Thursday, January 27, 2011

Comparison

My mom sent me a picture of me when I was a baby in pretty much the same pose as Henry from today. Yes, I realize everyone is now looking at my butt but (there, I said it again) it is neat to see the comparison.

Post-Bath Photo Shoot

I was inspired by a photographer friend who recently took pictures of her little one in the buff. Her results were so cute that I decided that it was about time we did the same for Henry because every parent needs a baby butt picture to dig out when it comes time for dating in 16 years.

Henry was a good sport, as always, and Eddie was a great baby wrangler. I'm pretty pleased with how they came out. Here are a few favorites:





Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Snow??

Apparently by "drizzle" the weatherpeople meant "six inches of snow" on the forecast. This leads me to agree with my brother-in-law who stated that chimps must be predicting the weather. To do some fact checking on this, I found the Weather Chimp Forecast. I believe I have found my new weather forecast source. Forget you, VIPIR Radar 2000!

Anyways, it's snowing and has been most of the day. Eddie gets to leave work early today, which is a bonus. I predict some hot chocolate and some board games.

And since I'm here, how about some more photos of Henry. :-)

Bedtime with Daddy:


Playing with Cereal (Don't worry, he's not feeding himself yet. This was a posed shot.)

Monday, January 24, 2011

P-O-O-R J-E-T-S

Sadly Eddie's Jets did not pull out a victory yesterday. We did, however, have a good time cheering them on with MomMom and PopPop!




It's been VERY cold here in New Jersey. In fact, yesterday was the coldest day NJ has seen in 5 or 6 years! We're heading into a heat wave this week (39!) and so we'll get some rain to wash away some of the old snow that has been sticking around.

We've managed to stay very busy and entertained despite the cold. Between tummy time, baths and naps, it's amazing how fast time flies during the day!

I have concert band rehearsal tonight. Our first concert is on the 4th so we're really plugging along in rehearsals. I am really enjoying it and am glad to be there. The director sent out a link to a performance of "High Flight", which is one of the pieces that we're playing. I just finished listening to it and will probably run downstairs to grab my music to follow along. It's a neat piece of music and it was good to listen without playing. There is so much going on that I'm missing while concentrating on my millions of tiny notes!

Not much else going on currently so I'll post this cute photo of Henry and grab some lunch before he wakes up from his nap!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bath Time

Bathtime with Henry is getting more and more fun as he gets a little older. He's starting to splash around a little and enjoy it more. He has taken an interest in the cup that we use to pour water over him. The other day we gave him a small cup of his own that he could use to pour. Instead of pouring, he tries to drink his own bath water! (Gross!)

I snapped these during bathtime this morning:




I think these pictures of him make him look like such a big boy. Also, I think that in these photos he looks like I did when I was a baby.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Argyle Wednesday

As some of you may already know, a while back I started wearing argyle every Wednesday. It has kind of caught on with other people too, which is really fun.

When I was at my grama's house in November, I stumbled upon an old photograph of my grandfather when he was a boy...and he was wearing an argyle sweater!

Today I checked my email and found that my mom had scanned the photo and sent it to me in honor of Argyle Wednesday.

I figured it would be a fun thing to share on the blog today:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday, Monday...yet again!

I can't believe another week has flown by...

Nothing all that new and exciting in our lives...still house hunting, doing work, having fun, etc.

Actually, Henry and I did have a little excitement today. We got to meet Tony Dungy and his wife today at the local bookstore, Bookends. Henry was very patient until we got up to them and then he started to cry. The Dungys were very cute about asking his name and making him smile.



I think this is the first of many visits Henry and I will be paying to Bookends for signings. We can collect quite a fun variety of photos of Henry with famous people!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

*drumroll please*

For those of you readers that care to know the outcome...

The Stained Glass Cookies submitted by the Sisters Seavers took "Best Looking" at the cookie party!

We put together a make-shift lightbox to help enhance the look of the cookies. Ellen and I covered a shallow cardboard box with aluminum foil, filled it with 200 white Christmas lights, covered the top with parchment paper and VOILA...a fire-hazard to showcase our cookies! It actually ended up looking pretty neat to have the cookies illuminated like that.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Watch out Martha Stewart!

The Sisters Seavers (like the Brothers Grimm?) were invited to a holiday cookie party that will be held tomorrow night. We scoured the internet for a recipe for something a little different and decided on Stained Glass Cookies.

The process was fairly simple, just a little time consuming.

We crushed various flavors of Jolly Ranchers to use as the filling.


