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Dead Laptop
Two Months Worth of Lost Files i last backed up in Feb thank god
A baby that went from waking up twice a night to five times a night! I need a caffeine ivy.
and so many other annoying little issues that makes me wish I was a bear and could just go hibernate

Fingers Crossed will be getting new laptop next week.. will try to get back to my regular schedule soon.
I miss blogging.. I miss sleep even more.

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lately it seems like there is so much going on..my new large dry erase calendar which I love is full.. but really not a lot has been going on if you know what I mean..

With one set of parents leaving last one another arrived this month. M's parents will be here with us for the next few months and D is over joyed. With M working and I a little preoccupied with H now D has someone to play with, tell his stories to and with the weather getting better someone to go outside with.. that's what our drive way looks like right now

Speaking of D.. the busy little boy that he is has birthday party invites for every weekend, I had to turn down a few invites because our little guy has started to play some sports every Saturday afternoon for the next few weeks, around the same time most birthday parties are being held. I signed him up with little sports squirts via US Sports Institute where every week they get to try their hand at a new sport so as to see which they like best. The first week he played soccer, the second it was lacrosse and this week he played t-ball. It is very interesting watching him play and interact. We don't get to see how they are in school, so it's a glimpse of sorts. How obedient they are when their teachers/coaches give instructions, hanging on their every word. They barely glance in our direction when we speak to them. We noticed he is also totally okay with a little cheating, like carrying the ball closer to the net before setting it down and kicking it.. it was adorable. and by some crazy coincidence he managed to wear the same shirt both weeks!

On second thought this post should have probably been titled 'lately in the life of D'.. he's pretty much running the show around here. I'm checking things off the D's birthday bash to do list.. D picked the theme himself..

Updates around the house have pretty much slowed down, we have a lot of projects in the works but none completed.. pillows have been bought, curtains have been hung and so much more going on..

and H.. what can I say about H. He is just awesome. He smiles and giggles, makes shrieking sounds and talks constantly..and he already adores his brother. When D enters H's line of vision he stops doing everything and anything his eyes fixed and big brother and big drooly smile on his face. He has started to make raspberries and the doc suggested we start some cereals.. he is four months old.. four months! Wasn't it just yesterday I announced I was pregnant?! In fact it was around this time last year we discovered we were pregnant :)

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In My Attic

I have been meaning to write this post for quite some time. Remember when I told you we ventured up into our attic only to find a whole bunch of crap along with a few interesting surprises. I didn't want to just post a bunch of pictures for you, I wanted to know more about our new finds and share with you a little history.

These first two paintings are oil on canvas reproductions French painter Maurice Utrillo who specialized in cityscapes. By the age 21 Utrillo suffered from mental illness and alcoholism, he was encouraged to paint by his artist mother and it was painting that helped him deal if not overcome his illness. Both paintings are of the Montmarte area of Paris where he was born and raised.

Another painting we found lacked a signature so it was harder to identify. After much googling I discovered it is called The Hay Wain by English painter John Constable. Born in Suffolk he is known primarily for his landscapes mostly of Dedham Vale, where he lived, now known as Constable County. This particular painting is now among the most popular and valuable in British art.

This painting I have unfortunately still not been able to identify. Any tips?

Next up are these big super heavy dudes. Turns our they are 3D ceramic Spanish Conquistadors also known as conquerors or explorers depending how you look at it.

This was D's favorite find.. a vintage wooden hide the telephone box. Is it me or does any one else think this guy could be a kooky character in a Disney/Pixar movie? 

and how could we forget our large tribal mask sculpture. It big, wooden and free standing and looks a little sad to me.. like those theater mask icons. 

This large metal ship was our most nostalgic, trip down memory lane discovery. My parents used to have a boat just like this when we were younger.. it was larger and hung on the wall and was lost in a move. They had even tried to find one similar to it.. some twenty years ago.. 

and at last we come to the last two pieces.. two tall ornate lamp bases.

Most of these piece will be sold so if any of you are interested in any of the above let me know, may be we can work something out.

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