Saturday, December 29, 2007

So. We are officially homeowners... um... hurrah? No. It's good, just at this point all I can think about is all the work that needs to go in the house. I know if anyone can get it all done, we can. Thank goodness for a hub. who's a builder. I have no idea how we're going to finance everything... I suppose in the back of my head somewhere I'm hoping to find a pot of gold under the pee stained living room carpet when we rip it up, or some pirate gold dubloons in the little shed outside. Not too realistic, huh? Ah well. I guess never knowing where money is going to come from adds a bit of excitement to our lives, right? Really... who doesn't want a more exciting life?

Friday, December 28, 2007

A glimse into CN's family...

Overheard during CN's family's Christmas get together...

CN's great aunt to her brother. (CN's grandpa) Looks out at the room full of the 30 plus adults and kids opening presents.

Great Aunt- "How does it make you feel to see all these people descended from you? Isn't it wonderful???"
Grandpa- Looks over the room thoughtfully and remarks loudly, "Aww! I guess I got somethin' to show for my screwin!"

Welcome to the family.

Merry Christmas!!

Hope you had a happy Christmas!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Fried eggs and T-bone steak

Now here's a serious sausage lover. (Be forewarned... a couple naughty words at the end. Earmuffs kids!!!)

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Decking the Halls.

So. Christmas has officially begun. Poor Thanksgiving has been kicked to the curb and now we're on to something more thrilling, and that involves much better food and decorations. (In my opinion.) Last Monday was the first night of the light show our downtown puts on every year, so we bundled up and headed into the cold. After CN got his obligated mutterings about gaudiness and premature Christmas celebrations out of the way we had a lovely, freezing time. You see, my dear husband is one of those grinches that believe that Christmas should be celebrated ON and right around Christmas not a month before. Bah Humbug! to him. I love decorating for Christmas and really don't think one can have too many decorations or start celebrating too early. As long as it's after T.Giving and as long as your decorations don't include this.

Giving Thanks.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Happy paw.


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Merry Christmas to me!

CN has had a tenancy to spoil me lately. On top of many other wonderful things he's done for me in the past few months, yesterday he gave me an early Christmas present. A flippin amazing Christmas present, I might add. This puppy. A Nikon D40. Absolutely scrumptious. He needed a camera for work, so instead of buying himself one, he bought me the Nikon and he's going to use my old camera. What a fella.

A few snapshots of our fun morning at the mall.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Here I type, while inhaling and exhaling into a paper bag. OK. Not really, but almost! In 2 months we are going to be moving up the road. Eek! Scary, but slightly exciting. I'm trying not to think of the insane amount of work that is needed to be done at first, but I know eventually things will settle down and we are going to enjoy our new house. The house is small and needs a lot of work, but it's in a wonderful location, (Across the street from a cider mill... could you ask for anything more??) and has almost 3 acres. Here are some pictures of our new future back yard.

Thursday, November 08, 2007


DC was wonderfully fun. CN and I got there a day before the rest of our friends so we could hang out on our own. Did I mention it was wonderful? It was a strange feeling to be able to do whatever you wanted, whenever. No breakfast/nap/lunch/nap/dinner/bedtime routine to adhere to. Dessert at 11pm, why not?

The night before the wedding we spent with our friends relaxing and catching up. We met for dinner at a lovely French restaurant where we shared cheese platters and I had the most amazing duck confit. After dinner we went to the hotel where the wedding reception would be to meet up with the wedding party for drinks.

The wedding was perfect. It took place in gorgeous church in Georgetown. The reception was beautiful, fancy, and fun. Dinner and dessert was amazing, but the topper of the evening, in CN's opinion was the espresso and cookie bar. Ah... heaven.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Almost off to DC

In a few days CN and I are going to be heading down to Washington DC for our friend's wedding. Hurah! Although, as much as I'm looking forward to getting away, a small part of me is slightly dreading it. CN and I have never been away from the kids for more than a night or two, and have never been an airplane ride away. I know Mini M is going to do just fine at the in-laws... she most likely won't even notice I'm not there. It's my small Sir W. that I'm going to have a hard time leaving. No doubt he'll have a grand time eating Grandma and out of house and home. Bananas... beware!!

All in all though, I'm more excited. This will be the first time CN and I have ever been away since we've been married. The wedding is black tie optional, so it's going to be fancy dancy and thrilling. Those of you that know me well, know I'm a jeans and keen type of girl, so this is going to be quite a change for me. After hunting and hunting I found the perfect evening gown. Unfortunately it's a brand new style from Calvin Klein... I couldn't even find a picture online... ah well... I'll post pictures of the whole event ASAP when we get home. And, by "event" I don't mean me wearing a gown... I mean the wedding, Silly.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

"Happiness is best shared"

CN and I went out last night. That's exciting enough. What made it even better was the fact that we went to see Into the Wild. My sister lent me the book back when I was a teenager, and I've been intrigued by the story since then. When I heard it was going to be made into a movie I wasn't sure if it would be worth going to see. Happily I was wrong. The movie was well filmed and wonderfully acted. At times I almost forgot that it was a movie, not a documentary. The locations where it was filmed were unbelievably beautiful, not to mention a excellent acoustic soundtrack by Eddie Vedder. (Of course we bought that the second it was released a few weeks ago....)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Welcome back!

