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Alana & Michael


Cake Decorating Class with Grandma - Yummy Fun!

Today Isaac’s Grandma Elyse came over for a cake decorating class with Lisa from the Baking Coach! Since it’s hard for my mother-in-law to get around, we wanted to find a seated activity that she and Isaac could enjoy together. Turns out all four of us had a great time learning to make and decorate with fondant!! (I’m behind the camera!) Read more »

The Family That Plays Together Stays Together!

Lately we’ve been spending more and more time at the dinner table playing board games and card games together!  It’s great to unplug and enjoy each other’s company…Even if Michael and Isaac do beat me at the games WAY too often! Read more »

Sunday afternoon cooking

It’s been a busy afternoon cooking for the upcoming week. I’m trying to keep healthy!  Quinoa Primavera, Salmon with Fennel and Peppers, Lentil Soup, Roasted Portobello Mushrooms,  Chickpea Hummus, Roasted Cauliflower,  and Mushroom Oat Patties!  All I can say now is how thankful I am that Michael is in charge Read more »

Our Nephew’s (Pirate-Themed) 3rd Birthday

We had fun celebrating at our nephew Zachary’s 3rd birthday party!  His parents had the house all decorated with pirate stuff,  and there were pirate hat’s and scarves and eye patches so that the guests could join in on the costume fun!  We love that our family lives close and we can celebrate occasions like this Read more »

Father-Son Day at the Ballpark

Isaac had a great time at Sunday’s ballgame!!  He met former ballplayer Mookie Wilson, got a practice-ball during warm-ups, and participated in the Mr. Met Dash—running the bases on field after the game!!  If only the Mets had won, it would have been a perfect afternoon!  Kudos to Michael for planning such a special Read more »

Mother-Son Game Day!

There was no school Friday, so Isaac and I had a fun mother-son afternoon of game playing!  Blockus, Risk, Phase 10, Rummy-O and Pente!  And Daddy got in on the fun Saturday night with a family game of Phase 10! The family that plays together stays together! :) Read more »

Fun with Cousins!

Isaac had a great time with his cousins the other night! His older cousins Ariana and Hayley have always been amazing with him,  and he’s looked up to them basically his whole life!  And now our little nephew Zachary is getting big enough to join in on the cousin fun!!  It’s great to see Isaac singing songs with Read more »

A Ballgame with Grandpa

It was a fun night at the ballpark with Alana’s dad,  “Grandpa Phil.”  We root, root, rooted for the home team,  and even got to see a home run.  One of the best parts of the night was when a fan a few rows away caught a foul ball and - rather than keep in - gave it to a little boy a few seats away.  Read more »

Our Weekend in Texas!

We just got back to NY after a weekend away in Texas celebrating Michael’s cousin’s new marriage.  It was the most unique wedding reception we’ve ever been to—a football tailgate!!  The bride’s college team was playing the groom’s college team!  It was an exciting game,  even if the bride Read more »

Family Selfie Silliness!

We wanted to take an ordinary family photo the other night, but it quickly erupted into giggles and efforts to give bunny ears and make silly faces.  Who knew that taking a family photo selfie could be so much fun! Read more »

Snack Bags for School

Each weekend we get ready for the start of the week by preparing Isaac’s snack bags for school. We enjoy decorating them with little messages. It makes us happy to think that during the day he has little reminders of how much we love him! We are looking forward to showering Isaac’s future brother or sister with love too, once we Read more »

Summer Vacation

There were many fun moments on our week away upstate with family and friends.  Here we are at the beginning of our hike along the Viking Obstacle Course.  We also got to enjoy painting ceramics, roasting marshmallows, and walks down by the lake.  We hope that next year there is another little one to join in on the summer fun! Read more »

Weekend Fun

It was a fun weekend packed with lots of exciting activities. It started with Isaac participating in his indoor tennis class, which is something he does with one of his good friends. Later in the day, Alana and Isaac attended a Jr. Chefs pasta-making class. Isaac loves to cook and this was a great opportunity for him to learn both some new Read more »

Celebrating Grandma Elyse’s Birthday!

This weekend, we celebrated Grandma Elyse’s birthday with homemade cake and cookies.  The creation of the cake was really a family effort!  Isaac came up with the idea for the cake’s appearance and chose the flavors for filling and frosting.  Alana worked with Isaac to bake the cake and made the buttercream frosting.  Read more »

Fun End to a Busy Weekend!

It was a fun end to a busy weekend, as Isaac won two prizes at Family Bingo Night at the local community center! Earlier in the weekend, he enjoyed a tennis class offered through the local town, as well as a soccer clinic at the school gymnasium. Add in lunch with family friends and a play date with a little girl from school, and it was one of Read more »

New Year’s Eve Family Game Night

We’re ringing in the new year with a family game night!  It’s fun watching Isaac’s game-playing skills improve!  And his impressive math skills are improving too, thanks to his job as score-keeper. We are excited to welcome 2016, and looking forward to the day when we have a fourth chair at the table for our Read more »

Meet Our New Pet Fish!

This weekend we were excited to welcome a new pet fish to our family!  Our son Isaac named him “Brownfins Glubglubglub.”  We enjoyed posing for a selfie with this new addition to our family. Read more »

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