Saturday, October 16, 2010

Wedding in San Diego

Pics from my beautiful sister's wedding! We had such an amazing time together.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Our Baby is 1!

Can't believe she has gone from this:

To this in just a year!

It is hard to believe that just a little over a year ago Kathryn entered this world! Our little 6 lb 5 oz bundle of joy is now a standing, crawling, cruising, talking, giggling, flirting ball of energy! I have always known that some day I wanted kids and knew that they would change me forever, but I never realized what utter and complete joy could be received by someone who you don't always understand what they want or need.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Autumn in New England

My biggest joys of living in New England is the autumn. I love the 60-70 degree temperatures, the changing of the leaves, and most of all-APPLE PICKING! Last week for my birthday, my only request was to go apple picking with my family. We had a great time riding the wagon out to the orchard,

picking and eating crisp apples,

having a warm cider doughnut, and ending the day with a visit to the pumpkin patch.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Water Adventures

As I sit here watching the rain fall outside my window; and realize that summer is quickly coming to an end I look back on an INCREDIBLE summer!!! It has been full of so much excitement and A LOT of water adventures.

Kathryn and I have been taking this summer to get lots and lots of swimming in. We usually hit the pool about 3-5 times a week, and she even has the farmers tan to prove it!

This past weekend we went for a visit with Gammy and Opa on the lake. Kathryn had tons of fun eating her lunch on the boat.
She especially enjoyed getting a chance to swim at Beaver Lake.

Kathryn is a fan of any body of water! She absolutely loves playing at the ocean, and wishes she could live there all the time.

Video of the swimming coming soon!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Have we Baby Proofed yet?

As Kathryn turned 9 months just a few days ago you realize how much she has changed! Just a few months ago you could put her on the ground and you knew she would stay put. Now I have a shadow who crawls beside me from living room to kitchen or from our bedroom into the bathroom. We have had to baby proof the entire house, but now that she is able to pull herself to her knees, I am realizing there are a few more places we need to proof a bit better.

Just a few months ago we were excited to hear her make raspberries. Now she is "talking" all the time, saying "mama" and "dada", as well as "gigi"-which my mom has adopted as her new name! When I give her a "zerbit" on her belly she giggles with glee, and it is so cute to hear her laughing to herself in the back of the car en route to wherever we may be going. I just love her little personality! She loves being held by virtually anyone and is a huge hit wherever we go(ok that was a little braggine-sorry!) She absolutely loves water and is getting to be quite the little swimmer-this last month she has taken to going under the water and swimming short distances from one parent to the other.

Kathryn also had a new surprise in her mouth that arrived just ten days ago- a tooth!

Chilling out in-between swimming

Working on standing with her new toy, thanks Lori!

My little crawler moving and grooving.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fourth of July Southern Style

Kathryn loves being a citizen of the great USA!

This Fourth of July we decided to make a trip down to Georgia to visit Paul's sister, Dawn, and her family. We haven't been down there in a couple of years, and we wanted Kathryn to be able to meet her awesome aunt and uncle, as well her cool cousins. It was a great chance to visit with them, as we miss them terribly!!!!! Family is so important and having Kathryn makes me realize it even more!

Kathryn has definitely earned her wings this year!-She has already flown to Hawaii, Georgia, and California twice!

Fun times with Auntie Dawn at the Peach Tree City parade

My wonderful nieces and nephews with Kathryn!(although I just realized Jake is not in the picture-oops!)

Kathryn absolutely loved hanging out with Aunt Dawn at the Georgia Aquarium

Monday, June 28, 2010

I Want to Go Back to My Little Grass Shack in Kealekakua, Hawaii

Loving family time together!!!

