Friday, December 31, 2010

Is it 2011 yet?

2010 was a great year for us. January-November 2010 that is. December 2010 has not been so fun. I don't mean to go all drama but it has been a rough month. It started with crazy busy times for both of us at work for the first part of the month which left us struggling to get ready for the holidays. And then as of Christmas Eve, Emma has been sick. Granted it's just a cold and could be something much worse but it's been miserable.

When she started showing symptoms I thought to myself oh it's just a little cold, will probably be a rough few days... I did not anticipate 7 days of misery. I honestly feel like this last week has been worse than when she was a newborn. There have been many tears at our house this week and not all from the little miss. Today it seems like she has finally turned the corner so I have to be thankful for that and remember that it could always be worse.

I'm still hoping to document some of our first Christmas together - both the weeks leading up and the actual holiday. She was loved on and received so many special gifts that I just want to remember forever. I've also been remembering that I need to write out her birth story because holy crap she's four months old now.

So here's to 2011 and a wonderful year. I just received some exciting news from a dear friend and cannot be more happy - it truly made my morning. 2011 is going to be a great year for so many special people in our lives and I hope for us too. And in the grand scheme of things, I did get to spend a week holding this little one in my arms so maybe it wasn't such a bad week after all...

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Best Gift

It's 8 days until Christmas. If you're buying a present for me - good luck, you are going to have a hard time topping the one that we received this week.

When we put up our tree a few weeks back Larry commented on how he couldn't wait to have ornaments from Emma on our tree. I scoffed and said I didn't want any flimsy handmade paper ornaments on my tree.


But boy oh boy did I melt when Emma came home from daycare on Wednesday with this one. If you can't tell, that is her hands for the antlers and her foot for the head... not surprisingly I was told she squirmed the entire time they were trying to trace her.

I love it so much that I find myself staring at it. I love how it will always represent how tiny she was on her first Christmas and how excited we are to celebrate as a family.

If you are receiving a gift from me, good luck to you as well - I haven't started our shopping!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Somebody has a case of the Mondays...

Tonight I could write about how I had a fabulous weekend... decorated for christmas... got our first tree... got to nap with the little love bug on my chest... put together our adorable christmas cards... spent time with family and friends...

But no, because tonight I am doing work. For the second consecutive work night (which yes means that I did work on Friday night). I somehow slipped right back into the craziness that was work before my maternity leave. and it sucks hardcore.

So tonight, enjoy this lovely piece from Glamour -

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Weekend Coma

It's Tuesday and I'm still in a weekend coma. Having a 4 and half day weekend is amazing until you have to follow it up up with a 5 day work week.... ughhh.

Our long weekend was wonderfully amazing. We spent lots of time with friends and family on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The only store we hit up on Black Friday was Home Depot - becuase yes we are officially loser homeowners who would rather buy things for the house than for ourselves. Friday and Saturday Emma and I spent some time shopping for Christmas decorations which was fun. As usual she slept through both trips.



Don't worry, Emma. Home Depot bores the Momma too :)


Yesterday was hard to get back to work and reality (but isn't it always). I managed to spend some time participating in that certain online shopping day that I refuse to call by the name because I think it sounds creepy. Again, nothing for myself but a stocking for Emma and a tree skirt for our very first tree! And we ordered our very first christmas cards - which was very exciting. I had originally planned to wait until this weekend because Emma is having a photo sesh with Brooke on Friday but couldn't pass up the deal to save 20 bucks yesterday. Since I have other photo projects planned and I can never have enough pictures of our little lady, we'll still see what we can get.

So since I'm still in a coma like state, I'll choose to think about all the good things to come this weekend to help me get through this week. Friday is going to be a Daddy/Emma day because daycare is closed so he'll be taking the day off to spend with her (although I will be working from home). Sunday is the big day for picking out our first tree - looking forward to starting new traditions there.

And of course, always hoping to get in some quality time with my loves... preferrably doing a lot of this... 2/3 of ciccarelli family nap time :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Turkey Day 2K10

There was so.so.so much to be thankful for this year on Thanksgiving. I know that soon it will begin to feel like we never had any holidays without her, but for now it's fun to mark each new holiday as a special day for our family.

