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October in Review

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October is over! This was a very busy month for us with more holidays to celebrate, training for the 1/2 marathon, and my brother’s wedding. Here are some of the highlights!

Family Activities:

  • We decorated our Sukkah and celebrated Sukkot.
  • Simon, Zachary, and I hung out at the park with some of our friends:

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  • We celebrated Simchat Torah.
  • Gabbie got new Legos.
  • Simon and I enjoyed the park.
  • The kids and I went to the park on a treasure hunt for leaves and a geocache.
  • Simon and I (and a friend) visited the farm:

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Around the House:


Coming up:

  • My birthday!
  • The 1/2 Marathon!
  • Thanksgiving!
  • I am planning to take part in eighteen25’s Thankful Book project, where each day in November I will take an Instagram picture of something I am thankful for. Check it out and let me know if you decide to participate too!

Happy November Everyone!

Flashback Feature #3 – Hurricane Floyd

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

In honor of my friends and family in NJ dealing with Hurricane Sandy, today’s Flashback Feature is Hurricane Floyd. Floyd was actually a tropical storm when it hit New Brunswick, NJ in September of 1999, when I was a college senior. We had classes canceled the day of the storm and the day after, because all the roads leading on and off campus were flooded. Dave and I took a walk on the highway and I took these pictures!

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That line across the water is the lower bridge, I am standing on the higher bridge.


Floyd was a lot less damaging overall compared to Irene, which hit last year in August. I was not in NJ anymore to experience that storm, but I saw pictures online of the town I lived in and our favorite park totally under water. Sandy is expected to be even worse than Irene, from what I’m hearing. I am so thankful we don’t live in NJ right now! My parents are still in Atlanta as they drove down and my brother thinks they’d be better off not returning yet. If they had flown, their flight back surely would have been cancelled! I do have many friends and my in-laws in NJ who are in my thoughts as they deal with the storm. I hope for their sakes it is less severe than expected.

My Brother’s Wedding

Monday, October 29, 2012

We’re back from my brother’s wedding and I am here to share a few pictures with you! The wedding was in Atlanta at The Temple, the oldest Jewish synagogue in Atlanta. The ceremony was held in the beautiful sanctuary and I hope to share some of the professional photos when they are available. For now, the first two photos are from a friend of the bride and groom and the rest are a look into the wedding from the eyes of a young family.

A photo of the ceremony.

Mark and Sara striking a pose.

Just after the ceremony.

Gabbie the leaf girl and Zachary the proud brother. I am told Gabbie did well walking down the aisle, but I couldn’t see a thing! Hopefully the photographer got pictures!

The three crazy kids.

The new married couple.

Sara and my boys.

Sara’s flowers.

Gabbie and Sara.

The only full length view of me I have. Everyone seems to think I look amazing in this picture – I hate to imagine what I look like regularly!

Mark and kids 1 and 2.

Mark and the 3 kids.

Table place cards were mason jars with candy.

4 generations of women – me, Gramy, Mommy, Gabbie.

Table centerpiece. And the apples were real!

The Ketubah and the cake.

Closer view of the Ketubah (marriage contract)

My parents.

First dance.

Simon watching the dancing.

Simon and Sara.

Then Simon fell asleep.

Gabbie and Zachary sat like this throughout the party. I always imagined them dancing at Mark’s wedding.

Mark got Gabbie up for about a minute.

Cutting the cake.

Me, my brother, and our parents!

I will be back to share more from the wedding when I have the photos available, plus more on our trip to Atlanta later this week!

Sneak Peak – Pre-Wedding Photos

Friday, October 26, 2012

I took the kids to get their portraits taken wearing the clothes they’ll be wearing at the wedding! It was kind of like a dress rehearsal. Here’s a preview of what they’ll look like on Saturday night!

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Lots more pictures to come after the wedding!