Dec 27, 2009


On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
A digital piano with 88 keys.

On the 18th day of Christmas, Andy's brother visited us
So he could go to NYC on the bus.
*note: Nick was making a movie and does not have a mustache or glasses...

On the 20th day of Christmas, Oliver got the tummy flu
We were sad and said "boo who!"
*Oliver was wobbly when he was sick and kept falling into things - it amazes me he's still happy!

On the 23rd day of Christmas, to a cabin in the Adirondacks we went
And stayed in a plush, warm, cabin - not a tent!
*We didn't have a traditional tree this year, but it was still fun to decorate.

On the 25th day of Christmas, Santa found his way
And we had such a wonderful, happy day!
*Oliver was asleep for most of the present unwrapping, but he loved playing with his new toys!

My big present to Andy: A treasure hunt and a Holga camera.

Aunt Ashley sure knows how to make Oliver happy!

Oliver didn't make it easy for grandpa to finish his pool game.

On the 26th day of Christmas, Andy, Oliver, and I drove home in yucky rain.
And on Sunday no church because of a break in a water main.

On the last week in December, the best gift is yet to be given
A week of Andy at home - now that's what I call livin'!

Dec 21, 2009

21 weeks on the 21st

I know most people already know this, but for those that don't... here's a newsy post! I'm pregnant - 21 weeks to be exact. A little brother for Oliver to play with will arrive at the beginning of May (unless I go early like I did with Oliver).

My first trimester was easier this time than it was with Oliver - I think the biggest reason was because I wasn't commuting into the city and I was able to nap when Oliver did. I was still very nauseous and only within the last few weeks have I really wanted to start eating dinner again. Thank goodness for cereal and milk, which always hits the spot.

The house will be full of boys, which is never how I pictured it, but I do remember saying that I wanted all boys because they will be easier as teenagers. I believe I said this when I was living with 5 other girls and couldn't stand all the drama. Anyways, we are happy! More updates to come... with pictures.

Dec 10, 2009


Thanksgiving break was so much fun. The night before, we went into the city and saw some of the parade balloons. For Thanksgiving day, we went to Andy's Grandma's and had a delicious meal followed by some outdoor fun. The rest of the weekend was spent working on the house, hanging with friends and celebrating Andy's birthday!

Nov 17, 2009

Just Because

Nov 15, 2009

Baby Shower

My sister-in-law, Ashley, is having her first baby - a girl! I helped throw her a shower yesterday and it turned out great. Here are some pictures:

The guests.

We served lunch prepared all by my mother-in-law - thank you!

We played silly games and laughed until we cried. Grandma and Aunt Mary didn't quite know how to put on a disposable diaper - they were asking for pins!

The gifts:

My niece, Florence, made this satin, pink hippo - it was awesome!

I made this quilt for Ashley - it was a labor of love because I quilted around every hippo!

We let Oliver visit us at the end of the shower and he got some attention from Great Grandma and cousin Robin.

Nov 1, 2009

I am what I am... or am I?

Ever since Andy showed me the Popeye movie with Robin Williams, I have wanted us to dress up as Olive Oyl and Popeye, but I thought we should wait until we had a lil' swee'pea to dress up too. Well, this was the year! I bought the fabric, planned out the costumes, and sewed them up. I spent hours on them this week - Oliver was such a sport to play by himself and watch Baby Einstein over and over. I started my skirt last week, and then did everything else starting on Monday. I made goals for each day and was able to complete all of the costumes on time. I even made Oliver's pants with little belt loops!

Oct 27, 2009

Ollie's Party

One of my favorite birthday traditions is the cake. When I was growing up, we told my mom what we wanted and she would decorate really cool cakes, so I'm going to keep that tradition going. This is a spinach can cake to go with Oliver's Popeye themed birthday party. It's chocolate cake with a mousse filling.
Note: I actually don't know how much Oliver weighs - it's just a guess.

