Fall 2011 photo taken in field by Mrs. Altman's house.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Dada!

44th birthday dinner :)
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fun reminder of the kids at the beach: an outdoor banner

Took this photo on June 11th, 2011 as the kids approached the beach on the first day of vacation.
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Stone Harbor Top Ten (more or less) 2011

Going to the pirate golf course
Going to the beach
Going on bike rides
Going on a walk
Playing frisbee with dad at the beach
Playing football with dad
Watching that big claw thingy (army corps of engineers' beach reclamation project)

My favorite time is swimming in the sand
Building sand castles and playing with my friends (Fiona and Natalie)
My other favorite part of the day is um um going under bridges
Playing frisbee with Nat and Daddy
Flying kites

Swimming in the ocean
Bike rides
Mini putt putt
Weather was awesome
Kite flying
Smell of the air
Trip to bookstore with Lizzie
Hanging out with family

Late afternoon @ beach, Lizzie on my lap & digging in sand
Jumping waves with Nat
Riding our bikes to Avalon for lunch and mini golf
Watching Lizzie make beach friends with Fiona & Natalie
Collecting seashells
Enjoying dinner @ the house with the whole gang - Chris, Tiziana, Christian, Mom,Paul, Adam, Jeff, Nat and Lizzie.
Checking out the Wayward Gardener and finding an antique wooden doormat and 3 little birds.
Listening to Jeff play the guitar on the porch while enjoying a glass of wine
Being surprised with a Hershey's chocolate pie from my bro and Nat.
Seeing Nat, Lizzie and Christian play.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lizzie playing by her own rules @ age 3 1/2

Stone Harbor 2011
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Clean Slate

It's been one of those weeks where I'd like a rewind button or, better yet, a clean slate. A fresh beginning.

At times like this, I love a good project that involves physical labor and a visible reward in a reasonably short period of time.
One afternoon, I tore out the green indoor/outdoor carpet that I have abhored since we bought our home almost seven years ago. (I placated myself by thinking that it provided a safer, softer surface for our babes.)

After a lot of scraping and washing and scraping and Home Depot consults and scraping, I chose to forgo muriatic acid to remove the mastic (carpet glue...I'm a project geek!). I committed to a coat of Behr concrete & masonry primer, followed by two coats of Behr porch & exterior paint in "pebbled path".

Voila! A fresh looking porch with a crazy new Mad Mat in a Turkish design and what our friend Pam calls "Wahoowa" colors.

Thank you Pam for your help and patience with this (and that).
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Can we pet the stingrays?

Yes! Nat was obsessed with petting the stingrays @ the Pittsburgh Zoo. While the quality of the photo is abysmal, the joy on Nat and Alice's face is clear.
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Megan, we miss you!

Megan graduated from Westminster in May and will be off to Disneyworld soon for an incredible internship. We are simultaneously happy for Megan and sad for us. Megan started babysitting for Lizzie and Nat in the 2nd semester of her freshman year. She became part of our family and, in Lizzie's eyes, a real life Disney princess. In this case, I completely approve of Lizzie's choice of a princess to emulate. Megan, we miss you and know you will be a loving and intelligent force in this world.
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Do giraffes say "cheese"?

Lizzie is documenting the wildlife that the Mayers sent her for Christmas. Photo taken in mid-to-late winter of this year.
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Nothing like a good game of "Pass the Salt"

This photo was taken after dinner one night in early April. We were so desperate for Spring weather that cabin fever was at an all time high. To amuse ourselves, Nat, Lizzie and I asked one another to "pass the salt" and then proceeded to roll the wooden rooster on wheels (it holds our salt & pepper) around the table. I'll post another photo of Lizzie cracking up over this game. Belly laughs all around!
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Monday, February 28, 2011

Here's to being a kid again!

Congratulations on your retirement, Dad! It's playtime for you! May you enjoy each and every day!

We love you!

Amy, Jeff, Nat, Lizzie & Buddy

(And a belated Happy Birthday!!!!)

Friday, January 21, 2011


Microwave smores!
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Thursday, January 20, 2011


A list:

  • comfy, cozy bedding (particularly flannel and percale)
  • children's book illustrations (must admit that I purchased Babar and Father Christmas at the age of 26, way before giving birth to our first child)
  • maps (not to follow, just to admire)
  • tables (not really, I just added this one for my husband's sake)
  • rugs (see above)
  • baskets - especially ones made from elephant grass!
  • sterling silver charms
  • white candles
  • Simon Pearce glass
  • red wine
  • handmade pottery
  • felted wool
  • cast iron bookends or figurines