Friday, October 31, 2008

Detective Houndstooth and The Monkey/Turtle

Earlier in the day we were sporting the Turtle - handmade by Auntie Elise...and hard to believe that Owen once fit into this!

He got a littlet tired being a turtle

So we changed into The Monkey with Mommy (aka Detective Houndstooth- my pants and sneakers were also houndstooth...)
My mini pumpkins I grew for Marcus this summer
A VERY tired Monkey

With Uncle Andy- one of those rednecks that fill in at the end of Foot Loose...

Cast Your Vote: Which Halloween Costume did you heart most? The Turtle or the Monkey? Leave a comment!  And if we have a 2nd baby that will be what he/she will wear :0)

Monkey: Peg, Abby, Zack
Turtle: Meg Bonnett, Christy, Sarah Rickey

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Canasta Night

Mac considering his options with the help of you-know-who
Showing off the Boy's Team Bonus...whatever
with his Auntie Amanda

We pretty much play Canasta on a weekly basis with the Cashins (and sometimes the Kokoskis too)...Monday night we each won a game- making this years tally a TIE...Boys and Girls each have 9 games....I'm blaming pregnancy brain & then mommy brain on the demise of the Girl's Team enormous lead...

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Baptism Party

The Candy Bar in our newly decorated dining room

Close up of some of the candy

The perfect cake from Jacques
Aunt Peg
Owen typing me secret messages
Madeline sporting my party shoes


The Baptism

I know this shot is blurry, but I really like it besides.

It wasn't cold!

Marcus and Daddy

Fr. Marcel, Andy, Maria, Meg, Nate

In Auntie Maria's arms

Mom got this beautiful shot of us dressing him in the back room.

This was the other little baby, Alyssa, who was baptized with Marcus. She is her parents 9th child...which explains why they spoke so eloquently when they had the mircrophone and had to say what they wanted from the baptism- they had LOTS of practice!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fun Growth Chart

So, I stumbled across this really neat idea for a growth chart on Etsy a while back- Ms. Natalie's Growth chart. You can find it here.
Sadly, it is sold out & a bit on the pricey side besides. So I'm thinking I might have to make Marcus one in a few months. But, when do you start measuring kids? When they can stand? Hmmmm...
The best thing about this chart is that you can pack it up and tuck it away after you fill out the tag and pin it to the ribbon...which makes me kinda sad. We used to mark ourselves at the top of the basement stairs on New Estate Road. And then at the camp inside my bedroom closet- we even marked friends- I'm certain Chloe, Heather Legenza & Kristen Harrington were measured inaccurately by me at some point.

i heart target

my fancy new party shoes arrived just in time for me to attempt to break them in before i'm wearing them at the library. because that's what librarians in bath do...wear fancy party shoes to check out mysteries and romance novels to old ladies.....

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Stumbled across this via Design*Sponge.....

"Graphic design and fine artist Cody Hudson is the latest artist to partner with Upper Playground (UP) to produce a Barack Obama print. The Chicago-based Hudson recently published a book with UP's FIFTY24SF Gallery books entitled "Save My Life", as well as exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago this past year." Upper Playground Store

5 Things

5 Things that I'm greatful for today...
1. Green Mt. Coffee Pumpkin Spice
2. Marcus smiling at himself in the new giant living room mirror (that daddy hung last night)
3. Playtime with Nate & Marcus before we all rushed off (it pays to get up early!)
4. The cute glow-in-the-dark skeleton onesie Grammy sent up for M. in today's mail
5. My new party dress arriving in time from Target & it fits!
5 Things I Need to do Tonight
1. Make dinner...not sure what yet- good night for homemade mac and cheese?
2. Make some bread...thank goodness for Peg's breadmaker!
3. Hang new living room shelves and put stuff on them :0)
4. Laundry, Laundry, Laundry...Elise- remember that time that I said I was ALL CAUGHT up with my laundry? When was that? Was I sane?
5. Edit a wedding to stay on track

5 Books Sitting on my Bookshelf
1. The Other Boylen Girl - Philippa Gregory
2. P.S. I Love You - Cecelia Ahern
3. Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day
4. Doodle Stitching- Fresh & Fun Embrodiary for Beginners
5. The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls (which I have read, but need to re-skim, for the Book Group Discussion next week!)

