Best Weekend of the Year 2014

September 17th, 2014

They changed the name of Taste of Mystic to Mystic Eats, but besides that it’s the same weekend we’ve had for 3 years now. And it was just as delicious and fun now as it always is. (For reference: Post from 2012, Post from 2013. I am once again really please with how my photography has really improved. This year’s photos are in focus!)

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New Mom Advice: Get A Thing

September 15th, 2014

When I was pregnant with Evan oh those many moons ago, I first discovered blogging. I mean, I “discovered” it the same way Columbus “discovered” America, since there was already an entire world of people who were like “Nice going, you found this big giant thing that’s been here for a long ass time”. But for me, it was all new and exciting. I wrote words on the internet. Then I moved up to pictures. I found other people’s words and pictures. I blogged and blogged and talked about blogging and read articles on blogging and read actual blogs and when I found one I liked I’d stalk their archives back to the birth of their children and I know more about some of those people than I do about my own siblings’ lives.

Blogging was My Thing.

My Thing kept me connected to people when I was too tired to get off the couch. It gave me something to think about when I couldn’t think about my crying baby any more. I learned the shorthand and the big players and the culture and made friends who I still talk to literally every single day. The internet connected us but I’ve now hugged them in person and slept on their couches and can’t wait to see them again.

If I could give pregnant women one piece of actual, helpful, universal advice, it is to get A Thing.

Obviously your baby will be Your Thing, but there is a lot of busywork with babies. You are up with them in the middle of the night, you are trapped on the couch feeding them, you are so so so tired you can’t even sleep. You need A Thing you can read about and think about and learn about and talk about. Thanks to the internet, it’s easy to find other people who share Your Thing and also want to obsess about it, so you’ll never run out of ways to waste your time. Even if Your Thing is something you can’t really do as much as you’d like, you can still obsess about it online. Like running. There are about fifty zillion ways to learn about running that don’t actually involve running.

Here is a brief list of Things you might try: blogging, photography, baby wearing, cloth diapers, knitting, crocheting, breastfeeding, scrapbooking, gardening, knitting, couponing, crafting, cooking, conspiracy theories, tv, computer games, video games, puzzles, art, eBay, Etsy, painting, sewing, puzzles, running, paleo, cross fit, hair, make-up, monthly subscription services, fashion, YouTube, nail polish.

Any of Those Things have a million deeper levels and sub-levels. Not just cloth diapers, custom-made WAHM diaper covers. Not just Etsy, handmade baby moccasins. Not just running, long distance marathon training. Find a Facebook group or forum about Your Thing and dive in. Don’t worry, you will never know more about your thing than ANYONE else, so just start somewhere.

Most Things are going to cost you a lot of money. Even if they seem cheap and harmless now, there is a collectible version or a new version or a fancier version or an exclusive version and you WILL want it and you WILL find yourself spending what previously would have been a crazy amount of money on it.

Try to find a way to get involved in Your Thing in real life too. Meet-ups, conferences, swaps, or even just one friend you can have coffee with. But even if you just have internet friends from Your Thing, they will easily become real friends (just not in-person all the time friends).

You can have more than one Thing at a time, but it’s best to focus on one and then let it become less intense while you move to another. I still tweet, but Twitter isn’t my go-to Thing. I can still knit, but I don’t hunt down a babysitter to go to the weekly knitting group. Photography will always be A Thing (your thing can often lead to an actual business), but the forums aren’t holding my interest they way they used to.

Clearly blogging is something I still love and do regularly (well, semi-regularly) but it is not longer my thing. Currently, My Thing is woven wraps for baby wearing. For real. I’m just now discovering baby wearing goes far beyond the Moby and the Ergo. Waaaaaaaay beyond. Insanely beyond. I’ve joined four different Facebook groups and formed a real-life wrap group that meets every other Friday (which was easy to do, thanks to mama friends I met through Stroller Strides, which was My Thing a few years go). I can browse the Facebook swap group any time of day or up at night with the baby and there’s new stuff to look at that I can google and learn about fiber content and warp and weft and brands and makers. It’s INSANELY boring to anyone who doesn’t care but right now I can’t get enough.

So tell me what’s Your Thing? Just don’t make it too interesting, I don’t have time for much more.

 

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My Week(202) in iPhone Photos

September 14th, 2014

There is a lot of my face in this post, which is weird. I am not a selfie person, but when all you do is hold or nurse a baby there isn’t that much else to take pictures of.

Sunday:

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They will never get tired of swinging.

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Even the litter in Mystic is classier than regular litter.

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That bubble gun is identical to the one we bought the exact same weekend last year. It lasted exactly as long (10 minutes).

Monday:

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I feel so naked in this photo because I took the case off my iPhone.

