Thursday, December 18, 2008

Saturday Bakefest!

Saturday was spent in the kitchen... rolling dough, cutting out cookies, and dipping pretzels!

I had my supplies and was ready to go!
Aren't they lovely?!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Chistmas!

Sunday was declared a Holiday-day! We did all this Christmas-y including putting up the trees, watching Christmas movies (National Lampoon's and Elf) lighting the fire (for the first time since we moved in!) doing some Christmas shopping and seeing Four Christmases (Hilarious!) And of course wrapped the night up with another Christmas movie and the ever favorite Chipotle Sunday!

I give you the some of the fruits of our labor:


Monday, November 24, 2008

I'm a Sucker for Cuteness...

And oh my is he cute!

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to Patrick!
Happy Birthday to You!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Book It!

I remember growing up always loving to read books. And enjoying the awesome reward of free pizza at Pizza Hut with the illustrious Book It Pin filled with the orange stars attached to my jean jacket. I've always loved to read but that took a vacation when I hit college. I dreaded reading since all that was in front of me was mind-numbing, uninviting Business and Marketing Textbooks. I stopped reading for a few years and I forgot how much I missed it! It wasn't until Feb this year that I decided to get back on the Book It train and indulge in some wonderful books. I set a goal on Feb. 6,2008 to read 25 books by the end of the year. I've surpassed that with a month and a half to go and I'm loving every minute of it. Sure my reading took a little time off when I became newly obsessed with crafting again but I spend my lunch breaks with either my head in a book or a hook and yarn in my hand.

Here's what I've read thus far:

1. Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me? Jen Lancaster
2. The Nanny Diaries Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
3. Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, egomaniacal, self-centered Smart-ass, or why you should never carry a Prada Bag to the unemployment office Jen Lancaster
4. The Friday Night Knitting Club Kate Jacobs
5. The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
6. The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone J.K. Rowling
8. Into the Wild Jon Krakauer
9. Confessions of a Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella
10. Running with Scissors Augusten Burroughs
11. Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass LookBig, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer Jen Lancaster
12. The Corset Diaries Kate MacAlister
13. Shopaholic takes Manhattan Sophie Kinsella
14. Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World's Most Coveted Handbag Michael Tonello
15. there's a (slight) change i might be going to hell: a novel of sewer pipes, pageant queens, and big trouble Laurie Notaro
16. Shopaholic ties the Knot Sophie Kinsella
17. Remember Me? Sophie Kinsella
18. The Undomestic Goddess Sophie Kinsella
19. Pick Me Up Zoe Rice
20. Shopaholic and Sister Sophie Kinsella
21. Room For Improvement Stacey Ballis
22. Firefly Lane Kristin Hannah (This was a really great book!!!)
23. One for the Money Janet Evanovich
24. Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea Chelsea Handler
25. Shopaholic and Baby Sophie Kinsella
26. Two for the Dough Janet Evanovich
27. My Horizontal Life Chelsea Handler
28. Twilight Stephanie Meyer (Read all 600 pages in 4 days- this was excellent!)

I'm currently reading New Moon by Stephanie Meyer and without a doubt will finish that probably this week! If you have any questions on any of the books listed above or have any recommendations for some more really great books let me know!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Grandpa P

Charles D. Page
Aug. 1, 1918-Nov. 7, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Treat!

We will by far be the coolest house on the block this year...

Yes, that is a giant bowl of FULL SIZE candy bars for the Hannah Montana's, Pirates, Disney Princesses and Batmans that come trick or treating our way tonight.

Though after watching The Office last night, I'm dreading the ones dressed as the Joker...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

So we decided this year to wait until the week of Halloween to carve our pumpkins since ours created a basic penicillin last year they were outside for so long. We picked up 2 gorgeous pumpkins on Sunday at the Carver Family Farm. (They always have the BEST!) Patrick decided against his signature Block O this year and opted for a traditional toothy grin. I went with "Carol." I thought she was cute.

