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In the mouth

Zachary has been in the stage where everything goes into his mouth. Sleep sack, clothing, bib, fingers, your arm, toys. You name it- it’s got slobber on it. Here are a few pictures to illustrate my point:

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Blow them out!

Another year older. I celebrated my birthday on May 25. It’s amazing how much has changed since I celebrated my last one. The biggest change being the new addition to the family. I do not regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many.

I had a wonderful birthday with my family of four. We started out by dropping Zachary off at Grandma’s so Stephen, Emily and I could go pick some strawberries. We had a great time and picked about 14 pounds (some were for Grandma). After naps that day, we went out for dinner and then came back to open presents with Grandma and Nina. The cake was delicious! Normally I just have Stephen make one but this year we ordered a cake from JNoto. Not only was it delicious, but it was beautiful as well!

It was a great day spent with some of the people I love the most.

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.  ~Douglas MacArthur

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Ghetto Swimming pool

I am REALLY behind in my blogging. I blame it on the ipad. I can blog from there but all of my pictures are on my laptop.

We have been having some pretty warm days lately. I told Emily that I would bring up an empty tub and fill it with water for her. My intention was that she use it as a water table since we didn’t have one yet. She had other ideas!

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Trip down Main

One of the first things we did to celebrate my new found freedom was to take a walk down Main Street. We gave Emily a couple of options of things she wanted to do and this was what she chose. Good choice if you ask me.

We didn’t walk too far since it was my first major walking outing but we did get a good jaunt in. Made a trip to J. Noto to order a cake and left with a cookie to share. We also stopped at Stephen’s favorite store, the hot sauce place. Also made a stop to get some good smelling candles from the Halo store. I could spend a long time in that store! My house smells great now!

It wouldn’t be a trip without the obligatory pictures!

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I am surprised that I haven’t blogged about this. It’s pretty huge news!

I AM MOBILE!!!! Sort of…..

Back on May 21st, I had a follow-up with the orthopedic doctor. My foot seems to be healing really well. The screw is still in the proper place. I was given the ok to ditch the crutches and walk on the air cast. I was also give the green light to drive.


I had not been behind the wheel of a car since April 8. That’s a long time to feel trapped, having to rely on other’s for every single errand. I know they didn’t mind but I was starting to feel pretty useless.

I still have a ways to go but getting rid of the crutches was a huge step. See ya, stroller in the house!!!!!! See ya, crutches!!!!!! I would be lying if I had said it was good to have you around.

I go back to the doctor again on June 18. Hopefully, getting the news that I am free. I am SO ready!

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Dear sweet Shadow

Shadow entered our family on December 23, 2003. I had been bugging Stephen about getting a dog for ages. Ok, only since that Sept or so to be honest. We always looked at the cute doggies at the Adopt-A-Stray place at the mall. I was thinking that I wanted a small, little lap dog. But then we saw Shadow. She was so sweet looking and really needed a good home. Much to my surprise, Stephen suggested that we meet her. Luckily, we got to meet her before the several other couples that were asking about her. We took her home that night. We were totally not prepared for bringing home a dog that night. Shadow was adopted on a wonderful whim. She wasn’t small and little but she did turn out to be a 50 pound lap dog.

Shadow was my constant companion the first year or so of my marriage. Stephen was working as a consultant and traveled Monday through Friday evening. She kept me company and made me feel safe. I always had something to look forward to when I got off of work. She made me be active, as she loved her walks. I cried the first time we left her at the kennel for vacation. She was my baby.

And then Emily arrived. We were worried how our first baby would react to the family’s new addition. After a brief bout of depression, Shadow warmed up to Emily. She was so gentle and tolerant of her. She loved her even more as Emily became mobile and ate solid foods. You could always find Shadow camped out next to Emily’s chair, catching the crumbs. I never realized how much she cleaned up until she was gone. I have definitely been having to sweep the floor more!

Shadow had a hard life before we got her. She was abused and abandoned. I hope the six and s half years with us made up, at least partially, for the crappy years she had. That dog was one spoiled dog and was very, very loved. We will miss her very much.

It was a very hard decision to make but I know in my heart we made the right decision. Her quality of life had diminished extremely. She had lost a lot of weight, despite thyroid medication and eating a lot. She was just worn out. Just a leisurely stroll around our block would really wear her down. It was becoming increasingly difficult for her to walk down the stairs to her kennel. She was also not her easy going self and was becoming aggressive with everyone. The vet said we were doing the right thing. He said that she probably had some stuff going on internally and she had some growths in her. It was the humane thing to do.

Emily has been doing pretty well with the loss of her dog. She thinks that Shadow went to the doggy nursing home to be cared for. I don’t think she would have understood. She misses her doggy but says that Shadow is in a better place.

I know Shadow will always live on in our memories. She was a good doggy and will be very missed.

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Summer Reading

Monday begins the library’s annual summer reading program. Emily is very excited about it. She had participated in it the past two years and really enjoys it. She is a little book-worm!

It’s going to be a perfect motivator to get me moving on the “100 books to read before kindergarten” list. We have been going to the library but I have been bad about checking out books from this list. Hopefully will be able to knock it down some more! The books in bold are the ones we have read.

100 Books to Read Before Kindergarten

“More, More, More” Said the Baby

A Nap in a Lap

A Splendid Friend, Indeed

ABC, Like Me!

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alphabet City

Alphabet Rescue

Amazing Grace

An Extraordinary Egg

Angelina Ballerina

Bark, George

Barnyard Banter

Bear in a Square

Big Fat Hen

Book! Book! Book!

Bread and Jam for Frances

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?

Caps for Sale

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom


Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Come Along Daisy

Come on, Rain!


Counting Kisses

Curious George

Daisy 1, 2, 3

Does a Cow Say Boo?

Duck on a Bike

Each Peach Pear Plum

Eating the Alphabet

Fancy Nancy

First the Egg

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Freight Train

Goodnight Moon


Guess How Much I Love You

Hands Can

Happy Birthday Moon

Hear Are My Hands

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

How I Became a Pirate

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!

I Kissed the Baby

I Went Walking

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

In the Tall, Tall Grass

Is Your Mama a Llama?

It Looked Like Spilt Milk


Jazz Baby

Jump Frog, Jump

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Little Red Hen

Little Toot

Llama, Llama Red Pajama

Love You Forever

Maisy Goes Swimming

Make Way For Ducklings

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens

Mama, Do You Love Me?

Max Cleans Up

Max’s ABC

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

Mouse Mess

Mouse Paint

Mr. Grumpy’s Outing

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha

My Friend Rabbit

My Very First Mother Goose

Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs

Old Black Fly


One Beautiful Baby

Planting a Rainbow

Rosie’s Walk

Silly Sally

Snowy Day

Spots, Feathers and Curly Tails

Ten Tiny Tickles

Ten, Nine, Eight

The Doorbell Rang

The Hat

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Little Engine that Could

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

The Napping House

The Story of Babar

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Three Bears

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

Wemberly Worried

Where the Wild Things Are

Where’s My Teddy

Where’s Spot?

57 more to go!

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