Mom’s 50th birthday party

April 6, 2008 at 9:15 pm | Posted in family | 3 Comments

So today we finally had our big birthday bash at our house — complete with party hats! — for my mama who will be turning 50(!) tomorrow. It was a huge success; we didn’t run out of food, drinks, or space.

Mama glowed. There are a lot of people out there who love her.

Pictures to follow

All on a Saturday

March 29, 2008 at 10:05 pm | Posted in family | 1 Comment

Sean and I met up with our sister and brother-in-law-to-be tonight for a night out at the Cheesecake Factory. Keith and Kourtney are getting married in just under three months now so it was fun to get together to talk about all of the excitement coming their way.

All four of us used to live together in our condo and as much as we all needed our own space, we had a blast being roomies. I miss having them so close. Rather than walking ten feet down the hall to see them, we have to drive almost an hour.

Kourt and Keith arrived at the restaurant early to wait since it’s usually pretty busy. Two hours later, we were finally seated. The food was exquisite, the desert was phenomenal, and the company was priceless.

Party in my office

March 25, 2008 at 7:38 pm | Posted in family, Home, Love | Comments Off on Party in my office

Happy Easter, Mama!

March 23, 2008 at 8:12 pm | Posted in family, Video | 4 Comments

My mother has been anticipating Easter for weeks now, starting to ask us what our plans to celebrate the holiday were back in late February — would we like to spend Easter with her? At her house? At our house? Could we have ham?

If it wasn’t for her, I don’t think Sean and I would notice that today was Easter. I told my mother that Yes we would love to celebrate with her, and Yes she could come stay the night to wake up to a proper Easter, with baskets for the dogs from the Easter bunny.

I have to admit, I was not looking forward to this weekend.

Easter Shmeester, I said.

When I picked her up last night after work, she said, “I’ve been packing here and there for a few days now.” I could tell she was really looking forward to celebrating with us (she even wrote out a grocery list), and her excitement was contagious; I started to get more and more excited about the weekend.

And for good reason. This weekend with the three of us (+ dogs) has been absolutely phenomenal. We had way too much fun and I ended up taking 733 pictures.

Here are a few of them:

We cooked breakfast, and Easter dinner. We watched movies and went walking at the beach. We laughed all weekend and had a great time just hanging around spending time together. I felt like a kid again having my mom here to spend the holiday, and she seemed to glow with happiness.

I hope your Easter was just as lovely.

BRB

March 22, 2008 at 8:52 pm | Posted in family, Happy | 2 Comments

You’ll have to excuse us… we’re getting ready for our first Easter with our new pups (and Mom is sleeping over!!!) and we don’t have much time to blog.

In the meantime, check out this video of this disturbing rabbit we found in Wal*Mart. I probably should’ve bought it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend ten dollars on such crap. Happy Easter!!!

Kevin Trump

March 21, 2008 at 12:58 am | Posted in family, silly pants | 4 Comments

That there on the left is my future father-in-law Kevin. On the right is Donald Trump. Here’s the story behind that silly sign:

While watching Celebrity Apprentice a while back, I noticed that Kevin is the spitting image of The Donald. He talks like him, has the brain and the business sense, and — aside from Trump’s bad hair — they look exactly alike.

Now this resemblance probably only shows itself if you know Kevin well, but I swear to this day I can’t watch Donald Trump on TV without stating, “Holy cow! He looks just like him!” over and over again to Sean.

I told Kevin of the resemblance during a phone conversation and I believe his reaction was “Duh!” as if everyone had noticed the similarities before and I was the last one to get the joke.

So Kevin went away on a business trip back in January. He works for the same company as Sean and did a two-week training in Minnesota (if you remember, Sean spent five weeks there back in October) and so it was our pleasure to pick him up from the airport.

I thought it would be funny to make a “The Donald” sign to bring with us to flag him down. I spent a whole day making this sign and when we got to the airport Sean and I decided that maybe it would be embarrassing for Kevin to see this sign waiting for him at the airport. We thought he might take it the wrong way or become offended, so I left the sign in the car when we picked him up.

I gave him the sign once we were in the car and he laughed a bit and took the sign with him with his luggage once we arrived at his house.

But the best thing about this sign and the whole fact that my father-in-law is Donald Trump, is that I went over to Kevin’s house tonight and that sign was still proudly displayed IN THEIR KITCHEN.

His wife Michelle says that he won’t throw it away.

And as much as I can’t say that I particularly like Donald Trump, I will say that I absolutely love my future father-in-law.

