Monday, September 28, 2009

This post has been brought to you by the number '4'..

tagged by miri @!

four jobs i’ve had
stock clerk/assembler at a wire & cable company
customer service rep at bed, bath & beyond
assistant manager @ claire's accessories
..and of course, a mama :)

four movies i could watch over and over
the departed
fever pitch
10 things i hate about you
sex and the city

four places i’ve lived
(yep,just two.)

four places i’ve vacationed
daytona beach, florida
hartland, maine (my favorite place to go to get away! so quiet and peaceful, and we get to see keith's mom
columbus, georgia (not really a vacation, more like visiting his brother who got into a bad accident)
upstate new york

four of my favorite dishes
steak, corn on the cob & baked potato
chicken gratella
brocolli & cheese
macaroni & cheese (the best comfort food!)

four sites i visit daily

four tv shows i love
drop dead diva (i really hope they continue on with this.)
sex and the city
jon & kate plus 8 (yes, still)

four albums i can’t live without
greatest hits, michael jackson (it's always playing in my car and keith hates it!)
jack johnson & colbie caillat mix i made
#1's, elvis presley
playtime fun, baby einsteins (i played it for aubrey and she loves it!)

four places i’d rather be right now
in bed, but i have a little one who, surprisingly, is hogging the whole thing in it's queen sized glory.
apple & pumpkin picking. pretty soon my favorite apples, honeycrisp, will be in full force. i think i will use these to make applesauce for aubrey.
in front of a fireplace with a good book & a sleeping baby by my side
up in maine. we may be going this weekend, which would be quite nice.

this weekend has been nice. friday was our anniversary (from when we started dating, not from when we got married). we went out for a nice dinner at our favorite restaurant with our friends mike & jon. saturday was a pretty uneventful day, but you need that every once in a while. keith did give aubrey a bath, and it was his first time (why yes, she is almost 3 months old and daddy still hadn't given her a bath yet):

yesterday, my best friend and her boyfriend came over. keith and kenny watched the football game while laura and i went to the mall. we met up with her brother, whom i haven't seen in years, and we went out for a late lunch. then we came back to my apartment and hung out for a bit:

i can't believe i didn't mention this last week, but keith and i have a new niece! charlotte peyton was born on september 23rd at 10:29 pm. she looks just like keith's brother! she's a doll. we can't wait for aubrey and her first little cousin to meet!:

i think i am going to start making aubrey's baby food pretty soon. it holds for quite some time, so why not get a head start? once she becomes mobile, i won't have time to do ANYTHING. does anybody have any good recipes for baby food, or links to websites? i would appreciate it.

how was everybody's weekend?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Well, that was fast..

our adorable little fish, chandler, died earlier. we just got him last weekend at my niece's wedding.
rest in piece, little guy!

in other news, our apartment complex had a multi-family yard sale today. i got rid of quite a bit of things we don't use anymore and got some really neat stuff:
a coach wallet for $2. it's a fake, but it's the most authentic looking fake i've ever seen.
two baby einstein cds for aubrey. a lullaby one & a playtime one, $1 a piece! they go for like $15 in the stores.
a little fisher-price keyboard, only $0.50
two frames that my mother was going to put out, but she gave to me instead ;)
a giraffe toy, where you put the ball in it's mouth and it goes rolling down a spiral slide and ends up coming out of one of the giraffe's four feet. $1, too cute!
lilo & stitch, the movie. it's one of my favorites and it was only $1. i have no idea what happened to my copy of it. it must've gotten lost in the shuffle while keith and i moved in.

tomorrow, my best friend and her boyfriend are coming over. laura and i are just going to hang out while kenny & keith have some male bonding time over the patriot's game. should be good times. laura and i have been best friends since we were two year olds. my sister and her father were best friends so we saw each other all the time and became inseperable.

who is your oldest friend, and how did you meet?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Grateful... Monday

i do apologize for being MIA for almost a week. it's been busy around here!

friday night was my niece's wedding. she and her husband have been together for 11 years and he finally popped the question last october. the wedding was beautiful.

this week i am thankful for:

my beautiful family. that's my niece, and yes she is 4 years older than me. :)

open bar, because well, who wouldn't be? ;)

our adorable new fish, chandler. he was the centerpiece at our table and we won him :)

and lastly, having fabulous friends. <3

what are you thankful for this week?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

So much love in the air...