For ten days this month we had one of the most relaxing vacations I think I have ever had in my life. We headed to Kona, Hawaii, with my parents and grandparents. It gave us the opportunity to share many firsts:
*Paul and Kathryn's first trip to Hawaii
*Four generations of first-born women on vacation together-My Grandma, My Mom, Kathryn and Myself
*Our first swim with dolphins-we swam alongside them while snorkeling at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau
*Kathryn's first taste of Hawaiian island favorites: purple sweet potatoes and poi. She LOVED them both.
*Kathryn's first swim in the ocean-she absolutely loved it. She is such a cute little "humu"!
*Our first view of an active volcano up-close and personal as we watched the steam come off of Kilauea (there was no lava streaming out of it currently-bummer, NEXT TIME!!)
*Paul and I went parasailing. It was awesome to see the island from 450 feet above ground.

It was a real gift to spend this vacation with my family. I am so blessed to still have both of my Mom's parents around and we just loved sitting and visiting with them. My Grandfather Gregory is 89 and has such wonderful stories to share of his time in the 82nd Airborne and his years of farming. I also loved hearing the stories of my grandparents early years and all of dances they used to go to; I wish we still had events like that for young people!

A special thanks to my parents for sharing their timeshare with us. It was a trip none of us will soon forget!

Kathryn loved spending time with her Great Grandpa

Parasailing with my hubby was a highlight of the trip!

Purple sweet potatoes are now a new favorite of Miss K(too bad we don't have them in Massachusetts)

It was absolutely amazing to snorkel with wild spinner dolphins!!!!!

Kathryn absolutely loves to swim and can't get enough of it.

Kathryn's first full dip in the ocean

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Seven Months: Times they are a Changing!

On the 11th of this month our little monkey, Kathryn, turned 7 months old. It is so crazy to think how fast time flies and also all of the amazing changes that are happening with our little girl.

Kathryn love, love, loves the outdoors, especially hiking with Mommy and Daddy, or with our friends Alisha and Dahlia. She absolutely loves exploring and is recently trying to get into any and everything her hands can touch. She is especially fond of grass and loves to look and play with it; in fact she would eat it if we let her! Kathryn is getting quite good at scooting and the last week she has been seen on all fours moving herself under anything she can-including her crib! She is also loves learning how to swim and it is so fun to watch her as she splashes and giggles in the water. It is so fun to see her grow and I can't wait to see what she will do next!!!!

Kathyrn loves reading!

Kathryn adores playing with her cousin, Jeremiah.

Miss Mischievous scooting underneath her crib. Where will she scoot next?

Kathryn loves going on hikes and is especially fond of the closeness she gets to share with her Daddy!

Kathryn absolutely loves swimming and is a star pupil in her class!(OK I may be a little biased seeing as I am her mom)

Fun in the Sun!

Relaxing on Daddy's Lap

Enjoying a little sun!

First taste of yogurt. Kathryn says "YUMMY!"

Well despite a lot of rain this winter, I believe "sprummer" time may finally be upon us! Paul, Kathryn and I have been taking every free chance we have to enjoy the beautiful weather. We have enjoyed having picnics in our courtyard and taking long hikes. For those of you out there who don't know, there are TONS of great places to go on short or long hikes around Massachusetts. Here are just a couple of websites I have used lately to find some incredible hiking spots:

God is richly blessing us in this time to show us how glorious His majesty is and to also remember the importance of the families he has given us.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Patriots Day

Paul and Kathryn's view of the Marathon

Our little Patriot

A fantastic walk in the woods!

For those of you who are not from Boston, Patriot's Day is the day we celebrate all that our founding father's and mother's did to help us give our freedom. It is kind of like an added July 4th. It is also Boston's excuse to hold the Boston marathon and a mid-day Red Sox game. And for us it is an excuse to spend the day together as a family!

This morning Paul and Kathryn went and watched the marathon from the 5th mile mark, which is about a mile from our house
(I had to miss it as I was booked to teach this morning only!) When I got home we decided to go for a family walk in Wayland. It was a beautiful day and it was such a joy to spend the day hiking with my two favorite people. And it wouldn't be a day of Scharlach fun without a little ice cream(thank you Ben and Jerry's for a buy one get one free coupon!) After putting Kathryn to bed, we bbq'd and had a bottle of beer. What a way to celebrate Patriot's Day!!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Very Happy UN-Birthday

Loving being fed by Gammy.

