Archive for November, 2008

Jack in the box?

Here is Claudia’s new favorite place to be.  She could not be bothered to look away from her toys to look at the camera no matter how many strange noises I made.  She was BUSY, mom. (tween whine)

toybox toybox2 toybox 3 toy


By the way, the Carlisle house DID close!  Hooray – we now only own ONE house like any normal family…


My Birthday at the Circus ;-)

My sweet friend Karen volunteered to babysit our children so that Garrison and I could get a night out on the town for my 33rd birthday.  She ended up only needing to watch Claudia because Edison went to his first SLEEPOVER birthday party at his friend Ripley’s house…camping theme, tents in the living room, lots of hyper 6 year old boys…God bless those parents…


Anyway, Garrison and I decided to just walk down the main street of Saratoga and see what struck our fancy for dinner.  As we walked past the Prudential Realty building, I looked over and saw our CARLISLE house on the big screen tv advertising in their window.  Weird but very fun to see.  🙂  Which leads me off of the birthday topic, to our big announcement – we got the call yesterday afternoon that the Carlisle house is CLOSING TODAY at 4:30 p.m.  — hopefully THIS bank won’t go out of business before then.   Fingers crossed, salt over the shoulder, don’t walk under a ladder, don’t look cross-eyed at a black cat with a hump, and all of that good stuff….


Back to my birthday (it’s all about me, right?) – we ended up going to the first restaurant we came to because it started to pour and so that one looked JUST FINE.  It was called the CIRCUS CAFE – and their menus state that their hamburgers were voted #1 in the city.  So, of course that is what we ordered.  They were good, but what I really LOVED were the sweet potato fries.  Yum-ME  (about me again -ha).  We were too stuffed to order the cotton candy for dessert, but it did look great.  In that lovely shade of sky happy blue.


After dinner we went to A.C.Moore (yippee a craft store!  With No children in tow!  THAT was a birthday treat to be sure! and Garrison didn’t complain about the smell of potpourri in there even ONCE!), then to Starbucks for coffee (Jill, I thought of you!)  and then to see the new James Bond flick.


buzz in his dora shoes

My Girlie Girl loves to dress up.  She even accessorizes her toys – or in this case Edison’s toys….Dora sneakers on Buzz Lightyear….

…and it’s not even my birthday yet…

It has been a fun week of hanging out with friends and getting presents in the mail….Hooray for birthdays!  And mine still isn’t until Saturday…

b12  {Heather, Me & Karen…ready to ditch the men & have some laughs}

On Tuesday night, my friends and I had a much needed Girls Night Out tromping around Saratoga Springs…I even got sort of dressed up 🙂  Enough so that Edison noticed and said he thought I looked “very nice”…I didn’t even need to pay him to say it!  wink wink

bday-002  bday-010

We went to the slightly pretentious “WINE BAR” in Saratoga where we shared a bottle o’ red and had TEENY TINY desserts.  It made me think of that famous school scene in Zoolander — what is this?  A blueberry crisp for ANTS???


Then we wandered next door to the Grey Gelding where a rep for Grey Goose Vodka was handing out free Pear Cosmopolitans.  Free?  OK, sounds delicious.  [side note – it was]


After hanging out there awhile with more laughing we headed across the street to a favorite coffee shop – Uncommon Grounds where we got decent coffee and found out they don’t serve bagels after 9 so we all got REALLY DRIED OUT muffins.

Not quite Rudolph…

It feels like Christmas is coming quickly upon us…today I took the kids to the local library [can I just say it is the BEST library EVER!  Complete with a COFFEE SHOP!!!!  sigh]



Anyway, we went to the library because there were real live REINDEER there.  And although they looked a little bit like the dog in the Grinch cartoon with these giant antlers, they seemed pretty docile.  I tried to feed one an apple from my hand but he just breathed really hard on me.  More like a silent snort.  He must have found my apple distasteful.  Well, Mr. Reindeer, let me just tell you that I found your SCENT distasteful.  So there.



handmade Christmas

Every year I say, THIS is the year where I am going to try to make many of my own Christmas gifts.  And since the budget is VERY tight this year (partially due to the fact that we are still paying TWO mortgages – come on little house, please sell…) I am buckling down to do it!


The first thing I made was this Spidey scarf for Edison.  Here’s hoping he doesn’t lose it on the first day he wears it to school….




did you know that squirrels can do this?

So, I am not going to get into politics too heavily here, but we have been having very funny conversations with Edison, who has been an “O bawk O Ram ah” supporter.   At school yesterday morning his class was asked to write down the name of the person who won the election.  He says they all wrote down “obawk obrahma” except for Annabelle who wrote down John McCain.  When the teacher told them that Obama really did win, this little girl Annabelle cried and could not be consoled.  I guess she really liked John McCain.  I really liked Ron Paul but that’s a different sort of post…


—————–  But here is a crazy thing.  Our pumpkins were outside only ONE night before this started to happen…


These pumpkins were NOT carved.  They were beautiful WHOLE pumpkins and we watched (in slow motion horror) the squirrels go to town in their own pre-thanksgiving feast….

Claudia is both shocked and…

watching her back….

 eek…there’s a SqUIRrEL

At least it wasn’t the goat!!!