Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Um....yeah - - that would be Griffin, climbing on furniture. He's become rather mischievous since we've been in Maine, or, I suppose I should say, MORE mischievous. He is almost walking, but I am advising him to wait until he is back in Idaho before taking his first steps, so Daddy doesn't miss it.
We spent last night with Aunt Jean and Uncle Ken in Hollis Center, and had a very nice visit. It went by too quickly though, and before we knew it, we were back in Topsham, at which point I discovered I'd left my glasses in Hollis Center. Tomorrow morning, I'm off to South Portland bright and early, to meet up with Aunt Jean and retrieve said glasses! Then, my friend Amy and her son Clayton are coming down from Belfast for a visit, which I am really looking forward to. This evening, I had the good fortune to catch up with my old friend Suzette, and we are hoping to do even more catching up before I head out of town.
Some highlights from the past few days - - Mum and I took the boys to the Childrens Museaum of Maine - - poor Camden was so beside himself, he could barely form complete sentences. He had so much fun, and especially loved the pirate ship (of course). Dad and I took the boys to Dunkin Donuts, because we don't have Dunkin Donuts in Idaho, and more importantly, every little boy needs to gorge himself on a box of munchkins. Today, on the way back from Hollis Center, we took the boys to Smiling Hill Farm. Camden particularly loved the wooden train and played on that for as long as we let him! Camden and Dad spent some time playing in the leaves and fashioning a "leaf man", and had a great time. Of course we have Halloween coming up on Wednesday, and then some last-minute running around before we head back home bright and early on Friday morning.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
There is something that is so comforting about an old friend - - the kind of friend who, although you may not see for years at a time, remains constant. Jen and I lived together for a year at the University of Maine - - I was renting an apartment with two other friends and we needed a fourth person, and that is where Jen came in. I knew of her from Gannett Hall, where I spent my freshman year, but that was about it. I vividly remember my first introduction to her, at our apartment on Crosby Street - - it was the morning after our first night at the apartment, and Jen appeared in the kitchen and proceeded to eat a very large piece of cake for breakfast. We had some good times that year, but in retrospect, I wouldn't say that we were overly close then. It seems we grew closer after college, and have remained so ever since. We have shared some unique adventures over the years - a road trip to New York City, biking on Islesboro, making a pilgrimage to the Late Show with David Letterman, & sharing the joys of the black and white cookie, to name just a few. Jen stood next to me on the day that I married Steve. It seems that she has always accepted me just as I am--good, bad, and otherwise. She is strong, she is humble, and she probably has the biggest heart of anyone I know. I treasure her, and feel blessed to call her my friend.
Yesterday, with the boys happily in the care of my parents, I drove to Jen's home, and then she and I proceeded on to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for a "girls night" out on the town. We had a beautiful room at the Hilton, sipped cocktails and ate fabulous food at The Green Monkey, and just had a chance to catch up. It is odd to think that I hadn't seen her in 2 1/2 years, because it seemed as though no time had passed at all. This morning we had breakfast at Stonewall Kitchen, and then each headed for home. We'll be getting our kids together on Thursday, and I'm so happy that I'll be seeing her again before heading back to Idaho on Friday.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Camden, visiting the cockpit, upon landing in Portland, Maine
The view from Steve's parents' deck
Steve & Camden, out on a lobster boat
Steve, Jeff, & Tony
The S'mores Fire
Nana & Griffin
The beautiful coast of Maine, Cape Elizabeth
Steve & Camden, exploring the coast
From the Davis Family Photo Shoot, this past Sunday
Monday, October 22, 2007
This post would be a whole lot more interesting, if I could attach all of the pictures that go with these events, but I can't seem to do it. You see, I am a PC girl, and my parents have an iMac. I am getting ready to beat my head against the wall in frustration, so I guess I'd better quit while I am ahead. I'm in hopes that pictures will be added, soon.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Okay...not really - - he was let off with a warning. I took this picture with my cell phone, as the nice police officer was looking up Steve's spotless driving record. We were on our way out for appetizers/cocktails this evening, and Ol' Lead Foot was going 50 in a 35, probably due to the fact that we were about to experience an extremely rare child-free evening. All kidding aside, I must tell you that Steve is probably the safest and most law-abiding driver I know, so it is actually quite funny to me that he was speeding. We'll blame it on the fact that we are on vacation, driving someone else's car, yada, yada, yada.