Once again, Patrick refused to stick his hand in the pumpkin goo but did a great job scooping it out with the biggest spoon in the kitchen. Wonder what he will do for future Halloweens when our future children want him to help them...

I of course, had no problem and dug in!

We lit them up and put them outside.
I'd say we have the best looking pumpkins on the block!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Buckeye Love

2 Buckeyes!

Chili Cookoff 2008. 9 crockpots in 1 place, Heaven?

Fawcett Center Parking Lot

Red Cups, gotta have red cups

Most of Team Alumni

They really are The Best Damn Band In The Land!

Happy Anniversary!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I like Crafts

So some of you may know, and others may not know that I love being crafty. I may not be terribly great at it but I'm getting better. Specifically in needlework (Read: Crochet and Knit) Now I prefer Crochet to Knit because of the speed at which I can whip stuff up, but I prefer the look of Knit to Crochet. Such a conundrum. So as I have been teaching myself to knit over the last month or so I figure I would graduate from scarves and dishcloths to... drumroll please... a cardigan! Now I do not make swatches (blasphemy! I know) so I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that this hard work will actually be wearable. So far so good. It takes a terribly long time yet I find it so rewarding to create something and watch it grow right in front of me. Unfortunately, photos of my new cardigan will have to wait as it isn't much right now and I don't want you to be dissapointed.

In the mean time, Let me share some of my recent FO's (that's finished objects for all you non-crafty people)

My first knit dishcloth- yes that is a martini glass :)

Fat Bottom Bag- aka my tailgating bag! (took me 2 days)

I even lined it with a cute fabric and put a pocket for my cell phone!

Baby blanket for Lily

Puff Slouchy Hat

With a scarf to match

Baby Blanket for Luca

I've got lots of others in the works too!

Friday, October 17, 2008

My Name Says A Lot About Me... and it is right!

You entered: alisha

There are 6 letters in your name.
Those 6 letters total to 23
There are 3 vowels and 3 consonants in your name.

What your first name means:
Latin- Female- Variant of Alice.

Your number is: 5

The characteristics of #5 : Expansiveness, visionary, adventure, the constructive use of freedom.
The expression or destiny for #5:The number 5 Expression endows with the wonderful characteristic of multi-talents and versatility. You can do so many things well. The tone of the number 5 is constructive freedom, and in your drive to attain this freedom, you will likely be the master of adaptability and change. You are good at presenting ideas and knowing how to approach people to get what you want. Naturally, this gives you an edge in any sort of selling game and spells easy success when it comes to working with people in most jobs. Your popularity may lead you toward some form of entertainment or amusement. Whatever you do, you are clever, analytical, and a very quick thinker.
If there is too much of the 5 energy in your makeup, you may express some the negative attitudes of the number. Your restless and impatient attitude may keep you from staying with any project for too long. Sometimes you can be rather erratic and scatter yourself and your energies. You have a hard time keeping regular office hours and maintaining any sort of a routine. You tend to react strongly if you sense that your freedom of speech or action is being impaired or restricted in any way. As clever as you are, you may have a tendency to make the same mistakes over and over again because much of your response is glib reaction rather that thoughtful application. You are in a continuous state of flux brought by constantly changing interests.

Your Soul Urge number is: 11

A Soul Urge number of 11 means: With the 11 Soul Urge, much of your thinking and interests relate to the abstract, the spiritual, and utopian dreams. You are motivated toward idealistic concepts, and the sharing of your ideas and concepts with humanity. This number is not one that is giving in a material or a practical sense, but rather one who desires to help mankind with a more abstract commodity such as religion, spiritualism, occult studies, or even psychic abilities.
If you possess the positive 11 Soul Urge traits, you have a dream of the perfect world; you are highly idealistic and inspirational. Your inner strength and devotion to your beliefs are extremely strong. You have a very good mind that is especially well equipped to handle the higher, more abstract forms of thought.
If there is an excess of 11 energy in your makeup, you may possess some the negative 11 traits. There is a tendency for the 11 to produce considerable amounts of nervous tension which is bought on by a very high level of awareness. You may be too sensitive and overly emotional. In some cases, these sensitivities and emotions are quite repressed, and this tends to add even more to the sense of nervousness in the makeup.
The strong 11 is not a very practical person because of the extreme idealism; often, there is a degree of self-deception present. There is usually a rather fixed idea of right and wrong held by those showing strong 11 traits, and with this very often is a resulting attitude of inflexibility.

