Thursday, July 21, 2011


why is it that when photos of M are given the vintage treatment, I think she looks more like me?  Does that make me vintage?  Is (almost 34) vintage? 

Not vintage, but working SOOOO hard and wanting to crawl SOOOO badly!

the spaulding house

John calls it the yellow house or 'OBR', which are the initials for the road it is located on (but to me it sounds like a name for a beer); but this is known as the Spaulding House.  Built in 1845 as a stage coach stop, it's walls have seen a tavern, boarding hall, dance hall and single family home.  Now it has made is way to us. 

My love affair with front doors continues...

Great climbing tree in the front yard
 Now this is what I call a pantry!

Upstairs hall way.  So many doors, thats part of the boarding house feel that still remains.  I love lizzie in her pigtails at the bottom of the stairs:)

3rd floor stairwell

This home has spring board floors on the third floor - built for dancing!  Neat ceiling too.

I have driven by this house gazillions of time and have always loved it, but right now it is too overwhelming to consider it for our own home.  So, until we let the dust settle and decide whether it will ever be our home, it is in the hands of good tenants who will live in and look out for the old girl. 

quiet time

Most mornings we have a little family quiet time in our bedroom.  Maeve is up before we are quite ready to be up, so she comes to hang out with us while we wake up. 

 snuggling with daddy

 not really liking those whiskers!

 It was a chilly morning so she got to wear this sweater for the first time (thanks Alice!)

I like this picture because I caught her sucking on her bottom lip - a pretty regular (but surprisingly hard to capture with a camera) occurrence these days as she gets closer and closer to cutting that first tooth!

bath fun

Maeve, like most little ones, loves the water!  Baths in the sink, swimming in lake or kiddie pool - all great fun!  Here John gives her a bath in the sink.  She is figuring out the whole splashing, cause and effect thing.

sleeping beauty

6 months and 401st post!

M is 6 months old!  Here is a series of pics from our monthly photo 'session' (and I use that word very loosely). 

Here is what I imagine is going through Maeves head "oh no, not again?!?!"

 "you have GOT to be kidding me"
 "But he slobbers & stinks!"

 "thats it, I am outta here"

"ciao babe"

Griffy seems offended.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Burgess Family Reunion #25!

Hosting the Burgess Family Reunion rotates amongst the 7 Burgess children (my dad is the middle one).  This year Maeve and I went to Sudbury MA (with my Mom & Dad) to Aunt Mary and Uncle Yusef's house.  This years theme (past themes have included funky short competitions and burgess family olympics) was all about photos and bubble captions.  Each family member brought a photo and a witty caption to post with it.  We all voted on the submissions with a variety of categories from funniest to 'I don't get it'.  In the end, everyone was a winner and it was a great way to share photos.  Anyway, here are some out-takes from the day:

 Maeve and cousin (second cousin? - I get that confused) Sam

 Maeve and Cousin (same dilemma as above) Bekah - both such beautiful girls!

 My Dad, John, the middle child.

Uncle George, younger than my dad 

 Uncle Sherwood and Maeve

Aunt Irene, the baby sibling in my dad's family holds Baby M.  So sweet.

My cousin Allison

 uncle Paul, another sibling younger than my dad.  Maybe I should have titled this post 'people younger than my dad'.
 Aunt Barbara & Sam

 Dan and Dad look over one of the family scrap books from my dad's high school days.  Pretty interesting!
 These is the scene of the photo and caption competition.  Also pictured are my Uncle Arthur, Uncle Yusef, Aunt Gail, Cousin Chris, and Uncle Mark.
Aunt Mary is a mean host (meaning a fabulous host, not a unwelcoming one).  Make your own shortcakes for dessert!  Strawberries, peaches, blueberries and blackberries - yum!
My cousin Amanda and Aunt Irene (all the way from Kentucky) were the judges of the photo and caption competition.

 Uncle Yusef was behind one of the best tricks of the day (see below).  He crafted these ketchup and mustrard bottles, that when squeezed an appropriate color string flies out!  He got me good.

Maeve reaches for cousin (second cousin?) Avery

And finally, she gets a rest.....

phew - another great reunion!  Some other time, remind me to tell you about the family chalice and nightlight.  It is a long, but entertaining saga.