My Week(286) in iPhone Photos

April 24th, 2016

This week was SPRING BREAK WOOHOO! We did a ton of stuff, none of which involved keeping the house clean or doing regular up-keep things like grocery shopping. Tonight when I made up for it at the store, the cashier said “Did you have a good spring break?” and I said “Oh, yes, it was really fun.” Then she said “I bet, you look exhausted.” She was absolutely not wrong.

Sunday:

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The Velvet Mill is a super cool place

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Girl date for mani-pedis

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Doing important baby work

Monday:

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Our day at the zoo was more insane than these children

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That used to be a really nice dress

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Brothers are helpful

Tuesday:

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Booties

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Family game time at Foxwoods

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What nice polite children these are at this exact second

Wednesday:

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They would have just moved in here if I let them

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First nap of the whole week

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Caroline is REALLY sure her next pet should be a duck

Thursday:

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We love our friends

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Respect the style

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I’m not sure WHY, but they carried her around for half the day

Friday:

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Back for a second day because they loved it so much

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That’s 2 out of 3 looking at the camera

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Not sure about this knot tying nonsense

Saturday:

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5:30 wake up pleases NO ONE

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Linc is READY for the pool

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Summer can’t come soon enough

I am both totally ready for the kids to go back to school tomorrow and not at all looking forward to our regular schedule. Waking up early is not my favorite, especially since the earlier I get up the worse my morning sickness is. This weekend was all early mornings so it was really rough.

The good news is if the big kids go to school Linc might actually take a nap so I can too. Or at least I can eat chips alone while I watch child-inappropriate television and finish editing my last photo session. Both of those would be a good Monday.

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April 17th, 2016

This week is Spring Break WOOHOO and we have a very full schedule of things to do. Last week I turned 34 fairly uneventfully, but there was cake which is all I need.

Sunday:

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Spent 2 hours organizing ALL THIS

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We both love naps

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She lost count because 34 is a lot of candles

Monday:

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“Helping”

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Just letting you know, I’m totes going to eat this crayon

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The most perfect Tula I’ve ever seen

Tuesday:

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He wanted me to put the lid on it

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He loved looking at the chicks. Not so much holding them.

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Never not reading

Wednesday:

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This is not how that toy box was intended to be used

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Again, NOT HOW YOU USE CHAIRS

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Play-doh on my back. Sure, what could go wrong.

Thursday:

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Very interested in Multicultural Night at school

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Visiting their lobster friends

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I don’t do newborn photos anymore, except when I actually do.

Friday:

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I will not steal this baby. I will not steal this baby. I will not…

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Front porch sitting

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Caroline is a very patient sister

Saturday:

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The biggest bag of dirt I’ve ever seen

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Grocery store: pregnancy craving edition

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Game night = best night

Because I can’t seem to actually write a real pregnancy update: here’s the latest. I’m 21 weeks pregnant today, everything is totally normal, I’m going to do a gender reveal for the kids sometime this week because we know what we’re having but want them to get excited about it too. I’m slightly too pregnant to be totally comfortable anymore, in almost any situation. I need half a dozen pillows to sleep and I could sleep 12 hours a night AND still take a nap. I cannot wait for it to be summer, not because I like being hot but because then I can go float in the lake as much as possible.

If you like my week in iPhone photos and don’t follow me on Instagram, may I gently suggest this is a good time to do so? It’s a beautiful time of year here in New England so most of the photos aren’t the inside of my house anymore.

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April 13th, 2016

Every year that I’m an adult, I do a couple more adulty type things that make me feel like an actual grown up instead of someone just pretending to be a grown-up. Any time I have to call the insurance company is a big one. Having a hairdresser (as opposed to just going to Super Cuts) is another. I suppose giving birth to children should be on that list, but mostly I still can’t believe I’ve been allowed to create and become responsible for so many humans.

This year’s big accomplishment is finally become proficient in laundry. I’m not sure if I’m just suffering from an abundance of second-trimester energy or what, but our laundry baskets are empty a significantly greater amount of time than they’re full. Let’s just not talk about actually putting AWAY the laundry. That part is still a big nope. But washing? I love washing.

I can tell you what the turning point was. I have a friend who told me she doesn’t dry her kids’ clothes in the dryer. She might as well have told me she sleeps hanging upsidedown like a bat. I thought she was a CRAZY PERSON. Do you know just how many clothes my kids wear? MILLIONS. A million different articles of clothing a day. Where do you put them to dry? What’s so bad about the dryer?

