Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I will be sure to share all of the pcitures from our first trick-or-treating adventure tonight! We are all very excited! I'm hoping Seth gets lots of Snickers bars since that is my latest craving! I'm hoping that he will share with me!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bring on the Characters

Last night our close friends The Castana's invited us to go to see Sesame Street Live out on Fort Drum. Seth had been to see The Doodlebops over the summer so I knew that he would be interested in going and he was in awe.
Seth and his buddy Jacob!
At first Seth wanted to sit with Lee and that made me sad, but a little while into it, he came and sat with me!
We had a great night and I think I was more tired than Seth because I was in bed and asleep before 9pm! Tonight it will be a much calmer night at home.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cookie Time

On Tuesday I promised Seth that Grandma would come over and that we would make Halloween cookies. You would have thought that I was giving him a million dollars because that is all he talked about and he was super excited. We rolled them out and used a new pumpkin cookie cutter and everything. There was flour all over Seth and all over the kitchen, but he loved it.

Remember the sprinkles!

Can I PLEASE eat one Mommy?So Yummy!

Thank you Grandma Puccia for coming over and assisting!

We had so much fun!


Roland has been working on the babies closet whenever possible and he has done an amazing job! Here is what it looks like right now...

I take that back, I need to take a new picture because he now has the moldings up and it looks even better.

We also got a shipment of supplies last night for our remodel, so if the snow stops they can start anytime.

I never imagined that a truck that large could fit down our driveway, but it did!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Our Carving Skills

Last night we carved our first pumpkin together as a family. We thought that this year was the perfect time for Seth to get right into it and enjoy the carving process. Check it out...
Step 1: Choose a designStep 2: Stick your hand way down and scoop out the guts!

Step 3: When you decide you don't like the feeling of the guts, have your mom do it for you!Step 4: Help Daddy carve the face of the pumpkin!

Step 5: Smile with your finished product!
We had a blast designing and carving our pumpkin and we even baked the seeds, BUT upon his initial taste test, Seth decided that he did not like them at all!
At least he tried!

1st Official Outfits

As previously blogged, my feet have grown so my mom and I went to Kohls yesterday and looked for shoes as well as little girl clothes. We had a ball looking around and here are Baby Girl Charlton's 1st official outffits compliments of Grandma Puccia.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Video Catch Up

I have been taking videos here and there this fall, but I haven't had the time to upload them, so here are a few!

Roland swam with Seth for our last Parent/Tot Swim Class this past week. Thank goodness, because I wasn't looking or feeling very pretty in a swim suit. Seth loved swimming with his Daddy!

Roland took Seth to the Halloween party at Kidnastics on Friday night and he had a blast!

What did we do before videos? Seth loves to watch these all the time and relive his memories!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Girls Night

Tonight is Girls Night out and the first with my little girl in tow. We are headed to the haunted house in Sackets (9 of us) and then dinner at the Boathouse (10 of us). I'm sure there will be stories to share of my mom peeing her pants in the haunted house and all of us linked together walking through the dark hallways.

Also, FYI my good good friend Kristen's hubs comes home today, actually she emailed to say that the welcome home ceremony is at 1:30pm. I am so flippin' excited for her! He has been gone for 14 months!

DSS Call

Seth's latest "thing" is to say prayers before dinner. He secretly just enjoys the AMEN at the end, but he has learned a couple of prayers now and he loves the whole process of holding hands and such. So we taught him a traditional prayer and then a less traditional prayer that I actually remember saying in Catholic school back in the day.

So the less traditional prayer that he was taught was... "Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub, yah God!" He knows it by heart and recites it anytime possible.

Last night after we are done, he says to us, let me make a prayer up. This was his orginal prayer:

Rub a dub dub, thanks for my friends, yah beer! NO LIE!

If this isn't a DSS call I don't know what is! YIKES & PRICELESS!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Big Mouth

Do you ever feel like you have a big mouth from time to time? I think we all do. We regret things said in the heat of the moment or look back and think that we should have been more thoughtful and thought before we spoke. Well, I learned a lesson today in thinking before speaking and that everyone is different in terms of how they respond or react to other peoples opinions. Friends who you thought you could say anything to, maybe you just can't. So in the future I will be more careful and less open with people. I tend to ramble on and run at the mouth when I feel comfortable with someone, but life is changing and I will adjust to that. Ro will just be stuck listening to me good and bad! For better or for worse right???!!! :)

Belated Appleumpkin Fest Pics

On Saturday we went to the Appleumpkin Fest at the library for the first time with some friends and Seth had a lot of fun. Check out the pics...

Trying out for the coloring contest!Musical Chairs
Face Painting A little crafty time making a scarecrow!

