Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Turkey Day

By K.J. Cardinal

We spent Thanksgiving day out in Ludlow with Angie's family and we had such a great day.

Anna got to see her cousins, play with two dogs and eat cake. What more could a girl want? The fact that one of the dogs was a Boston Terrier (the same kind my Papa used to have), made the day even more special.

I have tons to be thankful for this year... perhaps more than I've ever had to be thankful for... the most amazing wife, kids, family and friends that a guy could ever ask for. This year has been the most hectic of my life, but also the most rewarding. I'm so appreciative of everyone's support and help along the way.

Here are a few pics from yesterday in Ludlow. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Birthday Surprise!

By Katie Cardinal

Living in Newburyport, I don't really get to spend as much time with family and friends as I used to and would like to. For this reason, I try to either go home or have family visit once a week to be sure I'm not "home sick." This weekend I had made plans with Mom to have her come down on Sunday just to hang out for a while, grab something to eat, and just to spend some quality time together.

When she got to Newburyport this morning, she came bearing gifts! She had a whole bag of adorably wrapped presents for me to open, and boy was I excited! After the first few gifts, I got the theme: Cake Decorating Materials! She got me everything from fondant and gum paste to cookie cutters and shaping tools. It was SO cool to finally have all the materials to try everything out. Obviously, I jumped right into the flower making! Not far into my project I heard another knock at the door....VERY weird considering we NEVER have guests. When I went to the door it was yet ANOTHER surprise: Tiffany, Pete, Andrew, and Natalie! The whole George family had made the treck all the way from Northwood to Newburyport to celebrate my birthday :) And guess what...they came bearing gifts too!!! Tiffany got me these AWESOME flip flops that are just WAY too cool to describe, some really cool bracelets, and a pretty green sweater that I can't wait to wear.

With almost the whole family here, we went to check out Newburyport. We walked along the strip with all of the shops, and eventually ate a TERRIFIC meal at my favorite place, Not Your Average Joes! After doing some more shopping we got some gelado and headed back so the cutiest would have some time to play in the apartment before they had to nap.

Needless to say, I had a FANTASTIC day! Thanks so much everyone for putting in the effort to surprise me and also for all of the gifts! You guys are the best family anyone could ever ask for. I am one lucky little girl :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Her future's so bright...

By K.J. Cardinal

She gotta wear shades (or 3D glasses she got from the Toy Story double feature).

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Monkey on the loose

By K.J. Cardinal

We let our Monkey loose in our development last night and boy oh boy did Anna have a blast.

She gathered the concept rather quickly this year that if she went up to a house and said "trick or treat" that they'd give her candy. As we were walking around the block, she even tried to go to the houses without any lights on to get candy... she was rather eager.

Anyway, the weather was ridiculous for October 31. Probably in the mid 60s with a stiff breeze. We originally thought Anna's costume would be great since it would keep her nice and warm, but by the time we got back home the little cutie was sweating head-to-toe.

After trick-or-treating, we hung out at home and handed out candy. I really think that Anna had more fun handing out candy than actually trick or treating.

Every time the doorbell would ring, she'd say "Kids! Kids!" and run to the door. Sammy would be the one that would give the candy to the kids, but Anna would just stand at the door (wearing only a t-shirt and diaper) and admire the costumes. It was so hysterical.

Once the trick-or-treaters stopped coming, then we had our handfuls trying to keep the candy away from Anna. She was rather resourceful climbing up to the high places we'd "hide" it, but all-in-all she was a good girl.

Kudos to the Cardinal Blog followers for picking another adorable costume.

Happy Halloween!