Thursday, November 18, 2010


We are so excited to finally share the news: Baby #2 is on the way!! We have known for about 5 weeks but have been keeping mum til our doctors appointment. We wanted to be sure everything was okay! Thankfully the heartbeat is strong and the baby is measuring perfectly. Morgan will be a big sister sometime on or around June 19th! We are truly over the moon and feel so blessed to have another addition to our family. We had been hoping for this to happen for nearly a year, but once again, I can see that God's plan was different from ours :) (Rightfully so! Thankfully so!)
Baby is doing great so far, however, momma is a different story! When pregnant with Morgan, I didn't have ONE SINGLE SYMPTOM, EVER! No sickness, no swelling, even at 40 weeks, was a breeze. (Ahem, delivery was another story). This time, I have been nauseated constantly, so tired I can hardly make it through the day, I can't eat anything I used to love, and Lord I'm IRRITABLE...whew. I am still running 4 miles in the mornings, and I actually feel great when I'm running, isn't that weird? But then I get home and WHAM, queasy-city!
We are ALL convinced it's a boy! We won't find out til 20 weeks, which is the first week of February (which will never be here, fyi)...But pretty much everyone in our families thinks it will be a we shall see!
Here's a pic of Morgan's little brother/sister!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Trick or Treat!

Morgan had a great time on Halloween night....we just gotten back from our annual Canton trip an hour before we put on her costume! She was quite the trouper and very excited to go up to the doors and yell "TRICK OR TREAT"....her little feet were running so fast she tripped about 4 times. This girl is all about the drama but it didn't even faze her. She just got up and kept running.
She picked out her costume: all she's talked about for weeks is being Thumbelina. She was so excited to get dressed up with make up. She's so it!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Footloose and Fancy Free

Ever wish.....

you could

go back

in time

to be a kid again?

No worries...

no stress....



Monday, October 4, 2010

An Interview

I saw this idea in a magazine to interview your toddler and thought it would be fun to do. Some of her answers are so can't make this stuff up! (Morgan's answers in purple.)

What's your name? Morgan
How old are you? 2
When is your birthday? April 4th
Who is your mom? You (points to me)
What does your mom do? Cleans all day. ( that she thinks that).
Who is your Daddy? My tall Daddy
What does your Daddy do? He can do anything he wants to do.
What is your favorite color? Green
What is your favorite song? Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
What do you want to be when you grow up? A butterfly
Where will you live when you grow up? In the forest with Mommy and Daddy
What is your favorite food? Hot Dogs
What is your least favorite food? Orange juice
What is your favorite animal? Giraffe
What do Mommy and Daddy do when you are in bed? Put Tinkerbell on
Who does our family love the most? Morgan!
What is your favorite TV show? Dora
What is your favorite ice cream? Vanilla
Where do you like to eat? Red Robin
What is your favorite book? Diego's Egg Quest
What is your favorite thing to do? I like to put coconuts in the pocket chart. (No idea what that means! :)
Where should we drive to right now? To dinner with Daddy, Gramma, and Aunt Megan

Our goofy girl!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


So happy to play at the park again......

So happy to cheer on our favorite teams again....

And so happy to be outside without melting...
..we are so SO excited that Fall is here!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Birthday Weekend in NYC

This past weekend I was NYC celebrating my 33rd birthday. My amazing (younger) sister Megan lives there, and we had so much FUN! I can hardly wait to go back! She was such a thoughtful hostess and planned everything so carefully. I enjoyed seeing the more "everyday life" part of the city as opposed to the touristy stuff we did last time I was there...Times Square, Broadway, Today show, etc. Meg lives in the West Village and there were so many quaint restaurants, amazing apartments, beautiful brownstones, and just about everything in between.

I got there Friday afternoon and made it to lunch at Meg's office (Google). Can I even explain in words how incredible the Google offices are?? Picture taking is not allowed but OH MY HEAVENS, it's unreal. UNREAL. Her office is in Chelsea Market and her building is an entire city block. People were scooting around on these razor scooters, Macs in hand, headed to meetings. There's a huge TV room, complete with bean bags, slides, ping pong tables, Wii games, a massuse, and even a disco ball. And the FOOD...there's food every 4 feet....Anything and everything you can imagine. It's like a grocery store, but free! Chips (full fat to low fat to air popped to fat free), homemade organic granola bars, iced or hot coffees, cheeses, crackers, fruit, veggies, soy bars, granola bars, cereals, candy, gum, hummus, teas, the list goes on and on. We ate at the cafeteria which is catered by chefs like Eric Ripert and Morimoto...need I say more?! Amazing sushi bar and chef? Check. Daily seafood selections like trout amadine? Check. Organic salad bar for a mile? Check. Selections from sandwiches, to burgers, to Beef Wellington, to lobster-stuffed fliet mignon? Check. And it's better than 85% of food you'd pay for in NYC. Unreal. I could write about it for days. I won't even go there about the killer view, which over looks the entire skyline of NY. Feels like you can reach out and touch Empire State Building.

