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Congratulations, Tara and Guillaume

It was a nasty day, but the bride was beautiful and the guest seem to have a grand time, dispite the weather.

The bride’s family…


The blushing bride…

Tristan, the Ring Bearer…

William, the Herald…

The proud parents of the bride…


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Tristan’s School Play

Tristan played Peter Pan in his nursery school’s production of “True Colors”, a ensemble play created by his teacher, Judy Tonkel. In the play, the class goes on a trip to a museum where the students imagine they are characters from the various paintings they see. Characters from the Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood appear in the play.

Mommy. daddy, Kate, William, Grandma and Aunt Debbie were in the audience.

The entire class had a great time, although there were some moments of stage fright. Congratulations to all!

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William quote

Teacher: “William, did you get a haircut?”
William: “Yes, it was too big”

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Teddy Bear Clinic

This weekend, Tristan and William took their stuffies on a trip to the new Emergency Room at Northern Westchester Hospital.

It turns out that Tristan’s tiger “Fluffy” has a broken leg from running around in the jungle and got a bad cut from jumping down from a tree. William’s buddy “Meow” also needed some stitches.

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Erin go Braugh!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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JibJab StarWars…staring us!

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!
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Sledding in Kent

This weekend we went to visit our friends up in Kent, CT. As always we had a great time, but the most exciting (and perhaps stupid) parts were on a small hill in town. Tristan and Rory had a blast…and while there were some bumps and bruises, no people were actually hurt while filming these clips…

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My Blackberry is not Working…

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Santa’s Portable North Pole

Santa has a special message for Tristan and William this year…

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Lego Calendar

Each year around this time, we get a Lego Advent Calendar in anticipation of the upcoming Christmas holiday. Thanks to Tom’s love of Legos, this tradition long pre-dates the arrival of Tristan and William. We have augmented the Lego calendar with a Playmobile calendar as well so both boys have something to open each day. The theme for the Playmobile set this year is a black knight and a white knight with their accessories. The Lego set revolves around a family scene with toys, pets, family members, etc.

This morning I slept in and when I saw the boys I asked what they got in their calendars today. Tristan noted he got a “fire”. This is an expected firepit for the knight’s camp. When I asked William, he said he got a “shower”.

Here I was a little perplexed. At 3, sometimes William has difficulty speaking so I asked him to repeat himself. Quite distinctly he repeated “shower”. The boys were busy watching “Santa Claus is coming to Town”, so they were getting a bit annoyed by my line of questioning, but I continued. “Tristan, what did he get?” “A shower, daddy” and he gave me a perplexed look, “you know what a shower is!”

At that point, I had to go over to the kitchen table where the calendar were set up and check for myself. The prior sets had included things like family minifigs, a toy crane, a piano, fireplace, a dog, a cat, etc. While these are all themed around household items, they seemed to focus on the living room and dining room, but not the bathroom.

Sometimes, it difficult to figure out what the designers at Lego had in mind with their design. But there is was. Clear as day. A shower.

This immediately led to some internet browsing to see if anyone else thought this was odd. Apparently, while the shower is a bit out of place, the really bizarre bit is what shows up tomorrow.

There’s quite a bit of ‘net traffic about the semi-naked Santa. While I had an “what the heck” reaction, I have no particular issue with this. The boys seem to think the shower is perfectly normal. Santa has a lot of work to do and he needs to prepare. Kate seems to think this is an outdoor shower, but I think that it would be too cold. Then the question is where is this shower supposed to be? Is this a new tradition? Does Santa shower in my bathroom during his global delivery jaunt?

Can’t wait to see the boy’s reaction tomorrow.