Thursday, December 18, 2008

Travel Log...

For two weeks in November we headed out to Las Vegas (with a few days in UT). We love getting to spend some time with friends and family that we're far away from most of the year. I even survived my first flight with just me and the boys, as our responsible bread-winner was not able to join us until Thanksgiving week. A fun time was had by all. Here are some highlights...

the boys first trip to the Bellagio fountains

lots of play time with cousins

the traditional johnson play-in-the-dirt extravaganza

my beautiful cousin lisa's wedding

visiting the cotterell cousins

celebrating grandma robert's 90th birthday

play time with old friends

thanksgiving dinner

and only in Vegas, a trip to the Christmas cactus garden

To see all our photos...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Happy Birthday Cameron!

To the most amazing husband and father in the world...Happy Birthday! Being married to you has been even more wonderful than I could have imagined. My life is happy every day because of you. I love you so much!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween'd Out!

It kind of bugs me when people wish away great events in life just because of the effort it takes to bring them to pass...however, I have to admit that I'm a little bit glad that Halloween is over! I'm sure the feeling is mutual concerning our blog as you look at the third Halloween posting in a row :)

We threw our second annual Halloween party on the 25th and it was a smashing success. Last years party came to fruition out of our desire to throw the ward Halloween party that was not happening any other way. The irresistible desire to throw parties and other social gatherings runs in my blood as anyone who knows my mom can attest (love you Mom!) and Cameron is the same way. It went well but was so much work that Cameron and I hardly had time to enjoy it. We learned our lesson and simplified things this year.
Plus, we had it at our friends' building where they can reserved the party room, conference room, billiard room and theater, so it was nice to have some extra space.

On Halloween in NYC, they close down certain streets for trick-or-treating and that is where most people go. We went to one lined with decorated brownstones and it was packed! Not that we expected any less :). One fun addition this year, was that someone beamed the Bat sign onto their brownstone and then had superheroes including Batman and Spiderman repelling and climbing all over the building. Hudson was riveted. We spent about a half hour making our way down the street, then picked up some pizza (our Halloween tradition) and Magnolia bakery treats, then called it a night!

Pictures from our party and trick-or-treating are in our October album.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I love these pictures

I noticed this hand print on our chair one day. I have no idea when it appeared or what was all over Hudson's hand but it made me really happy. I felt like it was such a symbolic little representation of our life now. I kind of didn't want to clean it off but it was really sticky...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sleepy Hollow

I may be the only one, but I didn't realize that Sleepy Hollow was a real town until I moved to NYC. I remember watching the animated Disney remake of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow many times when I was little but the opening sequence telling the exact location: just a little ways up the Hudson River from Manhattan, obviously didn't stick with me. Nevertheless, Halloweentown is alive and well. This past weekend we attended the Legends event:

"At Philipsburg Manor, lit by candle lanterns and bonfires,
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow lives and the Headless Horseman still rides! During this wildly popular, classic Halloween event, the grounds transform into a haunted landscape visited by goblins and ghosts from Hudson Valley folklore. Wander through at your own pace while ghouls, witches, pirates, and apparitions come eerily to life."

It was a lot of fun and we love it when people go all out for a holiday. The photo above is one picture of the headless horseman taken right before he rode through a tree and got stuck in the branches :) Here are some more photos of our excursion on Saturday. We drove through CT and also visited the Union Church in Sleepy Hollow where the Rockefellers commissioned Chagall and Matisse to do 9 stained glass windows. Beautiful, but unfortunately you can't take pictures.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze!

You may not be able to tell from this photo, but these are ferocious pirates made out of flaming jack-o-lanterns. They are one of the many amazing pumpkin creations we saw this past week at The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at the Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Weird name for a town, huh. Here's what they say about the blaze:

...more than 4,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O'Lanterns. Visitors meander through a woodsy, darkened, riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking, artistic display: dinosaurs, snakes, giant spider webs, ghosts, fish, mushrooms, flowers, clowns...all made of pumpkins! Enhanced by professional lighting and steeped in spooky music and sound effects, this must-see event is a delight for all senses!

Check out the rest of our photos...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Good Times

I have many sweet memories of my Grandma Olive turning on the Lawrence Welk show after many a Sunday dinner at her house. This is pretty much how I remember it.

Here's how it's going to work...

For a while now, I've been trying to figure out the right answer to the blog dilemma. Have a "normal" blog that everyone is used to or have a website where we can post photo albums, videos and more for grandparents and other loved ones who don't get to be a part of our everyday life due to geographic restrictions. Plus it's always fun to be a little different. So, in the latest effort to find a happy medium, we are going to have both. The website can act as an extended edition where you can find full photo albums of events and things posted here plus much, much more. I'll provide the links. We'll see how this goes...

Happy Blogging.
I like fireworks.