Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Time is Here

We are somewhat decorated for Christmas! We still need a big gingerbread house and egg nog!!
(and friends of course!)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

So Very Thankful

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! My mom, step dad, and sister (Aimee), came up to spend a few days with us.
We saw most of Boston while they were here:


Chihuly tree

Sam Adams for a tour and tasting

The Christian Science Mother Church's pipe organ with thousands of pipes. Frank plays the organ so he was especially excited to see this.

Harvard Yard which is being occupied by students. No one without a student ID can get into the yard.


Old State House on the freedom trail

Old north church on the freedom trail

The public garden and the commons

The Arnold Arboretum

And of course we did eat so much yummy food and shared the day with friends who could also make it over to our house.

We skyped Elizabeth again this year only this time it was from Vienna instead of Atlanta! We miss you, Elizabeth! Can't wait till you get here for Christmas!



The 85th Macy's Day parade on the tv we picked up for free from someone on craigslist!! We only wanted the tv for one day and were not crazy enough to buy one so this was perfect!! It's just not thanksgiving if there's no parade involved.

And of course there was Black Friday shopping. Aimee wanted to go be one of the first hundred in line at H&M so that we could get scratch off cards worth anywhere from $5-$300. We all went at 3am and waited for the store to open. We each ended up with $25 cards so we all got a free item or two! Then we walked Newbury street and stopped at some other places where we found some great deals! We were up and shopping for 8 hours by 10am. That was bananas! (but we'll never forget it!) and Bryan was thrilled that he didn't get roped into going at all!

(thanks for taking all these pictures! They are all courtesy of my mom, Teresa!)

We miss you already and are so glad you made it up here!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How did I miss this??

I can't believe I never posted Halloween pictures!

Chowing down on pizza and apple juice at the park!!
P.S. she's a watermelon...

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I'm 26!

My birthday is today and I've always wanted a crawfish boil birthday party, but by November the season is well over.
New England's answer to this is the lobster boil!!

I cooked up some spicy potatoes, corn, mushrooms and onions and poured everything out on the table!

And then came the lobsters. It was a BYOLob party so everyone brought the lobster of their choosing.

Ian's chosen lobster weighed in at a whopping 3lbs! Dwarfing ours and doubling each of their weight in one fell swoop.

Amazing! They were so yummy!

And I made pecan pie for dessert (over which we both laid hands and said prayers for the successfulness of the crust-- they worked by the way)
Best pecan pie ever!! Another one might be on the Thanksgiving menu!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Home Updates

We're over half way done with our home updates!
Here are some in progress shots:

Please take note that I pried the tile toothbrush holder and tile soap holder off the walls. They are gone forever!!!

Woo hoo no more pink tiles. They'll get the final treatment tonight! All that's left in the bathroom is remove the wretched medicine cabinet, mount the mirror, hang the new shower curtain!

Living Room:

This is the corner where the closet used to be.
Only thing left is to repair the moulding. And hang art back up.

We (Bryan) moved all the furniture around so now our dining area is closer to the kitchen.

These two chairs are now finding a permanent home in our living room so they needed new fabric to coordinate with their new surroundings:


Bryan added another shelf in the pantry and now everything has a place!!

The bedroom got new shelves and one less barn door, our front door is completed... We still want to replace the kitchen light and repair the ceiling but that might not happen this week.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lily Bakes!

I have a very good helper on my hands!!

We picked up a muffin tin this morning while we were out.

She helped measure, stir, and of course taste all the ingredients.

She liked cinnamon and sugar the best.
She also liked our finished pumpkin muffin product!

We may have found a good way to spend some extremely cold winter days!