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A+ for adorable sleeping

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OMG I ACTUALLY PICKED UP MY NEEDLES

Tuesday:

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School bus buddies

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GTFO Big Lots

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I’ll never get tired of how people react to this thing.

Wednesday:

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Uniform on top, her own wacky fashion on the bottom

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Mmmmmmmmm homework

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Multitasking: feeding a baby, breaking in a woven wrap, transferring pictures, Facebooking and cuddling a cat. WHILE TAKING A PICTURE.

 Thursday:

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Happy baby, happy octopus shirt, happy monkey diaper

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More school bus fashion

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Bathtime smiles

Friday:

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I’m at the ATT store and smiling. CAN YOU GUESS WHY?

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Sometimes your mom knits a newborn hat and then uses you unwillingly as a guinea pig

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Sooooo…I have this new hobby. Habit. Obsession? #tryallthewraps

Saturday:

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I swear that face is the reaction to the cow barn at The Big E, not the hat.

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Clam fritters and Del’s – Rhode Island wins at food

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Caroline does not look nearly terrified enough

I am already done with this week and it’s only Sunday night. I haven’t felt this tired since the night I didn’t get any sleep because I was giving birth. And even then my back didn’t hurt so much thanks to the epidural. I plan to be in bed by 8 as many times this week as I can.

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My Week(201) in iPhone Photos

September 7th, 2014

This week features an abnormal number of photos of Caroline sitting at tables. It was really really really hot for most of the week, so sitting was about all we managed.

Sunday:

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Didn’t even get out of her jammies before she needed a nap.

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Dudes chilling on the couch

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Waiting by the door. For cheeseburgers, obv.

Monday:

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Nice view. Terrible, rocky beach.

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Sleeping through me things.

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Really excited about fried clam strips

Tuesday:

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She apparently turned 15 overnight.

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Mommy, are you SURE I can drink this beer?

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Homework. AND SO IT STARTS.

Wednesday:

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Stroller Strides! He slept through it. Obviously.

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Lipgloss obsessed

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Tubby baby

Thursday:

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Caroline gets on the bus an hour later than Evan, but insists on waiting with him.

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Skeptical of the babycage aka shopping cart

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Her face after like TWO sips of soda

Friday:

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Chatting with a babyfriend

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Napping on the porch

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NOT NAPPING at bedtime

Saturday:

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FAIR-ly Fun

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I have not yet mastered the “look at the camera” part of a selfie

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Waiting for her meatballs at the Italian Food Festival

The humidity has been INSANE this week, like swimming through the air instead of walking, and without A/C our house has been miserable. I’m so ready for actual, real fall to start, despite the fact that I own ONE pair of pants that fit. No one will notice I’m wearing the same jeans everyday when I’m also wearing a super cute baby in a super cute wrap. (Warning: I’m currently obsessed with woven wraps, I’ll probably bore you talking about them.)

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My Week(200!!) in iPhone Photos

September 1st, 2014

200 WEEKS of mostly terrible, blurry, boring photos of the normal stuff we do every day. I have no idea why I’ve kept this up for so long but I’m glad I have. The first week I did it, I was pregnant with Caroline. This week, she went to her first day of real school. Never has 200 weeks seemed so short.

Sunday:

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Grocery shopping with 3 kids is a pain, but a baby who sleeps the whole time makes it better

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This haircut cost me $37 – $17 for cut + tip, $20 for the Legos I promised him if he just SAT STILL

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“This chair is like my THRONE!”

 Monday:

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Making zucchini bread in our pajamas

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That Lego set was totally worth the $20

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He sleeps with his eyes open. NOT CREEPY AT ALL.

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“Mommy, I love love LOVE Baby Lincoln!”

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Showing off his kindergarten cubby at orientation

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No one wants to hold my hand when Daddy makes an appearance.

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All summer long the kids have been up at 6 am. I took this at 7:10 on Evan’s first day of school.

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It’s such a shame she’s so shy and quiet.

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Linc agrees that school starting is very exciting.

Thursday:

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Obviously they’ve got the moves

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I think her first day was fun?

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Entertaining ourselves with shadows while we wait (FOREVERRRRRR) for Evan’s bus

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I really hope she comes out of her shell at school.

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Showing off his brother to his best friend

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Farmer’s Market night gets an A+++++ for food and friends

Saturday:

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I spent most of the morning like this. It was lovely.

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They’ve never met a big, flat field they didn’t want to run across

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My photography assistant fell asleep on the job. Again.

And there you go, 21 more unremarkable pictures of our life. The only thing that’s going to change in the near future is I’m going to upgrade my iPhone, so maybe my pictures will get slightly better. Although not more interesting. We’re pretty boring, and I’m OK with that.

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