Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Mark Twain House

I know you already know this, but I am a total nerd. I love museums of any kind. I am the really annoying person who must stop and not only read every single display, sign, plaque, etc., but actually stand before it and let it soak into my tiny little brain. If I peruse such places on a tour, I simply must buy a book about it at the gift shop so that I am sure that the tour guide didn't omit anything or, in some cases, didn't give me any incorrect data (which has happened on more than one occasion). So when my boys asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told them I would love to see the Mark Twain house. Not only had I never been there, but I was excited to have a date with my handsome sons.

So off we went to Hartford, CT. Indoor photographs were forbidden, but I got some very cool shots of the exterior. Oh, and this one was taken in the Visitor Center. It is Mark Twain made out of Legos! How completely awesome is this?!!
Isn't this house pretty? I think I could live there. :)

Right next door is the Harriet Beecher Stowe house. We didn't have enough time to go there, which means I need to go back and tour both homes. 
If you want the scoop on the Mark Twain house, click here.

My sweet boys also took me out for a very nice lunch. What a wonderful gift! 

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Little Old Lady and Her Hit Man

This is a direct quote from an e-mail sent to me by my mama: "THE SNOWFLAKES HAVE MELTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Yes, there were actually thirteen exclamation points. I counted them. And when I spoke to her on the phone, she said the same thing with the thirteen exclamation points.I took this as code for a death threat, because I know she'll be hiring a hit man if I don't post something about Emma. Anything about Emma. I've watched enough episodes of Law & Order to know that hiring a hit man really isn't that difficult to do. So I figure that I'd better smooth things over with my mama before she goes to 7-Eleven and buys a disposable cell phone and dials another disposable cell phone's number and meets some sketchy guy in the Carl's Jr. parking lot and hands him a photo of me. And I've watched enough episodes of Murder, She Wrote to know that sweet, little old ladies always seem to be near dead bodies and that nobody ever suspects them as being the masterminds behind them all. I mean, come on, Jessica Fletcher ended up near 264 bodies over 12 years. That's a lot of murders. In fact, that's an average of 1.8 murders per month. And she got away with ALL of them while 264 innocent people went down for murder. So I think my sweet little mama could get away with one murder, don't ya think? No one would ever suspect her. So here you go, mama!

Over Christmas break, Emma  went on some special dates. Date #1: Papa took Emma to see the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. I think it's called Chipwrecked. Of course, he treated Emma to the little kids' snack box (popcorn, fruit snacks, and water). He also bought a box of bonbons to share with her because she had never had them. Let me just say that Rick and I have been together 32 years. We've been to a lot of movies. I remember him buying bonbons twice in all of those years, the last time being at least 10 years ago. Emma, of course, loved the bonbons. So now they have a special "thing" to do when they go to the movies. And as long as they keep making Chipmunk movies, Rick and Emma will keep going on dates to the movies because nobody else wants to suffer through the singing, dancing rodents except for Rick, LOL!

Date #2: Uncle Keaton and Tina took Emma to the Aquarium in Boston which she loves. Emma's favorite part was the sting ray petting tank. Emma adores Tina. In fact, Emma told me that I should order Uncle Keaton to marry Tina. I explained to her that Uncle Keaton is a grown man and  that I can't tell him what to do. She was not dissuaded. She insists that because I am his mommy, he MUST listen to me. When she is a teenager and doesn't want to listen to her own mommy, I am going to remind her that she said this. Anyway, I didn't go on this date, so I didn't have any photos of them. But Brittany took this photo as she and Emma hiked around a local lake with Keaton. 
Date #3: Uncle Brennan took Emma to Build-A-Bear and let her make whatever she wanted. Emma has only been there once or twice, and that was several years ago when she was still clueless about the whole thing. Not so this time! She chose to make a kitty whom she named Sparkle. Uncle Brennan even let her get not one, not two, but three fancy, sparkly dresses (hence the name). 
Date #4: My sweet friend, Arlene, sent Emma a book all about tea parties. So Emma donned the flamenco dress Tina brought from Spain and one of her Disney Princess tiaras (Snow White's, I think), and enjoyed a tea party with her mama.
And last, but certainly not least, here is funny story about Emma. There is a little boy (and by little, I mean about a foot shorter and a year younger than Emma) in Emma's press-chool class named Keegan. Emma is Keegan's first love. He draws pictures for her. He follows her around at school. His mom said that he talks about Emma non-stop. Of course, Rick and I think it's cute. Brittany? Not so much. Here's why:

Emma: Mommy, Keegan is my boyfriend.
Brittany: Oh no, no, no! No boyfriends!
Emma, scowling: That's not fair!
Brittany: the rule is that you can't have a boyfriend until you're 30.
Emma, after pausing to ponder this: Mommy, is that why you don't have a boyfriend?
Brittany: Um, yes.
Emma: Well, I think I want a boyfriend when I'm 20. 
Brittany: Ok, fine~you can have a boyfriend when you're 20.

