Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Then, on Monday, we left for 7 Springs. We have been spending the past few New Years here with friends. The weather has been wonderful while we are here. It really snowed our first night, so skiing has been good for Todd. I don't really ski...I try, I stick to the beginners area...but it's hard work when you learn at 30+ years old! Today I treated myself to a mani/pedi while Todd went to Hidden Valley to ski (it's cheaper there during the day). Tonight, we drove to Monroeville to meet my friend, Sara and her fiancee for dinner. Sara and I met through work...she is my Fisher rep and takes excellent care of me and all my lab needs at work. We hit it off over the phone and via e-mail...and we decided since we would be so close (she lives in PA) that we should meet up. We had a great time at dinner with Sara and Wade tonight, and can't wait for many more visits!! ( I am just bummed I didn't get a picture...I even brought my camera)
Tomorrow, we are going on a snow shoe tour, and then the Dixon's arrive. We will spend New Years on the slopes snow tubing...then, the Pochron's arrive on Friday for the weekend. Both families have young girls, so we hope they have a lot of fun!!
We will be back on Sunday...and I will post pictures then!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
We enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at Helen's (the fine dining restaurant at 7 Springs).It was so beautiful inside. The fire was roaring, they were decorated for Christmas and we saw all our favorite wait staff that we closed down the bar with last night!! They treated us to a round of drinks and also a TO DIE for piece of chocolate cake.
- mashed potatoes
- sweet potatoes
- crab imperial
- green beans
- breaded cauliflower
- 3 types of stuffing (sausage, portabello and pine nut)
- homemade noodles
Then...we each had desert. Todd had pumpkin pie and I had apple pie with vanilla ice cream. We enjoyed a bottle of Ferari Chardonnay and I had an Earl Grey tea with desert. It was heavenly....but we are soooo stuffed now!!
This year, we are both very thankful to be nearing the completion of our dossier to China. We meet with our social worker next week to review our home study, and we are in the process of certifying and authenticating our documents. I am also waiting for my police clearance for child abuse from the UK. We one step closer each day, and that is something we are both VERY thankful for!!
...now if 'Winston' our Old English Sheep Dog would just PASS the leather leash he ate this morning while we were at breakfast....we would be even more thankful!! I think it's going to be a very LONG night....
Monday, November 23, 2009
This was the view from the balcony off the family room. There was so much fog all day, we couldn't even see the slopes.
Friday, November 20, 2009
We are headed to 7 Springs this week for Thanksgiving and a little R & R. It's been a busy week at work for us both, and we can't wait to pack up the car, the dogs and off we go!! Of course our work lap tops are going with us...but there will be plenty of time to RELAX in the mountains. We are going to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Helen's restaurant with table side carving and a nice bottle of wine...just the two of us!!
Hope you have a great week, Happy Thanksgiving!!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Tuesday: Lisa's with Deb
Thursday: shrimp with linguine and zucchini
Friday: BLTs with oven fries
Saturday: on our way to 7 Springs for the week!! BBQ grilled chicken, baked potatoes, green beans
Sunday: chili with saltines and all the fixings
We are kind of repeating some things from last weeks menu, because things got off track trying to get our rental ready for new tenants...and then getting ready for the home study meeting this Saturday. Thankfully both of those items are behind us and now we can focus on getting out of town to 7 Springs for the Thanksgiving week!! YIPPEE!!!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
We are SO excited!!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Meal Plan for the week:
Monday: ham and cheesy noodle bake and salad
Tuesday: chicken pesto pasta
Wednesday: chicken teriyaki with twice baked potatoes
Friday: shrimp scampi with linguine and zucchini
Saturday: Waterfowl Festival in our town...Scossa (our favorite italian) for the atmosphere of a buzzing town!!
Sunday: filet mignon, baked potatoes, and salad (or mashed potatoes and green beans)
Have a great week!!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Monday: lasagna and garlic bread
Tuesday: chicken cordon blue with salad
Wednesday: chicken alfredo with broccoli
Thursday: BLTs with homemade oven fries
Friday: pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans
Have a great week!!
Our rental house AFTER the tenants moved out...10 bags of trash later and whopping them with a BIG bill. There's just something about picking up other people's garbage and their sex games I don't enjoy....
Hoping to re-rent tonight after meeting a new set of tenants!
Marley fell down the stairs last weekend. Actually, we both missed the action but heard the crying and have witnessed the limping now for just over a week. We have had 2 trips to the vet. Nothing is broken and we are treating her for Lymes just in case.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Friday afternoon we met at home for our first Home Study visit. Our social worker was very kind, and helped answer a few questions we had about the home study process. We have received our packet and there is a lot of paperwork to collect. The last few things we have are to collect our reference letters, sanitation survey, fire inspection and our medical forms. We have a lot of the other items crossed off the list and are ready to go. Once we complete the packet, we mail it back to the agency and our social worker will meet with us 3 more times. It will take 90 days to complete the home study.
Before we went to dinner, we had to wait for our boat broker to stop by so we could sign a contract for the sale of our boat. It is very bitter sweet, but it is what is best for us right now. We have a Shamrock 22 but next week it will be on it's way to Nova Scotia!! Then, Marley our 5 year old Golden Retriever fell down the stairs running. She is still limping today and Saturday morning we were at the vet for a test for Lymes and an injection of cortisone...I think she will be back to the vet tomorrow as she is still limping.
