Friday, August 20, 2010

Our Big Fat Greek Anniversary...OR...5 Years and Goin the Distance...

We spent a week trying to figure out what we wanted to do for our anniversary, and finally just decided to do a couple things that ended up being Greek themed. First, we went down to Fairmount Park in downtown Philadelphia to walk around the Water Works. Some of the buildings are Greek in their architectural style and fit in nicely with the Museum of Art in the background:

We got down there around 7 and had a dinner appointment at 8, so we just wandered around and watched the sunset.

Hard to believe it has been 5 years. Look at these skinny babies:

And now we're fat and old...well at least one of us.

After a nice walk with the sun setting, we went to Zorba's (I may have just made that name up) for some Greek food. Don't tell our vegetarian sisters, but I ate a lamb. Unbeknownst to me, the restaurant was BYOB, so we were stuck drinking water.

I decided to try and take one last scenic shot before leaving the park, and asked Jaime to stay out of the picture. So this is what happened:

Once dinner ended, it was only 9pm and my sister was babysitting all night (thanks Kellie!), so we decided to really turn up the romance. We went back to the Museum of Art for their open air cinema where they were playing one of the best chick flicks of all time. It ranks up there with Braveheart. ROCKY!!! It was a strange anniversary date, but it was really fun watching it on the same steps that he runs up in the movie. And being with a bunch of Philadelphians cheering every time there was any sort of Philly reference added to the fun. It was a Rocky marathon (I-III), but we didn't have it in us to go the distance. We just watched the first. This was our view, taken with my phone's camera:

And somebody else took this picture and posted it on Flickr. Roll your mouse over this image to see where we were sitting. You can't miss Jaime's hair and long legs, even in a blurry silhouette:

Since I didn't take this picture, I should give credit to rollingroadshow. I think this is the group that actually put on the movie.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Does Tessa love YOU?

Did you hear that Josh's twin sister Kellie is living with us now? No? Well, Josh's twin sister Kellie is living with us now. There are lots of perks to this situation for us, not least among them being that she has a fancy MacBook Pro laptop that she lets us look at sometimes. I won't lie, it's pretty dreamy. As much as I love and appreciate my five-year-old Dell clunker - which has been a loyal companion throughout almost our entire marriage, consistently gets a better wifi connection than Josh's newer computer, and even survived falling from the roof of a moving vehicle that time last winter when I forgot it was up there on my way to Miriam's house (Yes. Yes, I did that.) - Kellie's laptop is undeniably a sexier piece of technology. Part of me feels like a cheating dirtbag for saying so, but there it is.

Tessa is particularly fascinated by the camera function on Kellie's laptop. Here she is a few days ago having a chat with Kellie while I am in the background writing something for the family email newsletter. (You may notice that I don't actually have my laptop on my lap. This is because the screen doesn't hold itself up anymore and now has to be propped up by the arm of the couch. I really need to jerry-rig it with duct tape or some other equally classy solution. "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without," as Grandma would say!)

Anyway, if Tessa doesn't mention your name here, I wouldn't worry about it too much. She probably still loves you. Just not as much as Uncle Shane. :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Is this even the same kid...

For some reason I think it is hilarious putting grown up glasses on Tess. These are my glasses, and I have about the weakest prescription possible, so no one needs to worry about the fact that I some times duct tape these to Tessa's face for days just for entertainment. I maintain she had that lazy eye before I started this.

Since the girl was a few months old, I've let her try on my glasses. That's right. "Let" her--not force her. She loves it...which is obvious from this picture of her at 3 months:

And here's one from just this last weekend:

She's just the cutest lil nerd that ever was.