5 Projects I Need to Finish (not including work..that list is too long!)
1. All the Thank You Cards for the wonderful baby presents- I promise- they'll be in the mail soon!
2. Get all the party stuff in order for Sunday..I won't spoil any surprises!
3. Organize my new closet once all the shelves and rods are installed...and bring discards to the Good Will in St. J
4. Paint the new bedroom!!! WHEEEEE!!!!!
5. Finish the little softies that I started for Marcus

5 Projects that I recently completed.
1. Painting the Nursery
2. Painting the Front Hall
3. Re-doing the Dining Room (wallpaper & painting & revamping- thanks Mom!)
4. Made and froze tons of salsa for Nate with Gram
5. Made scrapbook with all the baby cards for Marcus

5+ Projects that I want/need to do!
1. Decorate the nursery & master bedroom..which should be very soon :0)
2. Crochet a funky scarf
3. Practice my calligraphy
4. Work with Elise & Sara on the top-secret Brown Family Christmas Project
5. Start working on my own top-secret Hamilton Christmas Gifts
6. Put the Garden to bed for the Winter
5+ Things I wish I had more time to do:
1. Mommy & Me Yoga with Marcus (we missed last weeks session)
2. Reading the books posted above
3. Ride my bike...which hasn't happend in over a year!
4. Tackle the zillion sewing projects hidden in my sewing closet
5. Finish the Book on Blurb I started for Marcus
6. Spend more time working Miss Greta
7. Visit Gram more often...maybe this week?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

George Stubbs

I'm seriously thinking of getting a reprint of this George Stubb's piece- "Bay Horse and White Dog." And also this George Rowlandson hunting painting, titled "Halted." Mom & I are redoing my dining room and I'm getting rid of a lot of the clutter, and have moved my wedding quilt into the hallway. This leaves a GIANT, blank, white wall for me to start fresh with. I found these on and they are certainly affordable. I would just need to find appropriate frames and beg my sister to pretty please cut me some mats!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Marcus says " Whoa, Greta!"

Marcus spent some quality time on Greta Francis, who was all worn out after Mommy's lesson. On a side note, she she trotted PERFECTLY the very first time I asked. But she did act like a stubborn little pony towards the end of the lesson, apparently she was tired from all that work!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Madeline's 3rd Birthday Party

Madeline blowing out the candles
She wanted a dog themed party!
Addison- 2 weeks old- she makes Marcus look like a GIANT!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Auntie Elise

Elise and the boys came up on Wednesday for a quick spur-of-the-moment was so nice  to see you guys :0) Elise needed some Marcus time!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

3 Months Old

Nate's Aunt Maureen knit Marcus this adorable blue and brown striped you can see he has some room to grow before it will fit. I didn't have the heart to pack it away until then, and Jackie had heard of someone that took a picture each month of a special outfit until a baby grew into it. I thought that sounded like something I could handle- and it will be cool to someday look back and watch him grow into his special sweater. Thank you Maureen!
Auntie Sara got M this little sock pony & his mommy LOVES it! Also- just and FYI for those who care, and this is totally off subject, but we are using the cloth diapers (BumGenius) during the daytime when we are home (they aren't the best for overnight at this point- we have lots of leaks & when he is at Nana & Pa's we just use regular Pampers).
Ummm....he looks a little scared here! But, I swear, he was happy :0)
And the Jungle Gym thing, I hate the way it looks in my living room, but an adorable 3 month old loves it & has just figured out how to make the kitty play some songs. I got a little weepy last night packing up some clothes that don't fit anymore & listening to him make the music play- he couldn't do that last week!
Well, someone is asleep in my arms as I type- so we are off to bed! xoxo