Friday, November 30, 2012

Some of the Reasons

I've grown fond of Salem really quickly. I'm not sure I'd like to stay here forever.... let down deep roots.... the commitment-phobia to location hasn't left me yet. But it's charming here, just the right size of a city, it seems authentic and varied enough to be lots of fun for a few years.  
These are random images of the moments we spend here in Sizzalem
daddy daughter bonding time, this is what they do: practice pushups of course

 Lots of rainy skies also means lots of inside reading time for Teya, she loves it fortunately. She is very much into books now, we currently have 35 rented from the library!

 Eden's rainy day obsession is PUZZLES. In French they're called Head-Breakers, le casse-tete, and she loves mastering them, never ending repetition doesn't bother her

 Phil's rainy day obsession is TV. Duh.

 Bush Park, what Central Park is to NYC only appropriately scaled down to fit a Salem size city. Many long walks happen here.

 This isn't our neighborhood, I just like walking around these streets that have super old and charming houses on them, with great landscape architecture because stuff just grows here. This is an oooooooold house
 The everything must be red corner
 This is definitely a plant lovers paradise. 

 And an old Architecture lovers happy place

 Moss holds the city together I'm pretty sure, Salem's glue. It's on everything, even old trucks driving around. 

 I'll take that chimney

 There's too many of these, but they do stay outside.... so far anyway.....

 Craftsman house with these great plants

 Monstrosity tree with a deck build around it

 Gnarly tree, I want this one in my yard, any idea how i can get one??!! (same tree above and below)

We put up our tree when we got back from Utah.... we couldn't wait! It had to happen, it's been waiting in storage since Phil and I were engaged and it's all brand new, never used, super high quality. Teya of course soaked up the whole production and Eden even had a great time overloading the bottom branches with too many ornaments, but I left them all there. That's how it is :) My hands, however, are less happy as they are literally torn to shreds from setting the tree up while Eden napped. Small sacrifice to pay.

 There's only half and inch from the top of our tree to the ceiling. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Stratton's Turkey Bowl

Thanks for Devin's unyielding persistence and  persuasion, we all got outside for a grand Stratton Turkey Bowl. I love every picture because each action shot tells a different part of the story or catches someone's hilarious face... and be warned, there are 56.... I repeat FIFTY-SIX pictures.... that's a lot, but I included every one of them so each family could download the ones they wanted to keep. 
 Mom you're so Stinkin' cute and skinny!! Devin is Fired up, he wins the award for most serious and huddle master. 

 Although everyone made fun of me for being "paranoid" running around for 10 minutes trying to get my family properly bundled for the occasion, they all regretted it once they stepped outside and realized how frigid it was!


 Vanessa!!! (In every pic, be sure to notice the background, there are some funny moments...)

 Cody and Layla

Are you ready for this? SET..... 



 I found a scrumpling

The  Mamma Llama

 Save me!

Move it child! 

Vanessa's in the middle of a funny story I assume :) 

The Mass Brothers

 He's cuter than a cartoon character

 I look like I'm trying to flap my lurpy arms to the ball

An impending collision.... I'm terrified! 

 Cody is making fun of me mimicking a move i just pulled, Phil is amused

 Teya looks funny here

 Run Ava!!There's a monster behind you!!


 Phil's trying to eves-drop and Jessie is buzzing him off

 "Gaya" taking a turn in the baby corner

 Ava for the punt

 I'm on the illegal block against Devin as Phil runs Cohen with the ball to the goal!!

 it's working, it's working! hold on tight Cohen!!

 I love this one, apres kick!

 hahah Cohen is giving it his all... but Teya is getting away!

I'd promised her earlier I was going to take her down.... this picture is moments before I fulfilled that promise :) 

 I love the color of the sky because it's so appropriate with these two and their sky colored eyes!!

Moon boots never go out of style, 

 Found an easy way to contain them :)

 I Love this house

 Look at everyone's faces, we're all so happy!!!

 Look closely, Devin has lobbed the ball to Jessie... it's half way... is she going to catch it???

 YES!!!!!!!! Phil's in shock

Time to celebrate!!!