Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Recommended Fall Reading



I just picked this up last weekend at the Village Book Store in Littleton. When Andy & Maria were here we all spent some quality-rainy-Sunday-afternoon time at VBS. I got this book for myself, How Dinosaurs Count to Ten for Marcus, and some woodworking book that Nate picked out for himself. There are a ton of inspiring pot-pie recipes: lobster, enchilda, personal pot-pies, etc. Perfect for this time of year!

Fall Harvest

Today I was reminded how blessed we are to live in New England...it was an incredible Fall day. Marcus & I were up early this morning, trying to be quiet so Daddy could sleep. I enjoyed my coffee at the computer in my sunny office, while Marcus was chattering away in his swing- greeting the birdies outside.
After Nate got up and shared his coffee time with Marcus on the couch- watching the latest news (mainly about she-devil Sarah Palin & McCain and how to grill eggplant)- Marcus and I headed down to Hanover for a photo shoot. I met up with the Gilberts at Hanover Fire & we had a great time taking pictures of Jenna & Jameson goofing around the firehouse with Mike. Then we went to a little farmstand in Orford- the kids fed these ridiculous mini-goats & chickens (thank god they were in a coop!) and picked out pumpkins. I bought some potatoes, lettuce (mine tasted AWFUL this year), green and red peppers, and a coffee frappe.
After we spent some time visiting and shooting more pictures at the Gilbert's- we headed north on Route 10. It was a great day for a car ride...I was listening a book on tape (Hard Truth-Mariah Stewart) while Marcus was busy snoozing in the backseat. Driving through Lyme, Orford, Piermont and into Haverhill was a dazzling drive today, the old Federal houses always inspire me.

We stopped at the apple shack in Haverhill, but my friend Sue wasn't there today. I got some apples and cider. Then we stopped at P&T Farm and got some free-range hamburger (actually I think I got 10 lbs of hamburger!), some maple bacon, breakfast sausage, and a maple ham. I always stock up on meat when I get the chance to buy my meat there- it gives me peace of mind to know that I'm supporting them and that I know where my meat comes from. Although I have fallen victim to shopping at Wal-Mart, especially now that I understand how difficult it is to shop with an infant, I refuse to buy my meat and produce from them.

When we finally arrived home, I was happily surprised to see that Nate had painted one of the dormers! (The one that will in a few weeks be Marcus'!). Gram came over and we made salsa to freeze for the winter with the zillion tomatoes I grew this year in my itty-bitty garden. She also boiled down some of her raspberries, so I have a raspberry compote to enjoy tomorrow morning with my yogurt. Chloe stopped in to visit & spent some quality time with Mr. Marcus while Gram and I were busy in the kitchen. I love that my new kitchen is big enough that all four of us were comfortable and could chat- I couldn't do that in the Sugar Hill cabin!

I made corned beef & cabbage too- but ended up eating dinner alone...well not technically alone, I had Oscar, Sofia and a sleeping baby. Nate & his trainee were en route home for dinner, but someone in Grafton County needed them more than I did tonight.

I feel blessed that I had such a wonderful day with Nate, my baby, Gram & Chloe and that I was able to stock up on amazing, local produce and meat for my little family!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

2 Years



Last night we celebrated our 2nd anniversary & went out to dinner at Bailiwicks in Littleton. Our dinner was delicious & we even saw the Neff's while we were there :0) Marcus stayed at my parents while we enjoyed our dinner and got a new ceiling fan for the upstairs bedroom.


Today, Marcus turned 2 months old & went to see Dr. Lakey. He weighed in at 11 lbs. 4 oz (45% percentile), is 24 inches long (80% percentile!) and his head was in the 50% percentile, but I can't remember how big it is. He had 4 shots, but was a trooper and quieted right down afterwards because they had me feed him. He is a little fussy now, but seems to be okay & taking Tylenol.

Mother Nature didn't seem to forgot our annivesary....we had killer thunderstorms and TONS of rain :0)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Andy and Maria are here!

Looking good after being up for 24+ hours
Marcus checking out Uncle Andy

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Owen's 1st Day of School


Elise just sent me these pictures taken this morning- Owen's first day of Kindergarten!
How cute is he with his enormous backpack???? The first of many pictures to be taken in front of the door :0)
Love you Owee!!!

I clearly remember my first day of the 1st grade at Shaker Lane Elementary School. Or, more specifically, I remember riding the bus to Shaker Lane- not so much any of the school day itself.
My mom, dad, Sara, and Aunt Peg were all waiting with me by the mailboxes on New Estate Road. Trixie, our smelly beloved Golden mutt, was there too. I distinctly remember the scent of my new Littleton Tigers pleather drawstring bag...bright golden yellow with a navy tiger emblazoned on the side. I was very proud of my bag, I think it came from one of the football games? One of the first of possibly hundreds of bags in my life. The bus finally came & I stepped away from the mailboxes...and Sara was happy to have dad all to herself!
Coincidentally...the bus driver (a red-headed kid, who at one point was pulled over for speeding- in the bus!- by Aunt Janie's house next to VeryFine) FORGOT to pick me up on the very LAST day of 1st grade...he just zoomed right by...and I had to chase the bus down the street to Checkerberry Lane...but my little legs weren't quick enough. I missed the big yellow bus, and returned home in tears so my Deedledee could drive me to school with his smelly dog, Eddie, a slobbering German Shepard.

I don't have too many memories of Kindergarten- Mrs. Calhoun. M is for Milk. Z is for Zebra. The little cubbies lined up by the door with our names on them. And snack time- I remember the little milk cartons being delivered every day.

1st grade was Mrs. Constantine and "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. When I had my kidney operation Mrs. C sent me a little white kitten stuffed animal. I still have that kitten- it's up in the attic at Mill Brook Farm. And I remember this girl Margaret...who liked to be called Meg...informed me that I could not be called Meg..because she was, and so began my complex with being called Meg or Meghan...but never Meaghan or Meggie!

We Still Have Big BLUE Eyes!