Monday, November 29, 2010

natalie visits & thanksgiving!

last week was a busy one. my sister natalie flew in on tuesday afternoon, and stayed with us through thanksgiving. it was really nice having her here for a visit. the last time she was here was in november of 2005, and so much has changed since then (we've moved twice, alanna grew up, malcolm was born and is almost three, lucky dog has aged, danny has relocated shops multiple times, etc., etc.) but no matter how long it has been, we all just pick up where we left off. i cannot wait to visit utah again, i miss my family so much.

tuesday was spent mostly at home, playing guitar hero on the wii (plus a quick trip to the thrift store and trader joe's.) natalie and malcolm made a great team. as soon as nat started playing, she was hooked!

alanna had no school on wednesday, the weather was gorgeous, so we spent most of the afternoon outside. we had mediterranean food for lunch and then took a long stroll along the greenway trail that runs behind the nc museum of art. it was wonderful. too bad danny had to work. i stole a few of these photos from natalie :)

that evening we left malcolm with danny, and just us girls headed to chapel hill to have dinner at an ethiopian restaurant. we all love ethiopian food, and this was a new restaurant that we've never tried yet. it was tasty, and we really enjoyed our meal. i should have asked our waitress to take a photo of the three of us, ooops.

when we got home, i baked these two vegan pumpkin cheesecakes in preparation for the following day.

we spent thursday at danny's parents house celebrating thanksgiving with family. vicky really goes above and beyond and makes the most delicious vegan feast for us all. i really am so grateful that she is so accommodating, and that dan, billy, and catherine don't mind that she makes almost everything vegan for us to eat. we have such a great family out here. the meal was amazing, as usual! thanks again for everything vicky!

i guess i only got photos of the food, haha. hopefully dan and vicky got a few with the family in them. but i don't think anyone got a shot of me with my sister. the weather was cold and rainy outside, so we didn't take any photos outside like we usually do.

we had a great time and wished that natalie could have stayed longer, but since she had already spent time in atlanta before coming to raleigh, she needed to get home to her little dog rocket. i hope that in five more years, she will be able to visit again. :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

what is that mysterious ticking noise?

we are so excited for the seventh harry potter movie to open this weekend! alanna is a huge fan of all of the books, and so far we have both loved all of the movies. we cannot wait to see this one and the next, but we are also sad that the movie version of the saga will be ending soon. malcolm is also a mini harry potter fan, even if he doesn't understand what the story is about. he loves dobby, and often picks from alanna's dvd's to watch it, haha. we also love to watch this video, i think we've probably watched it a hundred times...

a few weeks back malcolm started walking around the house singing his own lil' version. so funny! danny caught this short video on his phone one morning in bed right after he woke up. malcolm is leaned up against my back, i was sound asleep while they filmed this, haha. (and yes, he still uses a binky at night, don't judge me.) holy crap, i love this little guy!

"that's it... put your phone down!" hahaha!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

feeling better

this past weekend has snapped me out of that funk i was in. thanks for the sweet comments, phone calls (mom!), text messages (bethany!), and your blog post katie, i'm glad you are my friends :) it's nice to know that i am not the only one who feels down sometimes, and i'm glad that it doesn't last long. plus how can i be sad when i get to spend every waking second with this little dude?!

thursday we went to the park up the street, and wow our neighborhood is looking beautiful right now. i'm loving all the fall colors and leaves on the ground!

friday luc came over to play while tommy and danny got lunch. the boys played very well, and there were no tears or injuries, haha.

saturday i went back to work for a few hours. on wednesday after i posted that last blog entry, i emailed my old boss to see if she needed any help for the holidays. lucky for me, she had just been thinking how she would love some extra help, so i will be working on saturdays until christmas. i'm pretty excited to be able to get out of the house for a few hours, while making some extra spending money (just in time for the holidays!), all while doing something that i really enjoy.

i worked for debbi for a year and half before i had malcolm, right up until i was 36 weeks pregnant (i had him at 38 weeks.) during most of my pregnancy, i was able to sit in the back and help make beautiful handmade beaded jewelry for her little boutique. so that is what i am back at, and it is awesome. i even got to take a quick "business trip" to michaels craft store to replace the crimping pliers that exploded in my face on the very first crimp bead i clamped down on! yikes! haha.

after work i picked up the family and we headed out to danny's parents house. we left the kids with vicky and dan (thanks again guys!), and then drove to durham to enjoy a delicious meal and to see a movie. we went to a theater that is on the edge of a mall, so we also got to browse at urban outfitters and grab coffee at barnes & noble (first soy peppermint mocha of the season! yum!) while there i realized that i have a love/hate relationship with urbn. the store was full of so many cute things, of course, because i have no spending money... but almost every single time that danny has given me a gift card there, i have had the hardest time finding anything that i like or that fits. what the hell?! anyway, i'm grateful that danny and i got to spend some alone time together, and i really feel like the day away from the kids helped recharge my "mom" batteries, haha.

this is the tree in front of dan & vicky's house. beautiful!

sunday we went for a ride along the greenway again. the weather was wonderful. alanna stayed home to work on homework, so it was just malcolm and i on my bike, while danny ran behind us at his own pace. the air was crisp, but the sun was so warm, and the path was so peaceful. i love this time of the year. we rode out to this new playground, stopped to play for a bit, and then rode back.

i'm doing my best to get our house in order this week... because my sister will be here in one week from today! we are beyond thrilled to see her, and so happy that she will be spending thanksgiving with us! she has only been out for a visit once since i moved here, and it was the first fall, so it has been four years. she got to enjoy vicky's fabulous vegan thanksgiving meal back then, and ever since she has said how she wished she could come out every year. it will be so nice to see her and hopefully she might relieve some of my homesickness. i only wish that our brother could come out too. he has never visited us in raleigh (tisk, tisk,) so i think it's about time he does!