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Monica has written 135 posts for perdueosity

A New Endeavor In Creativity

I was unfortunately laid off at the beginning of this year, and while home with Paul and the Baby Man, we decided to beef up our design and printing offering. With my experience and abilities with web development and creative direction, we decided to develop a new site to feature the awesome invitations by PERDUE VISION.

So we are now introducing PV Invitations! Paul has been doing custom design invitations since we first got engaged as we wanted a very specialized design for our own wedding invitations. We hooked up with a great screen printing company in India, and we have fully hand-made and custom designed invitations for every occasion – weddings, bat mitzvah, bar mitzvah, wedding showers, baby showers, birthdays and more!

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We also do smaller run, and more budget conscious options in-house, but for whatever your needs, PV Invitations has it covered! Check out the new site and the beautiful portfolio, and check back regularly as we are adding new designs regularly!

Thanks for everyone’s support thus far and don’t hesitate to contact us about any web and printing needs you have… especially invitations!

 

A Kentucky Wedding Weekend to Remember!

So I hope you have some extra time on your hands because you are going to need it to get through this entire post! We are squeezing a wedding weekend jam packed with activities into this post! It’s all worth it, but it may take a hot minute to get through it all. But PLEASE NOTE: we saved the best part for last…

So, the last weekend of May 2014 we headed up to Lexington, Kentucky for fun times with family and an amazing wedding! Paul’s cousin Haley Perdue was getting married to her long time boyfriend/fiancé (of 9 years), so we made the wedding weekend into an extended family affair!

Our first day in Lexington, was packed full of fun and educational activities! We started our little adventure with a trip to Buffalo Trace Distillery, “the world’s most award winning distillery,” and not surprisingly so, considering it’s been around for over 200 years! We toured around the campus and learned about the different types of bourbon, how the aging process varies based on where the barrels are stored. We also got to see the bottling process which was actually really cool – and it was surprisingly a much more hands on process, i.e. people and not machines! From there we headed to the tasting which was obviously the highlight of the entire tour! My favorite was the Bourbon Cream – I know… blaspheme! But I am a milk drinker so it’s only fitting. Second favorite was the bourbon balls! YUMMMM! And of course I believe Paul thoroughly enjoyed the Buffalo Trace, and we can’t forget Liam aka Baby Man – who had his first root beer and couldn’t get enough!

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After the distillery tour, we headed to the state capital where Paul’s Dad’s cousin, John Minton, is the Chief Justice for the Kentucky State Supreme Court! We got the VIP tour around the capital by the Chief Justice himself! It was definitely a cool experience and quite a beautiful building as well! The highlight for us was when we got the awesome shot of Liam doing his chief justice impersonation in the courtroom! You gotta see that one!

kentucky state capitol-1Before we left the capital Paul caught this impromptu pic of the family all squeezed in the elevator! How fun is that!? Looks like we should be in a reality show, sitcom of something.

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We were all starving at this point… can you tell?? So our next stop was a LATE lunch at Rick’s White Light Diner in Frankfort, KY! It may have been because we were all starving, but this was some of the best New Orleans style food I’ve had! They were featured on Diner’s Drive-In’s and Dives, and I can totally see why. It was definitely your whole in the wall kind of place, it had an awesome atmosphere, interesting bathroom, and some awesome food! I have to say, I think I enjoyed it better than a lot of what we had while in New Orleans last year! The Muffaletta was to die for and the po-boys were definitely amazing too!

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Look at that adorable baby man! He was so tuckered out from that busy day!

Day Two in Kentucky we had plans to go to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill! We started off with a delicious lunch at the Inn at Shaker Village. Again, Liam couldn’t get enough of the delicious food, and I also must say the old fashion high chair totally beats out most of the restaurant baby seats these days!