Your Inner Dream number is: 3

An Inner Dream number of 3 means: You dream of artistic expression; writing, painting, music. You would seek to more freely express your inner feeling and obtain more enjoyment from life. You also dream of being more popular, likable, and appreciated.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Baby Time!

We got to spend this weekend with our adorable niece and nephew.
They are getting bigger by the minute and cuter by the second!

I miss them already.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Higher Than A Kite

Did you know that the St. Louis Arch is the tallest National Monument in the US at 630 ft?

Yeah, we went all the way up to the top... and I almost threw up.

But I didn't.

It was amazing.

Let them eat cake...

So traditionally the bride and groom save the top tier of their wedding cake for their first year of marriage and share a slice on the one year anniversary. Being the traditionalist that I am (hah!) I was not to be without sharing in this experience. Mom was gracious enough to wrap it in layers upon layers of plastic wrap (thanks mom!) and seal it in the box while we were honeymooning in Jamaica and tucked itaway in the freezer till 10-6-08 rolled around. I pulled the cake out on Sunday and let it thaw in the fridge. After our delicious dinner at El Rancho Grande (it was awesome- don't knock it!) we headed home to have our cake. (letting it sit out on the counter for about an hour) It was surprisingly good! We had some mint chocolate chip ice cream to go along with it. I was pretty stuffed but Patrick ate an entire piece of the year old wedding cake so it must not have been too bad!
Now we still have the hunks of main cake still in the freezer... anyone want some?

Monday, October 6, 2008

2 Buckeyes in St. Louis!

We spent our first anniversary weekend on a trip to St. Louis!

1 Year Later

On this day last year, I married the man of my dreams.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

My Favorite Season

Autumn, Fall, Indian Summer.

By far my most favorite season the entire year!

It is finally cool today, maybe not even 65* and I couldn't be happier in my big knit cardigan. If it were this time last year I would be making last minute preparations for our wedding and praying for a little drop in temperature. Thats right, this time last year we were soaring in the high 80's. Thank you global warming!

Fall is cooler temperatures, leaves changing colors, apple picking, pumpkin picking, FOOTBALL, warm sweaters, baking, hay rides, corn mazes, I could go on and on and on!

Sure it may be the busiest time of the year for Patrick and I as we have something planned for typically ever weekend in the fall but we wait for this time of year to come for the first 8 months of spring and summer.

Now with the season in full effect I can start doing some season changes- the most fun for me is the decorating and the baking! I can't wait to make a Pumpkin Roll and Pumpkin Zuccini Bread! (They are delicious I promise!)

Of Course I will share with you... maybe. If there is enough.

I'm Crafty!

Referring back to Brit's original post:

"we have a really beautiful tradition in our family. whenever there is a new baby coming, every family member is sent a blank square of fabric and we decorate it however we want. then all the squares get made into a quilt for the baby."

I have been lucky enough to be welcomed into this tradition and Patrick and I now have another quilt square to add to our portfolio. The last 2 we were a part of were absolutely adorable and I can't wait to see the final product for Luca!

Bet you didn't expect that design huh?

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Very Blustery Day!

We returned from Columbus yesterday to find that we were in the middle of a windstorm! With no power! As of 10:50am today we still don't have power. So much for the food in the refrigerator. Guess a shopping trip will be in order.

Here is a little preview of the havoc that we have seen here in our neck of the woods.

We were extremely lucky and this was the most damage we had:

But right down the street our neighbors weren't so lucky.

Neither was the lady down the street from my mom.

It was bad. Real bad.

My mom's happens to have power (miraculously came on this morning even though across the street and surroundings still are black) so I'm holding it down here to charge up. Cross your fingers we will be back soon!
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