Archive for the ‘Salem’ Category

Let it snow!

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Lulu’s first snow!

I can't put my arms down!

I can't put my arms down!

snowflakes on her eyelashes

All of us in the snow

“This is Halloween…”

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Halloween has finally come and gone. There’s is little doubt that it is our favorite time of year and that everyone else knows it! Because of that, Lulu received many cute outfits and hats to celebrate the season. Here are just a few of her spooky-cute looks!

This is her lil ghosty hat.
This is her lil ghosty hat.
Mr. Bat Hat
Mr. Bat Hat
She really is so cute it's scary!
She really is so cute its scary
No bones about it, this is adorable!
No bones about it, this is adorable!
her Mummy luvs her! A favorite at daycare.
her Mummy luvs her! A favorite at daycare.
happy lil devil
happy lil devil
Little Devils hanging together.
Little Devils hanging together.

With Halloween being on Friday this year we didn’t know what the night would hold in store for our little town. The police brought in lots of reinforcements and we all thought it was just going to explode with people. In the end, it was not a very rowdy crowd at all.

Normally Forrest and I would gleefully be in the middle of all the madness, but with Lulu in tow we almost expected to stay in the house in hiding. Because of that we didn’t really plan out costumes this year, but at the last minute we decided to pull something together.

Dr. Zombie
Dr. Zombie
Mommy vampire with her tasty baby treat.
Mommy vampire with her tasty baby treat.

We had a lot of people stop to take pictures of us (and with us) for the time that we were outside. A lot of people were actually surprised to realize that Lulu was a real baby, but it was the only way I could think to logically incorporate her into my costume without requiring the stroller.

Most people thought it was really cool. The contrast of my sinister appearance and her innocent sweetness really worked. Some were not so supportive, convinced she’d be scarred for life. For the most part we were commended for being a “cool” family.

She was incredibly good for the whole night, considering she was stuck in the sling for the majority of it. If she wasn’t asleep, she just looked around at all there was to see. Everyone commented on how beautiful she was (and truth be told it she probably looked even more so due to my frightening visage).

Next year we’ll probably have to have costumes that are a bit more benevolent. Since she’ll be more aware of what’s going on around her, I doubt if I went into her room looking as I did this year that she would greet me with a giant smile.  I guess it’s a good thing I have a full year to think about it. I don’t know how to do a costume that’s not creepy!

Oktoberfest, yah?

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Yesterday was a pretty busy day for such a little girl. Lulu spent a few hours in the early afternoon down in Braintree with her Grammy & Grampy Frazier while Mom and Dad went to a theology lesson about baptism. She had lots of fun there (and even took a nap on her grandmother).

We headed back up to Salem to avoid getting home too late. On the way back to the house we got an invite by Miss Gwendolyn to stop in at the Witch City Oktoberfest tent for a beer. The weather was nice, the boys were in lederhosen and the girls in dirndl and Lulu was in a great mood. She was all smiles while the ompah band, Bavarian Hofbrau played. We didn’t stay for very long but the time we were there was really fun.

Lulu digging on the music

Lulu having a good time

Lulu is always amused by Gwen's fashion

Lulu is always amused by Gwen's fashion

We like the ompha, yah?

We like the ompha, yah?

Twinkle, twinkle little bat

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

“Twinkle, twinkle little bat How I wonder what you’re at! Up above the world you fly, Like a tea-tray in the sky”

Lewis Carroll

Way before Lulu was even born, her Auntie Mel bought this cute bat hat. Up until now, her head’s been way too small to wear it. It is the silliest little hat, but she looks adorable in it and garnered much attention from the large crowds of tourists around town!

We’ve all had colds in recent weeks and being out in the crisp, fall air didn’t help contain Lulu’s constantly runny nose. Forrest made me take this video. It’s too funny not to share!

Every day is Halloween…

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

…especially when you’re a Salem baby! Yesterday we went out into the chaos and crowds of downtown Salem to take it all in. Here’s Lulu modeling one of her many Halloween outfits! This one says “I love my mummy.”

down in the park

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Photo shoot at Salem Common today! It was a bit chilly this afternoon, so there aren’t a whole lot where you can see her little dress!

movies!

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Yesterday Lulu and I went to the movies and saw the latest “Mummy” movie together!

The mom & baby specific show was not as bad as I thought it would be. There were only six babies there, and out of the six only one was an active, vocal toddler. I brought the baby in her peanut shell sling rather than lugging the stroller in. The house lights were up in the theater, but it was still dim enough to watch the movie and the sound was not as loud as a normal show would be.

I wasn’t sure how things were going to go, whether I’d get irritated by other people’s kids or that mine would be fussy. It was either going to be a great thing or a giant mistake. Turned out to be ok. Lulu slept through the entire movie and barely made a peep, the other kids didn’t bother me too much and while the movie wasn’t the best I’ve ever seen it didn’t completely suck and it got us out of the house. I definitely see a few more of these shows in our future!

Lulu zonked out for the movie

Lulu zonked out for the movie

blurry pic of us

blurry pic of us

Big day out

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

I’m one week old, that’s old enough to be “portable” according to mom and dad. So today my portable self had a bunch of firsts, it was a full day out.

We started by going to Front Street Cafe. I guess mom and dad start their Saturday mornings off having a coffee and bagel there. But today we just got their breakfast to go so we could take a car ride down to some place called Braintree. Dad and I watched this Braintree place on TV Friday morning, that’s where they reported the news from.

In Braintree we met my Great Grandma, she has the same name as me Lucille. I guess she had it first.

Great Granma Frazier

Great Grandma Frazier (click image to view larger)

After we left Great Grandma’s house we visited all my grandparents. I stayed awake much more than most days, and both my Grandfather and Grandmother fed me while we were out visiting.

Eventually we came back home but not for long. Before you knew it mom and dad put me in the peanut shell and headed out. We went to my first party. I met all these strange people. There were girls with black hair in corsetts, boys with leather pants and top hats, belly dancers, hula-hoopers and even a doggie! Mom and dad knew all sorts of people there like the people who owned the store where the party was, the DJ playing punk and industrial music, the guy selling t-shirts, the girl and all the boys from the tattoo shop.

Fools Mansion grand re-opening celebration

Fools Mansion grand re-opening celebration

By now it was pretty late and everybody was going to go for a drink. As we were walking down towards home dad changed the plans and we went for an Italian ice instead.

Me at Rita's Italian Ice

Mom and me at Rita's Italian Ice

I was awake by now so we just sat down on a bench by my house for a long time and watched the people go by. Mom and dad talked to lots of people they knew it seemed like everyone was up late at night like me.

We went home just in time for me to have a bottle.

These 16 hour days are nothing. I don’t know why dad was so tired.