Thursday, September 03, 2015

Love In The Vineyard

The main reason we were in New York this past weekend was because Dave's cousin got married. She and her (now!) husband had their wedding at a winery on the eastern end of Long Island. It was a gorgeous setting.
The flowers were AMAZING! I loved them!
Sam and Rachel ran all over the grassy area with two other kids who were there. They all became fast friends. In fact, they had so much fun, that when Rachel decided she needed to find someone to marry (because she was at a wedding, of course!), after asking various people if they were married, and receiving affirmative answers, she decided to marry her new friend. Since he seemed like a sweetheart, we got along well with his parents, and Rachel and J decided they would wait until they were grown up to do the deed, I'm okay with this :)
One of the highlights of the wedding for me was getting to see so much family. We got to meet Dave's cousin's new baby, Amelia. We brought them a small baby gift and Rachel made them a card which stated, "Congratulations grownups on making my baby. I love you!" She'll be setting up business any day now.
We also got to take some family pictures, including this four generation one of Dave's grandpa, his mom, him, and the kids. I love this photo. Dave's grandpa will be 97 in September so we enjoy getting to visit with him when we get the chance.
Dave's mom took this picture of us, since we were all dressed up.
And here are the bride and groom, Elisabeth and Brian. This past weekend was the first time we'd met Brian and we look forward to getting to know him better. We have a shared interest in baseball so I have a feeling some of that knowledge may happen at a game (or seven!).
Since the wedding was at a winery, there were lots of neat touches, including a wine tasting before the ceremony. And I LOVED the boutonnieres the men wore. So unique!
Inside there were more flowers and this huge challah, which Rachel was so excited about.
The food was delicious. Dave is looking skeptical in this picture because he'd asked for a small piece of chicken for Rachel, and they gave him a quarter of a chicken. To be fair, it was the smallest piece they had!

We had so much fun at this wedding. We enjoyed visiting with family, we rocked it on the dance floor, and we loved being able to celebrate with Elisabeth and Brian on their special day. We're looking forward to more fun family gatherings in the future. And if they take place in a gorgeous vineyard like this one did, so much the better :)

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Week 11: Something Unusual

I didn't really know what to do with this challenge so I decided to write a list of things which are unusual about me. And my life.

1) I was born with club feet. One of my feet was turned around 180 degrees and the other was squashed up against my leg with my toes pointing up. (Mom and Dad, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about this positioning.) I had to wear casts from the time I was six weeks old until I started to walk. Then I had to wear special shoes. I think I remember Mom saying they cost $30 in 1973, which might be more than I've ever paid for shoes for my kids now. Mom saved my first set of casts, but I don't know where they are now. I remember asking to look at them as a little kid.

I have no ill effects from this now, except my ankles are a little weak. This is my excuse for why I can't really ice skate. (Although I did play hockey in university and got an award for playing on our residence's men's hockey team one summer. Don't take that to mean I was good at it though. Ha!) Also, I have small feet for someone my height. I'm 5' 8" and wear size 7 1/2 shoes.

2) I got my nose slammed in the trunk of a car when I was about two. It's one of the first things I remember in my life. I was looking into the trunk to see if my dad had gotten all the groceries out, and my dad, whose arms were full of groceries, and who thought I was up ahead with my mom, slammed the trunk. I remember where my mom and little brother were when it happened and I remember some of the drive to the hospital with my dad. I used to have a more pronounced scar but, except for a small ridge in my nose, you can barely see it now.

3) I am a Christian who is married to a Jewish man who also happens to be ten years younger than me. I don't know anyone else who is in this kind of a relationship although I am sure they are out there. Dave and I are raising our kids in both faiths and so we celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, Passover, and Easter, just to name a few. We go to church and synagogue. Sam and Rachel had both baby dedications and baby namings (the Jewish ceremony). Unusual thing 3b) I am technically a member of both my church and the synagogue!

The "ten years younger thing" has not been a big deal thus far and we've been together for nine years. It mostly comes up when we're talking about the past ("What were you doing in 1989?") or when we are celebrating our birthdays.

4) I've been a vegetarian for fifteen and a half years. I eat fish and seafood, and the occasional piece (or three!) of farmer's sausage, but other than that I haven't had meat since Lent of 2000. I am not fussy about it. For instance, we were at a special family dinner on Friday night and they served matzo ball soup made in chicken broth. I didn't intentionally eat the chicken, but I can't say that I didn't ingest a small piece or two. I became a vegetarian for health reasons, and what I'm doing works for that. (And I'm willing to say more about those health reasons in a private e-mail but don't want to write about them here on the (somewhat public) blog.)

5) I woke up at 6 this morning to go grocery shopping. Our grocery store opens at 7am and so I want to be there when it opens. I'm not sure I've ever gone grocery shopping this early before but I was too tired last night and we're out of all the staples -- milk, bread, bananas, chocolate chips -- so off I go. This is the fifth, and final thing, rounding out my unusual list.

