Monday, August 31, 2009

The Snuggie Saga Continues....

As you've already noticed in a previous post, Brian is now the proud owner of a Snuggie. One by one, other members of our family became jealous........



Next thing you know, Gracie will be asking for one of these:

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Look! It's Jake! No, it's Darth Vader! No, it's the Hulk!

Here is a video of Jake showing off some of his tricks....he says "Mama" in a Darth Vader type voice, then he shows off his muscles by pretending to be the Hulk.


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Thursday, August 27, 2009

School Nostalgia

I always feel nostalgic this time of year...there's something about the end of summer that always brings back memories of first day of school butterflies, new clothes and my personal favorite, new school supplies. During a recent trip to Target, I found myself wandering aimlessly around the school supply aisle, checking out the lunch boxes, notebooks and pencils. As if I don't already get distracted enough in Target, I just can't help myself around school supplies. (and what is it about Target that causes me to feel a compulsive need to scan the entire store anyway? Why do I go in with a list of 3 items and leave with a cart full of things?)

I have always been a dork when it comes to school supplies....remember the days of Lisa Frank and Trapper Keepers?? I loved all things Lisa Frank (I now find them blinding, but in the 80's, they were a must have)



In college, my favorite part of each semester was filling out my planner. I would sit down in class & anxiously await for the syllabus to be passed out so that I could enter all of the information into my planner (and I'm talking about a real planner...as in ones that you write things in....not an iPhone or a Crackberry or anything like that) Go ahead, laugh at my dorkiness...I embrace it!

Earlier this week, as I was sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on 376, I looked around to see many cars around me piled up to the roof with pillows, bean bags and storage boxes (no doubt filled with Ramen Noodles and Easy Mac) and I realized that it was move in day for Pitt students. ahhh...another huge wave of nostalgia. I remember feeling anxious, nervous and excited for classes to start....happy to start on my own, but sad to leave my parents....and I wondered if the students in the cars next to me were feeling the same things that day. I hope that they were, it was a great feeling.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

He's All Up In a Snuggie

Brian's birthday was August 16th (go ahead, leave your belated birthday wishes in the comments section, then hang your head in shame that you forgot) All done? Great. Now are you wondering what his favorite birthday present was? It was a beautiful, thoughtful gift from my mom and dad...a Snuggie. Here he is in his Snuggie after declaring "This is the best birthday present ever!" I'm not lying.



Please note that he is demonstrating how the Snuggie enables him to drink a beer, hold the remote and remain covered and warm.

You've Got a Friend in Me

I didn't get a chance to post the pictures of Ben & Jake doing what they did best on vacation...be best buds. Sure, kids at this age don't really play "together" much, but when they did, it was too cute.




Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Vacation All I Ever Wanted!

This might take me a few posts, but I will try to sum up our vacation as best I can. As I mentioned in my previous post, Jake hated the ocean on the first day. HATED IT. He was ok if he didn't go *too* close and he did like the sand. We went with my BFF Melissa, her husband Dennis and their son, Ben. Ben loved the ocean from day 1...no fear!!


Fortunately, by the end of the 2nd day he was running full speed ahead into the water. And who was the one who got him in the water? That would be yours truly. Yea, that's right...the one who is normally known as "The Coddler" in our house got our kid into the big, scary ocean. Ok, that's all, I just wanted to state that for the record.



On Day 3, Brian's family came to visit. It was very nice to have some extra hands to help out with the boys & I'm sure they enjoyed seeing them on the beach :)



The rest of the week was pretty much spent chasing our little fish around the beach & in the ocean. We could not get him out of the water and he has been asking for "wa-wa" pretty much every waking minute since we came home :) I'll let the rest of the beach pictures speak for themselves.



Look at this kid...bliss.



Bye, bye Sea Isle!! :(

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Some Beach Videos

The first one is of Jake's 1st day on the beach...he hated it.

The 2nd video is sometime mid week, he loved splashing in the waves (and you'll hear me tell Brian to turn the camera off at the end so that I can fit the video onto the blog...gotta love my priorities)

The 3rd video is our last day on the beach...a huge improvement for Jake over his first time in the water.


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Saturday, August 15, 2009

We're Baaaaaaack!

After a wonderful vacation, we are back home. It's bittersweet...it's always nice to come home to your "stuff" and sleep in your own bed...but we had such a great time, none of us wanted the week to end.

I promise to get some pictures, videos & stories up soon, but until then, I leave you with my favorite pic from the whole week and the reassurance that this little boy had the time of his life last week :)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Book Review: Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown


Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown
by Adena Halpern

Chick lit is always hit or miss for me & lately I've felt like it's been more "miss" than anything. This book is a memoir by a 30 something girl who remembers and defines her life by the fashion crazes of each moment. The author is sarcastic, witty and funny (3 of my favorite characteristics in anyone!) and I really enjoyed this book. It would make a great beach read.
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