Sunday, August 31, 2008

Our Adventures in NYC

On the way to GA from ME we took a side trip to NYC. Travis thought it would be fun to show us around and have dinner at the famous Carnegie Deli, since I have wanted to do that for a long time. It was exciting to be in the city that is the backdrop of so many things. We saw Ground Zero, rode the subway, went to Grand Central Station, Radio City Music Hall, and Times Square. Dinner at the Carnegie Deli was great and we had a much anticipated, very delicious Reuben. We also tried Matza Ball Soup, and 2 different kinds of Knishes. There was a waitress that made over the girls so much and kept stopping me as I was walking back to our table, going on and on about how beautiful they were. Then she came to our table later and went on about it some more. Travis asked if they were free sandwhich beautiful, but they were not.

But, it was not all fun as we got back to where the car was parked and it was not there. Once we confirmed that it was definitely towed and not stolen, we made our way via a taxi, to Pier 76 at the NYCPD impound lot. $185.00 and 2 hours later we got our car back and were on our way back to the hotel in Newark. Lots of lessons learned after this experience, but I don't think we'll be going back to NYC for a very long time.

Travis checking out a map in Times Square. It
was so cool being there- a definite highlight of the
trip to the city.

Noah souvenier shopping.

Lily and Katy in the Carnegie Deli where they
were the center of attention for most of our meal.

Travis stealing a few kisses fom Katy.

Joanna, Meredith, Lily, Noah, and Katy
(in the stoller) outside Grand Central Station.

Meredith and Travis in front of
Radio City Music Hall.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Foods around the world

I saw this on another blog and thought it would be fun to do since I love food so much!

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) * any items that you would never consider eating.

1. Venison (in jerkey form)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare*
5. Crocodile*
6. Black pudding*
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras*
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn or head cheese*
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam Chowder in Sourdough Bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted Cream
38. Vodka Jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects*
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Lamb dog
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads*
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs*
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis*
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings*
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost or brunost
75. Skyrr
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang Souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom Yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. 3 Michelin Star Tasting Menu
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse*
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster
98. Polenta
99. Sushi
100. Snake

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

We made it!

We've have been busy, busy, busy for about 5 days now getting settled in to our new life in GA. Noah started school, Lily started preschool, Katy just goes with the flow. Travis has been taking care of all the business and chores to get us settled in before he leaves like putting up a fence in the back yard and must haves like having the DSL and Dish Network installed! We did manage to take a day and go to 6 Flags to relax and have some fun.

I hear Katy crying and Nana calling my name, so I will write more later to tell about our adventures. If I ever have a minute.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Poor Dora!

This morning while I was taking a shower, Lily came in the bathroom to show me she had Desitin smeared all over her face. After I got out of the shower and I immediately put her in the bathtub to get cleaned up. Then I conducted a thorough investigation to find out what else the Desitin could be smeared all over and this is what I found. Too funny!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Moving, Moving, Moving....

Yes, all of you Christmas Story fans, there is an awesome leg lamp in the box marked fragile!
Being the "Bull" Travis thought it would be the perfect touch for his wardroom functions.
Ahh, an empty closet!!!

Yes, slowly but surely the boxes are beginning to pile up and we are emptying closets as we are counting down to our last week here in Maine. It has been a lot of work trying to pack with 3 kids, but we are beginning to see some real progress now. One nice thing about moving every 2-3 years is that you get to sort through and get rid of all of your junk. I can't believe how much junk we have accumulated over the years!! It feels freeing to declutter and I like that.

We have both decided that we want to be more minimalistic in the way we decorate the house. Lately we have gotten pickier about the things that we want around us and the things that we buy. I guess we are finally realizing that we don't need to buy things just because it's on sale. In the end it just becomes clutter and we eventually get rid of it. We have decided that we only want to buy things that we really like or that have special meaning to us.
Well, my break is over and I'm back to packing.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

This and that

Today Noah said "Mom, Katy still has that new baby smell." I thought it was so cute! He just loves Katy and talks to her in a little baby voice all the time. And, whenever I walk into the room with her he wants to hold her, that is as long as she doesn't have a pee or a poop.

It's been a chilly rainy afternoon with temps in the low -mid 60's. I can't believe this is August and we are having temps like this. I love it! This was the perfect afternoon for a nap and although I didn't get one the girls did. I did get a lot accomplished with packing, but there is still so much to do. I really shouldn't be sitting here blogging.

I went to dinner with some friends from church the other night at Ruby Tuesdays. Angele, Louise, Shelly, Anna, and Cerissa all showed up to eat, talk, and laugh. I need to do that more often because I really enjoyed myself. Girls nights are good!

I went to the gym on base today because it was raining outside and I didn't want to run in that. I like going to the gym for a change and look forward to getting back Woodstock to the Bodyplex again. It is energizing to get some exercise and it's a nice break from the kids.

Lily just asked me "what are you doing babe?" Too funny...she has heard Travis call me that.

More later....

Monday, August 04, 2008

How cute is this?

I know I sound like a bragging Mother, but I can't help it. She is just so beautiful and I just want to eat her up! Katy is at a fun stage right now as she is rolling all over the place, trying new foods, and loves to be engaged with everyone. She is always smiling and so happy and I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful baby. We have been blessed with 3 totally awesome kids!

Noah lost a tooth, Lobstah, picnic with Dad, and Katy's rocket ship

This tooth was hanging on for over a week and he finally lost it. He asked me if the tooth fairy was real and I asked him what he thought, and he said no. So, I told him no she wasn't, but that if he still wanted to believe in the tooth fairy she would still come. Later when Noah was mentioning it to Travis what we talked about, Travis was sad that I told him the tooth fairy wasn't real, and he thought that 2nd grade was a little young to have that secret let out. But, Noah still put his tooth under his pillow and the tooth fairy left him $5.00, and he was pretty happy about that.

We had "Lobstah" one night for dinner and Travis was showing a live one to Lily up close. I'd rather not see them up close and alive, I'm just fine when they are all cooked and bright red.

We took a picnic lunch to have with Travis during his lunch hour one day last week. Eating was really an afterthought because Noah was more interested in playing catch with Dad and Lily was into exploring the playground.

Noah and Lily are making a rocket ship for Katy out of a Huggies box.

Friday, August 01, 2008

It's August!

Yesterday I took the kids to the Children's Museum in Portland. It was fun for them because it was all interactive and there were tons of kids there, so they were able to just be kids! They did all sorts of fun stuff: camped, climbed trees, worked at a saw mill, dressed up and performed on a stage, played in a fire truck, spun the earth, and had a sushi picnic. But, I think their favorite part was playing in the toddler area with Lily and Katy. Lily was fascinated by this tube that had air blowing out of it that kept a beach ball in the air. She kept grabbing the beach ball and looking into the hole. Then she decided to put her face directly over it and it blew her hair all of the place- it was too cute!

Last night we went to dinner with Travis' replacement. We took him to the Bath House of Pizza which was the first place we went to eat when we arrived here. It was highly recommended to us and I remember thinking " what's so great about this place, it's a dump." But, after living here for over 2 years we have come to know that it's these kinds of places that are not fancy, that have the best food.

It's August and the weather has been so great the last few days with temps in the 70's, not too hot or humid and cool in the evenings. We've also had some rain, which I love, and we've needed it so even better. I'm going to miss this weather so much because GA in August is soooo hot.