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first day

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Today is Aaron's first day of work at his new job here in Philadelphia. He doesn't work in any of those buildings, but it is a picture of Philadelphia on a beautiful blue sky day (taken on a Saturday in September while we were wandering the city).
Thus, I am off to dust, mop, clean, scrub, etc. the house.

i love smores

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I was looking at some photos from our trip to the mountains and came across these.
If you have somehow escaped enjoying a campfire with me, you may not know about my passionate excitement for smores made with Resees Peanut Butter Cups. However, I cannot take any credit for this blissful concoction. My awesome friend (who is also a fabulous cook), Rachel, introduced me to the concept early in our relationship. I am forever indebted to her for sharing this wonderful recipe.
The pretzels provide some salt to balance out the sweet.

Melting the chocolate before assembling the smore is key to the deliciousness.


I can almost taste it. Almost.

Rachel also uses other chocolate candy bars for smores: Almond Joy, Symphony Bar, Hershey Dark Chocolate, etc. to change up the usual Hershey's Chocolate smore. Of course, some, like my husband, prefer the standard smore but do not mind a little variety on occassion.
Mmm smores. Too bad summer is over and I haven't any friends with fire pits in this f…

done!

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I finished the crib bedding!

Unfortunately, at the current mattress height, you can't even see the crib skirt detail. So with the crib rail dropped, here it is:

I am working on the tutorial for anyone (or just one person I know who wants it - hah!) who wants to make one. Hopefully I will get it done soon.
Oh, I didn't make the sheet. That's from baby GAP.

For now, I am going to make a pincushion because I am sick of poking myself and knocking pins on the floor.

out of thread

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I was putting the final stitches on the binding of the crib bumper, and I ran out of thread! Doh! While I run to the store for more thread (or walk - it's a couple blocks), here is a sneak peak.

Love is Peaceable

Sunday’s sermon came from I Corinthians 13:5. “Love is not easily angered.” Of course this sermon came on a morning after getting irritated with my husband the night before. (Funny how that always happens, isn’t it?) The pastor – Phil – looked at the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand in Mark 6:30. The disciples are irritated, tired, and hungry. Jesus, however, does not get irritated with his disciples. Phil's sermon went on to look at irritability and love.Some blurbs from my notes . . . My irritability is the opposite of love . . . Whenever I am irritated, I am failing to love . . . Love is backward to anger and will not react to trivial things . . . Irritability refuses to seek God’s help but chooses to become angry . . . Love moves me towards people . . . Love trusts God to provide what is needed . . . Jesus’ love empowers me to love . . . Every irritation is an opportunity to love as Jesus loves.How often am I irritated at someone or something or blaming someone or some…

grocery shopping: part I

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To give you a sense of where we live, here's a walking tour of my weekly grocery expedition.
I walk out my door and head south (left, in my case). This is the end of my street.

If I need milk, that's a Rite Aid right there. (I'll stop there on my way back from the Italian Market.)

Otherwise, I walk past the Rite Aid and turn left at the corner. I walk to the next corner where the Italian Market begins.


Anthony's Italian Coffee House has delicious everything. I haven't tried everything, but everything I've tried is delicious. =)

I walk past the first few produce stands because their prices are always higher. I price shop on the way down and purchase on the way back.
Plenty of peppers and vegetables . . .

. . . lots of fruit options . . .


. . . sausage, chicken, or beef . . .
. . . fish, too . . .

. . . and, of course, Italian cheeses, tomatoes, oils, etc.


I should have taken you inside that store. Maybe another time. =) Then, I head home and unload before heading off to…

new rug!

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We've been shopping around for an accent rug for the living room. We saw this one at Lowe's awhile back but have been hesitant to spend the money. Yesterday, Aaron suggested we go and get it since our shopping around hadn't yielded any competition to this one. I didn't feel like going at all, but I went along with the suggestion.
When we couldn't find the rug wrapped up in the bin, we discovered that this rug was now discontinued and the only one left was the display rug. A Lowe's man got the rug down for us and gave us 30% off for the discontinued rug! Hooray!