Thank goodness for Grandmas

March 11, 2008 at 9:00 pm | Posted in family, Puppy | 4 Comments

My mother has spent the last two afternoons babysitting Jasmine for me while I was at work. I didn’t dare leave the little pooper in her crate and I couldn’t bare leaving her alone without extra TLC to make it through her crappy stomach bug. I know when I was little my mother always took extra special care of me to make me feel better and she’s been doing the same for Jazzy B, too.

I don’t think I would’ve survived the last few days without my mother here. She’s helped me clean the house, walk the dogs, and kept me company through this sleepless start to a week. Since I took time off for Jasmine yesterday, I went to work today on my day off and although I would’ve rather spent the day at home, I knew my babies were in good hands.

On a subject other than my dogs, I can’t wait to crawl in bed with my Love and hopefully, hopefully, I will afford the luxury of sleeping through a rare poopless night.

Thanks, Mom!

Silly girl

February 27, 2008 at 1:54 pm | Posted in family, silly pants | 4 Comments

So we’re sitting by the bathrooms at IKEA while Alex uses the john.  Ciara is playing on two green stools in the hallway by the ladies’ room.  An older woman scoots by her to enter the loo and Ciara, pointing to one of the green stools, loudly proclaims to the woman, “THIS IS MY PENIS!”  Ah, to be two years old.

The woman didn’t flinch, but Sean and I nearly died from laughter.

Nephew

February 23, 2008 at 10:15 pm | Posted in family, Love, Memories | Comments Off on Nephew

My favorite picture of Alex; taken April of 2006

Three at random: Ciara

February 15, 2008 at 10:17 am | Posted in family, Photographs, Three at random | 3 Comments

My three children

February 13, 2008 at 10:21 am | Posted in family, Puppy, Sean | 2 Comments

The two pups are constantly playing. Constantly. They’ve become inseparable.  As a whole, having two dogs running around has been a little bit of a challenge–walking two dogs, taking two dogs in the car, sleeping in bed with two dogs–but we don’t mind.

Last night, Sean and I were lying in bed and the pups were on their respective puppy beds, when Sean turns to me and says, “Something is missing. We need a few more puppies on this bed with us.”

The fact that he is willing to give up his leg room means that he must really loves our new babies.

It wasn’t luck or superstition that won the game, it was a damn good football team.

February 4, 2008 at 9:58 pm | Posted in family, Memories, Sean | 2 Comments

I love watching Sean in his element. When his favorite team is at bat –or what have you — his concentration is unbreakable. Last night I saw where he inherited his love of sports from; his dad came over to watch the game with us.

As a young girl I remember watching my father’s reaction to ball games and loving how enthusiastic he became during his sports. Baseball, yes, my father loved the Red Sox, but watching him watch basketball was my favorite.

He’d sit at the edge of the couch with his holey black work socks planted firmly on the carpet, his hands clapping to the beat of every three-pointer, his tongue hanging out of the right corner of his mouth. My father would shout, “Go UConn! Get’um! Get’um!” and I’d giggle at his muffled cheers which were muffled because his tongue still hung from that right corner.

I remember witnessing a UConn game with my grandmother as I grew older, finally realizing where my father inherited his game-watching behavior. It was not my grandfather who shouted at the television, but instead –with tongue out and hands a’clappin’ — my grandmother cheered firmly from the edge of the couch.

Before we fell asleep last night I asked Sean how he became a Giants fan. His answer: “My Dad is a Giants fan.” And I guess this theory is true, or at least it is true in our two cases: we love who our parents love.

My heart felt warm as I sat by the fireplace last night watching Sean and his dad yell out at the TV. They echoed through the room at the same time, at the same plays, in the same manner. And although I dreaded the Superbowl all week, spending it with two generations of sports fans was comforting.

Ironically enough, during that four-hour football game, I felt glad for football.

So much fun!

January 27, 2008 at 4:43 pm | Posted in family, silly pants, Video | 4 Comments

We had a fantastic time at our sleepover last night! Gavin was the perfect guest and we spent the whole time playing. Gavin took some of these pictures with the camera remote for the sleepover video:

 

 

However, having a five year old around is tiring; Sean, Sam, and I — recovering from a child-hangover — slept the whole afternoon.

 

We love you, Gavin!

Our little house guest

January 26, 2008 at 10:30 pm | Posted in family, Happy, Home | Comments Off on Our little house guest

We’re having a slumber party here tonight. Our house guest is already asleep and we are soon to join him. More pictures to follow.

Gavin’s birthday party!!!!

January 22, 2008 at 1:54 pm | Posted in family, Video | 5 Comments

I didn't take this picture

This is my future brother-in-law Gavin as a baby.

He is !!! FIVE !!! now.

Here is a video of his wicked cool Batman party:

 

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