We had a great morning of fall fun and then we walked down for some pizza at Cam's on the square. All in all it was a great day with friends!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


We can finally say that we have officially started our renovations. Right now we are patiently waiting for the concrete to dry and set so that the men can really start working and making progress next week. All of the materials have been ordered, the new carpet has been picked out and the installation date has been set. Even as a side project, Roland has gotten the closet framed up and the doors on it in the babies room. We now need to hang the drywall and our little girls room will start to take shape. This picture probably doesn't mean much to most of you, but to us it means that the floor won't sink in our brand new family room!

Monday, October 20, 2008


FYI- My feet grew a little bit after I had Seth, but not enough to have to go out and buy all new shoes. This time around I have three pairs of dress shoes that fit for work right now and the rest are tight tight tight. On one hand I love the thought of buying all new shoes for work, but on the other hand I don't want to be spending the money right now on top of all the other things that we need for the house and for the little girl. So I'm going to tough it out and rotate my three pairs of shoes until Christmas when I can buy some new ones. Oh, the trials and tribulations of motherhood. hahaha!

It's a START

The holes are dug and are ready for the concrete today! By this time next week we should see some actual progress and I'll have tons and tons of pics along the way!
Roland also started the babies closet this weekend, but I need to take a pic of that progress tonight. There is work going on in all parts of our house and we are very excited about it all! Stay tuned...

Friday, October 17, 2008


Here is proof that Seth is already taking care of his little sister. He literally takes this doll all over the house with him and sleeps with her. This morning he had a fit because he hadn't kissed her good-bye.

Don't you just love the hair on the doll? So funny!

Have a great weekend! We are off to do a little baby girl shopping, eat some much craved Chinese food, check out something called an Appleumpkin Festival and have friends for dinner.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


I am lucky for many reasons, but take a look at these pictures and tell me you wouldn't feel blessed!Looking at these pictures makes any stress I am feeling just disappear!

**Just a couple of side Seth stories to tell...
Ever since Seth learned that he will have a sister he has pretended that his Cabbage Patch doll is his sister and he carries her around with him everywhere. She has to be fed and she HAS to have a blanket around her. He is very particular about that. He even slept with her last night.

Also, Roland took Seth with him to Rotary this morning and I guess there were many priceless moments. Seth had to stand on his chair and he was welcomed by the whole room as well as paying a "Happy Dollar" to announce that he was going to have a sister. I guess he was a hit and everyone loved him! Ro should keep bringing him around town with him, it's good PR for him!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Our Weekend in Pictures

This past weekend was amazing. We did just about everything fallish that you can do in one weekend and I have tons and tons of pictures to show for it.On Saturday we went to The Backyard Farmer with Jacob and some other friends. We rode on just about every kiddie ride, had a snack and jumped into some hay stacks.On Sunday we picked apples in Mexico with the family and then had a fall cookout at the beach on the way home. Seth was in his glory!
On Monday we made three batches of apple crisp with all of our freshly picked apples and then we went to Old Mcdonald's Farm one last time for the season.
The corn maze for SO much fun this year and Seth ran in and out of the stalks like a pro. It was a truly amazing weekend and I can't wait for another, only two days until Friday. YIPPEEE!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

It's Official

We went for our ultrasound this morning and it's official...we will be adding a little girl or as Seth says "a little dirly!" to our family. We are thrilled that she will enter our lives and that she is growing so well. I'll scan and upload the ultrasound pictures tomorrow when I go back to work!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Don't Forget to Say Grace!

Seth's newest obbsession is saying grace before every meal. He loves it and has learned 2 different prayers; one traditional and one I learned (believe it or not) at Catholic School as a kid. He's too funny so we thought you'd all like to check it out!

What talent!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Happy Happy...

Happy Birthday Poppy AKA Tommy!
See you tonight to celebrate!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

2 Types of People

I have come to the conclusion that there are 2 types of people in the world; the organized planners and the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants non planners. If you know me AT ALL then you know that I am highly organized, with lists and bins throughout my house. At this moment I have a list going for Thanksgiving dinner, who to shop for for Christmas, who to order Christmas pictures for, who to make Christmas ornaments for and what I still need to get in terms of supplies for the baby. See, very very organized and anal you might say!

Now on the other side of the coin you have the types of people who drive me crazy. The type of people who don't return phone calls, emails, texts and who don't show up when they say they are going to. Seriously, this makes me want to scream and shake them! Today, this was our contractor and he got a firm phone call from the hubs after I had nearly given up entirely. So, what does he do, he's too scared to call Ro back so he calls me and I was so proud of myself. I firmly told him how it was going to be or else he was going to lose a job that was going to make him thousands of dollars. I came right out and said, "I know that contractors are of a different breed, a breed in which time has no importance, BUT I am a teacher and I run my life on a schedule, I need to know for DEFINATE when you are starting or else we will find someone else who wants the job!" All I have to say is yah for me!

