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My Week(248) in iPhone Photos

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

I am at the beach, where time means nothing, so I totes forgot to do this post yesterday. I’m not even sorry.

Sunday:

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Grandpas are popular

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My vacation started early because I went to Target alooooooone

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That looks like poor choices

Monday:

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Evan and Caroline were REALLY excited about Linc’s birthday presents.

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Oil change

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Pizza crust is his favorite food

Tuesday:

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Soooooo much driving

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WHY DOESN’T MY TARGET SELL WINE?

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There are other beds, they insist on sharing

Wednesday:

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Bleeeeeh

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This is the church where I got married! Also, it’s very hot. 

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Charleston’s version of a splash park

Thursday:

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Caroline loves that the city is full of horses

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Mermaid

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My husband is very much enjoying his scotch…I mean…vacation

Friday:

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I love this house

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Lowcountry boil time

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Hot Mess

Saturday:

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Never leaving

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A picture of me in a bikini. Almost.

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Hanna Jams and reading time

I’m already late for a 10 am pool date with the kids where I am going to mostly ignore them while I float. Because the beach is amazing and you can do that here.

I’m slooooowly editing the 4000 photos I’ve already taken and will post way too many soon. And then next week I’ll repeat it all over for the lake. My life is not too bad right now.

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Sunday, July 26th, 2015

This week Lincoln turned 1 and I started freaking out because summer feels almost over.

Sunday:

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Target is easier when you can tie one kid to your back and bribe the other two with Icees.

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All the kids love the Boppy

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Lake Baby

Monday:

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Sunflowers for Wishes is beauitful

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Caroline dressed up for our wagon ride

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I made the mistake of asking them to take a nice picture.

Tuesday:

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Party planning

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We have a LOT of clicky things from Wendy’s kids’ meals now.

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This might have been the last time he napped nicely.

Wednesday:

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If you look closely you can see my baby playing with his new 7 year old BFF.

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Baby’s first deli cheese

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It turns out clean and shopping is pretty good exercise

Thursday:

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OK, I’M ONE NOW, I’M GOING SWIMMING

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Birthday’s are exhausting

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Bumpa will read you alllllll the books

Friday:

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The bones of The Australia at Mystic Seaport

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Figureheads

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Using my camera to check and see if Linc is asleep yet. NOPE.

Saturday:

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I’m proud that all my party guests noticed my sling matched the decor

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He had a really good day

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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?!

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Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Summer summer summertime! So much summering going on around here.

Sunday:

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When there is a sleeping baby on you, you sit.

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I tried to tell him biting an inflatable was a poor choice, but he didn’t listen.

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Fruit pizza is my new favorite kind of pizza

Monday:

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A++++ WOULD RECOMMEND

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He’s becoming a Stage 3 leaner

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Big kidding big kidding around!

Tuesday:

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Making sure we got enough sticks in with the blueberries

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Having big kid friends who can read is cool.

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My husband made a table.

Wednesday:

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Practicing her name while we wait for car repairs

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Blueberry almond cakes

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Took a walk ALONE because that’s not happening again for a while

Thursday:

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Buying a toilet seat LIKE A BOSS

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We picked up a friend from horse camp so Caroline could meet some horses

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Surfer Dude

Friday:

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Linc smashed it 10 seconds later

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Cool kids wear hats

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The view from the hill behind my house

Saturday:

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Lake…

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…Target…

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…Ice cream. REPEAT.

Linc turns 1 on Thursday and I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. His party is Saturday, and I have a bazillion things to do before then, including create a menu. I have never been this unprepared to feed my guests. I’m keeping my everything crossed that we have beautiful weather for the party, because I am counting on the bounce house and some bubbles to keep the kids entertained all afternoon. I don’t know what I’ll do if we have to be inside.

If you need me, I’ll be keeping as busy as possible so I can IGNORE THE PART ABOUT LINC TURNING 1.

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Ocean Beach Fun

Friday, July 17th, 2015

There’s a commercial they play on the radio all summer proclaiming that Ocean Beach in New London is one of the finest “sugar sand” beaches in the country. Having been to New London a couple times, I was extremely skeptical of that claim.