THEN I discovered the world of children’s clothing resale pages on Facebook. If the idea of buying and selling stuff on Facebook is weird to you, you’re the last person in America who has never been invited to a LulaRoe sale. But beyond regular FB parties is the resale world – cloth diapers, leggings, baby carriers, fabric, purses, neighborhood yard sale sites where you can buy everything from a canoe to a car. I’ve taken part in a lot of this sort of thing but it never occurred to me there was a market for kids’ clothes. Since I’m a huge fan of “nice” brands, like Mini Boden and Hanna Andersson, those groups totally got me. I’m now fully immersed in the second-hand world, where a pair of kids shorts in good used condition still resells for $25 and I saw a hard to find toddler t-shirt listed at $100. On these pages, “we don’t use the dryer on our boden/hanna” is a standard listing claim and “wash wear” can cut your value in half. So after I had ordered a few things, I popped over to Amazon and ordered a drying rack. It fits nicely in our bathtub to keep it out of the way and can be moved to the guest room if the kids HAVE to have a bath. It’s also come in handy for my new cloth diapers as part of the Make Cloth Mainstream Challenge, especially for sunny days where I can dry them outside. It’s not actually that hard to just grab my no-dryer stuff as I put the rest in the dryer (I still dry probably 80% of our laundry) and everything gets dry in 24 hours. I don’t actually plan to resell most of my Mini Boden/Hanna, because selling is a pain and my children RUIN clothing, but keeping them as nice as possible for as long as possible is a good goal.

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Linc’s new shirt after he had worn it for 1 hour.

Another thing I got with the diapers is wool dryer balls. DO YOU KNOW ABOUT WOOL DRYER BALLS? They’re supposed to help your laundry dry faster and they TOTALLY DO. They’re supposed to make your laundry softer and they TOTALLY DO. And they’re supposed to reduce static and you know what? THEY TOTALY DO. I have three and that seems to be a good amount for my small-ish dryer, but I know nothing about them except that they’re magic. Allen’s Naturally also sent me a bottle of Stink Out, which is also magic. Takes the boat smell right out of E’s clothes and everything they touch.

My last new favorite laundry discovery is BunchaFarmers stain sticks. I have two, and I keep one in the couch storage compartment and one next to the washer. That way when Linc pours juice all over his shirt I can strip it off him and rub some Buncha on it immediately. Or I can use it on the throw blanket I keep over the ottoman to keep it from getting destroyed by dirty feet, dirty children, spilled cups and markers. I have no idea why it works way better than most of the less-crunchy stain removers, but it does. It’s probably because of coconut oil. Coconut oil is some sort of voodoo that makes everything better.

I realize this might be the most boring thing to be excited about ever, but it’s what’s making me happy right now while my toddler flings himself against his bedroom door refusing to stay in his crib and nap for the second time this week. I feel like at least ONE thing is going well around here. Also, Linc is wearing a VERY cute Mini Boden shirt while he tantrums, so there’s that.

Disclaimer: I don’t have an Amazon affiliate account, so those links (and everything else) are just regular links. I got the stuff from Allen’s Naturally for free because of the #mcmschallenge but I love them enough to pay real monies when I run out. 

 

 

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April 11th, 2016

The weather was warm enough to get outdoors this weekend, which was a nice change. I truly LOVE spring in New England, except for when it thinks it’s winter. Luckily I have tough, Connecticut children who don’t think 54 degrees requires jackets and are happy to spend a few hours at the zoo. We love the Roger Williams Park Zoo – it’s a nice size to do with the kids and the zookeepers are all happy to answer my curious children’s 10,000 questions.

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His favorite zoo animal was the chickens. I don’t know why my baby is so weird.

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This is Bert. He eats peanuts out of your hand.

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I wear Linc 90% of the time (usually because we’re by ourselves) but it was SO NICE to have someone else to do it.

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April 10th, 2016

This week was very long. Or at least it felt very long. I think all the weeks feel long when it’s SNOWING IN APRIL.

Sunday:

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Morning baths are hilarious

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Can you see that? Bright blue sky, GIANT SNOWFLAKES.

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I took all of the ugly shirts out and replaced them with Mini Boden, because I am a kid clothes snob.

Monday:

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Go home Connecticut, you’re drunk.

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All my children should wear this color always

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We made cupcakes for Evan’s birthday and I let them eat all the leftover frosting for dinner

Tuesday:

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Too many fingers

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Take all these cakes right over there to the checkout. All of them.

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Neither of us is thrilled that he is NOT napping

Wednesday:

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Linc agrees The Price is Right is the best way to spend the morning

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The most delicious food you can eat – Fried Chicken Benedict from Hash House a Gogo

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Casinoing like a champ

Thursday:

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Loves his new diapers

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Also loves plain grapefruit for breakfast

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Better than snow?

Friday:

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Linc is stalking my flowers

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Everyone loves whatever this pointless game is

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This is why I never have any water

Saturday:

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Elephants

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He would pretend to collect eggs and pretend to milk cows all day

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GIANT BIRD WATCH OUT FOR THE GIANT BIRD

There is no snow in the current forecast. I feel very hopeful that we might actually get some spring in the near future, or at least less snow. I can’t handle much more snow. I’m too pregnant for snow. My entire maternity wardrobe is maxi dresses and cardigans, so it has to be at least 60 degrees as soon as possible. OK THANKS GOOD TALK.

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