Monthly Archives: April 2011

happy easter

Happy Easter from Buoy!

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the baby questions

We’ve gotten all the questions:

When are you due?

  • End of August (yes, it will be a long, hot summer, thanks for reminding me!)

How far along are you? (people can’t do math!)

  • 5 months (On Sunday!), 4 to go.

How are you feeling?

  • Great and very very lucky for that!

Are you going to find out the gender?

  • Yes, we did a few weeks ago, it’s a BOY!

Have you started on the nursery?

  • Umm nope, lots of ideas but nothing started just yet, slackers.

Do you have names picked out?!

  • Not yet, we have a few, but even when we decide – we aren’t telling people.

And the questions stop.

Yeah, we aren’t sharing our baby names. We ‘ruined’ the surprise of the gender, so we want to keep something a mystery. We also want to keep the name out of the top 100 baby names, preferably out of the top 200 … we aren’t looking for anything too crazy like Sunshine or Apple or the like — but something unique. Our last name is pretty basic so our baby needs a little pizazz! We’ve been spending a LOT of time on the Social Security website — http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/ — it’s AWESOME! Enjoy wasting your afternoon there.

Edited to add: Do you have any real pregnancy questions for me? I am in no way shape or form an expert and have done little in terms of research etc, but if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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Eight minutes

I won’t get ahead of myself and say this happens every night but we do try to do it most week nights before bed and are trying to get better at it … get your minds out of the gutter … I’m talking about tidying up our house.

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Here’s the plan:
1) Choose three songs and make a playlist or open the Pandora app on one of our iPhones
2) Set timer on the other phone for 8 minutes
3) Get busy
Again people, with your dirty minds …
Here are some of the things we get busy doing:
Dishes (ugh – see above photo)
Hang up jackets
Move work bags to the right spot (from where they were dropped like a bad habit in the entry way)
Change over a load of laundry or bring load up to the bedroom for folding
Organize the mail: recycle – bills – fun things
Clean the counters
Put away random things that have made their way out of their homes
Bring out trash
Fill up water cups to bring up stairs (I drink so much water these days!)
So that’s what we do in our 8 minutes before heading upstairs to get in bed for the night … what do you think you could accomplish in 8 minutes?

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Want to feel …

… Inspired?

Take a minute to read this article and watch this video on a good family friend who had a tragic biking accident 5 years ago. He was temporarily paralyzed and remains mostly blind to this day. He ran the Boston Marathon for the 3rd time yesterday. Yeah, that’s 26.2 miles without being able to see.

Will McNamara – Doctor & Blind Patient Run Marathon Together

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If that didn’t do it for you, here’s another link to a video from the day after the Virginia Tech Massacre in April of 2007.  32 lives were tragically lost that day.  My husband is a 2004 graduate of Tech and I’ve been to visit the campus a few times. We were scheduled to visit campus the weekend after the tragedy for their Spring football game – instead we spent the weekend at a local lake with all of Greg’s college friends – it was one of the first times I felt like a real Hokie — and I’m proud to say I am one, at least an honorary one.  {{neVer forgeT – 4/16/07}}

We are Virginia Tech – We will prevail.

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spring time engagement

It’s just about 2 years ago right now that we took our engagement pictures. We had already been engaged for almost a year and had 8 months to go. Our amazing photographers, Mike & Kate of MKDPhotography, took these on the water right where we were living at the time. Though it looks like a sunny day – the wind was a blowing and the skies were kinda grey, typical spring in Boston – you never know what you’re gonna get.

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And my comments from the above photos:

1) This is the perfect “parent” engagement photo – it’s a great straight forward shot of us. MKD did a great job of catching a few “typical” shots among their other amaaazing photos!

2) We literally climbed through some ridiculous things to get to this location but they saw the “wheat grass” and had a vision and it turned out amazing! Love it!

3) Love the angle of this one – love the foot lift, love the location – I used to do sprints up and down that dock. This was a better reason to be there!