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We shopped at the Craft shop that had all kinds of great local merchandise and more importantly tickets for the Dixie Belle Ferry! I think it may have been Liam’s first ferry ride and he embraced the experience – took charge sitting proud in the captain’s chair! It was a beautiful ride, and we had a lot of fun!

dixie belle And check out the above image of High Bridge – the  Dixie Belle takes you right under this “engineering marvel – built in 1877 – and standing 6 feet higher than the Statue of Liberty!

But the most fun and rewarding part of the whole trip was the opportunity to not only share in Haley and Marcus’ big day, but to also play a part in capturing the memories (as videographers for the wedding) they will have from that day for the rest of their lives, and the lives of generations to come! While it was a lot of work, especially for Paul, it has been such a great experience! Check out the highlight video from the wedding to get a glimpse into what we all experienced!

To view the full length video, with an awesome speech from the Father of the Bride, click here!

The Happiest Mother’s Day Yet…

So I’ve taken a bit of a sabbatical from the blog, but wanted to share my wonderful Mother’s Day video with you! We had a great time with our little man on the beach all day, he was so tuckered out by the end of it all he snuggled up on Mommy and passed out!

Hope you enjoy!

Liam’s First Christmas | 2013

Liam’s first Christmas was wonderful! We spent Christmas Eve at my parent’s house – dinner with both Paul’s and my parents, and my brother, A.J. Liam enjoyed sitting at the table with us and then opening all kinds of fun gifts! (sorry no pics from the Eve).

Christmas morning was a lot of fun, I think the highlight was definitely seeing Liam’s reaction to his gifts. Obviously he doesn’t understand anything about Christmas, but he definitely had fun with the new gifts. We started off with Scout – I had a lot of fun programing him, and Liam loves toys that talk to him, so he got a kick out of his new Scout plush pup!

LiamChristmas2013_ScoutNext was the gift hand-picked from Daddy! Liam’s very own laptop! Liam is always trying to get on our laptops, so now he’s got his very own to bang away at those keys! And to his delight it has a mouse too! So yummy!!

LiamChristmas2013_laptopAnd lastly Liam got his first Early Rider! It’s essentially a bike, but a very cool bike. It can turn in any direction and helps to develop balance. Liam has a bit of growing to do, but he definitely seems to like it. Another thing that he can chase after Chunk with… hehehe

LiamChristmas2013_earlyriderWe also had a wonderful Christmas, and following our little family time, we headed to Gama and PaPa’s for some brunch and more holiday fun! Al in all it was a wonderful first Christmas for this growing family!

LiamChristmas2013_goodtimesWe hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and look forward to a wonderful New Year!

Gerber is the Real Deal! Vote for Our Baby Man!

We’re so proud of our little man, we just want to share him wherever and whenever we can! It would be so cool if he got lots of votes in the Gerber Photo Search 2013! Click Here to Vote!

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NYC…Better Late than Never

Following our trip to Philly, we headed to NYC to visit with our good friends Derrick and Jesus, and celebrate my birthday in the city! We got to check out their new place and have fun running around the city!

Day One:

First stop, Derrick and Jesus’ place! It’s a nice spot in Jersey, a short drive from the city! They fell in love with the colorful living and dining rooms.
NYC2013_1Next stop, Katz Deli! Paul had to get the notorious pastrami and swiss, as seen on Adam Richman‘s Man v. Food, and of course the orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally! Everything was delish!
NYC2013_2From Katz, we headed around town for some more pics, but ended our evening with some of Paul’s best work yet. NYC photos from Brooklyn! They turned out amazing! It was funny because this was the photo spot, and there were so many people with cameras out there.

NYC2013_3It was a fun-filled day, and we felt pretty good about everything we did.

Day Two:

My birthday, YEAH! All I really wanted, was some birthday cake, so we decided to head to Greenwich Village for a little window shopping and to go to The Magnolia Bakery (as seen in Sex and the City), and we got some amazing cupcakes! The peanut butter and jelly cupcake was my favorite! We decided to enjoy our deserts in the park right by Bleecker playground, it was definitely the spot to be.