Emma fit right into our traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the diner. Here she is posing with the annual pineapple turkey. She was very confused by it, but we assured her that it was OK to touch it and sit for a photo-op.


Although this will be her first and last turkey day without partaking in the deliciousness of food, I don't think she minded that much since she seemed to enjoy her meals yesterday. Larry wanted to put some gravy on her lips and I wouldn't let him, but I really don't think she would have preferred it over the wonderful contents of that bottle that she loves so much.


However, I do think that she did miss you on the deliciousness of the dessert I prepared this year. An old favorite of Larry's which I have recently learned how to make - Tollhouse Cookie Pie. And because frozen pie crusts are sold in packs of two, we'll be enjoying a second pie all weekend long, yum :)


Toll House Cookie Pie Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 325° F.

BEAT eggs in large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy. Beat in flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat in butter. Stir in morsels. Spoon into pie shell.

BAKE for 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. We love to serve with vanilla ice cream although the recipe suggests whipped cream

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Three Months

Dear Emma,

It's hard to believe you are already a quarter of a year old. We have enjoyed every single moment with you of these last 3 months and as always we can't wait to see what is coming next.

The end of this month was a hard one for me because I had to give up our oh so sweet time together and go back to work. Before this month, I had never spent more than an hour or so away from you so it was a big change for me to have to go without seeing you for 10 hours a day. But because I don't spend the weekdays alone with you anymore, it makes all of our time together so much more special.

Right now, your daddy and I are loving your bedtime/wake up routine. You take your bedtime bottle between 8:30-9 and the three of us will go up into your bedroom to feed you. We take turns holding you in the rocker and watching those little eyes flutter shut as you fight to stay awake. You still love to be swaddled up like a little burrito so we wrap you up tight and put lay you down in your crib. Lots of good night kisses and smiles (from both you and us) and you're off to sleep. You don't fuss at all and by the time we are back downstairs looking at the monitor you are fast asleep.

I have to say my favorite is when you wake up in the morning. I hear and see you toss and turn a little on the monitor around 6:30. You aren't quite awake but your legs somehow are moving and are up in the air. When we peer over the crib to pick you up, those big blue eyes pop open and you give us the biggest smile. It is my favorite part of the day. Daddy is trying to teach you the value of sleeping in on the weekends, but if you make it to 7 on those days, I'm still happy to run upstairs to get to see you.

But the smiles don't end there, they last all day. You are such a happy little lady. You smile and laugh the most in the morning (proving you are a morning person like your momma) but its not hard to get you to smile anymore which is just the best thing. You will smile freely at whoever is holding you or feeding you. Although you do love your family and friends, sometimes you reserve your biggest smiles for your friend the ceiling fan. You can lay on your back for almost an hour just belly laughing and kicking your legs in excitement over the fan. It's really hysterical to watch and makes us smile to see you so happy.

Next month is going to be a big one with the holidays and we can't wait to spend them with you. As always, we are only expecting to love each day with you more and more.

Love,
Momma


Emma, 3 months

Monday, November 22, 2010

Another Reason To Love the iPhone

The best thing about returning to work last week was that I found out that we are working with a new company - Field Agent. Basically it's an iphone app that pays you to shop. I love the idea because I work in shopper marketing and am constantly driving to stores to take pictures or check in on promotions that we are running. I love the idea even more because now it's making me money.

So how it works is basically that you log in and it gives you a list of available "jobs". As a reward for completing these, you receive a payout of a few bucks. So far the ones I've seen are pretty much to go to a store (like a grocery store or walmart) and count the number of products available or check to see if a price is listed. For example, one job was to count the number of coffee products from a particular brand, check to see if there were sale prices listed and take a picture - to do this resulted in me earning $4.50. Another job asked me to take count the number of a packages particular kind of cheese for $3.50. The thing is pretty cool and easy to use - the GPS tracks you so that they know you are in the specified desired location and each job takes minutes to complete. You can request your money anytime through Paypal for an instant payout. Want more info? Check out their website - http://fieldagent.net/