Now we just need to wait and see if he follows through. So, if you are a non planner, god love you, but I could never live my life that way in a million years.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Diary of a Pregnant Woman

Dear Diary,

Just when I thought I was officially over the sickies, they have returned. They did give me a two to three week reprieve so that has made me happy, but they are back. I have also reverted to falling asleep by 9:20pm. I think that is due to the fact that I can exercise now though. YIPPEEE! Seth and I have been walking everyday after school and that makes me feel worlds better. Just the fresh air and a little sweat perks me right up. We finally cleared out the babies room too. We sold the loveseat that was in there as well as the queen bed set. Now we just need to move the treadmill over to our room and it will be a baby zone! I go for my ultrasound next week and then the real planning can begin or should I say shopping! I'm off to swim class with Seth for now and that is a scary sight. Until next week...


Roland finished reconfiguring the deck as much as he can until the addition is done. He boxed in where the steps used to be.

After that he boxed in the crawl space under the breakfast nook. He decided to do that after an early morning skunk spraying outside our house scared me into thinking that a family of skunks was going to move into the underneath part of the house where there is no cellar. That is all taken care of so I can rest easy.

Tonight we have swim class followed by the Rotary Spaghetti Dinner. My grandparents are coming down to join us for class and dinner. It should be a fun night!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

My Prediction

Throughout this entire pregnancy (18 weeks) I have had no idea what I might be carrying, no inclination at all. Yesterday I looked at myself in the mirror and I finally have a prediction...I think it's a boy. Looking at myself and how my body has changed looks similar to when I carried Seth. So that is my prediction and hopefully a week from today we will know for certain. Stay tuned!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Ithaca IS Gorges

I can now say that the saying on the t-shirts is totally correct it is completely gorgeous and we had the best time walking along it. Here are some pics from our day in Ithaca and a play by play of the day itself...

We went down a TON of stairs and going back up was a chore for me since I am out of shape right now, but it felt wonderful to be outside in the fresh air.

Looking over the suspension bridge was very interesting. I don't think Ro could have done it, since he is very afraid of heights.
This is how far down the water is from the bridge.The Suspension Bridge
So our day consisted of eating at my favorite pizza place (buffalo chicken pizza), shopping, walking walking walking, shopping some more, walking more, shopping more and eating dinner to wrap up the day. It was GREAT!
Thanks Justin for a WONDERFUL Day!
In the spirit of not stressing, Roland decided to get a head start on the contractors this weekend by reconfiguring our decks floor plan himself. Half of our orginal deck will now hold the new family room, but the remainder will still hold the grill and deck toys so he needed to change where the steps were. Roland LOVES projects so he was right on top of it this weekend. Here are some pics of his progress so far. The steps he made are temporary until the addition is done and we know exactly how wide we are able to make them. It was so sad for us both to take the deck apart though, it was the first investment we made in the house when we bought it 6 years ago! Now we are on to bigger and better things! Stay tuned...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Excitement Turns to Stress

I told myself that I wasn't going to get stressed during this renovation process, BUT I am the type of person who sets dates and follows through with what I set. Contractors are not the same breed and it drives me mad! Our contractor called this week and said he was going to start on Tuesday or Wednesday. We were thrilled and made sure everything was ready. Well, it is Thursday night and two phone calls later they will now be starting sometime next week. AHHH! I think I am more frustrated because I want this whole process done before Thanksgiving week because we are the hosts and I want the house to be in ship shape. I guess I just have to come to the conclusion that there is nothing I can do, my hands are tied and I have to wait it out. Well, easier said then done, but I will try my hardest. So there is my rant for the evening I am feeling a little better getting it off my chest. For now...

Stay tuned!

PS- If anyone is looking for a queen mattress, boxspring and bed set we have one for sale. It was sold but the people just backed out. Another set back that added to my stress today!

Big Changes on the Horizon

Not only our family, BUT our house is in for some major upgrades and changes in the next month and we are extremely excited and anxious! We have decided to take the plunge, stay in our house, add on a family room off the back of the house and have the house sided! Oh, then a few months later we thought we would have a baby!

AHHH, are we crazy? No this is just our normal way of life. I think we thrive on the busyness and the chaos from time to time. Anyhow, in preparation for the addition, we sadly have to lose half of our deck in the process so Roland took the railings off and this is what it looks like currently.

The contractors are supposed to start this week, but we have had SO MUCH rain that it has delayed them in pouring the concrete for the footers. I am very hopeful that they start today. Once they get started, the footers have the set for one to two weeks and then they will come back and get right to work on our addition and siding. That is when the real excitement begins and I will be sure to take tons of pics to update you all!

In other news, the rain has put such a damper on any plans that we had for this week. So it has been pretty routine. We went to swim class, (it is not pretty trying to squeeze into my suit anymore!) and tonight we are headed to Pierrepont Manor to get Seth's pics taken. It has been two years since we last did it, so he is due and we can't wait to see the outcome.

I am also headed to Ithaca with my mom on Saturday to spend the day with my brother. Seth and Roland are going to stay home and have a guys day!

That's about it for now...