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stay-at-home mommy by day
program manager by night
children's painter somewhere in between


k-u-dos to you!

our good friends carolyn and henry came over for dinner and game night. us gals have a looong tradition of absolutely killing the husbands at every game we play, of course! after a rousing game of scene it, we moved on to an old fave: taboo. during one of the rounds, blair tried to describe the word "kudos". in a final, last ditch effort...

blair: uh, what would the initials of kansas university be?
henry: K-U
blair: right! and what was microsoft's first operating system?
henry: dos!
blair: right! so put 'em together!!!
henry: K-U-dos? K-U-dos? K-U-dos! K-U-dos!!! ...and repeat until timer runs out
oh man, there wasn't a dry eye (or pair of underwear) left in the house! poor blair and henry, maybe next time you should skip the wine! (and if you don't get how incredibly silly this was, maybe you just had to be there.)

in other exciting news, emmy signed 3 new words for the first time today: shoes, socks and apple! then tonight, carolyn gave her a belated christmas gift: a pink hand-crocheted hat and scarf set. they are the perfect size for little emmy; as soon as i put them on her, she grinned as wide as possible and knew she was stylin'. thanks, miss carolyn! i'll have to post some new dress-up pics soon!

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marital bliss

congrats to melissa and seth; they joined the married folks club this weekend! and oh what a weekend it was...

melissa and i have been good friends since college; living in the chi-o house gave us lots of time to get to know one another and we've managed to live quite close ever since. she was actually a bridesmaid in my wedding back in 2001, and when she asked me to be one of hers, of course i said yes! so this past weekend, i left emmy at home with blair and traveled to new hampshire for the big event. here's what i learned:
- i hate it when the airlines lose a plane. and i hate it when they misplace a pilot. heck, i hate it when they can't find a first mate! someone needs to invent a giant lost-and-found desk for the airport because it's so annoying to have your travel plans torn to bits when planes / people go missing... and the whole "the crew is going to expire" line is getting old. someone could really stand to optimize this process a bit.
- the united airlines "customer service" desk at dulles is a total joke. you'd think they'd hire friendly, helpful people to be the client-facing department of their airline, but alas, i could get more information out of an eggplant. by the time i made it to new hampshire, i had just enough time to get my dress back from my stand-in (yes, they already picked one - i was VERY delayed) and shimmy into position. whew!
- in this day of tighter security screenings, it is NOT fun to set off alarms at the security checkpoint. i was quickly whisked into a glass booth and left on display for a good 15 minutes before security could find a female wander to pat me down. and do you know what evil, dangerous item set the alarm off? the enormous number of bobby pins in my hair. hah! apparently, updo's are very threatening.
- melissa and seth will make very pretty babies one day - they looked gorgeous!
- hurray for chi-o reunions! hi michelle, kristen, sarah, tali, sue and carrie - you gals looked great!
- and most importantly, i CAN leave emmy with blair for an overnight trip. yes, all was well when i came back home: she was fed, clean and happy, and amazingly the world didn't fall apart. i missed her like crazy, but blair helped by sending me photos of her every few hours. god bless the camera phone.

oh, and saturday was not only melissa and seth's wedding day - drumroll, please! - it was also our 5 year wedding anniversary. it's hard to believe that we've known each other for over 10 years now - that's almost a third of our lives! love ya, blockhead!

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hello baby!

congratulations to becky and todd on the birth of their baby girl tonight - emmy is so excited to meet her new best friend!

in honor of all the excitement, the photo gallery has been updated again. enjoy! :)

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