Since downloading the app last Monday, I earned $65 bucks. OK so I did complete 17 jobs but I didn't really go out of my way. I went to stores near my home and work and stores in between those two. I may have gone a different route to get from home to work but the opportunity cost wasn't extreme. A few minutes in each store was all it took to complete the task - and because I was completing the same job in multiple locations, I got pretty quick at completing the task. I figure I won't always make this much money every week, mainly last week I was excited about the concept and wanted to try it out. But if I could make a few bucks a week that would be great. My only regret? Not knowing about this while I had endless amounts of free time over a 12 week maternity leave...grrrr

Friday, November 19, 2010

Look What I Found?

It was only a matter of time... Strangely she will only attempt to get the right one in there. And she hasn't quite figured out that she can't get all 5 fingers in at once.

Absolutely obsessed with these two pictures from the wonderful Brooke Allison... they got me through this week!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Struggling but Surviving

It's my new motto.... because I'm struggling. All in all the last 3 days haven't been terrible but I can't say I've enjoyed them. The good news is that the little lady seems completely unphased. Day 1 was hard. There were tears when Larry left the house... when I left the house... when I became reacquainted with I-95 traffic... when I got to my desk... when I called home... when I called home again...... :( I busted my ass to get home to see Emma and she was sleeping. And proceeded to sleep for another 75 minutes. Needless to say, there were no tears on her part. And on the second day when she was totally unintersted in me feeding her her morning bottle because she only wanted to smile at my mom, I took it as a sign to leave. I know she's already enjoying her special time with her G-ma and I'm also quite sure the feeling is mutual.

First day welcome home love notes... found atop a sleeping baby

Today was the first day of daycare and it started out like a shit-show. As much as I prepped the night before (made bottles, picked out an outfit, packed everything up), nothing went as planned in the morning. I heard Emma yack all over herself precisely as I backed out of the driveway. When we got to daycare she was soaked (and her carseat - hello first mid-week laundry emergency!). Her bottles had leaked in the car as well so it was a wet morning all around. I was so frazzled about these events that I was surprisingly OK leaving her off, a quick hug from Larry and it was on with Day 3. I only called in once mid-morning to check on her and she was doing great. It made me smile when the teachers were letting me know that they were discovering her little quirks... yes she loves laying on the changing table and smiling... yes she ALWAYS has the hiccups... and yes unfortunately for you, she is a farting machine. Pick-up was uneventful, she didn't seem that interested in seeing me and was asleep in her carseat before I pulled out of the parking lot.

my new 9-5 view

I think I can honestly say that it's already easier to be without her (although this does shock me alot). What I'm really struggling with is turning my brain back from baby to corporate. My coworkers have been nothing short of wonderful but when I sit at my computer, I'm just in a fog. Simple tasks that I could have done in my sleep 3 months ago give me an anxiety attack at the thought of starting. My very sweet boss let me know today that I may never be at my 100% working ability again and that is OK, we should just aim for as much as I can get to. I know it will take time but it's frustrating and overwhelming.

love my co-workers!

Thank you so much to the many sweet words of encouragement from friends and family. Little messages helped me get through the first few minutes, hours and days and I am always so grateful for the love. Already looking forward to the weekend and holiday next week for some much needed qt with my little family unit of 3 :)


Monday, November 15, 2010

Back to Work, Back to Reality...

Today marks the end of my 12 week maternity leave. While I was ridiculously fortunate to have all of that time off (and even more ridiculously fortunate for a husband who was willing to support my decision to stay home for some of that time unpaid), I am still dreading going back. I've always been a part of the "work to live" not "live to work" mindset so now more than ever, I know it's something I just have to do.

I think the hardest part of going back is giving up the sole caregiver responsibilities for Emma. Even when she was waking up 2 times a night, I didn't mind because I knew there would be shared naps on the couch that afternoon. I loved planning little outings for us during the day and some days, just doing nothing together. It's going to be hard to adjust from going to spending all day with her to just a few hours a day.

