Sunday, February 28, 2010

No surprise...

I am ready for spring!!!
But, at this rate, who isn't?!?

I have been perusing the internet & reading a lot of blogs this weekend (it's my favorite pasttime)!  In the process, I came across this skirt:

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I want so bad to be able to wear skirts to work again!!  As it is, I keep a space heater on all day long even though I'm bundled up in pants and boots.  This skirt feels like it's so far away from my wardrobe (not that it's in our budget right now, anyway)!  But, I'll keep thinking about this skirt in hopes that it gets me through the last couple of weeks of this dreaded snow!  Oh, how I LOVE spring!!!

21 more days!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Snow Day

I woke up early this morning, went through my regular routine... shower, hair, ironing (even packed an extra set of clothes... just in case) and really battled with myself about making the commute into work.  I'll be the first to admit that I was scared to the point of tears (have I ever mentioned how much I hate driving in the snow??).  I couldn't bring myself to drive through the mess.  After getting stuck in Pownal last night until 8pm, when Brad and our dear friend Jamie were able to get to me to push me out, I was more hesitant than ever.  In the end, I decided to put in for a vacation day... and trust me, there was nothing "fun" about it.  When Brad and I finally made it home last night, we shoveled ourselves out.  It took over an hour with both of us with shovels in hand.  When I woke up this morning, it looked like we hadn't touched the driveway & our road still hadn't been plowed out...

This is a picture of Damon on our walkway (remember, we had shoveled this at 9pm last night):


We shoveled ourselves out again... and again... and again.  It's 7:30 and the snow has finally stopped (for now).  I decided after all of the hard work, Brad deserved a yummy treat...
Yum!  Yum!  Nothing beats banana and chocolate chip pancakes!!!

Unfortunately, Brad had to go into work tonight (of which he reports is a disaster up in Wilmington)... I have to give credit to all of the workers who are willing to drive in this.  Jamie made driving up the mountain in a cruiser, that my Jeep couldn't get up last night, a breeze.  I just don't know how these boys do it!  I am officially ready for spring.


...and looking forward to our river looking like this again:


Someday... :-\

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Home is Where Your Family Is...


I <3 this sign!!!  Whenever I see it, I know I'm less than an hour away from my family and friends!  We haven't seen everyone since Christmas & a visit was well overdue. 

Our main reason for our trip was to see my Grandad.  He was recently admitted to the hospital & we wanted to send him a get well greeting... in person! :-)  What a great couple of days we had catching up with him!  I'm always missing him here in Vermont. 

**I refrained from taking any pictures of Grandad... I think he's still trying to get over his 80th birthday party and Christmas.**

During one of our visits, my Aunt Cathy stopped by with my cousin's daughter...


She's such a peanut & I can't wait to get all of her pictures out the door to Jenny & Aunt Cathy...  She sure did have a little crush on Brad.  I've never seen so much joy in a baby's eyes when they looked at somebody!!  It's so hard to believe she will be 1 next month.  Where did the year go?!?


I'm so happy Bryn isn't in school yet... it was tons of fun to spend time with her everyday.  Wish we could have kidnapped Dylan from school, too...  Maybe next time we're in town. ;-) 

**And I hope our kids are blessed with the blue eyes that seem to be running through this family**

While we all were catching up and taking pictures, Bryn and Brad decided to partake in a friendly battle of thumb wrestling...





And Bryn won!!! :-)

We spent our nights in Philly where we were able to catch up with Brett & Erica & had a fabulous dinner with all of Brad's friends, too!  The only thing that could have made this trip better was more time... but, no amount of time would have been enough.

Unfortunately, it all had to come to an end... So, with a lot of these:


...we made it home safe and sound & were greeted Sunday morning by one worn out Damon! 



I know he missed us!!!  Hopefully we'll have company soon & he won't have to miss out on all of the fun and excitement (although, I have a hard time believing he doesn't have fun at doggy camp).

Thank you everyone back home for opening your homes to us!!!  It was one memorable trip!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday

Sitting at my desk this morning, I wondered, "what could I POSSIBLY give up for Lent?!?"  I have become a creature of habit and find myself doing the same thing day in and day out... go to work, go to the gym, go back to work, go back to the gym, eat somewhere in between & go to sleep (very little time for rest and relaxation).  In previous years I have given up eating at restaraunts (which at the same time Brad gave up consuming alcohol, which made for a very uneventful St. Patrick's Day), I have given up sour cream (which was oh so difficult to do at the time, but now, I'm lucky if I eat it once every 3 months), and I have given up my potty mouth (which I should probably reconsider doing again this year)... but, Brad and I don't go to restaraunts that often, and there's really nothing more I can cut out of my diet.  I was stumped...  but, then it dawned on me... It's not so much that I need to give up anything, but rather gain something over the next 40 days (and hopefully keep with me for my lifetime).  I have decided that I need to reflect a little more on the path I am walking down... enjoy the moments God is blessing me with... and stop getting so worked up about the things that I'll never be able to change.  As Peter refers to in the quote above, when times get hard, I just need to remember that God is there to get me through.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day



Happy Valentine's Day from these two love birds!!!

The night began with homemade treats for Brad:

(and I need to keep telling myself that just because there are strawberries under that chocolate, it does not make it a healthy treat). :-)

And ended with a nice, romantic dinner at our favorite restaraunt, The Melting Pot.  They sure know how to treat their guests.  Brad had a full plate of shrimp, pork, chicken, and meat & they even brought me my own plate of fresh veggies and raviolis (I'm so used to just eatting the potatoes, brocolli, & mushrooms that come with the meal).  It goes without saying that it was WAY too much food for the two of us, but well worth it for our traditional night out on Valentine's Day!

The Love Martini... How pretty are these?!?

We hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!!!

xoxoxo

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Footprints in the Snow


This was the first thing I noticed when taking Damon outside this morning.  I hate when Brad has to work swing shifts... getting home at 3am, only to turn around and be up at 5:30am to head back over the mountain.  I hate even more when I'm not coherent enough to say goodbye to him in the morning (sorry, honey).  But, if there's one thing I can say about Brad, it's that he is very dedicated to his work and very proud of the work he does!  And if there's one thing I can say about me, it's that I'm always counting down the hours to when he walks through our front door again!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Defeat



This is it!!!  I am officially admitting defeat!  After a week of exhaustion, headaches, a cold, & non-stop work, this is what I look like!  I am SOOOOO happy that we're coming up on the weekend (and a long one at that).  On top of it, I took next Thursday and Friday off from work so Brad and I can make a much needed trip to Pennsylvania to visit my grandfather.  I'm looking forward to seeing him & taking the few days away from the normal, everyday, routine.

I wonder how I pack so much into my life, get so overwhelmed & we don't even have kids yet!?!?  Oh my goodness, I can't even imagine that point.  All I can say is when that moment comes, I will be clearing most of my responsibilities off of my plate only to add on sleepless nights, ballet lessons, baseball practices, parent/teacher conferences, etc., etc., etc.  But, let's not think about that now... we're nowhere close to that point.

I do have to say, though, that after many breakdowns this week, I was inspired by a woman last night who is on our Relay for Life committee.  Her husband was diagnosed with cancer & is putting up one heck of a fight, but there she was at our event Kick-Off, with a smile on her face & trying to make the best of what was around her.  It makes me think, if somebody who is going through something so tragic can get through smiling, then I have no excuses!  You have to admire somebody like that!

So, some way... some how... I have to figure out how to do A LOT less stressing, and a little more relaxing.  This has become my new mission.  Unfortunately, it's a lot harder than it seems.