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My Week(215) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

I took a nap today, because I felt like I might actually die if I didn’t. I’m not even crazy sleep deprived or anything, I had just hit the wall of touched-out and busy and mentally tired of staying on top of everything. Caroline’s party is this Saturday and Christmas is next week and then we have one more visit to finish up 2014…and then I am never leaving the house again. 2015 will be the year ALL THE THINGS get organized and clean using only supplies I can order through Amazon Prime so I don’t have to wear pants.

Sunday:

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The toys in Ohio are more fun than any of the toys in Connecticut

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SHUT UP WITH THOSE EYELASHES

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Thank you Aunt Sara and Uncle Sean!

Monday:

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I’m keeping this monstrosity on the DVR FOREVER

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This is how he feels about the 12 hours we spent driving back from Ohio

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THE GARDEN OF THE FUTURE did great without me here

Tuesday:

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It’s weird that the post office is open in the dark

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Still loves it. Judge me.

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Cutest stomach tumor ever

Wednesday:

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Grocery shopping is boring for him but excited for me because this wrap is super pretty

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I told him about Santa

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SWEATER PANTS!!!

Thursday:

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Snow! On a day we didn’t have a delay. Unlike the day where we had a delay for rain.

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Doesn’t care about the cold.

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Helping me make dinner

Friday:

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Less organized than the last time I posted a picture of our playdate stash

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Olde Mystickee Villageeeee was decorated for Christmas

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The aquarium was NOT FUN amounts of crowded, but at least we weren’t cold

Saturday (with extra pictures, because it was really fun!):

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Why yes, I do look adorable in this sweater outfit and rainbow

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The Florence Griswold Museum was like all my historic home dreams come true

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AND WE FOUND ELSA

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Fascinated by football at lunch

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Pretending to be cold while we wait for Santa

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He really likes the lights

I spent 30 minutes today gluing googly eyes to toothpicks for Caroline’s party (you’ll have to guess what for) and my plans for the evening include moving everything from my dining room to the basement so I can turn it into an under the sea wonderland. I am very far behind compared to previous party years. I’m refusing to worry though, because I will have LOTS of help with all the family in town, and I am sure they will be more than willing to hang up 100 green streamers and blow up 200 balloons. Or at least they will pretend to be happy to do it while wondering why I am insane.

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014

We played a little hooky this week. Since E is on actual non-working vacation for the first time in three years I’ve declared December the DON’T CARE month and we’re doing as many fun things as possible, even if it means skipping school. The kids are 5 and 3, I’m pretty sure they won’t be educationally handicapped for life just because they missed a few days. Especially considering last week was half-days and Evan spent them watching movies. They’re probably better off with us in Ohio, learning useful game-playing skills like Battleship and Hand & Foot.

Sunday:

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No no, no pictures please

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My extremely fancy and professional set up for Christmas card photos

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I COULD have gone to the grocery store alone, but then who would have said hello to all the lobsters??

Monday:

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The pretty sky makes this house look extra creepy

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MOMMY TAKE A PICTURE

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Magic garden of the future!! Caroline tried the parsley. Said it tastes like parsley.

Tuesday:

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Abominable snowman ring pop was an excellent choice

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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Look Ma, found my foot

Wednesday:

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Internet, meet my new baby, Laptop, meet the internet.

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5 pm teacher conference might as well be the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

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She made up a song about his feety-feet and sings it all the time

Thursday:

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Abandoned gas stations make surprisingly good places to stop on long trips

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She’s the Queen of Burgers

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“Mom, did we trash the place?” “Yes honey, you trashed the place.”

Friday:

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Teaching Evan about targets… “And that’s why Daddy works on submarines!”

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A quick wrap job so I had my hands free…

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…for the important stuff.

Saturday:

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Why yes you may go outside and play in the freezing cold if you want.

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Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

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Linc and I went for a freezing cold walk to look at lights. He lasted 2 minutes before he fell asleep – and stayed asleep – for almost 2 hours.

I can’t believe it is already the second week of December. TOO FAST TOO FAST. I need more time to do all the holiday stuff. Plus I haven’t even MAILED Caroline’s birthday invites. If I hadn’t ordered them already I’d be tempted to just make a Facebook event and send it to my entire friends list and just hope a few people show up. I can’t imaging why I feel so rushed and disorganized this year. Maybe I’m not drinking enough Diet Coke. That MUST be it.

