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The Sunday Paper: Momma’s Boy

Most days I love him, but sometimes I can’t stand him.
He makes me laugh and he makes me scream.

There are days that I can’t deal with how cute he is.
And there are days that I can’t deal with him at all.

He frustrates me, angers me and yet still makes me smile.

Sometimes I want to just squeeze him and never let go.
Then there are times that I want to lock him in his kennel and never let him out.

It’s a never-ending roller coaster ride with this dog.  We’re figuring out what works (lots of exercise) and what doesn’t (yelling and repeating commands).  And when it’s good, it’s great but when it’s bad, it’s bad.  Labrador’s have been the most popular breed in America for 20 years and it’s easy to see why.  They’re lovable, loyal and ridiculously cute.  It’s also easy to see why the dog in Marley and Me was a Labrador.  They can be a handful!

Apollo does this thing we call “my face” because I just adore him when he does it.  It’s really a rare sighting, because he has to be laying a certain way and look over his shoulder in order to rest his chin in the little nook created by his hip.  Everytime he does it, it brings the biggest smile to my face and I just stare at his big brown eyes.  All the bad memories fade, and the good ones come flooding back.

I remember that no matter what he does, he’ll always be Momma’s boy.

Sarah - Aren’t furbabies the best photo subjects?! We love taking photos of our pups and they too have their own special faces. Like Molly, she has and extra-frowny face where she juts out her lower lip a tad more than usual. It’s super cute!

Business Cards!

We were in our usual spots.  Jared on the floor, using the couch as his backrest and I was on the opposite side of the coffee table, shuffling the deck of Skip-Bo cards.  All it took was some small talk through one round of play and by the time a winner was declared, we had our business card design!

That was back in the first few days of 2011 and it took us a couple of weeks to actually take our idea to the computer and bring it to life.  The first round of business cards we ordered had the wrong finish and weren’t pre-creased.  Luckily it was just a few clicks of the mouse to change those errors and viola!  Our business cards were perfecto!

And the inside!

We’re going to be designing a few more cards with different images, highlighting the various areas of photography that we’re involved in.  Just have to sift through our files to find images that matches our brand as perfectly as the one above!! We’ll keep you posted 😉

New Mini Series: Countdown to Mr. and Mrs.!

Jared and I have been engaged for almost 6 months to the day!  Since we fell off the wedding planning bandwagon shortly after we got on, we have a lot of work ahead of us before the big day arrives.  So in an effort to keep us more motivated, we’ve decided to start a new mini-series called the Countdown to Mr. and Mrs.!  We’ll share our ideas and inspiration thus far, and keep you up to date on our progress as we chip away at planning for our big day.

Let the countdown begin!

158 days until July 23, 2011, the day we become Mr. and Mrs.!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!


Erin Bradshaw - Debbie,
Something you might consider putting together that is kind of fun: a wedding website at theknot.com. I just put our web address in that box up there ^^ if you wanted to check ours out, or else you’ll be getting the address in the invite. 😀 It’s free, too!
<3,
Erin

Happy Birthday Andrew!

Today is my twin’s birthday!! And no, that does not mean it is my birthday.  Confused yet?

Andrew and I met way back in 2002 when he came into Dunkin’ Donuts to interview for a job.  I still can picture him standing there in his wrinkled orange sweater and jeans, waiting for the manager to come out.  My sister started working at Dunkin’ a few months later and the three of us became a bit of a motley crew.  We had way too much fun serving coffee and donuts to anxious customers on weekend mornings.  

Our regular customers began to think the three of us were all siblings, being that we all got along so well.  Most people knew Kathy Ellen and I were sisters so it probably wasn’t far fetched that Andrew was our brother.  So, we just started telling people that Andrew and I were twins, born 27  days apart (which is in fact how far apart we are).

I still remember the first customer we told.  As Andrew leaned out the drive through window to handover her order, she asked if we were related.  “We’re twins,” Andrew said, “27 days apart.” 

The woman, paused, a bit baffled.  She looked back up at us, as we tried our best to keep straight faces.  

I chimed in, “Yeah, he was just stuck in there a little while longer.”  The smirk on Andrew’s face began to grow and the customer caught us, so we fessed up. 

Just to set the record straight, Andrew and I are 27 days apart, same birth year and we both have completely different parents.  Andrew has definitely become part of our family though, as he’s been like a brother to Kathy Ellen and I for many, many years now.

What’s even better now is that Andrew and Jared are the best of friends.  They’ve moved past their initial encounter (in which Jared was wearing too much cologne and admitted to being a Yankee’s fan – two strikes against him in Andrew’s book) and have grown to be inseparable over the past four years. 

Here is our family portrait outside of the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery back in October of 2009.

And one of my favorite pictures ever of Andrew, on the bridge at High Falls Gorge on that same October day.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TWIN (27 days apart)!!!! WE MISS YOU 🙂

Mike - Happy Birthday Andrew !!

The Sunday Paper: Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Last weekend, Jared and I embarked on our first homemade soup adventure, crock-pot style.  Well, I mainly documented while Jared embarked, but that’s neither here nor there.  Let me also note that I begged Jared to read a recipe rather than fly by the seat of his pants as he usually does when cooking.  I mean, this was his first time ever making soup!  There are so many variables with the seasoning, vegetables, noodles, the amount of water, the amount of time to cook it all… a lot of room for error.

But, in true Jared fashion he just went for it.  And, of course, he proved me wrong. It was A-MAZ-ING and we devoured it in just three days!  Next time, we’re making two batches!

Ingredients
One bag of Ribbon Wide Noodles
One bag of baby carrots
One bunch of celery
32 oz of Chicken Broth
4lbs fresh chicken
Pepper
Sea Salt
Oregano

You will also need
A crock-pot

Total Prep Time
About 30 minutes

Total Cooking Time
About 8 hours

Yields
A lot of soup 🙂

Directions
Step One: Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add chicken to the water and boil for 10-12 minutes.

Step Two: Chop baby carrots and celery hearts into bite size pieces

Step Three: Remove the chicken from the water and cut into small, bite size pieces.

Step Four: Add the chicken, chicken broth, celery and carrots to the crock-pot. Season with sea salt, pepper and oregano to taste. Set crock-pot on High for 8 hours.

Step Five: With 1 hour left, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.  Add the egg noodles to the water and cook until al dente.

Step Six: Remove the noodles from the water and allow them to cool. With 15 minutes remaining on the crock-pot timer, add the egg noodles and one cup of water to the soup.

Once the timer goes off, it’s time to serve and enjoy!!