Baby boys

My college roommate’s son was born 26 days after Cal! They’re totally going to be BFFs (or the man equivalent of that).

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B so wisely pointed out that they’re slumped leaning was foreshadowing their drunk college days!

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Next plan is to head down for a visit this summer so viv and her daughter can play, the dad’s can chase the kids, and we can relax in the pool!!

Farewell 2013

Last Year, I said farewell to 2012 through my favorite pictures.

Once again, I have chosen one picture from each month, with an explanation about why each is significant. I should note that most are “favorites” for the memories they stir up, not for composition. By far the best part about this project is combing through all of the pictures I’ve taken over the last year.  I lost track of so many of them!  Enjoy!

 

 JANUARY

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The Man and I spent a night away in Lake George for our 5th Anniversary. It was sorely needed – one of our first date nights since Viv was born.

FEBRUARY
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What I loved about the 6-9 month stage was the cuddle-nap times. Viv LOVED taking snoozes in our bed, and I was not one to say no.

MARCH

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Excuse my barefooted baby outside in the end of March, but it was pretty warm those days.

APRIL

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I had a Court appearance for work in Elmira, where my parents are from, and where my grandparents still live.  So my Dad came with me and Viv, so she could spend some time with her great-grandparents while I worked. This was one of the outtakes of the family pictures we took. I love how my Pop Pop is playing with Viv and how Mema is smiling, looking on.

MAY

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Ok. hear me out.  I went to the bank one day and got this $20 from the ATM.  I laughed. and laughed. and laughed and laughed.  I hadn’t laughed at something so stupid and silly in a long time and it felt amazing.  And no. I didn’t call (though I was tempted…)

JUNE

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BIRTHDAY PARTY CAKE FACE! what more could be said?  Except the fact that we really weren’t equipped to clean that up….

JULY

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Baby #2 is coming! I had been feeling off, so when I came home from work hopped up on baby fumes from reading all about the new baby Prince George, I figured why not? Good to know I’m in tune with my body! ha

AUGUST

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Another week at Keuka Lake.  Our families didn’t know we were expecting again, though in retrospect, they all wondered why I would take 3 hour naps with Viv in the middle of the day.  Thankfully I hadn’t started to feel sick yet – just tired.

SEPTEMBER

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Around when Viv turned 14 months, she started really playing with Luke and Lacey. before, she was a little unstable crawling and walking, and they didn’t love the sudden movements. and the ear pulling.  This is when she started to get “gentle” and the pups loved it.

OCTOBER

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My friends Andria and Rob got married. There was a photobooth. That’s all I have to say about that.

NOVEMBER

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I took this with my iPhone while Viv and Lacey were cuddling/playing in her bedroom.  Can you tell that they were not pleased with my requests that they look at me for a picture?

DECEMBER

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Christmas morning. I can’t get over that look of utter amazement.  She was either yelling “DOC” or “WOW”. Either way, it’s pretty awesome.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Have a safe and Happy New Year! See you in 2014!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jess + Gavin = Baby

Jess and Gavin have chosen to procreate, and their son will be arriving early next year.  In honor of this blessed event, we threw a party! Presents were opened! Food was eaten! Babies were cuddles! Fun was had!

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*as an aside, see that group picture? I went to law school with the three ladies on the right. I found out I was pregnant 5 days before Mary (second from the left) had her little lady. That entire week, I was acutely aware that the four of us were pregnant AT THE SAME TIME!!

 

Halloween Spooktacular 2013

As you know, my work throws a fun Halloween Party every year for the kiddos. This year, Vivian dressed as a Strawberry (though, I’ve been told it could double as a watermelon costume).  She was loving all of the “pumpks” (toddler speak for pumpkin) and ate her weight in pizza and cheese! A Happy Girl she did make.

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On Halloween Day, Viv spent the day at my parent’s house (like every Thursday).  She even wore her special Halloween outfit from MeMe!IMG_5273_edit

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The Man and I went over there after work.  I had purchased her a parrot costume from Pottery Barn Kids,  only to find that she HATED IT. We tried several times in early September, which is why we got the strawberry backup.  I figured I would try one last time.  We maybe got 3 minutes of indifferent Viv, which quickly turned into “GET THIS OFF ME!”  There’s a nice contrast between the one happy picture, and rest….

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The strawberry was much more acceptable to Miss Viv. We went trick or treating to two houses in my parent’s neighborhood and then went over to Grandma and Great-Grandma’s house to visit.

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Lauren + Russ

A recently was a guest at the happy occasion of the marriage of my friends Lauren and Russ.  You could not find a couple better suited for each other.  They started dating in college about ten years ago, and through moves and school and new businesses, they finally pulled the trigger!

The ceremony and reception was held at the Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake. Despite having driven by the location many times (back when it was known as the Crooked Lake House), I never had occasion to go.  This place is beautiful. absolutely stunning.  and not only that, Lauren & Russ had the PERFECT day for an outdoor wedding.

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The ceremony was held on a small patio on the edge of the lake, with a few trees for shade, and a beautiful view behind them.  I honestly cannot wait to see the professional wedding pictures, because the sun was hitting them and the wedding party in such a way that it looked like they all had halos.

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The cocktail hour was full of awesome food – sure they had the standard crudité, but they also had eggplant lasagna, a retro food station, with chicken tenders, mac n cheese, mozzarella sticks and pigs in a blanket, and tons of yummy passed hor d’oeurves.  I think I polished off three plates.  We also took a picture with the beautiful bride!

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The dinner settings were beautiful.  Not a detail overlooked! I loved the trees with Christmas lights and the windows all around the room. Fotor0822145039

There was a beautiful deck for pictures, which we naturally took advantage of.

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All in all, a perfect wedding for one of the best couples I know!

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