On the bright side, we are lucky to have Grandma doing the nanny thing for us 2 days a week so that we only need to send Emma to daycare 3 days a week. I know Emma is going to love the special time they will have together and I'm also OK knowing that she will get to meet a new friend or two at daycare. Also on the bright side, I'm going to be working from home 1 day a week so that will make the daycare drop off/pick up dance a little less rushed and I'll also be able to sneak in a little love session with the little lady during lunch. I am already soooo looking forward to that :)

I can't forget to mention that I had a lovely send-off to the maternity leave. We spent last Thursday with my mom and sister doing some shopping and then Friday Larry took the day off of work so we were able to spend some time together as a family, including taking Emma to her first trip to Pepe's Pizza. As usual, she slept through the big event (adding yet another picture to our collection of "Pictures I took of Emma while she was sleeping while we attempted to do something fun together".

mmm pizza!

So think of me today as I rejoin the real world. I've dusted off my laptop, begrudgingly switched out the yoga pants for jeans and have my framed picture of Emma all ready for my desk... today I become a working mom.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fashion Fauz-Paws?

We woke up Monday morning to a good old "wintery mix" in CT. Rain, snow, and hail... the gang was all there. Instead of running errands as planned with Emma, we decided to hibernate on the couch together for the day. When I went to look for some comfy pj's for the little lady I pulled out this little number...

We've been big fans of the outfits that have little mitten type hand coverings so that Emma doesn't scratch herself in the face but this is the only outfit we have for her that has mitten type foot coverings. I don't really get it but its really warm and fuzzy and one of the only things she owns that isn't pink.

As the day went on and Emma was trying to stand, I realized that her feet looked more like hooves. Don't worry Emma, I won't call the fashion police on you :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Emma's Day With the Girls

A few weekends ago, Emma and I packed up and headed out for a girls day with the Bentley ladies.

We got to visit and catch up and watch Allison's wedding video (after some creative thinking of tv watching...)

and made our first trip to the winery in CT...


which was really quite lovely, especially because there were drinks for both mommy and baby!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Moving on Up

Since Emma has been sleeping for the night for a little while, we decided that she was ready to start sleeping in her own room upstairs in her master suite. When she was first born, she has the pleasure of rooming with us in our room (and a few weeks later in the spare bedroom so that she could be close but also let us get back to being just us at night). She slept in the adorable bassinet which was also the first home to her other little cousins.

Looking so tiny in here!

And I'm happy to report that she is doing just fine up in her crib (with a little help of a princess chandelier nightlight and a baby monitor) in the master suite. Still sleeping through the night and no issues in her new digs...


Although I must admit it took awhile to get used to and I do find myself staring at the monitor when she goes down at night. But as a part of letting go, I do turn off the video so I can just hear her.... which she does make perfectly sure of when she still manages to make enough noise to wake me up when she is ready to :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Still Holding On

So it's officially fall. Larry caved and turned the heat on (although only for a few minutes), I've actually put the flip flops away and put on closed toe shoes, and it's dark after 6. So what the hell is this little beauty doing holding on outside our house for?

On the bright side, spring is only 5 months away, not that I'm counting or anything :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Emma's First Halloween

Emma's first Halloween: a summary in pictures

I went to my daddy's work for a party...

So much candy...

Mommy and Daddy were overachiever first time parents and carved me a pumpkin...
Posing with my pumpkin...

Can't wait until next year when we'll get to try out trick or treating :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

It's All About the Costume

Since the little one isn't really going to really understand her first halloween, I knew we would want to dress her up but weren't going to go crazy. A quick glance online at some $50+ baby costumes was a little concerning but luckily we were able to find something cute and cheap at Target.

But I just had to laugh at some of these pictures I'd seen on a few of the parenting websites, just too funny....Because I hate these in my car, I could never do this to my kid


A perfect combination costume for child and parent?


Actually not that inappropriate for farty kids


But this one just seems wrong

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pumpkin Picking 2010

Last weekend, we finally found the time to go get a pumpkin with Emma. Since she's so little we couldn't do any of the really fun activities (hay ride, petting zoo, causing general chaos by running around and jumping off of huge stacks of bales of hay) so Emma played it cool and you guessed it, slept for the first part

Since we (meaning me) wanted to take some pictures of Emma enjoying the scenery we (meaning me again against Larry's wishes) decided to wake her up for some photo ops.