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From there we decided to head to China Town for a little more shopping if you know what I mean! ;) I definitely have to say, my birthday was pretty wonderful!

NYC2013_5Before we headed back to Derrick’s we decided to stop by Time Square for a couple more pictures. Paul outdid himself for sure.

NYC2013_TimeSquareHDRsAnd of course we couldn’t leave the city without getting a pic of the Challenger in the city…

NYC2013_ChallengerNext time – the plan will be to stay in the city… maybe the Waldorf Astoria! hehehe

Parents.com Photo Contest

So I’ve entered this pic of Liam into the Parents.com Photo contest. He was #126 and now he’s #103! That’s an improvement! So I thought I would post to my blog to see if we can’t get some more votes! You can vote daily! It would be so exciting if he won!

Click here to Vote!Philly064-XL

Pumpkin Fun | 2013

It’s that time of the year and pumpkins are all the rage, of course! With a new little one in the family we had to take Liam (aka Baby Man) out to the pumpkin patch for those notorious fall pictures. We headed to the Custom Wood & Garden Shop at Hamilton Mill and I-85. They feature seasonal products, and this time of the year that includes pumpkins! They had lots of pumpkins, bunnies for petting and purchasing, ponies for riding, and jumpies too!

Liam was such a great sport! It was so hard to decide which pictures to share!

LiamsFirstPumpkinPatchI love that pouty face!

After getting a lot of pumpkin shots, we decided to have a little fun with bunnies! Liam really liked petting the bunny, and the bunny was quite tolerable. I was the only one not having absolute fun, worried the bunny would go rogue on Liam and he’d leave the pumpkin patch crying with nibbled fingers. No such thing happen, and no bunnies were harmed! haha But we did get some absolutely adorable shots!

LiamandBunnyWe had the Chunk Master with us, and Paul could not resist getting some classic shots of Chunk and the pumpkins.

ChunkandPumpkinsI love the shot of Chunk and Liam… they look like the best of friends here. Unfortunately Liam was losing patience with Daddy, so it was only a matter of time before we had to hit the road!

Paul’s Mom and our niece and nephew, Kennedy and Trey, met us up at the pumpkin patch for some more fun pictures. Had to get some sweet pics of the “grand-babies” in for GaMa!

CousinsWe then headed back to GaMa’s house for some pumpkin carving! Trey and Kennedy made some creative jack-o-lanterns! As night fell, Paul was able to get some creative shots of all the kids with the glow of the newly carved pumpkins.

I love my photographer Husband! Our house will be filled with beautiful photos of our family! See all the photos from our Pumpkin Patch Shoot Here

Destination Philadelphia

My cousin Marisa’s wedding was fast approaching and with our Baby Man – Liam, we figured it would be a good reason to make a road trip out of the occasion. The wedding was to take place in downtown Philly, so we made a plan to continue our trip beyond the wedding, but our trip started in Philly!

Our first stop once we hit Philadelphia was of course Pat’s King of Steaks, and it was definitely true to the classic Philly Cheese Steak. We tried ours with American cheese, but apparently it’s supposed to be good with cheese whiz…. hmm not sure what I think about that. So we could check Philly Cheese steak off the list!Philly005 edThe wedding was at The Bellevue Philadelphia, and we were lucky enough to be able to share a suite with my parents. It was great considering we had Liam with us! The rooms were awesome and the living space was great for hanging out and visiting with family before the wedding.

Philly018 roomsWhat a great view! And of course it was great as my parents were happy to help us out so we could have some time in the city.

After settling in we couldn’t resist taking pics of our little man it this posh suite!

Philly064 bwSo our first night in the city we went to the Philly’s game, thanks to my brother. It was ironically the first and only baseball game I’ve been to this year. It was definitely a fun time, and so convenient to our hotel as we were able to take the subway! And I was happy to get my Phillies cap of ice cream, and was able to bring a souvenir back to baby man!