The birthday menu: Whimpy burgers, spinach-artichoke dip, veggie tray, chips and dip, cookies, candy, and of course cake and ice cream.

Oliver's first burger - he actually ate a few bites.

Oliver invited some of his closest friends and was happy they could come.

This face describes it all - he did not like his cake! Maybe next year?

Oct 19, 2009

We survived year 1 as a family of 3!

The good news is: Oliver is still alive and so are we!
How can there be any bad news... Oliver turns 1 today!

Oliver didn't start out as a happy baby - some observed that he never seemed content - perhaps bored. All he needed was a little time, oh, and the freedom to move and wiggle. I've watched him become happier as he learned to roll, crawl, and now walk, and I think he's on the verge of trying to run. Now we find ourselves laughing and smiling all the time together, and Oliver has the best giggle.

He loves to be chased and scared. Andy will hide around a corner and say "boo" when Oliver gets close. Oliver just screams with delight and giggles up a storm. It's sooo cute!

Oliver can do two signs - "more" and "all done". He can also say "kitty". He doesn't call me mama yet, but he knows who "dada" is. When I hear Andy unlocking the door, I'll say "dada's home" and Oliver immediately gets excited, smiles and walks over to the door.

He loves to push buttons, whether they are my buttons, or the buttons on the remote, VCR, cell phone, credit card machine at the store, the keyboard or mouse, he just loves it.

Oliver is constantly amazing me with the little things he can do: giving hugs, saying "vrooomm" when he's pushing a car, climbing up onto random objects, sitting still to watch parts of Baby Einstein, and getting excited when it's time to go outside.

I can't wait to see what this next year will bring.

Happy Birthday Oliver!

Oct 4, 2009

Outing in the Park

Oliver enjoys going to the park near our house and has learned to go down the slide by himself and enjoys swinging. Andy was able to go with us one time and brought along the camera – so enjoy some pictures.

Sep 6, 2009

Mommy's little monster

Oliver has grown up: he is in a big boy car seat, loves to feed himself (favorite food: frozen blueberries - he eats them until his mouth and lips turn blue, can play on his own (making messes though), and has started walking. He is so much fun to watch.

Aug 12, 2009

Luck of the Irish

As luck would have it, Oliver got really sick for the first time while I was home on vacation. His temperature reached 105 degrees which landed him in the ER. The diagnosis: an ear infection. He was quite the trooper and managed to have fun. Luckily for Oliver and me, we had two professional moms to help us get through this tough time - thanks to my mom and sister! (can't forget a thanks to my dad who got up with Oliver at 5 am so I could sleep in!)

While we were home, we went to the new bakery in town three times, went shopping six times, swimming twice, to a family reunion, to Grandma's house twice, church, a Branch picnic, the movies ($4 for admission, $1 for popcorn - I love small towns!), the salon for a much needed hair cut, and the park, and managed to do all of this with little sleep and a sick baby.

Here are some pictures from my trip home to the little town o' Clare. (Funny Fact: My town not only celebrates St. Patrick's Day, but it also celebrates Half-way to St. Patrick's Day.)

My rosy cheeks baby

What's weird is this picture was taken 4 or 5 hours before going to the ER.

Cute Uncle Steven showing Oliver how to roll.

I wish I had a better picture of Oliver playing with Flash (the cat). Oliver would start crawling after Flash, and then Flash would take a few steps ahead, stop, turn and wait for Oliver to catch up. It was so fun to watch.

My grandma and the white fluffy cat that all of her great-grandchildren love to play with - I'm pretty sure Oliver thought it was real.

This is my best friend from middle school and her son, Weston. She had her little boy 4 weeks before Oliver. I hope we get together every time I visit.

Oliver hanging out with the boys at our branch picnic celebrating Pioneer Day. Notice that my dad is wearing a jacket and Oliver is wearing long sleeves and pants - where did summer go?

My niece, Olivia, is going to be a good mommy some day!

Bye bye Grandma and Grandpa!

Home at last in familiar arms!