After lunch we went to see her apartment and tour the West Village. From there we went to the Farmer's Market in Union Square, with tons of vendors selling all kinds of veggies like huge heirloom tomatoes, fresh cheeses, fresh honey, jams, lavender, and fresh flowers.
Very hard not to buy everything.

Then we headed to Washington Square Park and walked around there for a bit.

Next was back over to Chelsea to see Hi-Line Park, and the West Side Highway.
We enjoyed a glass of wine at a wine bar, then ate at Extra Virgin. One of the most delicious meals I've ever had. Mac-n-cheese with TRUFFLE OIL...can you say Holy Cow?! I can't even describe the deliciousness.

LAST but not least we headed to Sweet Revenge which is featured in this Chase Bank commercial:

They are famous for their cupcakes and wine/champagne/beer combo. I had the chocolate cupcake with salted caramel frosting and salted caramel delicious. Perfect end to a great day.


We got up and headed to Murray's (famous for their bagels) and had my fave breakfast: Salmon on a bagel with cream cheese, capers, and red onion. I wanted to spend my remaining 3 days in there just eating this sandwich! It was incredible!

Then we headed uptown to pick up our race packets, and walked around the edge of Central Park. We saw Columbus Circle and Bryant Park. Shopped a bit at Bloomingdale's then went and had some wonderful sushi at Mambo in Meg's neighborhood. Then we went and shopped all afternoon in SoHo. We probably ended up walking 19 miles that least it felt like it!

Views from Bryant Park:

For dinner we went to Caracas, an arepas bar. I had never heard of arepas, but after eating them I'm a huge fan! It's Venezulan and it's almost like a version of a taco in a cornbread type pita pocket. I personally hate cornbread but these were incredible. Piled high with cheese, chorizo, peppers, it was spicy but perfect! But the best part was our appetizer: Tostones Mochimeros. Fried green plantains with Mojito Mayo and cheese. I also can't stand plantains but these. were. to. die. for. If you go to Manhattan for anything, stop here and eat these!

We finished off the day by going to 16 Handles:

There's a wall of frozen yogurt machines and you literally can fill up your cup with whatever you want and top it with whatever you want and you pay by weight. The Red Velvet Cake yogurt was just like the real thing.


We got up early to run the Susan G. Komen 5K. It was in Central Park which I was thrilled about...I have never been through it before. You can't really appreciate the size of the park til you are IN's enormous. Gorgeous too.

Saw Dr. Oz (Love him!)

Celebrating Aunt Vickie!

After the race we rode the subway home, showered and literally 25 min later were having brunch with some of Megan's friends. The mimosas were so tasty and the company was wonderful. The rest of the day was spent in the pouring down rain going to Bed Bath and Beyond getting stuff for her apartment. We did get hungry and had Hummus delivered (apparently anything and everything can be delivered) and it was so good. Too good, as we ate so much of it at 2:00 in the afternoon that by the time our 9:00 dinner reservation rolled around we still weren't very hungry, but am I SO GLAD WE WENT to dinner anyway! We went to The Stanton Social on the lower East Side. It is a famous restaurant well known for their appetizer type dishes that are meant to be shared.

This picture doesn't do it justice but it was gorgeous on the inside.

This is one of the things we shared: French Onion Dumplings. It is literally a dumpling filled with french onion soup and topped with melted provolone and a crouton. 1 bite feels like you are biting into a hot bowl of soup....I most definitely will be going back there!


Our last day :( We got up and walked on the West Side Highway again and saw Chelsea/Meatpacking District again. Then we rode subway to the Financial district because I really really really wanted to see the Brooklyn bridge. It's part of my sister's daily run, can you imagine that?? It's amazing how tiny you feel on this bridge that spans 1.5 miles...amazing.

Then we walked down to Otto, Mario Batali's restaurant. The pizza was made with fresh local ingredients...out of this world. Next was....drumroll please....CRUMBS! Bakery famous for their cupcakes that are the size of like 5 regular sized cupcakes. Without a doubt, best cupcake on earth. I brought home a sampler pack for JD...we've been tasting them and wishing we had a Crumbs nearby. Actually, it's probably a good thing we don't have one nearby.

We walked back over to Washington Square Park to eat them. Just divine.

The 3 1/2 days flew by much too quickly, but we enjoyed every minute! I'm so proud of my little sis and all she has accomplished! Love you Meg! Can't wait til next time!