Feel free to share your own "unusual thing" in the comments. Or write a blog post about it :)

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

We're All About That Base(ball)

Because you know we're all about that base(ball),
'Bout that base(ball), no soccer
We're all 'bout that base(ball), 'bout that base(ball), no soccer
We're all 'bout that base(ball), 'bout that base(ball), no soccer
We're all 'bout that base(ball), 'bout that base(ball)
Yeah, we went to see The Mets play in New York City
We stayed for the whole game though the ending wasn't pretty
The Mets lost to the Red Sox by a score of three to one
But we cheered our hearts out, ate hot dogs, and had some fun!
Because you know we're all about that base(ball),
'Bout that base(ball), no soccer
We're all 'bout that base(ball), 'bout that base(ball), no soccer
We're all 'bout that base(ball), 'bout that base(ball), no soccer
We're all 'bout that base(ball), 'bout that base(ball) 

With apologies to Meghan Trainor

Monday, August 31, 2015

Tales From New York City

Yesterday Dave's cousin got married on Long Island. We drove to New York for the wedding. On Saturday we got to spend the whole day in the city, and did we have fun! So grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy this whirlwind tour of our day. We took a train to Grand Central Station and then walked all over town. Well, okay, not really, but it sure felt like it :)
Since Sam just finished reading James And The Giant Peach last week, and the peach lands on the Empire State Building, we first walked there. We decided not to go up it this time, so we just walked to it. The kids were a little underwhelmed!

Then we walked to the library and spent some time in the children's section. They had a Mary Poppins' display so we got to see a familiar umbrella.
After one last picture with the lions, and a snack, we walked towards Times Square.
Rachel LOVED Times Square because there were all these people dressed up like Disney characters who kept wanting to shake her hand. Thankfully she didn't notice that they only pushed their character heads down over their faces as they walked up to her, or that there were two Olafs and numerous Mickey and Minnie Mouses. She called Minnie Mouse "the ladybug" and kept exclaiming, "This is SO COOL! I didn't know Anna, Elsa, and Olaf were going to be here. This is SO COOL!"
And no, the"Love" sculpture isn't in Times Square but it was on our walk towards Central Park.
We ate lunch at the "Hard Rock Cafe," as Dave dubbed it. Or you know, we picked up deli sandwiches and ate on a rock. Ha!
Rachel was too distracted by the "beautiful horses" to eat much...
...and Dave and Sam went for a jog!
Rachel's good day got even better when we rode on the Central Park Carousel. She wanted about fifteen more rides!

As we were leaving the park, we ran into a bubble maker, who invited Rachel to help out. He invited Sam to help too, but Sam prefers to watch at a distance. Rachel was thrilled!
Then, because we're really fancy, we went pee at The Plaza Hotel. The kids wanted to get their shoes shined but we said no :)
And since this post is already fairly long, I'll save the next part of our adventure until tomorrow. I have to say, I am not a big city person, but I absolutely love New York City. I could go there over and over again and never get sick of it. I love introducing the kids to it a piece (or two) at a time. And I'm glad they seem to enjoy it too.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Summer 2015: Week 9

This past week has been rather quiet. After our exciting weekend, the kids spent three days in childcare, I spent three days at work, and in the evenings, we were trying to get things done -- things like baths and errands -- you know, super thrilling stuff like that.

Even though it's been a "quiet week" it has, however, not been a "relaxing week" so, truthfully, I'm kind of tired. However, as you're reading this, we're on our way to New York to celebrate Dave's cousin's wedding, and to spend some time in the city. And I'm going to go to Target! Whoo hoo!!! Trust me, this is exciting :)

(And when I looked at the pictures for this week, it shows that the kids spent a lot of time in the Chariot. Fun?!?)
Last Friday we took a trip to the library after I got home from work. The kids each got out a bunch of books. In fact, I think our current library book total (for all four of us) is 63 books.
We needed to buy some bananas and get air in the Chariot's tires so we stopped at Tim's for Timbits. Sam was so enthusiastic about me taking a picture, that when he flung his arms out, he threw his Timbit. So we had to buy him another one.
I discovered that one way to get some exercise, on the days when I worked, was to walk the kids to childcare. Above left is the morning ride when they were excited for the day. Above right is the afternoon ride where Rachel feel asleep because she was exhausted from the day.
Since Dave's grandpa's birthday is in September, we thought we would make some cards to take to him this weekend. I love seeing how Sam's colouring has changed.

And because we're gone, Sam's floor is being redone. So we had to pack everything up. Let me just say that packing up one room is a whole heck of a lot simpler than packing up five rooms. Whew.
And in terms of unpacking, I finally finished putting everything from the last round of floor refinishing back in its spot. My office was the last to get unpacked and I sure am glad to have it in order again.

And in a surprise move, we FINALLY (!!!) got rid of the last potty in our house. It was kind of smelly so it got kicked to the curb as opposed to us finding a good home for it. Rachel's enthusiasm does not even come close to matching mine! Whooooo hooooo!!!
And that was our Week 9 of summer. Next week will be the last week of summer and it's a full one of coming back from New York, doing childcare for my friends', and trying to fit some working time in there somewhere. Yeeks.