November. Where has 2013 gone? So these photos are quite old and the girls (and their cousins) are almost 7 months older now…it’s hard to believe. These are the photos from Lia and Ella’s 2nd birthday party this past spring, in April. Lots of family and friends were in attendance, and the weather was nice enough to be outside. Enjoy.
Here’s the next small batch of photos from months ago – these are from an afternoon outing with Amy, Joe and their boys to a local tree farm get Christmas trees. Aaron and I go for a little tree where as Amy and Joe go for a 12 footer. The boys can’t understand why we want such a little tree… but it was festive and fun to spend an afternoon outside. We spent the evening helping them decorate their tree and then set ours up later in the week.
Hi all….after a long hiatus, it’s time to blast through some old photos. Some of these are pretty outdated – but things were busy. I got a new job, then the holidays, then I did some traveling and now I’m back to the blog – until something else comes up anyway :) So – here’s the first of many. We were at Peter and Maria’s house for trick or treat this past October and got witness firsthand the hordes of people who appear on their street looking for candy. More importantly though, we got to see the girls in their Halloween costumes – pretty damn cute.
In August, Amy and Joe threw a party to celebrate Justin’s 6th birthday and Brian’s 3rd. They brought back the Toy Story bouncy house from last year which everyone enjoyed, including the adults, after the kids went home of course. They also hired a caricature artist as a surprise guest who did drawings of all the kids. We had a cookout lunch and despite it being a rather gray day, the weather held and we were able to be outdoors all afternoon. The kids enjoyed/destroyed a dinosaur piñata and Amy made another fantastic cake – this year’s theme was dinosaurs. Joe’s brother Jami and his wife Jen came up for the party and it was great to have a visit with them as well as some of Amy and Joe’s friends who we’ve gotten to know over the years. It was definitely an enjoyable afternoon.
In May Aaron and I traveled to Durango, Colorado for my cousin Jeremy’s wedding. Durango is beautiful and we had a great time exploring the area with Mom in the days leading up to the wedding. We took a long drive in the San Juan National Forest on Highway 550 and enjoyed amazing vistas of the San Juan Mountains, groves of cedar trees, and a geothermal hot spring. The wedding ceremony was fun and special and involved many of Jeremy and Chrissy’s friends. All the unique elements like Jer’s suit, their getaway scooter with sidecar, the bike ride from the ceremony to the reception, the ribbon dance, etc. etc. made the event seem true to Jeremy and Chrissy and those are my favorite kinds of weddings. It was a great weekend with family and a celebration of Jer and Chrissy’s life together.
Well, here are the long overdue photos from Lia and Ella’s first birthday party from back in April. Lots of family was there from both sides and we had a great celebration at Maria’s parents’ house. Plenty of good food, conversation and of course cake. The girls had two different approaches to eating their cake, as the photos illustrate. It was a pretty funny scene. A fun day for all of us. In looking at these photos I realize how much the girls have grown in the past four months. I’ll try to get some more recent photos up soon.
Also you will notice when you click on the photo above to look at the album that we’ve started using a new gallery for the photos, Smug Mug. It’s a little different – if you have any problems or questions, drop us an email.
I planned a little birthday surprise for Aaron. I set up a dinner with his nieces Emily (who is at Tufts) and Molly (who is at Brown). I told him only that I wanted to make a reservation for dinner on his birthday and that he shouldn’t make any plans. It wasn’t until the day of, when I picked him up after work that I let him know we were having dinner with Emily and Molly, in Providence. We went to a restaurant called Chez Pascal, a french inspired bistro and had a great meal. It was a treat for both of us to have the time to talk and catch up with Molly and Emily. The evening was a great success. We hated to bring them back to their respective schools, but we’ll definitely do dinner again soon.
Here the album of our Christmas photos. We spent the morning at home, opening our gifts from each other. Then in the early afternoon we went over to Amy and Joe’s. My parents and James, Chrissy and Alice were there as well. We spent the rest of the day opening gifts, assembling or playing with toys and eatting of course. Santa gave Justin a light up stegosaurus lawn ornament (photo below) – which took quite a bit of assembly but was very well received and there were of course plenty of Legos to put together as well. We had a happy holiday and especially enjoyed being with the kids.