Philly120b pan edDay 2 in Philly: We had some time to sight-see and visit with family before the wedding! We got to see the LOVE sign, and I must say it wasn’t as impressive as I imagined, but that was another must-do that got checked off the list. Liam really enjoyed it!

Philly191 edAnd the day continued with a fun visit with family! I was able to meet up with my cousin Beth and her daughter Ramona, who was born just three weeks before Liam! It was a lot of fun, so awesome to get to see everyone! Ramona is a cutie pie, and she and Liam had fun – I can’t wait to see how they are together as they get older!

Philly236 edAnd before we put the camera away, my Dad had to have his photo of all the men, including baby man in their “flat caps!” It’ll be fun to share all these photos with Liam one day!

The wedding was fast approaching, and we were getting ready to head to the wedding. Thankfully my parents made arrangements with my Dad’s cousin Valerie to watch Liam and she volunteered to take both Liam and Ramona! Thank you again Valerie! You were an amazing baby sitter and it was also very nice to visit with you and catch up for the short time we were able to spend with you!

The evening continued with my cousin Marisa’s lavish wedding! It was by far the most extensive wedding Paul or I have ever been to! The ceremony we slow to start (in a funny way), but was a very sweet ceremony! And from there we went to an awesome cocktail hour with shrimp cocktail and oyster, dim sum and sushi, and delicious cheese and meats, not to mention the various items served throughout the room. And the reception was even more pleasing with a delicious salad and shrimp cocktail, a pear sorbet palette cleanser, and a delicious fillet and crab topped white fish! Absolutely amazing! But it didn’t end there, they had a 12 or 13 piece band that had no problem getting everyone on the dance floor between courses, and a closing with a delicious piece of vanilla wedding cake with raspberry filling with a scoop of chocolate chocolate chip ice cream! And you’d think that would be enough, but you could also take a little desert night-cap with you of eclairs and other sweet pastries! Mmmmmm…

Philly279 edThe evening wound down with more family shots, and we were out until brunch the next morning!

Day 3 in Philly: Started off with an extensive brunch! We were excited as we wanted to be able to show off the little ones. Beth brought Ramona and we brought Liam and both of them got to visit with all the cousins and extended family. It was nice for everyone to be able to gather one more time.

Philly308Liam wore his tie and cardigan for the occasion! It really was wonderful to see everyone!

It was our last day in Philly, so we decided we couldn’t leave without doing a little more sight-seeing!

First we went to the Philadelphia Art Museum to see the notorious Rocky steps! So cool! The funny thing is the Museum is more visited because of Rocky than because of the exhibits…

Philly318 edWe checked Rocky off the list and one last stop before we headed to NJ and NYC! The Liberty Bell! I hadn’t been there since I was a little girl and it was definitely cool to see if as an adult. And it’s exciting that we were able to take Liam to all these cool places, even if he won’t remember any of it.

Philly367 edAnd last, but not least we decided to stop at my childhood home, in Delran, NJ! It was pretty much on the way, and very cool to be able to share with Paul.

It looks pretty much the same, except they tore down the awesome tree I used to play on that was in the front yard. Was pretty cool to drive through the old neighborhood, even if it was only a small part of the trip!

Philly392Next up, NYC here we come!

See more photos from our Philly Trip! Click Here

 

Dabbling with Some Baby Man Photo Video!

We were up into the late hours playing with all the pictures and some video that we’ve collected of Liam so far and couldn’t resist putting this little video together!

Hope you enjoy, it’s short and sweet! I can’t imagine what it’ll look like when we’ve got a year of photos!

Look at You!

Look at us

Shopping for hats before his big cruise! Couldn't resist! Had to get Baby Man his own chair! Selfie... Being silly with my Baby Man! Liam's passport has arrived and he really does look like a Baby Man! He's ready to travel the world! Just had to share... Love watching my happy little baby man play!
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