Saturday, December 15, 2012

Coming Soon

I had every intention of creating the 2012 family vacation video (like last year) but then the weeks (months, actually) flew by and the project was never completed. Somehow, I was just too distract...with Pinterest, and a broken toe and Felicity.

Around Thanksgiving, LC came up with a great idea...We should screen the vacation video at the family Christmas party! YES! Yes, we should, you smart cookie. And so my deadline was set.

I worked away learning the basics of iMovie while my eyes became a blurry mess from hours of staring at the computer screen. But, alas! The video is done and will be showcased on December 26 during a small private screening in Philadelphia, PA.

If you're dying to see my handiwork, you can check out the trailer HERE:


Thursday, December 13, 2012

On the first day of Christmas...

Twelve more days until Christmas! I don't know about all of you but it's been a blur these past few weeks.  We don't know our holiday travel plans yet so that's wreaking havoc on my planning skills. It's been a whirlwind of shopping, parties, baking (lots of baking!), cleaning and decorating. 

At times it has been a little stressful but once Joe comes home from work and the fire is on, the lights are off, and the Christmas tree is lit up everything is ok again.  It's amazing what the glow of Christmas lights can softens everything just a bit so it looks beautiful.

Abbey looking adorable in front of the tree

Duke and Abbey snoozing away while we clean (probably their muddy pawprints!)

My recent chalkboard art attempt. It will go on my mantle.

Me and Duke doing our best pose

Hope these next few days are filled with love, joy, and all things merry. Take a moment to breathe deeply and appreciate everything you have.  It all goes by too fast.
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I said YES!

I think I'm guilty of a blogger faux pas. Something big happened and I waited weeks to blog about it.
One Saturday in late September while strolling on the Brooklyn Bridge my boyfriend became my fiance and I, a bride-to-be! The weekend was full of so many wonderful surprises that it will forever be marked in my memory as one of the best days of my life.
Here are pictures from the actual proposal and the celebration afterward.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Why does this make me giggle?

I just keep thinking of rainbow or chocolate sprinkles falling from the sky.  It's been one of those days!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Infertility sucks

It sucks big time. There’s really no way of sugar coating it. It just sucks.  I wish more people understood that. 
 It’s a silent journey between spouses.  Most people don’t have a clue what is going on—or realize how incredibly difficult it is.  Every month you hope and pray.  And every month you have to deal with the crushing disappointment. 
It’s exhausting.  It’s painful. It’s embarrassing. 
 My husband and I are approaching our 3rd wedding anniversary in a few weeks. If you had asked me three years ago where we would be I had this perfect image of our life in a cute little house with an adorable toddler running in the yard.  Maybe there’d be another on the way and a dog wagging its tail.  We have part of the picture.  We finally found our home and we do have two crazy puppies running in the yard.  But it’s missing something.  Something so huge that it leaves tears burning behind my eyes and my heart so full of pain….
Yet I continue about my life with a smile on my face.  My husband and I hold hands and share a special glance. I take the deep breath to hold back the tears as I celebrate a friend’s wonderful announcement of a new pregnancy. I put on a brave face when another clueless person asks when we’re going to get started with that family already…
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I feel alone yet I know I’m not.  I know there are so many women who deal with this every day, many longer than I have. I wish I knew who they were.  I wish I could run to their office when something just sets me off.  I wish I could call them when I get the bad news that this cycle is a bust for my treatment plan.
It’s made me realize that we really have no idea what is going on in a person’s life.  Remember that when you are dealing with someone who’s being bitchy or annoying.  You never know what they may be dealing with that day.
Why am I sharing this?  I don’t know. I’ve struggled with sharing a lot of this for a long time now.  But, it hasn’t done me much good keeping it inside.  Maybe if more people knew how painful it was they wouldn’t treat it so carelessly.
It just sucks.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A True American Hero

Take a minute to watch this video.  It will change your day.

Hugs to our followers (and an extra big one for Taylor),


Monday, October 22, 2012

Sesame Street Birthday Party

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Our family is full of Fall birthdays.  Luckily, Goosey's and Maverick's birthdays are within 2 weeks of each other, and I'm able to (at least for another few years) throw one big joint party celebrating both of them.  This year, I had a blast planning a celebration for Maverick's first birthday and Goosey's third birthday.  Once I came up with a Sesame Street theme, Pinterest and my imagination were unstoppable.  We decided to have the party at a Bounce House, which allowed me to put all the time, effort, and money I would have put into cleaning my house, making food, decorating, etc. into the goody bags.  They took a little bit of lovin', but all-in-all, I couldn't be happier with them.   To start, we glued the monsters' faces onto the corresponding colored box and attached an Elmo's-World-inspired sticker. 
I'm smitten. 
And, they were chock full of goodies, complete with "Elmo loves his goldfish..." goldfish crackers, "C is for cookie" bags of shortbreads, Sesame Street stickers, temporary tattoos, and juice boxes, along with crayons and a Sesame Street coloring page, homemade chocolate covered pretzels, and a "make your own monster" shirt kit (found here). 

Goosey wore her own monster shirt creation for the party.

For our own Harry Monster, my husband did an awesome job creating an old school Herry Monster shirt. 
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Maverick happily crawled around the inflatables at the Bounce House.  
 I love this picture.  Turns out Maverick has no fear (even though the adults around him seemed slightly more fearful) and happily sped down this super fast slide. 

 He was so proud of himself for crawling all the way up the stairs and making it down the slide in one piece!
 Goosey loved sitting in her inflatable throne while the guests sang Happy Birthday.
We had so much fun at the party, we forgot to get a traditional family photo.  This one will have to do. 

This blog post has been brought to you by the letter B and the number 3.

Hugs to our followers,