Fun times at the lake!

Today marks Kathryn's 6 month UN-Birthday! She is such a fantastic little girl; learning tons of new things and we are learning so much from her! Recently she has become very fond of making trumpet noises and we now refer to her as "Dizzy" as she reminds us of the great jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, cheeks and all! She also loves trying new foods, some of her favorites are sweet potatoes and bananas, not together of course! She is also testing out her ability to scoot; she gets up on all fours but hasn't figured out how to move herself from point a to point b yet.

What I have learned from her is life is too short to not be actively involved in your children's lives. Paul and I recently made a decision that I would scale back my work schedule in the fall to be home with Kathryn two days a week. God has given me a real peace about this decision and I look forward to the opportunities it will afford our family. I have also learned that because Kathryn is a flexible baby we can take her along on some of my gigs as she loves music and is quite the hit with my colleagues, plus I get to see Paul more as he is the one watching Kat while I am singing.

Friday, April 9, 2010

A Star is Born

Last night the University of Southern Maine where I teach had a 80th Birthday Celebration Concert for Stephen Sondheim. As part of this concert I was asked to sing a duet with another member of the voice faculty and to also sing a solo. The concert was so much fun and my solo included a very special guest-Kathryn. Attached is her first time on stage. She was so much fun to work with and the audience LOVED her!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Rain, Rain Go AWAY!!!!

Observing the immensity of the storm!

The last week has been filled with more rain than I care to think about! With the enormous amounts of rain our basement which has not seen any water in it in over 2 years flooded yesterday. We were really surprised when we woke up Wednesday morning to a little bit of rain in the laundry room. Well, that little bit of rain over the course of the day turned into over two inches throughout the entirety of our basement. As I look at this situation I was first really upset but I soon realized that God used this to provide us with blessings and another way of seeing how He works in our lives even in the midst of our strife:

-Paul and I would not have gone down to the basement on Wednesday, but my mom and dad are visiting and needed something out the dryer so they found the water!!!
-My parents came with me to Maine and so they were able to get a sump pump there(there are NONE in the state of Massachusetts!!!)
-I am thankful we live on the front of the complex as the back of the complex lies on the Sudbury River, which completely overflowed
-Five cars were totaled in the back of our complex due to the water.
-My parents were here for a visit. They were such a help with bailing out the basement and cleaning up today!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

5 Months Old-Baby Bites

Yummy food!

Wouldn't you want to eat this?!

Open wide!

Miss Independent

Kathryn is ready to Rock and Roll

Today Kathryn got her first taste of REAL FOOD and man oh man did she love it. When we got up this morning, Paul and I were eating breakfast and Kathryn was sitting in between us and seemed VERY intrigued with what we were eating. I decided to take a little piece of my banana and mush it up and give it to her. She devoured it and smacked her lips for more. That was the final decision maker, Kathryn would begin solids today.

I mixed up the concoction of breast milk with a HINT of rice cereal and we began the fun journey of feeding Miss K. The biggest trick of the whole event was figuring out how to feed her and take pictures AND video at the same time. Good thing for two sets of hands. Kathryn took to the food immediately and even enjoyed holding the spoon and feeding herself.

We can't believe how big she is getting and all of the fun things she is doing. We now have to put a full size bed blanket on the floor for her to roll around on as she easily rolls in every direction, but she gets going too much and then she needs to spit up. We are also realizing that we need to begin the task of baby proofing the house, as Kathryn has taken to scooting on her belly a bit, although she doesn't go anywhere, YET! She is a bundle of energy and has a hard time settling down for her morning nap, she would much prefer to be part of everything that is going on around her. We love her to pieces and it is amazing to think how fast time flies.