The Year in Review: 2009

This year could be called the Year of Sesame. We spent huge chunks of our spring and summer playing at Sesame Place with the girls, enjoying a chance to meet Elmo, Bert and Ernie and the rest of the Sesame Street gang, sliding down water slides and going on the (smallish) roller coaster there. We also managed to squeeze in a trip to the Jersey shore and outings to the Philadelphia Zoo and the Please-Touch Museum.

Sophie turned 5 in June and started kindergarten this fall. She’s reading and loves all things purple. She played soccer again this fall and has started taking ballet and tap dance lessons. Charlotte received her Hebrew name this spring when she turned 2. She’s a big Dora the Explorer fan and loves to play dress-up. Both girls have made big progress in learning to swim.

Rachel’s job continues to be inspiring and challenging. She traveled to conferences in Chicago and Austin this year, making contacts, improving her science writing and listening to fantastic lectures (including Al Gore’s famous slide show). You can see her work at Binghamton Research‘s website. Eric loves his job across campus. Check out the weekly paper for Binghamton faculty and staff, Inside, to see his latest work.

Rachel has been doing quite a lot of volunteer work at the synagogue and with an online moms group. She is excited to have a spiffy new digital camera with which to document the kids’ lives. Eric has been enjoying our new flat-screen TV and Blu-Ray player. He and his brother took their dad to see Jerry Seinfeld perform this fall. Eric and Rachel also saw Bruce Springsteen in concert, which was an incredible experience (check out the albums of the decade list below to see just how much we love The Boss). The entire family has gotten into Wii Rock Band. Visit our YouTube channel for highlights of Sophie and Charlotte on the drums as well as other family happenings.

We’re so glad you stopped by and hope you’ll keep in touch. As always, you can find Rachel at and Eric at You can also find both of us on Facebook.

Best wishes for a healthy and happy new year!

Best albums of the decade

Eric’s picks:

  1. Keane: Hopes and Fears
  2. Bruce Springsteen: Magic
  3. Barenaked Ladies: Maroon
  4. Fountains of Wayne: Welcome Interstate Managers
  5. The Thorns: The Thorns
  6. Semisonic: All About Chemistry
  7. Elton John: Songs from the West Coast
  8. Bee Gees: This is Where I Came In
  9. U2: All That You Can’t Leave Behind
  10. Bruce Springsteen: The Rising

Rachel’s picks:

  1. U2: All That You Can’t Leave Behind
  2. Bruce Springsteen: The Rising
  3. Semisonic: All About Chemistry
  4. The Thorns: The Thorns
  5. Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris: All the Roadrunning
  6. Keane: Hopes and Fears
  7. Elton John: Songs from the West Coast
  8. Ryan Shaw: This is Ryan Shaw
  9. Fountains of Wayne: Welcome Interstate Managers
  10. Barenaked Ladies: Maroon

Best songs of 2009 (click on the links to see the videos!)

Eric’s picks:

  1. A-ha: Foot of the Mountain
  2. Michael Buble: Haven’t Met You Yet
  3. Weezer: If You’re Wondering
  4. Bruce Springsteen: Surprise, Surprise
  5. Pet Shop Boys: Did You See Me Coming
  6. Kelly Clarkson: My Life Would Suck Without You
  7. Jaron and The Long Road to Love: Pray For You
  8. Yusef: Thinking Bout You
  9. Brooke White: Hold Up My Heart
  10. Gary Go: Wonderful

Rachel’s picks:

  1. Missy Higgins: Where I Stood
  2. Matt Nathanson: Come On Get Higher
  3. Green Day: Know Your Enemy
  4. Indigo Girls: Ghost of the Gang
  5. Bruce Springsteen: Surprise, Surprise
  6. Weezer: If You’re Wondering
  7. The Script: The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
  8. U2: Magnificent
  9. The Fray: Never Say Never
  10. Owl City: Fireflies

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