Life of the Levines

June 22nd, 2011 at 9:22 am (family)
Im now going to be blogging/journaling at instead of at
So if you have me set up on google reader, youll have to update the info in order for new posts to show up.
Ive loved the other site, but change is always good, right?
This is definitely the year of change at least for me and my family and friends!
June 21st, 2011 at 3:58 pm (Gabriella, family)
Weve been struggling with nap time, and bed time for that matter, since she has learned to pull herself up on things. Shell be tired as can be and settled then as soon as she is placed in the crib and we leave the room she screams. Shes begun to pull herself up and then cant get herself back down so when I come back in the room to check on her, shes hysterical. Not the funny, I want to laugh, but the sad I cant believe I let my baby cry for 5-10 minutes because I thought she was going to settle down and fall asleep like she has in the past. Shell be standing in her crib screaming hysterically with her nose running and her face completely red.
Anyone have suggestions on how to keep her from pulling herself to standing position in the crib?
The following pictures are from Bries nap while at a friends house. We were amazed at how quickly she seemed to fall asleep and figured she must have been extremely tired from all of the attention she had gotten.
The above is what Mat found when he went to check on her! Shes having a blast playing the piano!
June 21st, 2011 at 3:31 pm (family)
We went visiting a co-worker of Mats this past weekend.
It was wonderful to go see another area of upstate NY and we really enjoyed their hospitality!
Their daughter had prepared the room for Brie with some of her toys and made a sleep area and play area for Brie.
They took us on a lovely walk to a couple of waterfalls, which Brie, Ruby and Maddy (the dog) loved playing in. Afterwards, we were taken to an overlook to see Canandaigua Lake which was close by. Then we had a lovely late lunch and got back on the road home. It was nice to go visiting.
June 17th, 2011 at 11:17 am (garden)
I wasnt going to have a garden this year.
I just decided since we moved up here late and we werent going to stay in this 1/2 a house we moved into long term that we wouldnt have one.
But once it started feeling more like spring/summer and I was seeing everyone start to plow their garden space and begin planting I began missing it.
So, I decided to try something new a vegetable garden in containers.
Well see how it goes.
I need to get a trellis or cage for the cucumber and zuchini plants to grow up.
They are growing so quickly.
The two tomato plants are happy as can be.
Its a small garden, but better than not having anything.
Maybe next year well go bigger.
Good thing we are moving to our new rental in a couple of weeks, because soon these plants are going to be too big to move!
June 16th, 2011 at 4:43 pm (family)
Mats family took a road trip and came to visit us for a long weekend.
We enjoyed having them around and showing them where we live.
They were lucky enough to be in town the one weekend they had a parade right in front of our house Bries first parade ever. We went out to Black Pond, took a walk near Sandy Creek, saw Oswego (to see the neighborhood we are moving to), the Derby Hill Bird Observatory, Sackets Harbor Battlefield and Sackets Harbor downtown area. On Sunday, Mat and his dad canoed up Sandy Creek to Lake Ontario while the girls walked the 3 mile loop. It was a little windy and chilly so we didnt get in the water. It was a fun time and we hated to see it end, but they for some reason, had to go back to their real world and work lives.
Heres some pictures from the weekend (I didnt take very many, as there seemed to be plenty of pictures being taken by others. So some are from Sara and when Naomis are up on flickr, Ill add a link. Heres the link to the slideshow.)
Paddling Sandy Creek
hanging out at Sacket’s Harbor Battlefield
Brie with her bunny that Auntie Sara made
The Levines
baby Painted Turtle we saw at Sacket’s Harbor Battlefield
June 15th, 2011 at 10:58 am (Gabriella)
I dont know why I decided to bake last week on one of the hottest days yet. But I did. So our house was quite warm and I decided to cool us all off wed go sit in the creek. It was really quite lovely and cooled us right down.
June 8th, 2011 at 12:59 pm (Gabriella)
It wasnt the warmest day of the year, but warm enough for Brie to stick her feet in the water.
She loved it.
She also loved sitting in the sand and running her fingers through the sand.
Then putting the sandy hand in her mouth!
June 1st, 2011 at 10:26 am (family)
We enjoyed a lovely walk on Memorial day. On one of our walks, someone mentioned that there is a 3-mile loop that you can do which takes you over a restored bridge. We love it because it also has a little path that you can access Sandy Creek which runs through town. (I dont know why, but 3 to 3 1/2 miles, is the perfect walk mileage for me.) We cooled our feet off in the creek and we also stopped in at the local ice cream window and enjoyed a root beer float. Then we went home and grilled portobello mushrooms to have with pesto pasta. A very lovely day indeed.
June 1st, 2011 at 9:52 am (Gabriella)
Brie cut her second tooth yesterday. It wasnt as bad as her first tooth. I dont know if it is the baltic amber teething necklace or that I was more aware of the symptoms. It is rewarding to see the top of her tooth coming through the gum and to feel its sharp edge with my finger. I like knowing there is a reason behind all of her fussiness, her elevated temperatures and her lack of sleep which means Im not getting much sleep.
May 29th, 2011 at 2:39 pm (Gabriella)
No matter how many times I hear Bries laugh, it makes me smile and laugh!