Friday, December 31, 2010


We hardly knew ya!
I missed my blog anniversary, yet again.
I always think it is New Year's Eve, but it's a few days before.
Thank you to all of you that stop and take a moment out of your day to come see what's up here at Upper Pond. Your comments and support make my day. My best to you and your families for a wonderful 2011!
Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

5 things...

It's finally quiet here at Upper Pond. We celebrated our second Christmas today and are done with presents and eating. I don't want to cook for a long while. My boys may not see another cookie in their lunch until February, seeing as if that is how long it will get my baking mojo back.
We are busy enjoying the holiday week off of school. Skiing has been our favorite activity, followed by the new xBox and accompanying games. Not sure if books have been picked up as a go-to activity around here.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

1. It's called a Snow Angel...and believe me that name is pure deception. With seven shots of alcohol, it's the devil in disguise.
2. We are lucky to have grandparents close by. It helped make the celebration that much more special.
3. Buddy ate the gravy, which led to some gas, which led to Matt having fun. Poor Buddy.
On a sidenote: one of the most favorite things to happen on Christmas was catching Matt singing in church. I had to peek out of the corner of my eye to catch it. But he was there and it was good.
4. Ryan leaned over to me at church and told me how wonderful if all was (favorite thing #2). Maybe we should show up more often. We have, regrettably, fallen into the Lily and pointsettia club.
5. This was a transition year for us. We still honored many of our old Santa traditions, without much spirit. We are all trying to find our way in the new traditions. I think this might take a few years. Growing pains for all of us.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!


Hoping to catch up with you all soon.
Enjoy your family and friends
and I will see you all in the New Year.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

5 Things...Which I Love

It's almost here. Less than two weeks away. I had to take several deep breaths today, to remind myself that it always gets done. Still...crazy times. I have to admit, I don't miss the school parties at the elementary school. That just added a whole new level of craziness into the mix. Enjoy the last days of preparation!
1. The boys. They are having fun this holiday. Both boys are making extra special gifts to give, having decided that Christmas can be quite expensive and that their wallets are a bit empty. Both projects fit the boys' personality to at T.
2. Our tree. It's big and fat and there won't be a needle left by Christmas day. That's's beautiful. Oh, and a string of lights has already died on it.
3. Shopping. Believe it or not, I really enjoyed the whole process this year. I like what I bought everyone and each gift fits each individual perfectly!
4. The snow. It has fallen a lot this December. It's light and fluffy and easy to move. The bone chilling temperatures makes the snow sparkle and crunch. We have skied and sledded more than any other December that I can remember.
5. The lights. I love driving around looking at all the lights. We live in a town where most of the lights are white. But, it's fun to drive to different parts of the city and view the extravaganza! So fun, so bright and so creative!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Snow Day!

Lake Effect snow has set up over our part of the country. It has been snowing for 90+ hours. We have about three feet of snow in our yard. The weather forecast says more for tonight and a possibility of a Nor'easter for Sunday.
Bring it on!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

5 things...

I'm here...just busy. Like we all are. The lake effect snow machine has settled right on top of our house (or so it seems) and we've been getting dumped on for the last few days. We still have school, and the roads are drivable, which is a good thing.

1. My camera charger has been missing for the last few days. Enjoy the Christmases of years'past.
2. Our tree is up, and mostly decorated. But there is much more to do. Hopefully, it will be finished tonight.
3. I'm slowly listening to more Christmas music. It's like chocolate...too much of a good thing, can be too much.
4. I loved this red coat. I know, a totally random thought. But, as I look at this picture, I remember all the great places I wore it while skiing. Memories made!
Check out the face on forward to today and it's still pretty much the same :)

5. Remember to have fun with your little ones. It's different this year.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cobblestone: Fini!

Made with love for our fifteenth wedding anniversary.
Cobblestone is a great pattern. I love that there are only two underarm seams to stitch up.
The short rows are well thought out. However, I am not a short row fan. I don't know why, but they caused me hours of frustration, leading me to rip out the garter stitch yoke more than once. If you look closely (please don't) you will see where I just finally just let it go.
I love it and so does Andy.
M-03 Grey Heather
size six needles

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Matt discovered a picture of me yesterday. It was taken when I was in college. At the ripe old age of nineteen. Nineteen! I had just pledged into my sorority and I was about a month away from meeting Andy. I had long hair, which was pulled back in barrettes and wore a turtleneck and sweater combo. I told Matt that his father knew me when I looked liked that. "Really?" was all I got out of him. I have to sorta agree with Matt...I needed a fashion make-over bad! But, all and all it worked for both of us and tonight, almost thirty years later we are celebrating Andy's last year in his forties!
Happy Birthday Andy! We are going to have one heck of a party next year!