Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Justin

Yesterday was Justin's birthday. We started the day out with pleasant sleep in until 8:30. Thank you Lyla for being an amazing sleeper and Grandma RaDean for keeping Emily occupied. We had a delicious breakfast followed by relaxing and playing with the girls. For lunch Justin and I took advantage of having Grandma here and went on a date to an Indian food restaurant. Then Justin, Emily, and I went and picked my Dad up at the airport for a quick visit and stopped by the famous Mike's Pastry on our way home. We brought home a cannoli, cheesecake, chocolate cake, boston creme pie, and a Halloween cupcake. Delicious. So hopefully it was a great day for Justin. We sure love him around here.

Emily made her daddy a birthday card and here is what it said:
"Dear Daddy,
I love you. I really really love you. You are cute.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hello World- My Name is Lyla

We would like to introduce you to our beautiful new daughter. Her name is Lyla Tully Van Dusen. She was born October 24, 2010 at 5:37 p.m. She was 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 20 inches long. She is one of the two most beautiful babies we have ever seen (the other being Emily of course). We love her so much and are excited to share her life with our friends and family!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I forgot to add something to my previous post about apple picking.

On our way home Emily fell asleep and Justin and I were both pretty sleepy. We discussed taking a 'car nap' when we got home so we wouldn't have to wake Emily up. Personally I didn't think it would really happen, but when we got home we pulled in the drive and Justin leaned his chair back. At this point we were both so tired, it honestly seemed like the most logical solution. I followed his lead and back my chair went. The three of us spent the next hour sleeping in our car, in our driveway. What can I say- we're cool.

Apple Picking

Going into this weekend we had one "fall" activity left to do on our list. We went to Honeypot Hill Farms to go apple Picking. It was actually the last day, so the apples were apparently few and far between, but we didn't have any problems finding delicious ones.
In case you were wondering what 39 weeks pregnant (a.k.a. totally done) looks like, here is our adorable family photo from our outing.
This picture was actually taken rather high in the tree. They really are high up in the tree, I just zoomed too much. They are cute though. I like this picture because it reminds me how these past 'weekend outings' Emily has turned into such a Daddy's girl. She only wants him to do everything for her. I'm only there to take the pictures :).
So- Apple Picking. First you walk around and find trees with big delicious looking apples on them. Usually the best ones are up high, so keep your eyes towards the sky.
Then choose how you're going to pick it. You can bend and reach ones that are conveniently at your height...
Or stand on your daddy's shoulders...
Or climb the ladders to reach the ones that are really high.
Sometimes though, the REALLY good ones are just TOO high and trees must be climbed in order to reach them.
Of course, you have to enjoy an apple or two right off the tree. YUM!

After picking we hopped on a hay ride over to the farm to see the animals and taste the treats. There were pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and bunnies. As far as treats go there were cider donuts and fresh apple cider. I personally loved the donuts, but the apple cider was UNBELIEVABLE. I'm already looking forward to going back next year just for that.

So once again we had a wonderful Saturday spending time with the people we love the most. Hopefully next weekend we'll have another little girl to do fun stuff with!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Busy Weekend

Fall time in New England is full of cool stuff, wait what am I saying, basically every season except for winter is full of cool stuff. Anyways, to get everything in you have to pretty much double up on activities every weekend in order to take it all in.

This past weekend we went to a cranberry harvest celebration. Have you ever seen the Ocean Spray commercials where the people are wearing their waders in the huge masses of cranberries- well that scene is real. Isn't this crazy! The workers round up all the cranberries from the bog with ropes and coral them into those 4 posts. There is then a vacuum underneath that pulls the berries down, through some tubes, up a conveyor belt and into a truck. It's was surprising pretty neat to watch.

This following picture will have to count as a 38 week pregnant picture since I don't really document weekly pictures. But fyi- that is how pregnant I am here.
I'm not exactly sure where it is from, but there was a HUGE dirt pile for people to play on. Justin and Emily climbed all the way to the top and then ran down. Pretty simple entertainment. I think Justin was reminded that he isn't quite as young and agile as he use to be.

They had a little station where you could make a "bog in a cup." It gave directions for how to keep it alive through the winter. I think we're (Justin) is going to give it a try.

The Ocean Spray exhibit had a little "bog" for the kids to play in. I love how easily entertained kids are, because they could have played in these cranberries forever.
Here are all of the kids we were with. Well kids and Bob :). I love afternoon outings with friends! They are so relaxing and fun.
After the cranberry festival we headed down to a zoo in Rhode Island that holds a Pumpkin Spectacular every year. There are thousands of pumpkins really interestingly carved and displayed. We took a couple of pictures, but you can't use a flash and I just used my phone, so the quality isn't the best. However, you can get a sense for how incredible the carving was. Sadly I didn't take any pictures of the HUGE pumpkins which were the neatest. I don't really know what I was thinking. Anyways, here's a couple.
After the pumpkin festival we went out to dinner at Texas Roadhouse. A lovely ending to a crazy day.

Monday was Columbus Day. Our town does an annual "Belmont Serves" service day every Columbus day. We missed it last year, but thought it would be fun to go do this year. We signed up to collect food for the local food pantry. It was really fun to go door to door and talk to people. Emily thought it was really fun too. It is nice to have her old enough to somewhat explain that we are doing something to help other people.
We had actually planned on going apple picking/pumpkin patch/corn maze after the activity. However, we got home and all fell asleep. Maybe we'll do that next weekend.

Sadly, even with all of these activities our little Nemo decided she didn't want to come join us. Maybe that will happen next weekend too.

Conference Weekend

The weekend of General Conference is always one that I look forward to for a couple of different reasons. The first and probably most important is that we get to hear from the Prophet and general authorities. The next is that our family is together pretty much the entire time. We pretty much just stay home and it's nice to be around each other.

So Sunday morning I (Allison) woke up and mentioned that I really wanted cinnamon rolls and thought maybe I'd try making them. Somehow (and this happens often) I mention that I want something and Justin ends up being the maker. I personally love it. I'm glad in this particular instance, I was able to help by supplying the apron. And yes, Justin's cinnamon rolls were wonderful.
Between sessions on Saturday we decided to plant daffodils and tulips in our front yard for this spring. Emily was more than happy to help her daddy with more planting. Unfortunately for her, they won't bloom for several months. For the few days after planting she would run and check the window to see if her flowers were there. She's kind of forgotten about them now, so it will be a nice surprise when they show up this spring. (p.s. if you are somewhere where you grow tulips and daffodils, get your bulbs at Costco. You can get 100 or 90, i can't remember, for $20!!).