December 24, 2008

Merry Chrsitmas.


Wishing you a wonderful Christmas.

December 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Papa.

We love you Todd. Happy birthday!



December 17, 2008

Christmas is coming.

The foreboding future has not gotten hold of our Christmas cheer. Todd is doing a good job keeping perspective and me grounded. Our little town throws a great holiday gathering, there were ice sculptures, sparkly lights, carolers, reindeer, horse draw carriages and fireworks. The weather was perfect it snowed all day, blanketing the park in a fresh new layer of snow. The boys also went to see the big man a few times this weekend. Wyatt was brave enough to tell him (twice) he wanted a train.

The mom song.

December 12, 2008

Cross your fingers.

So here is a fun contest at Design Mom, and it is way more likely you will win than the lottery and it is free. Good Luck.

December 9, 2008

Save our handmade toys.


This is Hans; friend, comfort and lovely to Wyatt. Hans was made with love by Berrie of MoonChild Studios and he really is a daily part of our life. There really is something special about things that are handmade and we love supporting little companies and businesses who create beautiful things. Unfortunately there is a potential law coming into effect that will close down most of the small American toy manufactures. The law is to protect us from unsafe toys, but the required testing will be too expensive for the small toy operations. Please check out this site and voice your opinion to change the law before it goes into effect.



A rather hard week...

We started our Thanksgiving Break by ordering WHITE! cabinets for the kitchen and then made the journey to Rochester to start in the Thanksgiving festivities. I am really proud that Todd and I were able to come to an agreement on style and design. While celebrating at a festive pre-T day party I got news from my parents that my grandmother, Babci had passed away. I will miss her very much. So our Thanksgiving plans changed from relaxing to another journey down to Connecticut to attend Babci's funeral. Exhausted we returned on Saturday night and recouped a bit on Sunday to face the week. And what a week was in store for us.

In a nut shell my project at work was cancelled and our future here in Upstate NY is very uncertain. Needless to say we were not expecting this and we had to cancel the kitchen. So I am looking for jobs, mourning my grandmother and mourning the potential loss of the life we stated to build here. We are now in the what else can we do phase...so let me know if you need a polymer chemist.

To a better week ahead...

November 26, 2008

Gobble Gobble...


Happy Thanksgiving. May your day be filled with love, good conversation and pumpkin pie.

November 21, 2008

What is it?

We grew these in the garden. First one to guess what they are wins a prize to bring a little green into the house during these cold months. Leave you guesses in the comments section.




No guesses seriously? Contest is up, OK they do look a little weird they are LUFAS!

Fun with Babci.

My Mom is up foe the week. It is great for all of us to have her here. Some of the fun:








November 19, 2008

An Orange Birthday.


Our little Wyatt is 3, his favorite color is orange...why not have an Orange 3rd Birthday Party?

It was great 3 little friends came over, played games, decorated orange hats, ate orange food and had a grand time.










November 13, 2008

Kitchen Visualization.

We are going to remodel our kitchen. It is a huge investment, but we are ready, at least to buy the cabinets. The kitchen designer has been over and we have been to his office 3 or 4 times. I think we have it all worked out, but we just have to decide on color. So I need your votes.

Our house has beautiful walnut woodwork that we could never reproduce, so my thought is go with painted cabinets. The space is small and we are getting rid of a window, so we do not want anything dark. I am thinking that the white will flow with the house, where a light pine might not...but white is 15% more. Crazy. Never would have guessed that. So here is our current inspirations found here and at This Old House. Let me know what you think. Also thoughts on glass doors?

White:






or natural:




Aaugh.

No matter your political leanings, this is one funny cartoon. (Courtesy of the Columbus Dispatch)


November 11, 2008

Monkey Time.

Hey Grammy, look the monkeys fit! Our little 6 month old Oliver is wear 12 month cloths. Even though he does not eat during the day, he is still growing fast. Few. Happy half birthday little boy.

November 9, 2008

Breakfast a la Wyatt.

One little boy. A dozen eggs.


It really is cute, he wanted to make breakfast and we had just had hard boiled eggs the day before...but still after a few don't you think he would have gotten it?

Trick or Treat.

Even though he did not get any candy, Oliver made out well with the most costumes! Gotta love the lion, nice work ehh?
















October 31, 2008

I can wag my tail like Chunk.

Happy Halloween! So my little lion was terrified by R2D2 (A fabulous home-made costume, by the way) who was across the street. Almost so much so that he would not put his own costume on. But as kids started coming to our door, I think the idea of dressing up was not so weird. Eventually we got the costume on, took the requisite photos (I will upload them soon) and out the door we went. And soon his mantra was, "Let's get more candy!" Wyatt was super scared by a boy wearing a mask behind a bush, who knew enough not to jump out at a 3 year old, but just the fact that he was there, sent Wyatt screaming. And by the man under the table. I thought we were going to have a sleepless night, but I suppose an hour of walking around the neighborhood was enough to tire out even the fiercest of lions.

One of my favorite comments of the evening was when Wyatt realized he had a tail. "Look, my tail is wagging like Chunk's"

Here is a photo of Cousin Chunk:


Oliver is famous.

Check out the picture on the sidebar of coolmompicks.com...There is cute little Oliver on his blanket.

October 30, 2008

The sewing machine failed me.

I am on a mad dash to finish the costumes.
Lion-check, done. (thank goodness.)
Fish- designed, cut out, scales sewn... waaaa waaa. OK, no problem, I can whip it up tomorrow night while we watch the world series.

Not to be...my trusty sewing machine stops doing that magic thing it does and will not stitch. I clean, I fuss, I talk to it nicely, I talk to it with a little more anger, I get mad. We have a deadline. Oh you know that, huh? Humph! Fine.

The fish gets handstiched.

October 29, 2008

Trick-or-Treating on Oct 30th?

So I have this very tight time table of costume making laid out for myself. Last night, I am relaxing and sewing and Todd says, "You know Trick-or-Treating is on Thursday night, don't you?" I say, "No that is the 30th, Halloween is on Friday." Todd says, "Yes, but Trick-or-treating is on Thursday, I saw it in the paper."

What is this all about? I have never heard of declaring a date for a holiday. So goofy. And one day less to make my boys into a lion and goldfish!


October 23, 2008

The little primrose that could.

I bought this primrose to have on the table for Wyatt's Baptism a couple of years ago. Since then it has almost died, a few times. Most recently, when I put it outside in the garden this summer, some mean beetles invaded. I rescued it in the nick of time and look, it is in bloom again! I promise to keep you warm and well watered over the winter.


October 20, 2008

Letterboxing

We went letterboxing over the weekend. It was a lot of fun, a little arts and crafts and a little hiking enjoying the beautiful autumn day. Letterboxing is like a treasure hunt with directions. The treasure is a rubber stamp that the finder inks up and stamps in their own log book and then you leave your signature stamp in the log book. The letterboxing hunt we went on was a series based on "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", which was great because Wyatt was able to anticipate what was coming next. Oliver had his first ride on my back and slept most of the ride.


And this gal was wandering around the nature center getting exercise. She was so amazing and prehistoric looking.

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I am a Mother, Chemist, Artist and Athlete. I love my family's little adventures and I love diving into creative undertakings.