Hello, I'm Em... nice to meet you. Since it's been forever, I thought we should get reacquainted. Things are good here, just busy. Really busy. When I signed M. up for school I didn't realize the multitude of papers and responsibilities that would come with it. I am currently in the middle of helping plan a Fall class party, selling stamps in the hallway before class, getting Mini ready to sing with her little choir and oh yes! I almost forgot, I have to bring snacks in for the class the day after tomorrow! Target snack aisle, here I come!!

Aside from M.'s school I'm also teaching a literature discussion class at a home school group day once a week. The class is for 4-6th graders and is a bunch of fun. The thing that I get a kick out of is how giggly and chatty the boys are, as opposed to the girls. Next week I might need to separate them... Today I was telling my sister how we reached a milestone in class yesterday. We went the whole class period without someone bringing up one of the Lord of the Rings movies. At always happens that whatever story/fable/or poem we are working on that day somehow always reminds someone of a part of one of the movies. I'd never thought to compare Bess from "The Highwayman" to, who is it? Boromir? (The one who gets all shot up with arrows by Orcs?) Who would have thought? Or the Elephant's Child? Yep, also comparable to Lord of the Rings. My theory? I think the funny little fellas are so proud of the fact that they saw a "scary" movie like LOTR (didn't feel like typing the whole title) that they have to constantly remind each other, and me of their infinite coolness.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Banana eating machine

W. loves his bananas. Here is what he looks like every morning eating his favorite treat. Dandan would be so proud. (Just to warn you... he mutilates the poor thing- it's quite disgusting.)

Thursday, September 06, 2007

First day of school!

Our little Mini M. isn't so mini anymore! Tuesday was her first day of kindergarten, and she couldn't have been more excited. I seriously believe that she has been waiting for this day since she was 3. I'm happy for her because she is so unbelievably excited, but there's that little part of me that realizes that the part of her life where she stays home with me is now over. Never will happen again. Waaahh!

Sir W. is enjoying his 3 hours of morning freedom. No big sister to mother him. No big sister to kiss him and style his hair with spit. He's really not at all broken up about it at all.

To view all of M.'s pictures click here!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sheesh... where has the time gone? It's been pathetically long since I've posted here last. Since then I've:

Been trying to get Mini ready for kindergarten. (Who knew one needed Clorox wipes in order to go to school?)

I've decided to start teaching a few classes at a home school group day once a week. Speaking of which... Yikes! Not ready!

My younger brother has come to live with us, which makes me feel like I not only have a 5 year old, a 1 year old, but also now a 16 year old child. Don't. Ask.

C.N. got me a new phone. Wonderful/adorable huh? A desperate attempt to keep my life organized.

C.N. and I bought tickets to our friend's Washington DC wedding in November. Very exciting. Brace yourself for our lameness- we've never been on a trip out of state with the two of us. I know... Don't say I didn't warn you!

I joined a gym. Have been oh... maybe 3 times. Is it worth keeping the membership? I don't know... Although, seeing that cider and doughnut season is fast approaching maybe I should hang on to it. (Screw cider, give me the doughnuts!)

Sir W. has gotten 4 new teeth and has made us all suffer along with him.

That's all I can think of at the moment. The sun is shining, it's a breezy cool day. And I'm going to take advantage of it!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Cheeeeese, Gromit!

A couple of days ago we rented the new-ish Wallace and Gromit movie The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Usually with Mini movies CN and I settle in for an hour and a half of drifting in and out of sleep while every 15 minutes or so responding to Mini's excited, "Did you see that? He burped! Hahahah!" To which we dutifully respond though glazed over eyes, "Oh yes, veeeery funny!"

This movie actually was quite funny, and insanely cute. According to Mini, it is very scary and the only way she can watch it is to have something to cuddle with. When I suggested a teddy bear she wailed, "Nooo! Is HAS to be a person!" Enter Sir W. He has resigned himself to be Mini's Wallace and Gromit cuddle partner. It cracks me up to see Mini clutching him tightly watching, mouth open, at a giant furry bunny with a small bow tie howling at the moon.

Great movie. You must rent even if you don't have kids.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Higgins Like

Last week we took our annual camping trip to Higgins Lake. The weather was beautiful and the lake was like a giant swimming pool.


We recently had a new Papa Joe's built near our house. After making a much anticipated trip (by both myself and Mini) I tried to think of something I could make with all my delicious looking groceries. Here's what I did to the peaches.

Cut in half, remove seeds.
Mix equal amounts of horseradish and dejon mustard. (Just depends on how many you're making)
Add honey, a little more than the horseradish and the mustard.
Whisk together, then brush onto the insides of the peaches.
Cook inside down on medium heat grill for 3 minutes.
Flip and cook another 3 minutes.
Brush remaining sauce on and enjoy!

Pure summer heaven. Yum.

Friday, July 13, 2007

See for yourself

Camping pictures. My camera was in the "shop," which made me feel handicapped. Thankfully CN's mom shared hers with me. Bless you Mother N, bless you.

About Me

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Welcome to Em's world. I am a stay at home/ work at home (when the odd job presents itself) mom. I have the privilege to spend every single day with my sweet/crazy 5 yr. old daughter, Mini M. and my little man, Baby W. who was born May 3rd. I can't forget the best part of my life- my hub. C.N., who happens to be the sweetest, funniest fella alive. We have been married almost 6 years. So that's me and my fam.