Back…?

This post is called “Back…?”, which is the truncated version of “What To Do When On Extended Phone Hold with the Social Security Office.”  Thirty one minutes and counting.  Seeing as how we recently welcomed the little character portrayed in all those pixels of adorableness you see below, dedicating thirty one minutes solely to phone time is lunacy.

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But there are some crazy things you have to do during nap time in the name of “saving for your child’s college education” and “cooking something so you don’t have vanilla ice cream for dinner again.”  I’m kidding. We don’t eat vanilla ice cream for dinner.  We eat vanilla ice cream with unsweetened coconut flakes, the Kashi version of Grape Nuts, and mini-chocolate chips smushed in.  Matt calls it “Gravel Path” (a nod to Rocky Road) because he’s more like my dad than he thinks as far as puns go. That’s today’s recipe.

Happy New Year!  I’ve got a few more “recipes” to throw up here along with a post about the best/worst online reviews as sourced from sister Ang.  There will probably be little in the way of new music because we’re listening to Raffi on repeat and you’re probably too busy watching the Beyonce visual album anyway.  Enjoy that, but just know that Blue Ivy better watch her back. She’s got some new baby competition:

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Hitched

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My older sister – teacher extraordinaire, craft maven, the social-est of butterflies, got married last month to her love of several years. (And about him I would say: reserves of compassion and patience unparalleled, eternal Deadhead with the very driest of wit).  You can’t sum up a wedding weekend in just a few words, but let’s just say there were lots of Italians, stunning purple hydrangeas, the most capable and bossy church coordinator ever in all creation, bobby pins, coral-themed everything, homemade ricotta cheesecake, a crazy quantity of ridiculously musically talented family members, the traditional Jesuit-led singing of “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,” and an exquisitely beautiful reception venue. Not to mention the surprise father-daughter choreographed dance to this:

So here are a few pictures of the lead up to their wedding to commemorate the event.  (The real photographers photographed the ceremony and reception, which is for the best because pre-speech sweaty palms do not a good photograph make). Meanwhile, the happy couple honeymoons in beautiful Hawaii…

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S, Mema, V

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4 generations

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A & Mema

Dad & Mom

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S & J

M's book

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bridesmaid gifts

S & A