Saturday, December 26, 2009

Baby's First Christmas!

Watching daddy open presents. What is it, what is it?

 Something for me??

Well, that was fun, but I'm pooped.

Someone on base gave us this blanket and Amelia obviously isn't a fan. Token wanted me to caption this as, "Get that hairy ape away from me." Hahaha!!!

Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Etna finally has snow!

(this was taken from our third floor, so it's not the best - sorry!)

It seems like this time last year, the ski lifts were already running and welcoming winter sports enthusiasts with open arms. This year, however, the snow has decided to take its dear, sweet time covering Mt. Etna. While I would only consider this to be a 'dusting,' at least it's somethin'! Maybe we will have a white Christmas after all!

Amelia gets 'culturfied'

Already learning about Greek history. Her dad is so proud!

Speaking of her dad...

It's safe to say she's wrapped around his finger.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sorry I haven't been updating this as much as I used to. It's a little busy around here!

Amelia turned two months yesterday, which completely boggles my mind. We have her two month appointment on Wednesday, and she's going to get a couple shots. :( We've decided to not do all of them at once, and are following Dr. Sears' schedule for vaccinations, but I'm sure it won't be fun for her (or me!).

Here's a side-by-side comparison of Amelia at one month and two months.

It's kind of hard to tell that she's grown, but if you look at her head size compared to the bear's nose, you'll see a difference. I need to prop Mr. Bear up a little better next month!

Here are a couple other photos that I took last week that I just love. When Amelia's happy, she's tons of fun. Unfortunately, she's really gassy and has been crying a lot lately, but I know it's just a phase and baby's are allowed to have bad days once in awhile. They're humans, too!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Love this girl!

That's all.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The B family takes on Mt. Etna

Today was GORGEOUS! It was 75 degrees at our house, which is unreal for November. We decided to take a little trek out to Mt. Etna and take in the views. There weren't many people up there, and the views were awesome!

Token was so excited to use the rough and rugged BOB Revolution stroller, and it didn't disappoint. That stroller is amazing! (woah, now that's a sentence I didn't think I'd ever write...)

Token can't resist sharing the history of Mt. Etna... hehehe...


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Grand Hotel Timeo - Taormina

My in-laws are visiting for a few weeks, and as a late birthday present, they got me a spa package at a fantastic hotel in Taormina, the Grand Hotel Timeo. I had knots in my back I didn't know I had!! If anyone is planning a trip to Sicily, definitely check this hotel out - it's amazing!!!!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Amelia's first real bath

She hated it.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Cute little girl...

Not much going on around here... I think Amelia and I are going to head out later today and go for a walk. They are having a "Walk the pink out of it" breast cancer prevention 5K on base today. What could be a better event to dress Amelia up for?

We did a little impromptu photoshoot this morning. Here are a few of my favorites. Is it obvious I like sleeping baby pictures?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

I implore you to make these cookies!!

The day before I had Amelia, Token made these really yummy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, from a recipe from my friend Lindsay. We ended up taking them to the hospital with us to give to the staff, and they were scarfed down. They are SO good!! Make them today!

1 can pumpkin
1 t. baking soda
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 cups flour
2 t. cinnamon
4 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 t. vanilla extract
2 T. milk
12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips (the ones that look like mini Hershey bars are the best, in my opinion!)

Mix pumpkin, soda and eggs together. Add all other ingredients except for chocolate chips. Mix well, then add chips. Drop by spoonfuls and bake at 375 degrees for 12-ish minutes. They will be cakelike. And, this is my opinion, but I think they taste better cooled down. Enjoy!

Cutest pumpkin in the patch!

Complete with a hat from Etsy, researched and bought by Token! Isn't she cute?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The best hubby in the world!!

When Token and I came home with Amelia, I walked in the front door to discover that Token had decorated the house with balloons, streamers, and the flowers that people had sent to the hospital. I officially have the best husband in the world; a title that can't be disputed.

He had streamers up both staircases, and toys dangling from the light fixture. Very sweet!

To further prove my point, here are a couple pictures from the baby shower he threw for me.

Me and my enormousness...

The co-conspirators. Christine got me out of the house for a "girls' day" and Matt and Token were going to play video games all day. Little did I know...

Playing one of the games...

Ha! Looks like Rob's ready to pop!

Mmm... cake!

I'm so happy that our little girl has such a great man in her life. I know that having Token as a dad will make her a strong woman who won't settle for anything but the best. Needless to say, she already has him wrapped around her finger.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Amelia Marie is here!

Quick post because, well... I'm a little preoccupied... Amelia Marie was born Oct. 13 at 12:22 p.m. (6:22 a.m. Indiana time). She weighed 5 lbs. 12 oz. and is 18.25 in. long. She's teeny tiny! Here's a quick picture.

Everything here is going well and we are loving getting to know our little girl!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Festa di Pistacchio

The Italian officials estimate that over a two-day period, over 200,000 people flock to the mountain-side town of Bronte for their annual Pistachio festival. Token and I estimate that at least 175,000 of those people were headed in that direction at the same time as we were yesterday. We were backed up in traffic for MILES before we got into the town, and then finding parking was something special. Thankfully, we stuffed ourselves with arancini (translated "little oranges," these are little balls that are filled with rice and other yummy stuff - in this case some kind of pistachio pesto) and gelato and forgot our troubles.

Oh yes, the pistachio ice cream was spectacular. Yum!!

We also bought some of this stuff. It was kind of like a peanut brittle, but with pistachios instead. Unfortunately, when it got cold, it was like trying to bite into steel, so it had to be trashed. Ah well.


Italians love their stinky cheese, remember?

Okay, so, going back to that aforementioned hellacious time of finding a parking space. We eventually found one, but to get into town and where the festival was, we had to walk down a VERY steep cobblestone street that was slick with rain. Probably not the smartest thing to do for a 38+ week pregnant chick. So, when it was time to go, we had to walk back UP that VERY steep cobblestone street (sans water). I thought I was going to die. Here are some pictures. It doesn't look all that steep, but trust me, it was quite the workout.

But from this picture, you'd think Nikko was the one who had the tough day.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Grape Festival

Token and I decided to wander out of the confines of our house yesterday and head up to a Grape Festival on the slopes of Mt. Etna. We went at the perfect time of day... hardly any crowds, easy to find parking, and no pushing or shoving. Unfortunately, since there weren't many people, it was kind of boring. And, we didn't find or see any grapes. Kinda strange!  Oh well. It was all worth it for this:

CORN!!!! Do you *know* how badly I've been wanting fresh corn on the cob? Let's just say that I have dreamed about it. Token bought four ears. While it's not Indiana corn, it's not frozen, and therefore tastes  amazing. Oh corn, how I've missed you.

Sicilian festivals are nothing without cute little blobs of stinky cheese. This booth in particular was extra repungent.

There were really, really old Sicilian carts, which were really ornate and cool.

Each cart has a story associated with it. This one seems to be about deception and murder. Scandalous!

There were also bright and happy painted carts. But what's the fun in that?

We might possibly go to a festival honoring the beloved pistachio this weekend. We'll see how I feel. After we got home from this festival, I conked out on the couch for a few hours. Walking those cobblestone streets takes a lot out of ya!