Yay for posed pumpkin pictures with Mom...


and Dad


A perfect selection by Larry, and yet another use for the BOB


Oh what's this, we can get a free pumpkin?


Our guess of 8 lbs 14 oz (in honor of the chicklet's birth weight) didn't win :(


All in all we were in and out in a half hour (sans apple cider donuts might I add), didn't have any crying by Emma or anxiety attacks from the crowd by the parental units and Emma was back in the car sleeping again before we pulled out of the parking lot. Can't wait until next year when she is running around picking out her own pumpkin!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Two Months

Dear Emma,

This weekend you turned two months old. I think I will always feel this way but I cannot believe two whole months have gone by since you were born. It feels like the days fly by but at the same time, each day is so different and you seem to be doing new things all the time.

Even at two months you have such a little personality to you. You are becoming predictable in your ways and I love it. I love how when you are being fed a bottle, as soon as it hits your lips you immediately clamp your hand down onto the hand of whoever is holding the bottle. It's as if you are saying "I will not let you move this bottle from my mouth". Your little sounds are also my favorite to recognize. Of course there is the all out screaming when you're hungry but you also do the sweetest little bird squawk when you want to be held differently or paid attention to.

The best thing that happened this month was that you started to smile. At first, I tried to delude myself into thinking that your little smiles were just from gas and not real and was so happy to realize that they were smiles just for us! Sometimes you make us work hard for them but we're beginning to figure out the ways to get them. And just the other morning as I was getting you out of your crib (yes, that's new too, because you are sleeping for 7+ hours straight at night you little angel!) in the morning you stopped your fussing and looked up and flashed me that big gummy grin and I just melted. You are such a happy little girl and I think the smiles on my face and your daddy's face are just as big.

Besides smiling, your other new favorite thing to do is look.at.every.single.thing. around you. When you are awake and alert, you simply just have to be looking around. If you're not being held up and facing out, you let us know with your bird squawks. You hold you head up strong and just take everything in. You love to look at the lights and the ceiling fan and are always curiously staring at the front door although I have to constantly remind you that you are stuck with us so there is no use in waiting for someone new to come through :) You also love to be held up so you can use those ridiculously strong legs to stand up while you're doing your exploring. You're doing so much exploring lately that you are napping less during the day which is nice when we are home playing but not so fun when I'm trying to run errands or get things done around the house, but luckily you love to be carried in the baby carrier (of course only if she can see what's going on) so we're still pretty much attached at the hip these days.

Before you were born, most people told us that the first 2 months would be the hardest but looking back, I can't really say that they were that hard. I've loved every minute of being your mother and I'd have to speak for your father that he has as well so if these first 2 months were the worst, I guess the best is yet to come and I can't wait for it.

Love,
Momma


Emma, 2 months

Friday, October 22, 2010

100! - Part 4


Last, and certainly not least is the newest little Ciccarelli. It's amazing that in just 2 short months, Emma has developed so much of her own personality. It's funny to see what traits she is picking up from both of us and then the little bits and pieces that are all her!

  1. Full name is Emma Martha Ciccarelli
  2. Emma was the only name we considered for her
  3. Emma’s middle name is named for her paternal grandmother
  4. Was born 4 days late
  5. Weighed more at birth than father and two of her cousins combined
  6. Born with blue eyes
  7. Born with strawberry blond hair, not red. If you say my child has red hair, our conversation is over
  8. She yawns exactly like her daddy
  9. Has earned many of her nicknames because of her tendency to squeak like a bird
  10. Makes grunting noises for at least 5 minutes before she wakes up
  11. Farts when she is waking up (she will not like that I told people this when she is older)
  12. Loves to nap on mommy’s chest
  13. Nicknames include birdie, swaddle ninja and poopie monster
  14. Always has fuzz in between her fingers
  15. Loves music and songs, especially the made up songs sung to her by her daddy
  16. Always has the hiccups (this apparently is a continuation from being in utero)
  17. Sneezes a lot
  18. Likes it rough when being hit on the back, the harder the better
  19. Enjoys long walks with lots of bumps in the sidewalk
  20. Flexes her toes out when she is eating and curls them up when she is pooping
  21. Has a huge big toe like her father
  22. Loves to be swaddled when sleeping
  23. We knew she would be a girl when we both woke up one night after both having a dream that I was having a girl
  24. Has become the star of the family and receives all attention
  25. Is the most beautiful, perfect baby and is loved so much by her parents!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Emma's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch


