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Welcome to my blog! I started it in the spring of 2008 when I found out I was pregnant with our first child, mainly so that my friends and family could hear all the gory details about my pregnancy.  Since those early days I've expanded to blog about quite a smorgasbord of things, including but certainly not limited to photography, secondary infertility, parenting, sewing and random tidbits.

I'm Pennsylvania born and bred, yet somehow ended up living in the land of the Boston Red Sox and married to a Yankees fan... I met my husband on (yes, it works- if you're single and don't want to be give it a shot!) in February of 2005 and we got married in October of 2006.  My husband and I have a little boy who was born in November of 2008, a baby girl born in August of 2012 and two dogs, an English Springer Spaniel named Socks and a Miniature Dachshund named Gabby.  Until the end of 2012 I was both a stay at home mom AND a working mom- working four days a week in and out of the office.  With the new year came a new career for me and I'm now adjusting to life as a full-time stay at home mom!  Recently I've started up my own photography business- visit my website at!

We're constantly in the middle of renovating and redecorating the house we bought in October 2007. As for hobbies, I'm into photography, sewing, baking, craft projects, digital scrapbooking, Martha Stewart, reading and travel, depending on my mood... So you can expect some posts on here about any and all of the above- a regular old hodge-podge of stuff! And if you're wondering where Emskyrooney came from- when I was little my dad used to call me Emskyrooney-Girl. The nickname stuck and some of my friends even call me Emsky!

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Thought it was time for a little update on the projects we're working on at Casa LeBaron.   In living room news, our fireplace is almost finished!  The new tile has been grouted (no pictures yet) and all we have left to do is seal the grout and install the new fireplace doors.  Then I have to figure out how I want to style the mantel- I usually just throw a bunch of frames and things up there but am not sure if that's the way I want to go right now...  Here's how it's looking (or, here's how it was looking before we grouted the tile): Below is a close up of how we fixed our cabinet doors.  Originally they were oak with horrible brass hardware.  The panels on each door front was cracked and they were U-G-L-Y.  So we popped out the panels, painted the frames, and used my handy dandy glue gun to inset new panels.  The new panels were made from one sheet of radiator screening that we cut to size and sprayed with oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.  We added new handles and…

11 Days, 2 Parties, 6 Cakes, and 600 Miles...

Phew!  The past two weeks have been pretty hectic and LP and I are just starting to recover! 

We started last weekend with a big bbq bash at our house.  We had about 30 people over (about half were under the age of 3- yikes!) and made a ton of food.  Grillmaster Paul smoked 3 racks of ribs, made pulled pork (which he started smoking at 7 a.m.!), grilled chicken wings, and made all of the various rubs and sauces to go with each.  DELICIOUS. 

Unfortunately, I only got one photo of the whole thing:

A few days later it was Paul's birthday so his parents came over to celebrate over a big meal of Paul's favorite pasta dish.  It's a dish he ate while we were on our honeymoon- the restaurant chef was nice enough to send me the recipe so I could recreate the meal for our first anniversary and it has since become the go-to dish for Paul's birthday every year.  Yummy smoked gouda, pancetta, and artichokes tossed with pasta- delicious!

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Things to Remember: Eliza Rose, Age 3

Today our sweet little Eliza Rose turns three.  Like all moms, I'm sure, it's hard for me to believe that she's already out of toddler-hood and becoming a preschooler.  It seems as though we were just preparing for her to join our family yesterday and now, of course, it's impossible to imagine what life would be like without Eliza around.

Eliza might be the smallest person in our house but she has the largest personality by far.  Shy in public, she's boisterous and energetic at home- running all over, squealing with excitement, bossing everyone around and trying to take charge at all times. 

She's stubborn and sensitive, sweet and sassy, and over the top spicy.  

At three Eliza's favorite things are her brother, her doggies, mermaids, stories, and princesses.   She loves to play tea party, help in the kitchen and go swimming.    Sometimes she says she's "Eliza BaBaron"- other times she's a "puppy doggy" or a "mermaid with a pi…