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We got our first snow yesterday afternoong/evening and the kiddos were excited, especially Cooper.

Yesterday we also had our elf on the shelf visit. Libby named him Scott and after about 7 hours with Scott on our mantle she proclaimed “I don’t like him here watching me. I don’t want presents from Santa; I want you and Daddy to buy my presents.” Niiiiiice. She was thrilled to find Scott again this morning.



Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!


Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my sweet husband, amazing father and all around great guy! Emily and I have planned a fun night for our birthday boys (Tim and Mike share the same birthday). . .we’re heading south to IU for a delicious dinner, a few drinks (maybe some sink the biz @ Nick’s), and to see Jon Stewart at the IU Auditorium. No doubt a good time will be had by all!

vintage photo, but it’s one of my favorites.


Meal Plan for the Week

Can’t believe it’s been over a month since I posted…I’m slacking, but blog is just taking a lower priority than all the other stuff going on. I am trying to get an organized meal plan for next week – here goes:

Gnocchi with summer veggies (I add sausage)

Baked Chicken Penne

Tortilla and Black Bean Pie

Corn and Chicken Chowder

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First Day of School

As we like to do at the dinner table, we played “favorite part of the day” tonight. Since it was Libby’s first day of school we asked what her favorite part of the school day was. Libby responded it was “learning the tiger song.” When asked about the tiger song Libby offered to whisper it in my ear. She proceeded to sing “In the jungle, the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight. . . “. You should have seen the shock on her face when I started the ohhhhh-weee-moooo-ways. Soon Mike and I were belting out “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” at the dinner table while Libby laughed and sung along in between the giggles. I wish I had captured this on my camera because we looked over at Cooper during our sing-a-long and he was sitting in his highchair with his hands over his ears! PRICELESS!

So happy to be back at school!


Vacation Recap #5

As we continued our drive north from RI to Maine our final stop was at Reds. Mike already covered this on his blog, so I’ll direct you over there. He included one of my favorite family photos; he’s gotten pretty good at taking picture of our whole family one handed!

One of the highlights of our stop at Reds (for me) was watching how excited (and maybe a little scared) Cooper got when watching construction trucks go by. He loved it and was very interested in all the machinery that passed by Reds as we enjoyed our dinner. Now back at home, his favorite books are the ones about trucks. We’ve been reading a lot of books lately while big sister plays Barbies for hours on a blanket under our trees in the backyard most afternoons.


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Our first stop on the drive north was the Lanier’s in Lexington. Laurie and I have known each other since 1991 or 1992 (I think!) and it’s crazy to think we went from watching 90210 together on Friday’s after school (I would tape it on my VCR, of course!) to Mike and I (before we were married) visited her at UVa – we attended each others weddings and now our children are playing together.

After Ethan shared some of his toys with Cooper and Libby and I checked out Laur’s sewing projects (you would be amazed – oh! how I wish I knew how to sew…really sew), we had a delightful walk to downtown Lexington and enjoyed a picnic on the green. It was the perfect afternoon and just what we needed before we continued in the car 5 more hours to Maine! Thanks for a great visit, Laur!

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Vacation Recap 3

From the Cape we returned to RI and were happy to meet up with Mike and my Dad (who drove 15 hours straight, through the night to get there…that wasn’t the plan, but they couldn’t find a hotel in central Pennsylvania). We enjoyed a big family BBQ with my Aunts, Uncles and cousins and then started the drive North.

we made smores:

and had fun with Uncle Mark:


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From RI we headed to Cape Cod a place I’ve been going to since I was 7. It was fun to bring Libby to places my parents brought me. We visited with friends, ate at favorite restaurants and even fit in a little shopping (shocking, I know). We bought chicken pies from Oprah’s favorite, Centerville Pie Company (I was underwhelmed – certainly wasn’t out of this world).

Libby on the caboose at the Old Silver Lounge in Falmouth…we enjoyed dinner in the Caboose (just like I used to).


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The first few days of our Annual New England adventure were spent at my Aunt and Uncle’s house in RI. Libby and Cooper had fun playing with their second cousin (I think that’s right – – maybe it’s a cousin once removed?!) and I enjoyed shopping, and spending time with my Mom, Aunts and Uncles.


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