Good thing I listened to my husband on this one! Sometimes I can be stubborn . . . =)

mountain trip

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We just got back from a few days away at Aaron's grandparent's cabin in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania. The mornings started off cold and cloudy but boasted beautiful blue skies by the early afternoon. We hiked, rode the four-wheeler, built a campfire and ate smores before dinner, and played with the camera. It was a great getaway - the last of its kind for a long while.

octopus?

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Yesterday, my parents and grandparents came down to celebrate a belated Father's Day with us. We gave a tour of our home and then wandered the Italian Market before dinner.
Seriously, Dad? Of all the delicious food we see walking around the Italian Market, you pick octopus salad? =)

4th and done

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This is my younger brother's domain. 4th and done. He was, is, and always will be a sports nut. He lives and dies by the four major Philadelphia sports teams.
To give you an idea, when my husband started law school, to his encouragement, I picked up a hobby - sewing. My brother's wife just started medical school; he needed to pick a hobby, too, so he did - NFL Ticket on Direct TV.

crib bumper

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After purchasing the fabric in May, now that it is September, I have started to make/assemble the bumper for the crib . . . finally.

skiing on Keuka Lake

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Last summer, my camera couldn't handle the action of skiing. This summer, my camera enjoyed it much more. I'll spare you the 1000+ photos it took to get a decent one of each skier and simply give a sampling.
my cousin, Adam
my cousin, Barry
my Dad
my sister (far right) and her roommates
my husband
my younger brother (and his tongue)
my youngest brother
my sister (who makes funny faces when she skis)
my younger brother again (because this photo is fun)
I was the official spotter/photographer (since skiing wasn't allowed in my current state). Though, as a spotter I really stunk because I couldn't do much for bending over to get skis or the rope out of the water. Thus, I was usually just the photographer. =)

Telling the Truth

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I am (slowly) reading Frederick Buechner’s Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale. The leadership at our church in Nashville worked through it, and a friend also recommended it to me. It’s a great read, but I find myself rereading many sentences (which are sometimes as long as paragraphs) over and over to grasp all of the great stuff Buechner packed into this 98-page book.

In the chapter on the gospel as tragedy, Buechner discusses Jesus’ response to the death of Lazarus. “It is very easy to sentimentalize the scene and very tempting because to sentimentalize something is to look only at the emotion in it and at the emotion it stirs up in us rather than at the reality of it, which we are always tempted not to look at because reality, truth, silence are all what we are not much good at and avoid when we can. To sentimentalize something is to savor rather than to suffer the sadness of it, is to sigh over the prettiness of it rather than to tremble at the beauty …

no GAP deal for me

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I was so excited when I saw the sale for gap.com where I could buy my solid crib sheets and infant car seat and save over $40.
*Offer valid from 9/4/2009 at 12:00 am ET through 9/8/2009 at 11:59 pm ET in the U.S. only (including Puerto Rico) on all Gap merchandise purchased online. Not valid at Gap stores and Gap Outlet. Not valid on products developed exclusively by a third party vendor or on products developed for charitable contribution, including but not limited to; Gap (PRODUCT) RED™, Junk Food™, Converse®, Havaianas®, Robeez®, Medela®, Charm It!®, or babyGap home merchandise (bedding, blankets, strollers, car seats, high chairs, diaper bags, toys, books, nursery d├ęcor, dishware, bath accessories, nursing accessories, bibs, and skincare). Discount applies to merchandise only, not value of GiftCards purchased or applicable taxes. No adjustments on previous purchases. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Offer is not transferable. Cannot be combined with other offers including the…

Keuka Lake

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We're headed here for the holiday weekend - my cousins' cabins on Keuka Lake. It could be a crowd packed into those two cabins (and maybe even some tents). It depends on who shows up. Hopefully we'll have beautiful weather.
Happy Labor Day!

bedding fabric

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This is the fabric for the baby's bedding. Now that I've unpacked my sewing machine and cleared off the table, perhaps I will make the bumper next week. Maybe I'll even attempt to make a tutorial. Either way, I'll be sure to share the finished product with you . . . whenever it happens to be complete. =)

IJM: At the End of Slavery

We love and support the ministry of the International Justice Mission (IJM). At the End of Slavery is their new film to be released sometime this month.
At The End Of Slavery - Extended Trailer from International Justice Mission on Vimeo.