture out there so we can really start enjoying all of this additional space. 

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For the Fourth of July weekend we went up to the lake.  The weekend was full of boat rides, playing on the “beach”, food prepared on a grill, family & raft time.  We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.  One of the special treats was my brother and his wife came down from South Carolina to visit.  It was their first time to visit with E.  By the end of the weekend E was smitten with Uncle K and Aunt N and I think they felt the same way.  Hopefully they will come back to visit soon!

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The following weekend E had a water play date with all of his friends from my prenatal yoga class.  It is hard to believe that a little over a year ago….these little ones were still in our bellies!  I think you will see by these pics that E excels at water sports!

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Lastly we made a major change to the family lineup.  As people say…out with the old and in with the new!!  After 9 wonderful years of faithful service, my zippy little car was traded in for a new “family” mobile.  I have lots of great memories with that car…she moved to Atlanta with me.  She is the first car I ever bought for myself.  She never let me down, always started when I needed her to and brought me home safely from many adventures.  I was sad to see her go, but I love my new car….all I can say is Zoom Zoom Zoom.

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That gets us pretty well caught up.  Now I can make it through a couple days without feeling guilty about not blogging.

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Happy Valentines Day

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: E, holiday, pictures |

E wants to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day.  Isn’t he festive sitting in his new red chair, wearing his “Prince Charming” shirt?  Both J and I were thrilled to have each other and E as our Valentines. 

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Today E’s class celebrated with a card exchange.  Here is E helping to make the cards that were given out to his classmates today.  He sure does love to do art projects.  His teachers call him “Picaso”.

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J and I celebrated Valentines Day in our traditional manner.  We made Rachel Ray’s “You Won’t Be Single For Long Vodka Cream Pasta”.  We have made it for dinner on Valentines Day every year for the last 4 years. 

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Christmas – Part II

Posted on January 4, 2011. Filed under: holiday, life & times, travel |

The time we spent in Santa Rosa was very laid back and relaxed.  Lots of hanging out with family and eating.  My sister S and her husband K weren’t able to come to Tahoe, so we really enjoyed getting to see them while we were home.  As you can see E loves his Aunt and Uncle.

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One of the places that J and I love to go when we are at my family’s house is to the grocery store, but not just any grocery store…..we specifically like to go to G & G.  My mom shops there because they have a great seafood department.  When crab is in season they have the best prices, but J and I like to go for the Chinese food.  Yes, you read it correctly…Chinese food.  G & G (Gong & Gong) is owned by a Chinese family and where your average grocery store has a deli, G & G has some of the most delicious Chinese take-out around.  We went on Thursday morning at 10 AM and but that didn’t stop us from stopping by the counter and trying to get one of their giant eggrolls (our stomachs were still on EST).  No surprise, they weren’t ready yet.  They told us to come back in 30 minutes, 30 minutes later they told us 10 minutes, 10 minutes later, they told us 7 minutes. At that point we just waited at the counter until we had in our possession 3 piping hot yummy egg rolls.  As you can see all of the waiting wore E out. 

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The weather was wet and rainy the entire time we were in Santa Rosa, check out J’s shoes.  It was so muddy, it wasn’t worth putting shoes on anything but rain boots.  E didn’t mind at all, he loved being carried around the yard so he could see the 5 dogs, 2 goats, 2 horses, chickens, rabbits and ducks.

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Besides the Christmas festivities, the highlight of our visit home was getting to see KP and Simon.  KP was my roommate while attending Carolina (UNC – Chapel Hill).  She is a Saint in my book because she managed to share a 12 x 12 room with me for two years.  The first year was assigned by school, but the second year was by choice!  A year following graduation she moved to Australia and ended up perusing a doctorate degree….and meeting Simon!  Despite living on the opposite sides of the world, we have managed to see each other 4 times in the last 5 years.  Our last visit was in Boston in the Summer of 2009.  We spent a weekend doing the historic walk around town and drinking Samuel Adams.  What I love about my friendship with KP is that no matter how much time or space passes, when we meet up, we pick up like no time has passed at all.

