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.
Spent 2 hours organizing ALL THIS
We both love naps
She lost count because 34 is a lot of candles
Just letting you know, I’m totes going to eat this crayon
The most perfect Tula I’ve ever seen
He wanted me to put the lid on it
He loved looking at the chicks. Not so much holding them.
Never not reading
This is not how that toy box was intended to be used
Again, NOT HOW YOU USE CHAIRS
Play-doh on my back. Sure, what could go wrong.
Very interested in Multicultural Night at school
Visiting their lobster friends
I don’t do newborn photos anymore, except when I actually do.
I will not steal this baby. I will not steal this baby. I will not…
Front porch sitting
Caroline is a very patient sister
The biggest bag of dirt I’ve ever seen
Grocery store: pregnancy craving edition
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.
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.
Morning baths are hilarious
Can you see that? Bright blue sky, GIANT SNOWFLAKES.
I took all of the ugly shirts out and replaced them with Mini Boden, because I am a kid clothes snob.
Go home Connecticut, you’re drunk.
All my children should wear this color always
We made cupcakes for Evan’s birthday and I let them eat all the leftover frosting for dinner
Too many fingers
Take all these cakes right over there to the checkout. All of them.
Neither of us is thrilled that he is NOT napping
Linc agrees The Price is Right is the best way to spend the morning
The most delicious food you can eat – Fried Chicken Benedict from Hash House a Gogo
Casinoing like a champ
Loves his new diapers
Also loves plain grapefruit for breakfast
Better than snow?
Linc is stalking my flowers
Everyone loves whatever this pointless game is
This is why I never have any water
He would pretend to collect eggs and pretend to milk cows all day
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.
Caroline’s 5th birthday party is DONE! Today, she and I went to see The Nutcracker done by the ballet company where she takes ballet. Next Saturday, on her actual birthday, we’re going on the Polar Express to see Santa at the North Pole. I’d say she’s turning 5 absolutely in style. This last week was crazy but now it’s over and all I have left on the to do list is wrap one million presents before Christmas.
Tree decorating at church
Making lemon curd
They look so nice, but they’re terrors
E’s favorite method of babywearing
Trying to see how close he can stand to the edge without falling off
So, Many. Desserts.
Santa baby thinks he looks HILARIOUS
PARTY MENU PREVIEW
Never tired of looking at our tree
So dark, no one wants to get up in the morning
Who needs a coat, it’s only DECEMBER.
Grandparents are so good at reading
The day started a little foggy
But the sunset was pretty spectacular
Like I said, grandparents are super good at reading
Babies are very helpful when it comes to setting up bounce houses
DECEMBER BIRTHDAY IN NEW ENGLAND WHAT
Such a super fun day with my girl!
Because my parents are the best, almost all of the party stuff is already cleaned up and my only job is eating leftovers. And maybe making time in my schedule for some exercise, because it’s too nice outside for me to already gain my winter hibernation weight. I should go jog on the beach or something. As much as I love the idea of a White Christmas, the longer it stays mild the lower our heating bill and the less school the kids miss and I don’t want to sell them to the circus.
Stay tuned for an epic party post – the photos are done so all I have to do is get them (and the links to alllll the places I ordered from) into a post!
This week Lincoln turned 1 and I started freaking out because summer feels almost over.
Target is easier when you can tie one kid to your back and bribe the other two with Icees.
All the kids love the Boppy
Sunflowers for Wishes is beauitful
Caroline dressed up for our wagon ride
I made the mistake of asking them to take a nice picture.
We have a LOT of clicky things from Wendy’s kids’ meals now.
This might have been the last time he napped nicely.
If you look closely you can see my baby playing with his new 7 year old BFF.
Baby’s first deli cheese
It turns out clean and shopping is pretty good exercise
OK, I’M ONE NOW, I’M GOING SWIMMING
Birthday’s are exhausting
Bumpa will read you alllllll the books
The bones of The Australia at Mystic Seaport
Using my camera to check and see if Linc is asleep yet. NOPE.
