Sunday, April 29, 2012

Butterfly Kisses

Yes, I know, I know~I haven't blogged for two weeks. My bad. Been fighting a curious and painful ear issue (stabbing pain deep inside of one ear when I move my jaw). Imagine me not wanting to talk or eat! Well, I caved on the eating part though that could have been a good way to lose a bit of weight. Yes, Mom, I've been to a doctor. We still can't figure out what's wrong. No ear infection. Can't find anything wrong with my jaw or teeth. There is negative pressure on my eustachian tube. Trying a few things which don't seem to be helping very much. Blah blah blah. But here I am posting some month-old photos just to prove that I am, in fact, still alive. Hopefully somebody will notice, ha ha.

Here are some beautiful butterflies at the Museum of Science in Boston. Actually, the first photo is of a moth. Yup, a moth! This thing is bigger than my hand! Pretty though, which is a good thing because otherwise I may have swiped at it with my purse. And trust me, my purse is a deadly weapon. 
Even though this butterfly resembles a moth on the outer sides of its wings...
...this is what it the inner sides of its wings look like. I guess that disguising oneself as a moth keeps certain predators away. Except for maybe the deadly-purse-wielding-grannies who don't appreciate the importance of moths in the ecosystem. Hmm...I wonder if disguising myself as a moth would keep mosquitos away. Food for thought, which is way better than being food for mosquitos.
I have never seen this butterfly before. Not sure what it's called, but it looks like it has two froggy legs in the back. 
Here's another one I didn't recognize.
Emma loved watching the butterflies drink nectar from the flowers.
How cool is this shot?
And then there was this little group of chummy butterfly buddies. Not too sure why they're piled up on top of one another. Not too sure I want to know. Still, they are beautiful!
And here's my favorite photo of the day!
So there you have it. Hope you had a great weekend!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Blast from Our Prehistoric Past

Rick and I grew up in the slide era~photographic slides, not playground slides. (Well, those too, but you know what I mean.) So there aren't many actual photos of us as kids. Rick's brother, Michael, has been scanning old slides from their family. He recently sent us these photos of our 1980 high school graduation, none of which I had ever seen. 

So here we are, starstruck and head-over-heels-in-love when we were 17. Rick had hair. I was a bleached blonde and thought I was sooooooooo fat. I would give my cushy tushy to be that fat again! You can see my teddy bear necklace in this photo. That was my first gift from Rick. He gave it to me at our high school prom which was a few weeks before our graduation. I still have it. :) Oh, check out my Farrah Fawcett hair, ha ha!
My mom made my graduation dress for me. Pretty dress but uuuuggggglllllllyyyyyy hair! The 1980s were so not good for hair. 
And here are some very sentimental photos which brought tears to my eyes. In this one, Rick is with his dad, Tom, who died in 2004. 
 Here's Rick with his grandma, Renee Quinn. Let's see...she was 83 in this photo and was still young! She lived to be 105! That's me on the left side, staring at my super hot boyfriend. :)
Rick's mom, Anne, and grandma are both in this one. Renee was Anne's mother. If you look between Renee and Rick, you can see my brother, Dave. To the right of Rick, you can see the back of my mom's head (the red hair). BTW, her name is Victoria. Next to her is her mother, Susan. My grandma died in 1991 at the age of 86.
Here are Rick and his younger sister, Mary. 
And this photo made me laugh! It's of Rick giving his valedictorian speech. This shows why digital cameras are so awesome!
 What a nice stroll down memory lane. Somehow, between then and now, I've aged. Guess that's what 32 years does to you. Yet I'm still crazy in love with my high school boyfriend. :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Here Comes Peter Cottontail...

Actually, since Easter has already passed, I should say "There went Peter Cottontail..." In my defense, it is baseball season. I usually play on my computer while I watch the games, but the BoSox roster has undergone a lot of changes, so I need to watch carefully to study the new players to see if they gain my approval, ha ha. 

Back to Easter. As usual, Miss Emma squealed when a package arrived from Aunt Kristin. Inside of a princess backpack, Emma found flower-shaped pancake molds, a bunny plate, pink pancake mix, and pink strawberry syrup. She was giddy! She and mommy made these for breakfast on Saturday morning. Emma loved them!
Then we decorated Easter eggs.
Miss Emma made this for me. She's quite the artist, isn't she? And she even drew a rainbow with all of the colors in the correct order. That made my teacher's heart soooooooo happy and proud. :)
Here we are all glammed up for church. 
Since Emma always leaves cookies and reindeer food for Santa, she thought it would be nice to leave a cookie and a decorated Easter egg for the Easter Bunny. And whadya know~he left her a thank you note!
He also left her a basket full of gardening things. Check out the hippo watering can. Too cute!
Tiffany, of course, had to be smack dab in the middle of everything.
As did Indy. I think he was waiting for a jelly bean.
Somewhere along the line, I bought this Calico Critters Nursery School for Emma, put it in a safe place so I would know where it was, then completely forgot about it. (Perhaps that's indicative of the mental fogginess my doctor asked about, ha ha.) When I found it a few days before Easter, I decided to give it to her. Not sure she liked it, though.
Then we went on an indoor egg hunt. Emma hid some eggs for the grown-ups to find, then she gave us clues. Big clues.
Hope you're having a great week!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Belated Birthday, Baby Boy!

Keaton's 22nd birthday was March 20th, but he's home right now so we enjoyed a belated celebration. Emma chose a card for him
and some stickers that she knew he would love. The fact that they are animal stickers and that animals are her favorite thing had nothing to do with her choice, I am sure. 
Horrible picture of Tiffany, but we all laugh because she loves Rick's lap. When we got married eons ago, Rick said he would never own a fru-fru lapdog with a bow in its hair. I think he's forgotten that he said that because we own 3 of them!
Us with our baby.
Ew. Yucky photo of me. Keaton is sooo photogenic. I'm jealous. :)
Brittany took the above photos. Emma stood behind her and made this face to make us laugh. 
Emma helped Keaton blow out his candles.
They were trick candles and kept relighting themselves.
She tried...
and she tried...
until the cake was well sprayed with spit. But hey, it was chocolate cake! What's a little spit among family? LOL

See, Mama~I told you I'd post something today!