Tuesday, September 30, 2008

one oh oh!

that's right folks, this is my 100th post. insane-o. i hesitated to post because i felt like perhaps i should do something special. but i'm too lazy.
j & i hiked to the warsaw falls this weekend. a perfect fall day.
i brought home some goods from the woods, which now reside on my entertainment center. [just the acorns & leaves. the other goods are from other trips.]

i love to bring the outdoors in.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

our 8 day.

in the year of 08.08.08 we celebrated our 08.

the make up of a splendid day: [from left to right]
01: fall flowers from justin's mom.
02: our table at valley inn. warsaw, ny. highly recommended.
03: cute little birch bark box my present came in.
04: my meal at valley: eggplant alfredo.
05: 8 years: we love our chothers.
06: j's meal: ny strip steak with honey mushroom glaze.
07: my earrings from j! birch bark cast in sterling silver.
08: we always share dessert: willy wonka=lots o chocolate. mmm.
09: pumpkin muffin from dunkin donuts. so worth the calories.
[perhaps i should have done 8 pictures in keeping with the theme...too late now. drats.]

8 blissful years and many, many more memories to come...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

8.

eight years ago today i married my best friend.

eight years later i can sincerely say marriage is even better than i ever imagined. then again i've got that husband. you know...the one who leaves me love notes in the car. the one who surprises me in the morning with my favorite pumpkin spice muffin and a hot cup of coffee. the one who gives amazing hour-long massages. the one who surprises me [i love surprises] with dinner reservations at my favorite restaurant. yeah...i've got that husband.

Friday, September 19, 2008

it's the small things...

when i walked out of work, these were on my car...

made me smile. my boss is amazing.
and i'm smiling because i have a weekend with not a whole lot scheduled [for once] and i get to spend it with him:

pico peak, vermont
[speaking of vermont, we just booked our leanto and i can't wait! vermont in the fall = amazing. and our leanto can only be accessed by canoe. good times]
happy weekend to you.

Monday, September 15, 2008

fall=

apple crisp!

and i make a mean apple crisp.
not much beats warm apple crisp & vanilla ice cream...
yay for fall!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

thrify.

some recent thrifty finds at a yard sale...

cute aluminum measuring cup
1940's ceramic dutch shoe planter
ceramic egg cup [everyone needs an egg cup, no?]
vintage ceramic cake plate
this set me back a whole sixty cent!
for reals - $0.60 for all 4 items.
i have a thing for vintage kitchen items.
and i only have so many cupboards...

Friday, September 12, 2008

90 miler.

we had so much fun at the race. mand & i were so very proud of our men! we decided right away we wanted to do it again next year [perhaps easier for the pit crew to say than the paddlers?!] we had a great time running from pit stop to bridge waiting to cheer the boys on. it was so exciting to see them come paddling around the bend. we actually thought we would have a bit more down time and almost missed them at their very first pit stop. but being the spry pit crew that we are, we made it just in the nick of time.

justin under canoe, mike right behind carrying gear.
me: i'm all - 'is everything ok under there?!'
i did make a sprint for the car to grab some emergency tums. pit crew to the rescue. it was so neat to see all the boats dotting the lakes as we drove by. there were 250 boats total.

the first day was very windy and we were nervous for our boys when we saw the waves on some of the lakes. they had 35 miles to paddle and 3.5 miles of portages [yikes] on day 1.

brown tract carry - between eighth lake & raquette lake.
after paddling for many hours and many miles, people would get out and run with their boats on the portages. it was plain crazy. the boys completed day one in 7 hours. the pit crew found a nice campsite on the lake and cooked a yummy dinner of brown rice & black beans and 4-cheese enchiladas. we were all pooped and were asleep by 8.30pm [the racers around us awoke us each morning promptly at 4am - what is there even to do at that ungodly hour?]

finish line day 1. my man.


day 2 started out with rain which is so not fun when you're camping.
the boys paddled 33 miles and had 1.25 miles of portages on day 2.

the pit crews would line the bridges to cheer on their paddlers and drop in any needed goods. i was surprised how intense the racers were. if a water bottle bounced out of the boat, there was no turning around to get it. and some racers would yell as they approached, 'no pit! no pit!' because there were neck and neck with another boat and they didn't want to slow for food & water.

saturday was mike & mand's 5th anniversary, so we made a snazzy sign. i even hired a bagpiper to play in honor of their anniversary...

aj & uncle stu were in the area for meetings, so they came and met us at the finish line. it was fun to see them there. it rained all day off and on. mand and i had set up one tent in the pouring rain to reserve a site. it was still raining when the boys finished so we voted to get a motel room and stay dry for the night. ahhh. it was an adorable vintage little motel. our for reals key to the door was a skeleton key! the door was an old wooden door and there was a cute little tv nook.

by day 3 mand and i were pit crew pros. we found the stops easily [though we may have gotten a little lost on a trail] and would get there with enough time to relax and watch some of the war canoes and other boats come by [who took off before the boys, of course]. we starting nicknaming the racers [whitey, fruitloops, tighty whitey] and would know the boys were getting close when we saw certain boats. i had a great time with my seester and we had lots of laughs.

finish line! woo hoo.
despite having a rather heavy boat and heavy paddles, our brawny men came in 3rd! [who knew people are so into canoe racing and there would be fancy $250 race paddles that everyone else would be using?!] the boys paddled 22 miles and had .6 miles of portages day 3.
16 hours 47 minutes total for team sawyer to complete the 90 miler. to hear about the race from the paddlers perspective... go here.

we had so much fun! mand and i think the whole pierce clan outta race in a war canoe next year...
more pics.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

90 miles later...

here's team sawyer [racers & pit crew] day 1.

we had an awesome weekend. details to come.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

you choose...

which is the best vacation photo from our family trip to the adirondacks...

..delicious donuts..


..star gazing.. [note: click on the picture to see the big dipper!]


..donut boy..


..uncle jojo..


..blue mountain lake chair..


..brovers..


...sooo...what's your vote?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

summer=almost gone.

one of my favorite things about western ny is having four seasons. i love them all. i must admit, i don't know if i'm ready to let summer go. we have so enjoyed summer. camp-outs and cookouts. hiking and biking. tubing and water skiing. ok, so we only did tubing and water skiing once, this past weekend. but it was super fun! this was my first ever attempt at water skiing and i am proud to announce i got up! a great big thanks to mike & mand for having us out to their cottage on lake ontario. and a great big thanks to gamma & gampa [as linc calls them] for letting us use the boat and for the best fried pancakes. ever.


our trusty driver.

pals.

note the sheer determination. we get that from dad.

up.

and down.
the good news is fall is on the way. and i have a bag of uncle rog's apples to prove it. yummm.