I’m proud that all my party guests noticed my sling matched the decor
He had a really good day
He has sad eyes because he tried to eat the lit candle, but eating an entire mini-cake cheered him up.
Linc’s first birthday party is over and it was SUCH a success. We were completely done and ready for our guests before they arrived (this never happens) and I got to relax and drink champagne while the kids screamed their heads off on the bounce house. My parents and E’s parents were both here which meant we had TWO grown ups per child – not to mention all the dads that Linc conned into picking him up and carrying him around. He’s really good with dads.
We’ve got some vacation coming up and I cannot waaaaaait. But first I have to get all those party photos sorted and posted, or they’ll end up in the file with the rest of this month’s fun activities and no one will ever see them. What good is a cool party theme without a blog post?!
Six is a lot of years. It’s one-third of the way to 18, which I immediately regret both thinking and typing. But there is no denying Evan is a big kid, well on his way to being a full grown human who barely even needs me. He’s way too busy watching Star Wars while building Star Wars Legos while playing Star Wars Legos on the iPad to even notice I’m offering him food.
Evan actually asked to be left at Kid’s Quest for his birthday. That’s the child care half of the arcade at the casino – for the low low price of $11/hour you can gamble while they entertain the crap out of your kids. It’s an excellent strategy for the casinos since kids aren’t allowed on the gaming floors. And they are REALLY GOOD at entertaining the kids. Which is why Evan asked us to leave him there for his birthday. I basically begged him to hang out with us as a family instead, starting a long slow descent into me being his super uncool mom.
I felt sort of guilty all weekend that Evan wasn’t getting a Big Party. It was what everyone (both family and not family) expects and what the kids are used to when it comes to birthdays. But now that he’s in school and has a whole list of friends I’ve literally never met I figured we could switch over to “fun activity that in the future we can invite a few close friends to join us in doing”. After he opened his presents on Sunday night he declared turning 6 was the best birthday ever, so obviously my guilt was unnecessary and he still felt special for his special weekend.
Evan is a super nice, fairly sensitive kid who is a total people pleaser. I’m focused on being more mindful of that trait and working with his teacher to make sure she keeps it in mind when he’s struggling in class. Last week she had to call me because he was sitting in a chair refusing to do the ONE worksheet he needed to finish before he had free choice for the rest of the day. She said it happened the week before and he had literally sat, pouting, head down for 2 full hours. I asked her if it was possible he had made a mistake (he had) and was just upset with himself (he was) and if she could maybe offer him a hug before she gave up and punished him (she did). It turned out that was all he needed: he bounced right back to the happy, sweet kid who wants to do a good job and I got nice notes the rest of the week assuring me he was behaving perfectly.
So what I’m saying is having a kid that’s old enough to be upset for ACTUAL REASONS instead of things like “cut their strawberries to small” or “asked them to put their shoes on” or “changed their diaper” is pretty cool. Even if you do hear a lot more fart jokes.
Here’s how we celebrated the big S I X.
Dinner at Margaritaville, because what kid doesn’t love watching a giant blender fill up with tequila? (No, that’s a serious question, the kids love that part.)
MOAR BABY GOATS:
Cake and presents:
Evan’s birthday interview:
(Please ignore the Caroline and Lincoln background noise, they were actually really quite compared to their regular volume.)
Bonjour! No I'm not French, it just sounded fancy. Sorry for the confusion. I'm Suzanne, a 33-year-old mom, photographer, Navy wife, blogger, baker, and amateur at pretty much everything else. The stars of the show are Evan, born 4/5/09, Caroline, born 12/19/2010 and Lincoln, born 7/23/2014, with baby number FOUR due at the end of August 2016. We live in Connecticut and enjoy it very much except for most of February and March. You can find more of my photos (or even hire me!) over on my photography site, Ginger Snaps Pictures. I love hearing from you so if you have questions, stories or ideas to share, email me at email@example.com .
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