Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Our Newest Addition

No, the baby hasn't arrived yet! We still have 6 1/2 weeks until she's due! This is Oreo, our new kitten. Isn't he cute? He's probably around 3 months old or so. Eric's coworker's daughter found a litter of kittens in the woods and so Eric brought one home! We figure it's good practice for Norton and Pumpkin. This way by the time the baby comes, they will be used to sharing us! Norton adores Oreo and Pumpkin is slowly getting used to him. I wouldn't say that Pumpkin likes Oreo but she's tolerating him...some of the time! Oreo has not yet learned to be afraid of Pumpkin. She attacks him and he attacks back! It's pretty funny.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Random Photos with the New Camera

Norton in Sprout's room
Notice the lovely paint job by Eric (romantic pink!) and new carpet.

Pumpkin and Norton relaxing on the couch

Sick Day

It's been almost 2 months since I've blogged. I really do need to catch up and I figure today is a good day to start as I'm home with bronchitis. It's not fun!

Lately, we've been busy doing work around the house (new carpets and windows in our room and Sprout's) and getting ready for the baby. Yesterday, we decided to do some Memorial Day shopping and we came home with 2 new a/c units for the bedrooms, along with a video camera and a new digital camera.

So my old camera, a 2 1/2 year old Canon Powershot, was good to me at first--until I dropped it. It still works but it's gotten to be slower and I had realized that with the new baby on her way, our digital photography needs had changed and we needed a DSLR.

I had my heart set on a Canon Rebel. I know so many people who have the Rebel and love it! However, after doing some research and shopping around, we ended up going with a Sony Alpha A200k. I knew it was a possibility that we would purchase something other than the Rebel, but I didn't expect to purchase a Sony. But we got a great deal on the camera and it gets excellent reviews. So far, so good. I'll have to upload some photos when I get a chance.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

It's a Girl!

Last Saturday we had our big ultrasound. Everything went great. Baby was measuring about 10 ounces already and looks like it has all of it's parts! And the most exciting news?!?! Even though I was sooo convinced we were having a boy, it's a girl! The tech said she was 99% sure that we're having a girl! We're just thrilled. Of course we would have been happy either way but every mother wants a little girl! And we're not 100% sure yet, but right now we're thinking of calling her Emma Claire. Emma because we like it and Claire for Eric's grandmother who passed away a number of years ago.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Good Eats in Philly

Last Saturday Eric and I were visiting a friend in the hospital in Philadelphia. After the visit with our friend, we had dinner at Horizons, a gourmet vegan restaurant, right by South Street. One word--yum! Everything was delicious! We started with the Viatnamese bruschetta and barbeque seitan. So good! For dinner we shared a couple of dishes--a platter with different kinds of mushrooms, stuffed and unstuffed and crispy tofu with hearts of palm crepes and chickpea curry. I couldn't recommend this place highly enough if you have plans to be in Philly!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Baby Stuff!

Since finding out that I was pregnant back in mid-December, my brain has been consumed with all baby stuff all the time! Lately, I've been kind of obsessed with craigslist! I've gotten some amazing deals on there! 13 pieces of maternity clothes for less than $40. Then a few days later, I got a beautiful wooden $185 rocking horse for $35 bucks. I'm hoping to find a rocker/glider for a good price next!

I've also been scouring lots of websites for good deals on cloth diapers. Yes, we're cloth diapering. And they are not your cloth diapers of years ago with rubber pants and diaper pins. We've already gotten some super cute ones--veggies and farm animals and Dr. Seuss. Look at some of these diapers. How cute are they?

On March 28th, we have our big ultrasound. Hopefully, Lil' Sprout cooperates and we can tell if Baby is a boy or a girl! Our bets are on boy but who knows, really? We'll be delighted either way! If it is a boy, one of my first grade students suggested the name Indiana Jones. Eric really liked that name too!

We spent the weekend baby furniture shopping. We think we found something we like but we're going to wait a little longer to order. The room needs new carpeting and a paint job first before we bring furniture in!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Our Big Secret

So I have an excuse for my lack of frequent blog posts these past few months. Can you guess what it is? I'm pregnant! Eric and I are so excited! The baby is due August 24th. These past couple months, I've had hardly any energy. I come home from work, lay on the couch and eat take-out most nights these days. Now that I'm in my second trimester, I'm hoping the energy comes back!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Bucket List

I stole this list from Jenn's blog because it looked like a good time-waster for a Sunday afternoon.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (Does Rock Band count?)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland (and Disneyworld too!)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept in an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (I rode in a gondola in Vegas though!)
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House (I have seen it from the outside, just never been inside)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (no way!)
88. Had chicken pox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Puppy Bowl V

Well, Eric is in his glory right now watching the big game. But I was happy to watch another big game earlier in the day.

Puppy Bowl V. Last year was the first time I had even heard of the Puppy Bowl and I made sure we watched it on the commercials. But this year we found out that the show would be on from 3--5 and then repeating itself for the rest of the day. So we watched it as a sort of pre-game I guess you could say.

It was so cute. If you have never seen it, Animal Planet puts on it's on Super Bowl knock-off with lots of cute little shelter puppies. They get to chase each other around a faux field, play with toys and score touchdowns. The half-time show was kitties!

This years MVP was Matilda, a beagle. She scored a lot of touchdowns. I saw a few puppies I'd like to bring home but Eric said no.

Here's Elvira. She was one of my favorites!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Early Valentines Day Gift

Yesterday I received an early Valentine's Day gift in the mail. The tag on the gift was not filled out but I correctly guessed that the gift was from my hubby! Eric sent me a box of vegan chocolates from Farm Sanctuary! They are amazing. The chocolates are actually from Rose City Chocolates in Boonton, NJ, not too far from where we live. I think the chocolate will be gone way before Valentine's Day though...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Susan and Timmy's Wedding

Yesterday was the wedding of very good friends of ours. Susan made a beautiful bride and they were both so happy. We are so happy for them and wish them all the best! Here are some pictures of their big day!

Cake Cutting!

McKenzie, Susan and I

Greg, McKenzie, Timmy, Susan, Me and Eric

Baby Pics!

I have not blogged in such a long time. I've been thinking about it but things have just been hectic and I've just not had anything to blog about! But I thought I would post some pics from the holidays. The first one is of my niece, Kayla, and my cousin's son, Vincent. They are almost a year old already! Time flies!

And here's Kayla with the Curious George jack-in-the-box we gave her!