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The rest of the week was spent hanging out with the family.  Here are some random tid-bits…..be forwarned some of the pictures are very random. 

E and his Aunt R.

Per usual E isn’t afraid to rock a crazy hat.

Yes, it is a hat, his hair isn’t that wild (yet).

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Up close shot of Aunt R’s eraser collection.  Yes, these are erasers!!

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E hanging out with me and his grandma.

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Christmas- Part I

Posted on January 2, 2011. Filed under: family, holiday, travel |

For Christmas we headed out to California to visit the Northern California portion of my family.  Our trip had two distinct phases.  The first part we were staying in a cabin in Tahoe and the second half of the trip we were in Santa Rosa at my mom’s house for the actual Christmas Holiday portion.  Getting to Tahoe was an adventure, there wasn’t a reasonably priced direct price to the Reno airport from Atlanta, so we had a layover in LA. Get a map out if you’d like to really get a visual on how indirect this route is. 

Here is E after we stripped down to go through security. Here is a side note for other mommy travelers.  The past two times that I’ve flown with E I’ve “worn” him through the security screening area in my Urgo carrier.  Due to the recent increases in screening, on this trip they made me take my Urgo off and put it through the x-ray machine at every airport we went through.  It was a real annoyance and if I would have been nearly impossible if I would have been traveling alone.IMG_4910

One traveling “truth” that J and I have discovered is that if we have a layover, then at least one leg of our journey will have a major delay.  Therefore it was certain that with a layover in LAX, we would have a delayed flight.  True to form, our flight to Reno from LA was delayed by 2 hours.  Our 4 hour stay at LAX included a scenic walk around the airport, a long wait in the waiting area, a gate change, and then finally a bus out to the middle of nowhere where we got of the bus in the pouring rain and then boarded a very small plane in the “satellite” departure area.  E was a good little traveler and despite the long day of flying and traveling, he was trooper.IMG_4911

Upon arrival in Reno we stayed in a Hyatt Place hotel located next to the Reno Airport.  J and I were both very pleased with the room, breakfast, and customer service.  We didn’t get to our room till close to 2am PST (5am EST), so we took it easy the next morning.  Sleeping in and taking naps until we caught a shuttle to Tahoe.  The shuttle was basically a short bus (it wasn’t yellow), but children were allowed to ride in your lap.  E was thrilled to be in a “car” and not be in a car seat.

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Our first full day in Tahoe we went skiing, E stayed back at the cabin with his Granma and Papa.  Turns out it wasn’t the greatest day for me to ski for the first time.  There were 60 mph winds and freezing rain.  The rain felt like pin pricks on my face and the wind was so strong it actually blew me over.  While J was skiing I took a first timers lesson.  The adult lesson area was closed so they had us in with the little kids and boy were they ruthless.  Pushing me aside and cutting me off as we jockeyed to ride the magic carpet.  I was happy went the kids instructor said the weather was too bad for them and called all of the kids inside.  I had a great time despite the bad weather and now I’m looking forward to skiing again but hopefully in better weather.  J’s day of skiing wasn’t that great either because they closed all of the lifts, but the weather was gorgeous the following day and he got an awesome day of skiing in.

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While J was skiing on the second day, I stayed back at the house and hung-out with the rest of the “kids”.  I even took E outside for a little snow time.  Here is my sister, along with Taylor (in her arms), T3 and E.  Taylor was born the day before E and we are certain they are going to be best buddies.

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O, J & E

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Here is the cabin full of folks that were with us.

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The highlight of the trip was the 6 hours we were without power.  It forced everyone to hang-out and talk and chat for a few hours (no TV or computers).  The only problem is that the house didn’t have a gas stove so we were all starved.  Immediately after the power came back on, a line for the microwave formed to reheat left overs.  After 3 days in Tahoe we all packed up our stuff and made the 4 1/2 trek to Santa Rosa for the rest of our Christmas break….Part II will be coming shortly. 

