This blog is no longer being updated. Our adventures continue back in the US, here.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Baptism Day

The day after the Harvest Party was Liam's baptism. We had been looking forward to this day for a long time... we were exhausted from the festivities the day before, but ready for another fun day. It was a small affair with just family, but it was just perfect. Father Tom did a wonderful job and even forgave Liam when he knocked the anointed oil over on the alter. Oops!

Liam was fully immersed in the font and was a real trooper! After the Holy Water bath we dressed him in his grandfather's baptismal gown, which hubs wore as well. I think I should put him in dresses more often! I kid, I kid...

Waiting patiently...

"What just happened??"

"A bonnet, mom, really?"

Liam with his Godparents

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Free Christmas Cards? I'm In!

(For bloggers with a U.S.  address only)
One of the mom blogs I follow recently posted about getting FREE cards from Shutterfly just by blogging about the photo site. Now that we have a darling baby, of course we want to include a picture of him in our holiday greeting, and after looking at what Stutterfly has to offer, I have to say there are several I love. I would buy them even if this offer didn’t exist.

Personally, I like the flat Christmas cards selection best – the ones printed on premium cardstock. Another one of my requirements is that the greeting uses the word Christmas and not Holidays. So many designs to choose from... the question is... what fits our family’s style best? Here are a few I’m considering:

This one is a good option if we want just one family picture, or one of just Liam, I think it's my first choice

Love this one too. Great for a single shot of the little guy

If I can't pick just one photo to go on the card, isn't this a cute option?

What's your vote? What are your favorites? Happy shopping!

A Michigan Harvest Party

One of the highlights of our time in Michigan was the Harvest Party held at the Stover family house (aka: The Burrow, because it reminds us of the Weasly home in the Harry Potter saga). Most who came dressed up as it was the day before Halloween. It was great fun! I think the icing on the cake was that the party also served as a 30th birthday party for hubs - it totally caught him off guard when we brought out the cake and a giant photo board chronicling his life.

Chimney Sweep & Mary Poppins!

A wee Harry Potter!

Harry Potter & an adorable dalmatian with their grandparents, American tourists in Europe


Next up.... Liam's big Baptism day.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Before I regale you with our U.S. trip...

I've been tagged by Liz over at It Be Liz! And since I am a huge procrastinator, I'm going to complete this little survey before I sit down to tell you about Liam's second All American Tour. (I know... I'm also behind on his monthly updates!)

Here are the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you. .
2. Paste these rules on your blog post.
3. Respond to the following prompts.
4. Add a prompt of your own and answer it.
5. Tag a few other bloggers at the bottom of the post.
6. Leave "Tagged You" notices on their blog/Facebook.
7. Let the person who tagged you know when you've written the post.

(I'll do all of this except the last two :-P)


1) The best investment you ever made:

My Wedding (Ok, so our parents helped out with that investment.)

2) If you could’ve written any book, directed any movie, and composed any song, which three would you pick:
Book: Harry Potter (I wish!)
Movie: It's a Wonderful Life
Song: Baby Got Back

3) Weirdest quirk:

I like the smell of skunk. It reminds me of summer.

4) One wish immediately granted:
A great job for Hubs next fall.
5) Most expensive hobby:
Travel or clothes shopping

6) An inexhaustible gift-card at which store:
I'm with Liz on this one. Target.

7) In another lifetime, you’d be:
A bird. 

8) The most famous/interesting member of your family tree:
Joe Dimaggio. My Grandma's cousin. 

9) What would you say to your teenage self?
Wax your mustache, fool. 

10) What do you want to be when you grow up?
Producer of a TV show on TLC (I'm not telling my idea because I'm not grown up yet - there is still hope!)


Forgot to tag!
I think most of the people I follow have already been tagged so I just have two: Liz & Heidi