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WELCOME HOLIDAY SEASON

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

I’m not going to lie, I am not a huge fan of Thanksgiving. I feel very meh about all the traditional food (except for pie #teampie) and if we aren’t going anywhere I end up doing A LOT of work for people who also feel very meh about the food. It ends up being much more about the tradition of making the food – being in the kitchen, letting the kids help, timing everything perfectly – than the actual food.

This was the first year I enjoyed having the kids participate in the cooking. I really WANT them to have good holiday memories of togetherness in the kitchen but sometimes I just want to pour a cup of flour without anyone dumping half of it on the floor. I am TRYING. I am allowing the floor to be flour-covered and the pie to be over-cinnamoned and my patience to be stretched thin in the hopes that they will one day face the same thing with their children and realize “Wow, my mother really loved me.”

In the spirit of accepting that the holidays don’t have to be perfect to be special, here are some photos from our Thanksgiving weekend. We went full Christmas on Black Friday – tree shopping trumps gift shopping – although I’m not happy with my current decorations. Caroline’s mermaid birthday is clashing with my previous princess/woodland fairy themes. I need a LOT more silver and pink. But in the meantime, enjoy pictures of dirty dishes instead.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Welcome to a WHOLE NEW WORLD. This world is called “My husband is home after 4 months of being totally gone and 3+ years of being mostly absent”. We’re a full week in and definitely still adjusting, especially since not only is E back from sea he has a MONTH OFF. I’m trying to make up for the last 3 holiday seasons he mostly missed in the next 3 weeks, so the gingers might be missing a little school. Who really learns anything between Thanksgiving and Christmas anyways? They’ll have plenty of time for school during the horrible months of January, February and March.

Sunday:

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Warm enough for a casual walk to church

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What big eyes you have

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I pulled over to take a picture of a heron, but it flew away so just IMAGINE a beautiful white heron in this picture

Monday:

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SWEATER PANTS

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The first time I got him on my back for any length of time and he REALLY liked it

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Sitting in the dark editing newborn photos because that’s when it is quiet

Tuesday:

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WHY IS THIS BABY IN MY SWING????

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I took approximately 65 pictures to get ONE where she was holding still enough to be in focus

Wednesday:

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Super excited to be “helping” Caroline

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Gross, gross, gross weather

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Helping with the apple pie

Thursday:

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We ate a bunch…

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…visited some baby friends…

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…and then relaxed in our pie comas.

Friday:

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Instead of Black Friday shopping, I got my roots done. Wise choice.

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Gorgeous (COLD) day to chop down a tree

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Light Up City Hall

Saturday:

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E taught the kids SkipBo. They’re terrible.

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SANTAAAAAA!!! I KNOW HIM!

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Linc is SO DONE with his stuffy nose. Poor baby.

I think I might have actual blog posts to write this week. Although don’t get your hopes up TOO much, I also have two sessions to edit and Christmas cards/birthday invites to order. Plus finishing up a bunch of loose work ends. So…just kidding about the blogging thing. I should be able to actually sit down and write about things on my mind some time after the new year.

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

I did a terrible job of taking photos this week. Terrible. It turns out when I’m busy I forget to pull out my phone and take photos of things like the grocery shopping or our playdate or laundry (ALL THE LAUNDRY). We did have a pretty exciting week though.

Sunday:

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Linc hung out with me all morning at a newborn session. This is the only picture I took.

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ALL THE BATHS for the baby who loves swimming

Monday:

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Sunshine on a rainy day

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Shoe shopping

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Put a Frozen backdrop in Target = listen to every child ever sing “LET IT GO”

Tuesday:

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Looking for snow (not yet)

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The guys at the post office asked me if Linc was a real baby.

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Teething relief for mommy and baby

Wednesday:

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The baby and the cat have reached a truce

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I really love wearing Caroline and she agrees

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Couch naps with Baby Jesus

Thursday:

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So many leaves, so not raking them

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Teething baby wanted cuddles. I wanted to do laundry. We both won.

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Two dudes watching TV. FINALLY.

Friday:

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Clearly I need a purple one.

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Cuddles

Saturday:

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Breaking in my Rainbow Baby wrap

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UNIMPRESSED by riding in the cart

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I’m pretty sure this photo makes up for all the other ones this week being boring.

Today I went to a photo shoot and brought ZERO children with me. I came home and said “Linc, I missed you!” and then realized it was the first time in his whole 4 months of life I have EVER missed him. Because he has never been more than like 100 feet away from me. Having my husband FINALLY home is pretty useful.

We still don’t know what our plans are for Thanksgiving, so next week’s post could either be nice and early or super late again. I basically care zero perfect about this holiday and am just counting days until I can put up the tree without feeling like a jerk.

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