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My favorite time of day

Putting Little Richie to bed is one of my favorite things to do, and not just because I can finally get some things done. I love it because we have some quality cuddle time, and there is nothing like the feeling of having a baby sleeping on your chest. Little Richie LOVES books and reading is part of his bedtime routine; he usually has to be holding a book while I read to him and I can't get the book out of his hands until he is almost asleep. After a book or two I ask him if he wants to turn out the light and he reaches toward the light switch, so I carry him over to it and he turns it off. The past couple nights I haven't even had to ask, he just reaches and points when he is ready. For a few minutes after we turn off the light we cuddle in the rocking chair and I sing to him. I love the feeling of him in my arms, falling asleep.

He has recently decided to start waking up at 6 a.m. instead of 7, and it has been a difficult adjustment. The other morning I was not ready…

How to hail a cab

Yesterday we went into the city to go to the Manhattan Temple. We were unable to find a babysitter, so Little Richie went with us and one of us went in while the other stayed outside with Richie and then we switched off. He was such a good sport. He was not raised riding in a stroller every day like his cousins Isaac and Stella, so he will only tolerate riding for shorter amounts of time before he wants to get out and run around or be held. On top of that it was pretty cold, so after we were finished in the temple we decided he had been stuck in the stroller for long enough. We had been in the city for several hours by that point and I am still feeling under the weather, so we decided to take a taxi to Penn Station instead of riding the subway. (For some reason my obsessive need to have the baby in a car seat goes away when we are in the city and I am exhausted and ready to be home.)

So Big Richie was standing on the curb trying to hail a cab with his right arm, and holding Litt…

Bathtime Fun!

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Richie LOVES his baths. As soon as I say "Want to take a bath?" he is down the hall, in front of the bathroom door, and ready for action.



The above hairstyle was accomplished without shampoo or anything. He is just a natural born rock star!



This time he did have shampoo in his hair. (Yes, it is time for his third haircut, and he is only seventeen months old.)

Sniffles and Sneezes

Little Richie and I have been dealing with colds for a couple weeks now and we just can't seem to shake them. Little Richie got his first and of course I caught it from him; it was inevitable with the constant stream of snot coming from his nose. He is actually doing better recently, his cough is gone and his nose does not run steadily anymore, but he is also cutting two molars on top of everything, so he is pretty uncomfortable. We have had some long and sleepless nights in the last couple weeks.

My cold has really taken me out of commission and I am very annoyed about it. I thought that it would just last a couple days and I would be fine, but that is not what happened. At first it was just an annoyance having a runny nose, then a stuffy nose, then a runny nose, the way colds go. Then a couple days ago my sinuses were killing me and the pressure in my head was really bad, I had started to feel good the day before this happened so I was not happy with this new development. …

Fun Facts About . . .

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Here are a few interesting things about the State of New Jersey.

* New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the U.S. with an average of 1,100 people per square mile.
* New Jersey has the most dense system of highways and railroads in the U.S.
* New Jersey is the only state where all its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.
* New Jersey has more race horses than Kentucky.
* The light bulb, phonograph (record player), and motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park laboratory.
* Atlantic City is where the street names came from for the game Monopoly.
* The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick in 1889. Rutgers College played Princeton. Rutgers won.
* The first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden.
* New Jersey is the home of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
* The first professional basketball game was played in New Jersey in 1896.
* The first dinosaur skeleton discovered in North America was found…

Lights Up!

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This is the first posting on my new blog! I decided to create a blog to keep family and friends informed of how things are going for us here in New Jersey. It may not be very exciting, but it is our life.

It has been almost six months that we have lived here in North Brunswick, New Jersey, and we are pretty well settled. Richie (aka Daddy) started his second semester of the graduate acting program at Rutgers University on Tuesday, and we are all getting back into the old routine. He leaves for class by 8 a.m. and is home by 2:30, 4:30 or 6:00 p.m., depending on the day. Little Richie and I usually drop Daddy off at school, but this semester, Richie is trying out public transportation and taking the bus. It is nice to not have to go out into the cold, now that winter seems to have finally arrived. After we drop Richie off at school, we sometimes go grocery shopping, but usually we just go home and spend time together. It is always fun to go pick Daddy up from class because after…