Hi all. Happy New Year! Hope 2012 finds you all well. I am still wishing for some snow, but otherwise can’t complain. This is just a quick post of some pre-holiday photos. Aaron and I are still coming back to reality after a mostly lazy week of vacation at home. About a month back Aaron and I finally made the jump to new iphones – yay! And the camera is way better, so I find myself taking more photos with my phone. These are just a few random ones taken in the weeks leading up to Christmas, with a couple I have borrowed from my brothers mixed in there too. We had a busy, but great December and enjoyed lots of time with family. I will post our holiday photos soon. The above is a watercolor of a nutcracker, done by Justin in his art class. I think it’s fantastic.
For Thanksgiving we made our usual trip down to Washington DC to spend it with Aaron’s family. Travel was actually remarkably easy and smooth. We had great visit with the whole family, except for Molly who is studying abroad in Israel this semester. Her presence was definitely missed. We continued our tradition of making center pieces out of dough – although this year we just did two large cornucopias, and no animals. Emily and I made one of the cornucopias and Aaron and Lisa made the other one, which was entertaining to watch – they are siblings after all. Rita made the decorations and worked on the fine details of the cornucopias – as pictured above. We had a great time catching up with everyone and of course eating all the delicious food. Here’s a small album of photos from our visit, mostly of the cornucopia project.
In November the whole family traveled down to Connecticut to celebrate Alice’s first birthday. The party was held at Chrissy’s grandmother’s house – who just happens to live in the same town as our grandmother (talk about coincidences) – so we went down a couple of days early to visit with Nonnie and Becki. As you might imagine, it was a casual affair, but Alice was surrounded by lots of family from from both sides all there to wish her a happy first birthday. I’m told Chrissy spent days ahead of the party baking the cake, which as you can see in the photo above was no grocery store sheet cake. I think maybe Amy and Chrissy should open a bakery together specializing in kid’s birthday cakes! Happy Birthday Alice!
We hope everyone had a great Halloween. We thought you might enjoy seeing some of our nieces and nephews in costume. Lia and Ella are still a bit young for trick or treating, but their parents got them into the Halloween spirit by dressing them up as pea pods. Alice dressed up as a duck. According to James, she is close to walking and it’s tough to get her to sit still these days, even for a quick photo. Justin went as a red hot rod. Amy and Joe bought a car kit, but then spent the weeks leading up to Halloween working on Justin’s specified modifications – adding windows, a trunk, a hood and supercharger, etc. And Brian went as a Tyrannosaurus Rex – which seems like a good match given how fast, strong and vocal he is as of late. Hope you all enjoyed the holiday.
We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary with a long weekend in Portland, Maine. We stayed at a great hotel, The Inn by the Sea and had fun exploring the area. We spent a day with Meghan, Louis and Huck – together we visited Portland Head Light and Fort William. Later they took us to The Lobster Shack at Two lights, a fish fry place with outdoor picnic tables and incredible views. Aaron and I spent the rest of the weekend exploring downtown Old Port, eating some great meals at Caiola’s, Miyake and Duck Fat and relaxing on the beach. On Sunday afternoon, we stumbled upon a kite flying event at a park across the harbor from downtown Portland and guess who just happened to have his kites in the trunk of our car? So on a beautiful sunny day Aaron flew kites while I looked on with my book, lounging on a blanket. It was a great weekend.
In September Brian turned two. Amy and Joe had a small family cookout/party at their house to celebrate. Amy made one of her fantastic and creative birthday desserts – this time it was cookie monster cupcakes, complete with blue coconut fur. They were pretty impressive AND delicious. We spent the afternoon outside on the swing set, drawing on chalk rock, chasing frogs – following Brian’s lead…needless to say, it was a fun day.
At the end of August, with a hurricane en route, Amy and Joe lucked out with an afternoon of good weather and managed to squeeze in an outdoor birthday party for Justin. Complete with a train theme, a huge inflatable bouncy house, a piÃ±ata and of course cake and ice cream, Justin along with friends and family celebrated his day. If you can believe it, the bouncy house was rated for adults so Aaron and I gave it a try before the kids showed up. It was a lot of fun and surprisingly a serious aerobic workout as you are moving all the time in an attempt to stay on your feet. The rain started just as the party was winding down. It was pretty spot on timing.