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Family Tradition

Posted on December 30, 2010. Filed under: crafts, E, holiday |

How many times in a row does something have to be done to make it a tradition?  I think it only takes doing something two times in a row with an intention to do it again to make it a tradition.  It seems that with Ethan a new family tradition has been officially started.  To really explain what I’m talking about, I have to go back (imagine a time warp) to when I was a baby.  My grandmother knitted, or more accurately, croqueted a socking for me.  It is the only stocking I’ve ever known or used.  Without that stocking it just isn’t Christmas.  Stockings are important in my family.  Not just a place to receive an orange, gum or a toothbrush, but often the place were you would receive your best gift.  In our family we know that good things come in small packages, so the stocking is often the most eagerly anticipated part of Christmas.

Here is my stocking

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Thanksgiving 2009, I was just 12 weeks pregnant and was in California for the holiday, my mom handed me a book of knitted stockings and asked me to to pick out a stocking for our baby to be.  At that moment it became a tradition, my grandma knitted me my stocking and then E was to have his stocking knitted by his grandma.  Then the realization set in, I’m going to have to get my knitting skills up so that someday I can knit a stocking for my grandchild.  The good news is that I have time, based on my best estimates I have at least 20-30 years.  As I hold my 7 month old that is a pretty wild thing to think about.

Here is E’s stocking

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Lastly, here are some shots of us on Christmas morning opening E’s stocking and then stuffing him inside of it.  I figured this is the one and only time in his life that he will fit inside of his stocking.

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Christmas Competition

Posted on December 27, 2010. Filed under: crafts, family, holiday |

It is going to take few days to blog about all of our Christmas vacation activities, but I’m going to take the liberty of being the editor and chief and start with the end.  On Christmas night we had a Gingerbread House decorating competition between R (O’s sister), S (O’s sister), K (S’s Husband), O & J.  It was a fierce competition.  We was really impressed with everyone’s creativity and execution.  It was J and my first year to participate and I think everyone was very surprised that we were so competitive despite not participating last year.  Prior to arriving we asked my mom for preprinted rules on allowable materials and time limits.  Since they were unable to provide us with a rule book, we took it upon ourselves to push the limits of the competition and purchase our own outside materials.  This decision was not appreciated by the other participants, but we think they will be stepping up their game next year and bringing their own supplies also.

In advance O’s mom baked and assembled the houses.

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The finished products.

O’s House – “Red Roof Inn” – Best Use of Round Materials

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R’s House – Best Use of Snow

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S’s House – Best Landscaping

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J’s House – Best Use of a Variety of Materials

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K’s House – “Under Construction” – Best Theme

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On the Judging Table

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Godzilla coming to smash the houses!!!

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Going to The North Pole…

Posted on December 15, 2010. Filed under: E, holiday, milestones |

Okay, E didn’t actually go to the North Pole to see Santa Claus, but we did take him to Lenox Mall.  We went on Tuesday afternoon when there was a very short line, which was smart because our little E is a wiggle worm.  I don’t think he would have been patient enough to wait in a long line.  He wasn’t scared at all to sit Santa’s lap.  While J and I stood behind the cameraman and mad funny faces he just stared at us and then the guy behind the camera said “smile for Santa” and E gave us the biggest grin.  I’m not sure what we were expecting.  Maybe a crying, screaming child, but we certainly weren’t expecting a perfectly happy baby with a huge grin.  What can I say, E continues to keep us on our toes and surprise us.  We are certain that since E was such a good boy Santa is going to bring him exactly what he wants. 

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Trick-or-Treat

Posted on November 1, 2010. Filed under: holiday, life & times |

Our little pirate loved his sword!  “I’m ready to go swash-buckling”.

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J and I attempted some pumpkin carving….J was very proud when one of the trick-or-treaters said we had the coolest pumpkins.  I must say, I’m very impressed with J’s, mine wasn’t nearly as good, I just don’t have the patience that he has.

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Thank you John & Tara for coming over and helping us pass out candy do the trick-or-treaters!

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  Obviously E gets his love of pirates from his father!  Surrender the booty!!!

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Pretty much every Halloween I can remember ended with me crying.  Due to a bad history with this holiday, except for the candy part, I’ve avoided celebrating Halloween.  This Halloween was so wonderful because we had our little one to share it with and start some new traditions.

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