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Monday, July 26, 2010


So, I posted the address of our new blog, Pastoral Pesto, but it didn't work. I fixed it, so it should now. But, just for kicks and giggles, here it is again: joelnjenny.blogspot.com

See you there!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Packing up and Moving...

So, Joel and I decided on a name and created our new blog. This will be the last post here. For further news, pictures, musings, etc, please go to:


Over a month!

This is a bit late, but I want to tell you (if there even is a you anymore as no one had any reason to believe I'd ever post again after the way I've neglected this blog) if you didn't already know, that Joel and I are the proud parents of this little girl:

Her name is Francesca Marie and she was born on June 11th after a relatively easy labor. We love her very much and think she's the cutest baby we've ever seen (without any bias, naturally). She's growing very quickly (almost 13 pounds already!) and she's even starting to sleep fairly well at night (once she finally gives up the fight and goes down).

In other news Joel and I are thinking of starting a joint blog as neither of us are any good at writing regularly enough to keep up individual ones. More info on that when we actually get around to it.

Monday, May 10, 2010

My First Mothers' Day (as a mom)

For Mothers' Day (I think it's technically Mother's Day, but I think Mothers' makes more sense...) Joel surprised me. :-) He was very sneaky and I was oblivious. He's had lots of papers to work on lately, and consequently many late nights. So, Saturday night after he made sure I went to bed (I looked rather sleepy...and was), he snuck out of the house and off to the grocery store where he bought ingredients and flowers (at least, I assume that's where he got the flowers...).

He had difficulty deciding between breakfast and a late brunch (the fact that the holiday is always on a Sunday making the latter more difficult) and had a menu made out for brunch, but decided on breakfast and the rest for lunch.

So, he woke me up Sunday morning and surprised me with these scrumptious pastries:
(which are scones with apricots and chocolate chips. YUMMY!)
and these: Lilies! Volcano Lilies to be more precise.
With breakfast we also had sausage (one of my very favorite breakfast proteins). And the scones we ate with butter and red currant jelly. There were leftovers, but they didn't last too long...
The rest of the menu included savory crepes with fillings of spinach and eggs and a cheese sauce (which ended up being added into the eggs instead of made into a separate sauce as we last minute invited company over for lunch and felt a bit rushed).
Joel is great. :-)
Another highlight of the day was my dad calling me during his lunchbreak to tell me Happy Mothers' Day. :-)
I think it was nice to be able to celebrate with the baby still snug inside me.

36 weeks (and a couple of days)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

3 Days

Joel just left for a conference at Yale this weekend where he will get to discuss Dante with other people that want to discuss Dante. So, it should be good.

But what's not good about it is that it means I won't see him for 74 hours or so. That's a long time.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More than a Lamp

Well, blogger and I have difficulties communicating about the order of pictures. . .so these are in the reverse order of originally intended.

I know it's almost February, but we we just got back from travelling last Thursday and I hadn't taken down our "tree" yet and I got a camera while we were gone and so I thought I would share.

This first picture is the coolest ornament we have. It's a Scrabble board with words relating to us and 2009. My mother-in-law Sue made it for us!

This is another cool new ornament we got this year. It's from my sister and brother-in-law. :-)

And now I present our tree! Not as cool as a real one (cheaper) but bigger than any fake one we'd be willing to store the rest of the year (we're a bit short on storage space). What do you think? I think we might continue with this tree until we're in a house somewhere. . .

This is the "tree" without all of its accessories.

Another new thing we did this year was to use oven mitts instead of stockings (we don't have any of those yet). No pictures for that. It was fun stuffing something little into the thumb!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas present

I have a rocking chair now! In time to practice with the infant I'll start babysitting at the end of January. :-) And then to rock our baby!

And it's a real rocking chair, not a glider. An old wooden rocking chair. Solid wood...really solid, at least two inches thick!

I have a wonderful husband. :-)