Dinner Friday night was at the new Bartlett Pair Inn in Easton. It was yummy!! We decided to do the chef's tasting menu...and entrees included: Lettuce Crab, potato and leek soup, seared halibut, steak and fries, and chocolate souffle with basil cream...we had a bottle of wine and it was delicous!!
Saturday morning, we went on a sail from St Michaels on the Selina II...enjoyed lunch at Foxy's and then had a family wedding at the same church we were married at 5 years ago....it was nice. We didn't go to the reception, and came home to share a delicious take out from Scossa (our favorite Italian Restaurant) and a movie then a small fire in our back yard...it was a wonderfully romatic evening and we wer both so happy!!
Sunday, we had to clean up trash that our tenants left in the yard of our rental house...that was certainly a come back to reality! Then, we headed over to John and Laura's for some skeet shooting and off to Johnny's for the BEST burgers ever!!
Monday...back to work with a new boss....it's a challenge and I am trying really hard. Some things have already happened that I am not ready to share, but I think I handled them well and I hope I did the right thing. Tomorrow, we have our annual ISO audit which lasts for 3 days. I am also in the process of some method development/validation work for a project we are working on...it hasn't been going too well, so let's keep our fingers crossed for tomorrow!!
Hope everyone has a good week....I am exhausted already and it's only Tueseday!!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tuesday: Salmon, herb rice, steamed broccoli
Wednesday: Pork Chops, stuffing, green beans
Thursday: Tuna Steaks (grilled), loaded baked potatoes
Friday: Suicide Bridge Restaurant with work colleagues
Saturday: Comedy Night at Coffee/Night Cat--eating out (Mason's Bar)
Sunday: Pork Tenderloin, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli
Have a great week!!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday: Left over chili with rice
Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs
Wednesday: herb grilled chicken, baked potatoes, broccoli
Thursday: Concert in the Park in St Michaels (subs from zambinos)
Friday: On the road
Saturday: Helen's retaurant for a romantic dinner for two
Sunday: Phil Vassar concert at the 7 Springs Ampitheatre followed by a fireworks display
Monday: On the road home
We are packing up the dogs, and the bikes for a FUN weekend in the mountains. We love to travel to 7 Springs (http://www.7springs.com/) in the winter, but LOVE what they also offer for fun in the summer and fall. We will also head there again for Thanksgiving and with friends for the New Year celebration. We stay at the same condo each time we visit, so it always feels like home. We can't wait to enjoy some time away and some FRESH mountain air!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I can't even begin to imagine what they are going through as a couple because this is killing me!
Please everyone keep them in your thoughts and prayers and let's hope for successful news!!
There are 4 good embryos for transfer!! No, they are not transferring all 4, but I think they are going to do 2. Let's keep happy thoughts for this special couple today as they go through the transfer...and then wait 2 LONG weeks to determine if they are pregnant!! Very exciting!!
- cool, crisp mornings
- the smell of freshly baked pumpkin pie
- decorating the house with fall colors, pumpkins and candles
- the Fall Pottery Barn catalog
- Waterfowl Festival in Easton
- Fires in our backyard fire pit
- glasses of wine by the fire
- hot apple cider
- Thanksgiving trip to 7 Springs (and being lucky enough to ski with SNOW!)
- sleeping with the windows slightly open at night
- the 'smell' of fall
- the leaves turning colors
- our wedding Anniversary (October 2nd)
- My Birthday (September 20th)
- Black Friday for SHOPPING
- soups, stews, chili, and chowders
- Pumpkin Patches
- Hay rides
You name it, I LOVE it about the fall!! What's your favorite time of year??
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Chicken and Rice casserole (still in the oven)...
We had 6 ladies turn up for the first Book Club. We are reading Prayers for Sale this month, and Carol is out next host while I lead the discussion. I am so excited how well this turned out. I only wish I got a shot of the group!
We watched our friends daughters last night so they could take their oldest to a GOP Shorebirds game...it was a lot of fun. The girls are 6 and 8 and a lot of fun! They brought us a babydoll that looks like a beautiful China baby, we can't wait to share that with our daughter one day. It's our first gift for the baby, so that makes it really special.
We ate dinner at Rusticana, then headed home for some ice-cream and watched a Barbie movie. The girls were great, and up and at 'em at 7:30am!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
We saw this movie on Friday and absolutely LOVED it! I thought Meryl Streep did a great job as Julia Child, and it really made me start thinking about how much I LOVE to cook. I plan our meals for the whole week, every week, so we know what's on the menu and so I can keep a better eye on how much we spend at the grocery store. For the past 2 weeks, it's been under $75 (including cleaning products, etc...) We cook at home atleast 5 nights a week and then the weekends are sort of hit and miss. We usually go out with friends or just eat a big lunch out on Sunday's and then eat a light dinner
Monday, August 3, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Todd has been suffering with a sore back for a few weeks. Finally went to the doctor and it was diagnosed with muscle spasms. Got some medicine and that seemed to help. A few days later, developed a rash...back to the Doctor to learn he has SHINGLES!! He is doing well. Feels pretty run down, but I think is over the worst of it. The rash is starting to dry out, and the pain in his back is subsiding.
Today, I went to the Doctor with a sore throat I woke up with...and of course those icky white spots...strep culture was negative, so they did a more invasive culture to send off. I have a fever, swollen glands, and feel kind of poopy...Got some prednisone to start on that I know will make me feel better!