We recently had the opportunity to spend some a morning playdate with Auntie Brooke at the pumpkin patch. Emma and I trailed along for a photoshoot with Julie and Lyla (check out those amazing pictures here) because I loved Silverman's so much last year when we went apple picking with the Sforzas. Brooke kept saying how much she couldn't get over that last year the four of us and been there and all of a sudden Emma was here!

I happen to share the same exact sentiment. I find myself constantly comparing any point in time to the exact time last year. Sometimes it's still hard to get over the fact that we were granted the miracle of this sweet little baby and she is all ours and will be with us forever!

More photos to come from the talented Brooke Allison since I win Mother of the Year award for plopping my newborn down on a bale of hale in the middle of the bright sun for a photo op :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

100! - Part 3


I always find interesting to find out things about couples we know. I think I enjoy finding out their quirks because I know that Larry and I share so many. So without further adeu, a glimpse into our relationship with 25 facts about us for Part 3...

  1. The first time we met, we got into a fight (over a dorm room)
  2. The second time we met, I had forgotten who he was
  3. The third time we met (having now absolutely remembered who he was), I coerced Larry into helping me move into my new dorm room (source of the fight from our first meeting)
  4. Shortly after this, I began calling Larry my boyfriend to my roommates (although this was absolutely not true)
  5. When we met I thought, Larry had a funny last name
  6. Larry “asked me out” on 2/9/03. It was after party and we were in his room eating leftover food from his roommate’s work
  7. Our first kiss was after watching top gun
  8. Our first date was to blockbuster to buy a movie (I am still confused as to why the movie was bought at Blockbuster and not rented), our second date was to Panera
  9. For our first Valentine’s day, Larry cleaned my dorm room and gave me homemade cookies from his mother. It was one of the best gifts I have ever received.
  10. When one of my friends asked my mother about Larry shortly after we starting dating, she said she didn’t think it would last
  11. Larry said I love you to me first
  12. We were engaged in Rockefeller plaza in new York city on 5/25/07
  13. The first person to congratulate us was a random security guard who watched the whole thing unfold
  14. We were married on 10/10/08
  15. If we could do it all over again, we could get married just the two of us in a private ceremony, no drama, no fuss and way less expensive
  16. We are the exact same height and Larry hates when I wear any shoes with heels
  17. We don’t buy each other gifts for holidays, anniversaries or birthdays, instead usually splurge on a nice dinner out
  18. Marli considers taking out the trash and killing bugs man tasks and won’t do either if Larry is around
  19. Our primary argument is about watching TV in bed
  20. We rarely agree on any TV show (due to the cartoons and reality TV)
  21. Larry will talk to anyone and Marli is antisocial, we both hate it about each other
  22. Larry won’t send flowers to me at work anymore because the last 2 times he has done it, I have happened to be out of the office
  23. Larry is the maker of breakfasts, handles the grilling and makes amazing milkshakes… Marli will make almost all other meals
  24. We settle all arguments with rock, paper, scissors
  25. We have our own special way of saying I love you. It is too weird to explain.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

100! - Part 2


Luckily for Larry I have no shame in posting semi-embarrassing facts about myself so here it goes, a continuation of 100 facts about us...