I am so glad I'm already done raising mine, LOL!

Okay, mama, the snowflakes have fallen again. Stay away from 7-Eleven and Carl's Jr., ok? 

(Oh, by the way mama, Angela Lansbury is 87 years old and is still acting. We just saw her in a movie and she's still going strong!)

Wishing you a happy weekend! We are finally getting some snow!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Here Comes Suzy Snowflake

I know this is the post my mama has been anxiously awaiting, so here goes! 

This is Emma and her BFF, Olivia, prior to their performance. How freakin' cute are they?
Miss Emma sure does know how to pose for the camera. Hmm. Wonder who taught her how to do that. Must've been Papa.
Emma loved wearing makeup! 
She will never be too old to have some fun! Definitely a prima ballerina in the making, dont'ya think?
And then the show began. The girls danced to "Suzy Snowflake," a popular Rosemary Clooney tune (yup, George's auntie) from 1951. If you feel like waxing nostalgic (ha ha, I love that phrase and finally found an opportunity to use it), you can hear Rosemary Clooney's version here

 You can easily spot Emma. She is the tall snowflake in the middle. 

"Here comes Suzy Snowflake
Dressed in a snow-white gown
Tap, tap, tappin' at your windowpane
To tell you she's in town.
Here comes Suzy Snowflake 
Soon you will hear her say
'Come out everyone and play with me,
I haven't long to stay.'"
Here you go, mama! 
Afterwards, Emma posed for a birthday photo with Papa.
And then they made silly faces! Apparently Rick will never be too old to have some fun, either. 
Our sweet friends, Paloma and Pedro, brought their kids to Emma's performance. Pedrito gave Emma a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Ahh...young love! I think Brittany needs to be nervous. I predict many such moments for Miss Emma. :)
Here comes Suzy Snowflake...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy Birthday, Papa!

I am waaaayyyyyyyy behind with my blogging. I'm surprised I haven't seen a Saint Bernard lurking nearby, as I expected my mama to call the Search & Rescue team by now. Everything's mostly fine, except that Emma is sick again. This time, it went into an ear infection for her and icky head colds for the rest of us. She loves school, but those little friends of hers sure do love sharing their germs with one another. Would it be wrong and pathetically germaphobic of me to send her to school with a little painter's mask? Yea, yea, yea, that's what I thought. Can't blame me for trying!

Kleenex consumption aside, Rick did enjoy his birthday. A few hours before these photos were taken, we attended Emma's first dance recital, which is why she's wearing make-up. (The ear infection didn't hit until Monday.)
Love her little profile! And didja notice the snowflake earrings? At the recital, she danced to "Suzy Snowflake." So stinkin' cute! But I digress.
Every year since the kids were little (I'm talking 20+ years), the kids have made Rick a calendar  for his birthday. They illustrated them by hand until they were too old to think that was cool. Then Brittany started making them on a computer using photos from the correlating months of the previous year. Next year, Emma wants to illustrate it herself. Can't wait to see that! Anyway, Ricks always has the current one hanging in his office at work. 
Here's the best part: Rick still has every single calendar! Is that sweet or what?! Yes, Rick may share his birthday with The King of Rock (Elvis Presley), but MY guy is DA BOMB! (Mom, that means that Rick is THE MAN!)

Next up: Emma's dance recital.

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Christmas Day

I know the suspense is killing you. You NEED to know if Santa managed to get that Barbie house down the chimney. Well, Miss Emma was correct: Santa did know how to squeeze it  down the chimney. TA DA!
 In our house, Santa even remembers the doglets. Here are Indy...
 ...and Wylie...
 and Tiffany.
 Santa left Emma a special Christmas bell. If you've seen or read The Polar Express, you'll know exactly what this is.
 Uncle Keaton loved playing Calico Critters with Emma.
 Though I think the ginormous lego set that Santa left for Rick was more to his liking. 
It's the Black Pearl from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Seriously, Emma is the most adorable grandchild in the history of grandchildren! Just sayin'.
 We've enjoyed multiple Wii Dr. Mario tournaments. I'm talking old Dr. Mario as in 1980s. The kids loved that game when they were little. In fact, they still do. Even Miss Emma wanted in on the fun!
 Keaton's girlfriend, Tina, stopped by for awhile
 and gave Miss Emma a Mulan "squishy doll." Check out the look of adoration on Emma's face!
 Remember the illustrations Emma made for her uncles? Well, she made one for Tina, too. It depicts Emma and Tina decorating the Christmas tree.
That's it for today. Miss Emma will be here any minute. She'll be sad that Uncle Brennan just left. I'm pretty sad about it, too. Guess we'll need to stay in our jammiees, snuggle up on the couch, and play some Dr. Mario!