Monday, December 31, 2012

Napa Valley Lesson - Celebrate Now

Almost two years ago, Dan and I went to Napa Valley.  


No, I am not starting this story to say that we will be returning there soon. Darn, I know.  


When the trip started Dan and I decided to buy one expensive bottle of wine (and then made some wine-induced decisions to buy many many inexpensive bottles- sorry Dave).  While we were there we visited a variety of wineries.  

Some were very fancy.  


Some were more homey.  


And one was, ahem, not so fancy.  


Of course, this winery that could have been a junk yard was our absolute favorite.  The owner was there to greet us as soon as we arrived.  He sat at the picnic table with us as we sampled the wine, chatted with us, drank with us.  


So, we bought our "expensive" bottle from him.  It was a late harvest cabernet sauvignon.  I later learned that waiting to harvest those grapes is a big no-no in the wine making business (I am interested to hear what Carrie thinks).  I am now even more proud to have the bottle.

As we were leaving, the owner who was now our friend yelled to us, "Don't wait."  

I yelled back, "What?"

He yelled, "Don't wait too long to drink the wine, or else you never will.  That bottle of wine won't do you any good sitting on your shelf.  Set a date in the future to celebrate something special and drink it."  

Dan and I laughed and went on our way.  On the plane ride home we jokingly decided to drink the bottle of wine after the birth of our first child, but didn't think we could or would wait that long.  Well, we were wrong.

So, tonight we are going to ring in the new year by celebrating a new family and a not-so-new, not-so-fancy bottle of wine.  

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A few pics from the weekend

This weekend was pretty low key.  Little Miss has a cold, so we spent the majority of Saturday in our fancy steam room.  I never would have imagined the miracle relief steam has on a baby's stopped up nose.

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After reading some poems from Where the Sidewalk Ends (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE),


we met Dan's family for dinner Saturday night.  (Hi Aunt Debbie!)


Sunday morning we got up and went to visit Dan's grandpa in the nursing home.  

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We have been there a few times since Ina was born and it is amazing to see the joy she brings to the residents there.  Ina has started to collect grandparents (although most of them think she is a boy?).  

Our next stop was by my grandparents' house when Kauffman had set up his new train set 

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and we enjoyed another delicious Grandma June lunch.

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After a dinner of frozen pizza and Dos Equis Dan and I fell asleep at 8 while watching football.  

Happy New Year's Eve!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Meat on a Stick

I am pretty sure that Dan's fantasies start out a little something like this.

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Last night my family went out to eat at Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian Steakhouse.  It was delish - best salad bar I have seen in my life.

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I enjoyed some steak, chicken, and my favorite - lamb.  I also guzzled down a wonderful glass of malbec.  The service was perfect - our waiter even took a group shot and gave it 3 good attempts.

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My grandpa, second in on the left, in true Cramer fashion, went straight from the hospital where he was treated for pneumonia to the restaurant.  No rest for the weary, there is meat to eat people!

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Poor Kauffman missed dinner all together, but woke up just in time for dessert. 

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Ina Mae survived her first fancy restaurant experience in style.  We passed her around the table and she almost didn't make a peep.

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Then, just as we were getting ready to leave, she "peeped" all over herself.  

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Thank God my sister (the experienced mother) was there to help with with this epic blowout.  I don't know how, but there was poo from Ina's feet to her neck.  We had to give her a bum bath in the ladies restroom.  Ina was not a fan.  

After dinner the fam came back to my house to watch some college basketball.  We didn't get to sleep until midnight and  had a very early morning this morning, so hopefully a nap is in the cards today.  

Friday, December 28, 2012

Under the Weather

I really don't like talking about negative things on my blog.  I like this to be a positive place.  

So, I have been off the grid the past few days because I just can't seem to not be sick. The past week my ailments have gone from a sore throat, to runny nose / cough to probable food poisoning to fever / chills to mastitis.  Once one thing got better something else started.  The fever / mastitis landed me in my midwife's office where I left with an antibiotic prescription.  

I think I am on the upward swing and feeling pretty good today.   I have decided that my New Year's Resolution is to not be sick.

Being sick while becoming a new mom during the holidays can also be entertaining.  Here are a few thoughts that went through my head this week (in between pictures of Little Miss):

Twenty-one people in a house that has five bathrooms could be a problem.

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You know your life has changed when the shots that are passed around the room at 4 in the morning are glasses of water and Air-borne.

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Boogie wipes are the best invention.  Ever.

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Please Lord, don't let me puke on my daughter's head.

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How is it possible to go through a roll of toilet paper that fast?

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Can food poisoning be transferred through breast milk?

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I really wish I remembered the conversion from degrees Celsius to Fahrenheit that I learned in elementary school.

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If you think about a drug's mechanism of action while you are taking it, does that make it work better?  

Ina Mae has been great through all of this.  She has a little cold in her eyes which don't seem to stop secreting goo, but it doesn't bother her at all.  She is eating like a little pig and only cries when she is hungry or needs changed.  

Having my family here to help me has also been amazing.  

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However, the healthy ones are dropping like flies.  

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My poor grandpa  is even in the hospital with pneumonia, but also is doing much better today.

As I am typing I just realized that today is Friday (hello maternity leave), so Happy Friday!  

I hope you have a great weekend! <3

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Good Christmas

The past fews days have been amazing.  

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We ate a lot of good food.

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Opened a lot of good presents.

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(Santa knew I had been an awful good girl this year)

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Played with a lot of good babies.

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Soaked in a lot of good family time.

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Why can't the holidays be all year long?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

2012 Christmas Card

Usually I have my Christmas cards sent out the weekend after Thanksgiving.  

I knew there was a reason I procrastinated this year.  

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Click here to see our Christmas cards from years before.

Stay tuned next year for matching pajamas.   

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We have spent the past few days getting quality family time in.  

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I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday weekend and a blessed Christmas. <3

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ina Mae's First Snow

Turns out, Ina Mae doesn't like the snow.

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Or she didn't, until we taught her the wonderful things you can do with it, like throw snowballs, make snow angels, and build snow men.

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Because last winter was pretty lame sauce, this was one of the first snows that Kauffman could enjoy too.  When my uncle called and said he would pick me and Little Miss up and take us to my sister's house, I was so excited.   

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I packed my boots, my gloves, and my ear muffs.  I knew he would want to build a snow man.  

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So, instead of being stuck inside all day by ourselves, we had lots of company and enjoyed the wonderful view of kids playing outside or the wonderful smell of cookies baking inside.

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We read stories,

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lounged around,

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and stared at the babies. (Ina squared)

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Hallaway helped with the cookie baking.

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Ina Mae helped with the cookie eating.

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Well, we all helped with the cookie eating.

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Best snow day ever.

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