  1. Full name is Marlaine Michelle Ciccarelli (formerly Marlaine Michelle Milardo)
  2. My mom wanted me to be known as Marli, after a soap opera character (Another World)
  3. Born and raised in Middletown, CT on Milardo Lane
  4. My grandfather has a street named after him in Middletown
  5. I love to bake, especially cakes and cupcakes. I took a cake decorating class from adult ed and loved it
  6. Celebrity gossip is my vice. I used to be an avid reader of books when I was little but now cannot wait for the US Weekly to appear in my mailbox every week
  7. I couldn’t tie my shoes until the 4th grade. I relied mainly on Velcro and friends who would tie them for me until I stopped being lazy and wanted to learn
  8. Never broken a bone
  9. I hate to admit it but I love reality TV
  10. As a child, played soccer, softball, the flute played on a bowling league, danced, horseback riding… infamous for trying things once and then never wanting to do them again
  11. My celebrity crush is Ryan Seacrest
  12. My first concert was new kids on the block (I was in kindergarten)
  13. Getting into bed at night with fresh clean sheets is one of my favorite things in the world
  14. I tend to obsessively clean the day before I get my period
  15. I love to nap
  16. I hate my hands (looks like a child’s) and feet (ugly toes)
  17. I dislike turkey and always ate shrimp cocktail for thanksgiving dinner when I was growing up
  18. I can’t whistle
  19. I can’t snap my fingers
  20. Am one of the few people in the world who absolutely hates Lance Armstrong
  21. My first car was marlim, named for my vanity license plate (which I hated)
  22. Sunday is known to be a no shower, no bra day for me
  23. I was set a microwave meal on fire in the microwave but have since bounced back with excellent cooking abilities
  24. I got into a car accident when I was 16 in the drivers ed car on my very first lesson (not my fault)
  25. I have never drank coffee in my life and I can’t stand the smell of it

Friday, October 15, 2010

2 Years


On Sunday, we celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary. It is absolutely crazy to think that much time has passed since we were married and I wonder if I will always think that. We decided to keep the day low key since we had some things going on and also because emma=maternity leave=broke, we didn't want to make a big to do. We spent the morning outside on what ended up being a gorgeous day (must be something about this weekend because last year it was nice as well and of course 75 and sunny on our day).

Since we usually try to go out for nice dinners for our anniversaries, we decided instead to make something special at home...


Bacon wrapped scallops, steak, stuffed clams, asparagus and twice baked potatoes followed by a buttercream frosting cake... yum!

It was funny to think that we went from sitting at dinner last year talking about wanting to have a baby and wondering if we would have one at this time to this year, sitting in our own home watching little Emma sleep (who wonderfully cooperated for a nice quiet dinner) while we ate. What a difference a year makes!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

100! - Part 1

Switching it up a bit today in honor of the 100th post on this blog! Thought it would be fun to list out 100 facts about the Ciccarelli family broken up into facts about Larry, Marli, Larry and Marli and Emma.

First up is Larry. Because he would not contribute, I will not apologize for any facts that he wish weren't made public...


  1. Full name is Lawrence Anthony Ciccarelli III
  2. Larry was born January 1st 1983 weighing in at 3lbs 7 oz.
  3. Larry played soccer in Europe during high school
  4. Has been known to memorize random things like entire credit card numbers
  5. His favorite TV shows are cartoons like Family Guy and South Park
  6. He loves video games (and unfortunately is made fun of by his wife)
  7. Loves Tax, no further explanation
  8. Is afraid of heights
  9. Hates flying
  10. Gets carsick, boatsick, airsick
  11. Has gotten into two car accidents as a designated driver
  12. Only likes buttercream frosting, which luckily I am pretty awesome at making
  13. Loves Tom Cruise
  14. Once owned a Porsche
  15. Snores when overly tired or has been drinking
  16. For some reason, gets terrible breath after drinking milk
  17. Loves to drink Pepsi (see above pictures of Extreme Gulp from 7-11 that he once contemplated getting)
  18. Loves to eat bacon
  19. When concentrating really hard, sticks tongue out of mouth
  20. Favorite days are rainy days
  21. Gets red spots over his eye lids when he vomits
  22. Hates bad driving
  23. Likes to spend his birthday doing nothing
  24. Will only eat tuna fish with potato chips (and if made at home, must be washed after taken out of the can)
  25. Could be a member of best buy’s geek squad due to his infinite knowledge of technology. Unfortunately for him, many of our family and friends already know this fact and he is asked to make frequent house calls

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