The crushed candy got spooned into the holes in the middle of the cookies.


We waited patiently and watched the progress...


The results are pretty neat.




I'd say we might be in the running for best looking cookie...but maybe not best tasting...hehe.


P.S. It snowed again on Tuesday night. We took Henry out for a short romp in the snow on Wednesday morning. He sported his new sunglasses and seemed pretty happy about the whole thing. What a hilarious little boy.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday Update...holy cow!

I'm actually writing an update on Monday, as I had intended on doing weekly this whole time.

Another week has flown by. It's hard to believe that we are well into January already.

This weekend we celebrated the New Year with the annual family dinner at Aldo's with Eddie's mom's side of the family. Aldo's is an amazing Italian restaurant and I love going there. Everything is so delicious. After dinner we took the annual Seavers Family Fun Photo. We take serious ones too each year but the fun ones are my favorite.

Here are all three of the Seavers Family Fun Photos....2008, 2009 and early 2011.







Eddie and I continue on the hunt for a house. We've had some action this weekend and I will update if things solidify.

I had the second rehearsal with the Ridgewood Concert Band this evening. I'm enjoying it a lot and am looking forward to getting to know the people a little better. But for now it's just nice to have a musical outlet and to be around people that find Rubank jokes funny.

Things are generally good and we're enjoying life in New Jersey still. I must say that one of my favorite things is that I can see the NYC skyline in my everyday travels. I'm not sure it will ever get old. At some point I will take some photos and post them here to share.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Updating...finally!

Well, it's been a busy (but great) two weeks for the little Seavers Family. Some of the big things:

HOME....ON HOLD.
A few days before Christmas the house deal we were working on fell through. There were too many red flags and probable big extra expenses that we pulled out. Eddie and I are not too upset about it as it was much better for us to know now rather than having to spend a lot of money without having planned on it. Now that the New Year is here we are back in the game. I will be looking at some houses again this week. *fingers crossed*

CHRISTMAS!
We celebrated Christmas Eve with family as is tradition. Delicious Italian dinner, Henry's first Christmas Eve Mass (he was very well behaved) and presents with the cousins. It was a great night and we made it back home in time to get to sleep so that Santa could come. Here is our little family on Christmas Eve:

Christmas Day was a great day. It was really fun to have Henry around, even though he is too little to really understand or participate much beyond grasping the end of a piece of wrapping paper to "unwrap" a present. We exchanged great gifts with the family and just generally enjoyed a day in our PJs with a fire in the fireplace.

Eddie and I gave Henry a fun little plaything as his big gift. He seems to enjoy it so far. It's amazing how even after just a week he seems to "understand" it more and be more stable sitting in it.


SNOW!
New Jersey got hit with a big snow storm on the 26th as a late White Christmas. Ridgewood got about 19 inches, which was fun. (At least for now since the novelty of a big snow hasn't warn off for us southerners!) Eddie, Kevin, Ellen and I ventured out in the storm for a walk to downtown Ridgewood. It was really neat to see the main street covered in snow and so empty. Here is a picture of Eddie and I right before we headed out on the walk:

The morning after the storm we took Henry out for his first snow adventure! He seemed to like it. We Skyped with my parents during the outing so that they could share in the experience.


NORTH CAROLINA!
On Tuesday we headed south to have Schroeder Christmas with my parents. We had a great few days with them.

We were also able to catch up with some of our friends in the area as well. My parents were kind enough to host New Years Eve for us with some of our friends. We had a blast playing Charades and other games. 2010 was a great year and we are so excited to see what 2011 has in store for us!

MUSIC!

When Eddie accepted the position up here in New Jersey I looked around online to see if there were any community bands in the area. I figured it would be a good way for me to meet some people and to also exercise my musical muscles. I found the Ridgewood Concert Band. I shot them an email and got a response about setting up an audition. I played for their conductor and section leaders last night...and I am now the newest member of the Second Clarinet section. I had my first rehearsal with them last night as well. It was a lot of fun and it felt good to play and to challenge my skills again. I am really looking forward to being involved with them. (Thanks, Grandma, for your babysitting services!)

HENRY!
He continues to be an amazing little kiddo. In the last week or so he has really improved with his tummy time, his cereal eating skills and all sorts of fun stuff. It's really fun to watch him develop, though it is really hitting me how fast he is growing up. So I am sure to enjoy each day with him because he's going to be crawling, walking, marching, base-running, etc. in no time. My favorite thing he does now is laughing at things. Ellen really got him going on Christmas by playing the Sit, Stand, Lay Down game.
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