We have some lovely beaches in Connecticut, but nothing I would call amazing. It can actually be pretty hard to get to the coast around here, since so much of it is privately owned or controlled by the state. The beaches are also a little boring, since Long Island shelters our coast to the point that there are very few waves. It’s nice for toddlers but not so much for boogie boarding. If I want to pay money to sit by still water I’ll stick to my lake membership where I can also drink beer, chat with my friends and let my kids run to the bathroom without worrying someone is going to steal my stuff.

But as much as I love the lake is not the ocean and I am an ocean girl at heart. The idea of living in a state without an ocean coast is unthinkable – if I ever say I am moving to the midwest someone please have my head examined. If living on a sailboat was a viable option with 3 kids and no money, I would do it in a second.

All that info was the lead-up to me saying: We finally went to Ocean Beach! Although I still can’t tell you about the sugar-like qualities of the sand since we never even stepped foot on it. We did enjoy ourselves though, especially the kids. They do a Cruise Night on Mondays, where people bring their fancy/antique/really proud of themselves even though I’m pretty sure that’s just a 98 Miata cars and the oldies station plays classic music. I like old cars and Frankie Valli enough, but what I really like is free stuff. The parking and admission are free, plus the kid rides have an $11 wristband option, so even including the one ride down the waterslide for Evan our entire output for 3 hours was $25. Usually that’s how much they charge just to PARK.

Just a friendly warning in case you wanted to check it out:- the rides are…questionable. At one point I noticed the carousel was powered by an extension cord that ran into the (slight abandoned??) building adjacent to it through a hole someone drilled in a window. I noticed because I was keeping my eye on the SKUNK that had wandered across the path between rides. Skunk. At the beach. Sure, why not? The rides are exactly the same stuff you would find at a smallish town fair, except they live there at the beach all summer so they’re not in tip-top condition. They still looked SAFE, just not…new. The rust was just on the decorative parts.

Listen though, I am NOT knocking Ocean Beach. We had a really great time. The kids were in heaven. After they rode all the rides without waiting in a single line we walked over to the splash pad and they all got soaked for an hour. We never even made it to the mini golf, onto the playground or down to the actual ocean. Just being on a boardwalk where they sell over-priced, over-greased fried seafood that sea gulls try to steal out of your hand is all I need.

Linc spent most of the evening on my back so he didn’t get to ride anything. He did like the splash park though. He was born missing the healthy fear of things that might kill him gene. It can be both fun and exhausting. Mostly it’s fun.

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Sunday, July 12th, 2015

It looks like I spent the WHOLE week at the lake. Which I guess I did.

Sunday:

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Lake food

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Lake view

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Lake naps

Monday:

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WATCH OUT FOR THE PINK FLOATY IT WILL RUIN YOUR KID

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Love our BityBean in the water

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Party countdown is on

Tuesday:

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Lashes

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Loaner wrap is super cushy

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Star Wars, kids playing, me editing = mom life

Wednesday:

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This baby is finally learning to sleep in his own room

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He doesn’t know how to use that phone yet. Probably.

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SO GOOD

Thursday:

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Linc’s bouncy house makes him popular with the girls

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When he can’t find his own blankie, brother’s will do

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They are both very pleased with themselves

Friday:

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Linc slept in his room. I woke up to this on my vidoe monitor.

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Someone should watch that baby near the water

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Gorgeous evening for a walk

Saturday:

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Wore my lobster wrap down to the lobster docks

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Double chocolate cake for lunch

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Cards for dinner

My goal for this week is to get the kids to bed BEFORE 10 pm every night. It’s finally getting dark almost early enough for a real bedtime – no one will sleep when the sun is still up at 8:30. But I need 2 kid free hours after they all go to sleep and right now that means I’m still awake at 11:45 pm. Why can’t kids and grown ups switch? I will go to bed at 7:30 every night and they can stay up until whenever? Oh right, because then nothing would ever get done.

This week’s agenda includes two farmer stands, more lake, a horse barn, blueberry picking and car repairs. One of those things is less exciting than the others.

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