Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Round-Up

The last post of 2010! Let's recap the madness!

January is the Annual Monster Jam!

February Cuteness!!

Visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors in DC!

March Birthdays - Lewie!


All the Kiddies!

March was also All County Orchestra for Frances!

Our Annual Pilgrimage to the Great Wolf Lodge during April Break!

Ana turned 10!

Mama turned 49!

Lewie practices for his role in 2020 Spiderman!

Or Silence of the Lambs 2021!

Hiking the gorge at Stonybrook!

We L*O*V*E*D Pittsburgh!

The Buffalo Zoo!

Riding strange buggies in Toronto!

Saying Goodbye to the Big Cousins when they left for college!

First Day of School!

Frances tamed a Big One!

Pumpkin Pickin'!

I Refused to Eat the White Man's White Meat!

Torturing the Children for a Xmas Card!

Frances Fiddling!

The Review Wouldn't be Complete Without a Bowling Alley Shot!

The Kids Wasted a L*O*T of Brain Cells on Their DSs!

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hi Suzie!

Well Hello Suzie and my many other fans........... like HI! Suzie and Frances!
Where did I leave off? Ah, yes, it was Halloween. For the past 50ish days we've been doing the same old-same old. Thanksgiving, school, bowling, blah, blah, blah.
Now we are in the midst of the most wonderful time of the year.........

Christmas Picture Time! The kids had SO MUCH "fun" standing in the cold, without jackets, while I took many, many, many shots. Aunt Suzie should be proud! I let them keep their coats on while I set them up.......

and then ditched that location (after about 25 shots) for a little cute area in the woods. I can't imagine how many times I yelled "FIVE MORE MINUTES AND THEN IT'S FRENCH FRIES FOR ALL!!"

From there we went to get our Xmas tree! It was so gross and muddy. If we had waited 2 days we would have been up to our knees in snow instead of slop.

We rode on a tractor pulled wagon thingy - Lewie and Elly sat by the driver and tried to get him to go fast and spin in the mud. The whackjob obliged them.........

Frances was feeling merry and gave me a big hug and kiss ............

In his 2 year tradition, Lewie found a "lady hat" to try on...........

Sorry, no picture of the tree. I had to kneel down in the mud to cut the tree down, which made me kinda cranky......

Last week Frances had her violin school recital........ She did an awesome job!

She brought candy canes home for everyone. Naturally, Lewie turned them into a fashion statement.

So, any bets on how long it will take to post again? One more before 2011? Could I handle that?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Thank God I'm a Suburban Girl

"THAT DOES IT!" I screamed as we left last weekend's country outing. "NO MORE COUNTRY FOR US!"
Yes, my friends, it was another stinkin' debacle.
I took my peeps out to Scottsville for pumpkin picking at Sto*koe Farms. We pulled into an overflowing parking lot and noticed a line snaking out of one of the buildings. I went up to a woman who worked there and said "we're just here to pick pumpkins." Nope, no sir-ee. It cost $8/person to enter the farm - it would include all sorts of cheesy toddler-ish activities. We stomped out of there and I returned to my senses - we were not meant for country livin'. It's best when we stay within 5 miles of our home unless we are vacationing.
Ahhhhhhhhh, Pittsford. Nothing says farm livin' like Pittsford.....

Everyone chose a pumpkin.......... that s/he could carry!

The obligatory group shot. Frances kept trying to ditch the pack.......

The willing models.......

Frances was "terrified" when Lewie tried to scare her by sticking his hand out of the teepee.......

Day is done, mission accomplished.........

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I have a blog?

You're not still thinking that Lewie is dating Sharon, right?
He broke up with her a couple of weeks ago.
He wasn't fazed when I told him that a person should actually know they are dating someone for a proper break-up to occur.

I have this strange fascination-repulsion-attraction to the country.
This weekend, I forced everyone into the minivan for a trip out to Cumming Nature Center in East Bumfk, NY. No one, including myself, could believe we wasted gas and time to go for a walk in the woods. "Why not an urban hike?" whined the Lawyer. "We could have just gone to a park by our house," added a snot-nosed kid. But what says "fall" like some good country air? Right?

The tree roots gave Frances the creeps......... imagine what could be lurking under there.......

Ana LOVED the water lilies......... photo courtesy of her..........

Ana went ninja style....................

How Autumnal................

The Lawyer was sure that someone was going to plunge to their death from this observation spot............. Amazingly, we all emerged from the woods intact.

Next weekend it's off to the pumpkin FARM - who knows where the minivan will takes us. MWWWWWAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Move over Ozzie

We got back from Toronto yesterday and I don't have any photos or stories of our adventures to share yet............ BUT there is a Lewie story to beat all Lewie stories..........

We are sitting in the breakfast area of our hotel and the news is on the tv.

Lewie: MOM, come here, I have to tell you the truth.
Mom: What?
Lewie: Sharon is so cute.
Mom: Sharon who?
Lewie: (pointing to the tv) HER! Sharon Osbourne.

Mom: You like Sharon Osbourne???????
Lewie: Yup, I really like redheads I guess!
Cousin Alex: If you love her, why don't you marry her?
Lewie: I can't get married until I'm 13 and she might be a grandma by then.
Mom: You know, she's older than me and has kids who are like 20 years old and her husband is pretty crazy.
Lewie: I don't care!
Mom: What would her kids call you? Baby Daddy? Lil' Pops?
Lewie: I don't care!

So there you have it people. My one and only daughter-in-law might be Sharon and I won't be babysitting my grandchildren or taking them for pony rides.