Anyway, we had some great crab cakes, fried calamari, and split a dessert, then headed to Freeport for a little shopping at L.L. Bean. When we got back, Camden was sound asleep, but Griffin was still fussing - - the boy is having an awfully hard time adjusting to the big change in his normally very predictable little life. He'll probably pull it together just in time for us to head back to Idaho!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Interestingly enough, Idaho Senator Larry Craig was on the same flight that we were on, from Boise to Chicago. He was busily working, while waiting at the gate with all of the other passengers, and everyone left him alone. I have to say, however, that I visited a few airport restrooms today, and even if a person were to have a "wide stance", as he has claimed, one would have to be doing the splits in order to touch the foot of the person in the next stall. So, while it is not my place to pass judgement, I think his story is a load of you-know-what.
We are half way through bathing the boys, and then we'll have dessert, do some more relaxing, and then we are hoping to get to bed early! Not sure if the boys will be on track with that, since their little brains are on Idaho time. We are so happy to be in Maine! Stay tuned for more adventures from the Pine Tree State!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
- Bags packed (for the most part).....check
- House vacuumed.....check
- Story Times prepared for the next three weeks.....check
- Riley, on his way to the doggie Bed & Breakfast....check
- Garbage disposal clogged/sink full of floating food waste.....check
With the exception of the clogged garbage disposal, everything is running relatively smoothly, and soon we will be heading for Maine! My mind is swarming with all kinds of thoughts today...I cannot wait to meet my niece, Violet Jean, be in my parents home, see Aunt Jean & Uncle Ken, share the various wonders of Maine with Camden and Griffin, eat a lobster roll, catch up with Jen, smell a million candles at Village Candle, do some speed-walking with my mom, sniff the coastal air, have my dad fit Griffin for his first pair of shoes, eat a "real" Italian sandwich, go to Freeport, visit old haunts, see old friends & relatives...I could go on and on. Oh, how I have missed Maine, and everyone and everything there.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Also on Tuesday, our friends Curt & Mary came for a visit. My mother grew up with Mary back in Maine, and they have twin daughters who are a couple of weeks younger than me, so we've known each other our whole lives.
On Wednesday, Griffin had ear tubes put in. The procedure was so quick, and although he had a rough day yesterday, he is back to his usual happy self today. The best news is, he slept soundly last night - - something that he hasn't done in months. I'm hoping that it will stay that way, too!
First picture: the boys and I, with our friend Curt. Second picture: Griffie, in the waiting room before getting his ear tubes. Third picture: Camden with Debra today, when we dropped him off at school.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Earlier this evening, I did the prep work for the Winter Minestrone that I'll toss in the crock pot tomorrow morning. I've never cooked with fennel before, so I was happy to be trying something new. We have guests coming for dinner tomorrow - - some old friends from the east coast, and I am so looking forward to their arrival. I really need to be efficient in the morning (please boys, cooperate with Mummy!) because after story time, it is back home to feed the boys lunch, and then it will be time to get Camden dressed and ready for his first day of preschool. He is so excited, and I am equally excited for him. Tomorrow should be an exciting day to say the least.
I had a follow-up with my surgeon today, and luckily I am healing up just fine. I didn't have a chance to talk to him after my surgery last week, so it was surprising to hear about the extent of the repairs that he made. The worst of the three hernias he repaired was a result of apparently not being sewn up too well after one of my c-sections. To any of you out there that might have the misguided belief that a c-section is the "easy" way to give birth, let me just tell you that you are sorely mistaken! I believed that prior to last week, but after having gone through this surgery as well, I believe it all the more. Phew! I did have a good chuckle with the PA who assisted in my surgery, because she mentioned to me that some women were quite concerned about scars, and that if I was, to rub the incision sites with oil or whatever and it should help some. I kindly informed her that after having had 2 babies, two cesareans, and now three incisions from this surgery, I was pretty sure that my stomach would never again be seeing the light of day, thank you very much.
I watched Jessica Seinfeld on Oprah today, with great interest. I had heard about her new book,
Deceptively Delicious, and now I can't wait to try some of the recipes. Camden does a good job eating his veggies, and Griffin will eat nearly anything you give him, but I'm still very familiar with the whining and complaining at dinner time. I like the fact that all of her recipes are low in fat and just healthy over all. Hopefully, I can find a copy of the book, soon!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Closing with a photo of what happens when you think it is a good idea to hold a diaper-less baby!