4) This is one of my favorite photos of me ever taken. Love it.

5) Love the way he is looking at me.

6) Check out Greg’s face. I also love it when he looks at me like that! I think his exact words after this photo were “what the heck are you doing?”

PS – I got my hair colored the day before and styled it for like an hour and a half. I also had my make up done at a department store that morning – so worth it!

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lyric love

As is clearly shown by my blog title, I love song lyrics. Moments Pass Slow is a line of the chorus of our song: My Wish by Rascal Flatts. We danced to this song as our first dance as husband and wife. It has been our song since about a month into dating. We had just had dinner with my family for my sister’s birthday and we were driving toward the highway to our two separate homes in our two separate cars when my cell phone rang and it was Greg. He told me to pull over into the gas station before getting on the highway. When we got there he jumped out of his car and ran over to mine to hand me a CD – the (then) new Rascal Flatts CD, Me and My Gang. He said “song number 5, just listen to it, it’s amazing.” And I did, and I giggled and smiled and maybe got a little weepy – but since then it’s been our song. (cheeeeeesey!)

My Wish – Rascal Flatts

if it’s cold outside,
show the world the warmth of your smile

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
your dreams stay big, your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
and while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
and you help somebody every chance you get,

while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too


I would never change what song we had our first dance to, but some other songs that have come out recently would be amazing first dance songs for some other happy and in love bride and groom. Here are some of my favorite lyrics from two of my new favorite songs:

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Marry Me – Train

Forever can never be long enough for me
To feel like I’ve had long enough with you
Forget the world now we won’t let them see
But there’s one thing left to do

Together can never be close enough for me
To feel like I am close enough to you
You wear white and I’ll wear out the words I love
And you’re beautiful
Now that the wait is over
And love and has finally shown her my way
Marry me
Today and every day

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Without You – Keith Urban

I’ve loved you since the very first day
When I caught you looking my way
A smile and just knew it.

And people that I barely knew, love me ‘cos I’m part of you

Man I start to figure
How two souls can be, miles from one another
But still you and me, have somehow found each other.

Without you I’d survive, but I’d have to have a notion
That I could live this life, just going through the motions

This life, this love that you and I have been building up so high
It’s never gonna touch the sky, without you.

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What was your first dance song with your husband? Or what is your dream song if you haven’t had your wedding yet?

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shelf help

So I need some shelf help — no, not self-help, well maybe a little of that too — but for now I’m talking about shelves … let me give you a quick tour of our entry way. When you walk into our house you use a side door, not the front door as this is the door that is connected directly to the driveway. I believe that it used to be a “breezeway” but the lovely people who owned the house before us decided to put the most awesome addition of a family room/sunroom/entryway. So this is the view when you walk up three little stairs to get into the house:


Above: Amazing kitchen to your right, big closet to the left, gloriously sunny family room in front of you.

Here I am standing at the refrigerator looking back towards that entrance … do you see them? the empty shelves?! Also note on the right hand side is the big closet I mentioned — it’s huge, and 3/4 empty itself.  (PS there’s my old car, Hi Jetta! I kinda miss you but my Rogue is way cooler and bigger then you were!)

Hopefully this photos shows you a little more of the awkwardness. As you can see Greg and I usually drop our work bags/purse here or on the chair. We use the chair to tie shoes which are usually on this rug and we have a pretty little tray for keys, garage door opener, sunglasses on the top of the shelves.

Here is my dilemma – the shelves are so short! Not in height, but in depth. They are less than 6 inches, so no books fit in them, nor pretty much anything else we have tried to put on them (picture frames are too low for the eye to see … and vases are the only other thing I can think of that we really tried.) We could definitely do some sort of “collection” here, but I *hate* clutter. Hate it. And with a baby on the way – what is the point of putting knick-knacks on a shelf for him to crawl towards and swallow.

So what say you people? What would YOU put on these terribly awkward shelves? Or are they not as awk as I think they are and I should just leave them empty? Any and all suggestions welcome!!

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