this weekend was nice. saturday night was matt & holly's wedding:

congrats to you both! here's to a lifetime of love and happiness. we love you :)

sunday was the start of football season so you can imagine what we spent the day doing. yesterday was also the day that i decided that i am going back on weight watchers. keith said he was going to try doing it with me, so we'll see how that goes. i've b een having a hard time finding good sounding recipes, so once i get started i am thinking of starting another blog that will feature recipes, good low-point snacks, and my progress.

aubrey has been a bottomless pit today! she won't stop eating. i finally got her to sleep after fighting with her for a couple of hours.

friday night is my niece's wedding! carina & mike have been together for over ten years! she also announced her pregnancy a few weeks ago. i am so ecstatic for them, and i can't believe i am going to be a GREAT aunt at only 23. then on sunday i am finally having lunch with laura, my best friend of 20 years, and ryan, her ex-stepbrother. we all grew up together and after laura's dad and ryan's mom got divorced, we haven't seen him. i ran into him a couple of weeks ago when keith and i were taking aubrey for a walk on the boulevard and we've been trying to get together but things kept coming up.

i am off to look up some more weight watchers recipes!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Grateful Friday

today is a very special grateful friday, as we are mourning the 8th year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. this week i am grateful for:

this gorgeous quilt that keith's mom made for aubrey. perfect for chilly mornings!

a gorgeous fall day, which ended with delicious homemade apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream.

the little mermaid, for entertaining aubrey while mama did some dishes and for having such catchy songs that i've been singing to her all day :)

above all, i am most grateful for those who fight for the freedom that everybody in this country enjoys. i am grateful for those who risk their lives over in foreign countries to protect us.. and above all, grateful that even after such a horrific tragedy, we as a country are able to stand tall and keep strong.

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Out in the yard with your wife and children
Working on some stage in LA
Did you stand there in shock at the site of
That black smoke rising against that blue sky
Did you shout out in anger
In fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry

Did you weep for the children
Who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below

Did you burst out in pride
For the red white and blue
The heroes who died just doing what they do
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself to what really matters

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Teaching a class full of innocent children
Driving down some cold interstate
Did you feel guilty cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone
Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her
Did you dust off that bible at home
Did you open your eyes and hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Speak with some stranger on the street
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Go out and buy you a gun
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watching
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns
Did you go to a church and hold hands with some stranger
Stand in line and give your own blood
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

The greatest is love
The greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day?

what are you grateful for this week?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wake me up when September ends..

i hope you all had a very nice labor day weekend. the weather was perfect for it!

keith and i took aubrey over to visit aunt kathy on sunday. she met her cousins, ashley & alyssa and her uncle ronnie (to avoid confusion.. there are 3 ronnies on keith's side of the family. one did pass away a couple of weeks ago.)

last night i decided to put aubrey in one of her many red sox outfits and do a two month "photoshoot". i laid our red sox blanket down on the bed over her boppy pillow (which, might i add, is the best invention.. EVER.) and propped her up on it and i went to town. why waste money taking her to get professional pictures done when i can do just as well for free?

i've gotten quite a big dent of my 'to-do' list done in aubrey's bedroom. she's outgrown all of her newborn clothing so i put them all in a box and added her 3-6 month clothing into her bureau along with the 0-3 month clothing that was already in there. all that's left to do, really, is to finish cleaning up the last of our stuff that is in there and decorate, which of course is my favorite part.

what did everybody do for labor day?

Friday, September 4, 2009

Grateful Friday

i apologize for not being around much this week. it's been quite busy.. we had uncle ronnie's funeral on monday and then after, went to keith's aunt's house for food and family time. i took my mother shopping on wednesday and went food shopping last night. i love that i can buy 2 weeks worth of groceries for just a bit over $80. my mom taught me to shop well. ♥

i've decided that i am going to make aubrey's halloween costume, rather than buying it. it'll be cheaper and it will be original. i got most of the supplies at the craft store last night. the last thing i need is just a onesie, which we will get when halloween is a bit closer. there is no telling how much she'll grow in the next month & a half and i don't want to buy something that won't fit her.

tomorrow my sweet baby will be 2 months old. time just flies by so quickly..

this week, i am grateful for-

my beautiful family:

the wonderful people at the senior center my mother goes to, for buying aubrey this gorgeous dress, which she wore to uncle ronnie's funeral:

my camera, for making movies:

what are you thankful for this week?