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Game Shows

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I’m almost embarrassed to admit this: I’ve been watching games shows lately. I’ve been completely sucked into the world of buzzers, audience laugh/clap tracks, and game show hosts. I’m afraid to admit that more than once have I caught myself with a big cheesy smile on my face when a contestant wins the big money prize and goes crazy with excitement. It’s really only three game shows. “Family Fued” mostly because it’s on NBC in the middle of the night when Sawyer wakes me to nurse him. But this week,…read more

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The Great Pumpkin Patch

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Today we took advantage of the peak season foliage and headed off for a frolic at a nearby pumpkin farm. Last weekend we were supposed to meet some friends at the Delmont Apple Festival, but the rain and chilly temps kept us inside. Liz and I take every opportunity to escape the fumes of the city for the sweet fragrance of baled hay and fresh manure (well, I like the manure smell — Liz isn’t so fond). We got directions to a farm we’ve never visited before, and loaded up…read more

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Garbage pickers and learning to smile

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Rowan loves to discover things in the kitchen. He’s great at playing with tupperware. We can’t find a lid to any of our tupperware anymore. I think most of it is in his toy box. Yes, we have safety locks on the cabinet doors, but we don’t have one for the single cabinet that holds our tupperware. it’s the only “non-dangerous” cabinet. Lately, he’s been having fun playing in the garbage can. He can only get away with it when my back is turned. Today, Rowan found a new toy…read more

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Anniversary and Sawyer update

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Today is our third anniversary. It’s amazing to think that 3 years ago, at 3:30 p.m., I walked down the aisle with my dad to become a wife to the most amazing husband. And now, just a short three years later, we are a mom and dad to two beautiful boys. Two years ago, we celebrated our anniversary in New England – one of the most beautiful places to be in the fall. We were already pregnant with Rowan, but didn’t know it yet. Last year, we celebrated our annivesary…read more

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Autumn hits the East

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This is why I love the East Coast:[link(pics/trees1.jpg)][thumb]pics/trees1.jpg[/thumb][/link] Although I didn’t take this exact picture, I could have easily taken an identical one driving through the streets of Pittsburgh this past week. We’re nearing the peak of the “colors of fall” and it’s just lovely. I’ve been driving Kenny into work for the past few weeks as we’ve been waiting for his Nissan to get a new muffler. Some of the mornings have been dark and rainy. Leaves are blowing all over the place, and the ground, in most parts,…read more

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Seattle Trip Installment 1: Airplanes and Time zones

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Rowan took his second plane trip, and Sawyer his first, over the weekend. We took a very quick trip to Seattle, Washington for the big family wedding – Uncle Wayne and Aunt Amanda are now celebrating their brand new marriage in Hawaii. We took off from Pittsburgh at 5:45 p.m. on Friday evening, and landed back in Pittsburgh at 2:55 p.m. on Sunday. People tend to get nervous when they see you walk into the same gate with two small children. It’s as if a huge prayer in unison is…read more

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Sawyer Cole’s Birth Story

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Some of you wanted to know the details of Saweyr’s birth story. Here it is….in all it’s glory! If you are in any way squeamish, you may want to skim through it, or stay away from reading it. 🙂 __________________________ Sawyer Cole Smith decided to take his good old time entering our world. He was born a few days before his due date, but he seemed to want to draw the process out as long as possible. After my OB appointment on Thursday, September 9th, I began contracting on a…read more

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We’re going to Seattle!

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Uncle Wayne and the soon-to-be-official Aunt Amanda will exchange wedding vows this weekend in Seattle. Up until yesterday, only Kenny was going to the Pacific Northwest for the nuptial celebration. But neither of us were too keen on this idea: We rarely spend time away from each other, and Kenny’s heart just broke each time he thought of leaving Rowan (and Sawyer, of course, but as I stated in the last blog entry, the bond between Kenny and Rowan right now is solid. Eventually, this bond will grow with Sawyer….read more

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