Tuesday, December 26

Monito over the Charles

Here is a nice shot of the boy as he sat by the window at the Marriot when Grandpa/ma Phancy were in town for Thanksgiving. I didn't take a chanukah/Xmas photo yet with the palm so this will have to do as the "holiday photo" for the moment.G We had a Good Dec 25th day -- we had collected some presents to open in the am when Em got home from work. We got a great outfit & book from Aunt Suzan, a book from Rina, Steph and the twins, a few fun things from Mel G & family - a chanukah bib, boots, a teether (yeah) and I made breakfast for us all.

Then em went to sleep & I took a walk to Harvard & back along the river...

Friday, December 22

Warm Holiday Treats

I am suddenly domestic and find myself in the kitchen making my first chicken pot pie, starting a chicken soup stock and mulling some cider. A gingerbread house kit sits on the kitchen table.
Oh yeah... and I have a baby boy bouncing on my lap and making funny roaring sounds.

Whats happened to me???

Thursday, December 21

Year in Review ---

(a year end meme snatched from other blogs)

Blasto Does Vegas
Here we are in sin city - baby boi blasto & me... The trade show has been the hardest ever - between me being sick & not able to take much - Blasto being along for the ride, Alicia (my workmate getting sick too - sorry) - all the porno fans and the largest convention in the world happening at the same time & in parts of the same building.

For Ila - belly shot while yawning

This is what we looked like when we first got knocked up....
So this is the happy carefree faces of two gals who don't know what they have gotten themselves into

Emily Came Home..... YEAH!!!!!
So Em got home for her birthday. I am so happy.

Senior Boat Trip
Who knew that we were only a couple days away from being moms

Tea Time
Jenny took us out to tea with Annie & Mama Roseanna at Lovejoys.

Kathy Bear
Riley discovers the teddy that Kathy gave him

My Day So Far
So this morning someone shit all over their pajamas and the comforter cover... it wasn't Emily, it wasn't Mabel and it wasn't me.... hmm that only leaves one other member of our household.

Stolen from another blogger
This is one of my favorite descriptions of my life right now... too bad I didn't write it...

Today's special ingrediant ....
Placenta Roast:

Pleasant Halloween
The kids on Pleasant St. got all dressed up to head out to the park

More photos of the boy from Grandpa
I really can't believe how incredibly cute this kid is -- & yeah I know every parent thinks that their babe is the cats pajamas - but I can only say MEOW.

Tampon Menorah

How to make a Tampon Menorah (for next year)

Nine Tampax tampons (or similar brand with cardboard applicator)
Hot glue gun
Silver metallic spray paint
Acrylic paints
Mod Podge crafts sealer or Elmer's Glue
Utility knife
Waxed paper

Cut styrofoam to form base, and paint blue. Cut a small block of styrofoam, paint and glue in center of base to elevate the center candle. Unwrap tampons (saving wrappers), remove tampons from applicators and spray paint applicators silver. Cut tampons in half and keep the part with the string. Cut inch-long sections of the paper wrappers and twist into flame shapes. Paint yellow and orange. When flames are dry, brush with Mod Podge or 3 parts Elmer's Glue mixed with 1 part water. Dry on waxed paper. Glue flames onto ends of tampons and strings. Trim strings a little above flames. Stuff tampons back into ends of applicators, pushing down on the top of the tampon with the end of a paintbrush, until the flame is inside the applicator. Use the smaller end of an applicator to press into styrofoam and make evenly spaced indentations for the "candleholders." Fill each circle with hot glue and press candleholders into place. Pull up on "wicks" to light, so the flame and part of the "candle" sticks up.

Tuesday, December 19

Look who's standing

Mr. Monito is perfecting his standing skills using his newest toy... the shape cube that Grandpa/ma Phancy got him for Chanukah. I am amazed that he is able to hold himself up on his feet. His hips wiggle around a lot as he is working on building his strength and balance ... but the writing is on the wall. Em & I better get to baby proofing pretty soon. (A video clip of standing & falling will appear on youtube soon). Posted by Picasa

His Fake Smile

This is Monito's new fake smile.. He has begun to pose for the camera ... but em and I are distressed by his adoption of the "fake smile" - at the same time I do sorta like the mischevious glint it brings to his eyes. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 14

Getting on the Train

Riley is checking out the Coast Starlight in Deb's arms as we get ready to leave Seattle and head down to Portland. I don't have enough kind words in my vocabulary to express how great this trip was for us. Deb I just love you and your family with all my heart... just crazy crazy love ... and I am so glad that Allie & R. got to see what all the fuss we've been making about lil' Riley is about. At the same time I got to see my Aunt Suzan, Cousin Tracy, Marissa, and our Cousins Carrie - Chuck - Rylie along with Aunt Shirley from Ithaca and the lovely twin boys.

I will post more about the trip and add a tabloo soon.... I am jet lagged and hungry ... Monito sleeps - so good to see Em when we got home (& its 50 degrees out - go figure... whats up with the Boston winters I thought they were supposed to be killing me ???)

Chanakuh starts tomorrow & many many Newfields come to town... I hope Blasto is ready -

peace out -

Monday, December 4

Monito and Mom

Tabblo: Monito and Mom

Some shots of Monito and his Mommy as they nap their days away. Mom is recovering from working nights --- Monito is just recovering. I can't believe how very cute they are.

Now its time for me to do the dishes.

... See my Tabblo>

Sunday, December 3

6 Month Compilation

More photos of the boy from Grandpa Phil, or Grandpa "Oh No" as I am calling him.

I really can't believe how incredibly cute this kid is -- & yeah I know every parent thinks that their babe is the cats pajamas - but I can only say MEOW.

Before going to bed tonight we listened to Mommy Em's Blasto songs on the computer -
Polyphonic Spree "its the sun" and Blackbird by the Beatles (yeah) - which we modify slightly by inserting the name Blasto where they say Blackbird... anyways he jumps up and down & smiles & giggles and waves his arms --- its pretty cool.

We miss em when she's working though.

Next week we go to Seattle and Portland for a quick trip - I am so excited to see Deb & for her to see how big monito is, and to see everyone else in Seattle and the GN clan in portland & I will get to ride the train with the boy which should be a lot of fun. Posted by Picasa