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My Week(225) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

The kids had Monday and Tuesday off school, which DIRECTLY coincided with E’s trip out of town. I did not enjoy that. It was also ridiculously cold. February is not my favorite.

Sunday:

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She said I was her sous chef because she was Top Chef

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He’s so helpful, trying to curl Caroline’s hair with a screwdriver.

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Lap nap baby

Monday:

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OMG GIANT SNAKE…oh wait, it’s still fake

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Hello whales!

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Literally bouncing off the walls

Tuesday:

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Hot mess babywearing

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Helping with selfies

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I put my baby down inside that Boppy. HOW DID HE GET OVER THERE?

Wednesday:

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Fake it til you make it

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Aparently today she is a Southern Belle

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This is becoming a bit of a habit

Thursday:

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MIRACLES

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Unimpressed with his cute new hat OR his fancy Tula…because it was 2 degrees out

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My husband is good at appologizing

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I’m going back to Gymboree and buying that onesie in ever size

Friday:

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Back nap! The BEST part of babywearing!

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Princess crime scene

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Gingerrrrrrrrs

Saturday:

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Big girl fancy soda

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Hashtag third child

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Oh you thought I was sleeping???? SURPRISE!

It was 41 degrees today. The kids and I all left the house without coats. But it’s going to be -11 tomorrow. At least there are no major snow storms in this week’s forecast? Maybe we’ll actually have a full week of school!! But knowing my luck, the second that happens will be the second Lincoln learns to crawl and I will never get a quiet moment again.

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Just A Mommy

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
caroline dressed as a mommy-8

Mommy uniform: Messy bun, cardi, statement necklace, leggings, boots, phone in her purse, camera and of course, her Baby Jesus.

 

A few weeks ago, my daughter had a career day at school. When I asked her what she wanted to be, I was only half listening, since in my head I was trying to figure out what dress up we could repurpose as “Doctor” or “President” or “Nobel Peace Prize Winner”.

“A MOMMY!” she shouted.

I have been a stay-at-home-mom for 6 years now. I wipe tushies and noses and hands. I do laundry, then some more laundry, then do all the laundry again. I take kids to ballet and swim and doctor’s appointments and baby signs and birthday parties. I cut coupons and make lists and menu plans and 12 trips to the grocery store and then still end up serving tacos and spaghetti two nights a week.

I wear a lot of yoga pants.

“Oh,” I said. “A mommy,” I said. “But wouldn’t you like to be something else AND a mommy?? You don’t have to be JUST a mommy.”

I flinched when I said it. The words floated out of my mouth and hung right in front of my face where I thought about how it was a stupid thing to say. I know better.

Being a mom isn’t just keeping children alive – although some days that is all I seem to manage. We can’t just feed and clothe them, we have to raise them up and impart everything we know into their empty heads. We are turning small squishy lumps of need into tiny humans who then turn into actual real humans and grow up to be, well, everything. We teach patience because one day they’ll need it while discovering the gene that cures cancer. We teach kindness because one day they might build hospitals for villages in need. We teach the alphabet so they can write the great American novel. We clean up a zillion finger paint messes so they can become great artists. Someone right now is wiping the butt of a future president.

I want Caroline to know that she has the option to be whatever she wants when she grows up, especially right now when she’s capable of dreaming about future careers without worrying about their practicality. I remember telling my mother I was going to be a ballerina marine biologist and her saying “That is a great idea”. I want her to find a passion and explore it and love it and then change her mind. I want her to change her mind a million and one times before she actually finds a career. I want her to reach for the stars…or the bottom of the sea…or the top of a mountain…or wherever it is that super successful and happy people reach. Because as cliche as it sounds, I only want her to be happy.

I don’t want anyone to ever tell my daughter she HAS to be a mother or that she can ONLY be a mother, but if she wants to be a mother – even if she wants to be JUST a mommy – then I would be very, very proud of her.

When she came home from career day, I asked her what her friends dressed up as. “Logan was a motorcycle guy!” she explained, “And all the girls were princesses!”

So maybe Mommy is a bold choice for a 4 year old after all.

And hey, I must make being a mommy look like a lot of fun if it’s something she’s looking forward to. Although it might just be because she wants to be the boss.

caroline dressed as a mommy

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Sunday, February 15th, 2015

More than half of this week’s photos are of sleeping children. It’s cold. It’s snowy. They were all sick. It’s effing February.

Sunday:

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Still in bed when the sun comes up is UNHEARD OF these days

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Eyelashes

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Bedtime only happened because of this.

Monday:

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I came downstairs Monday and they were already dressed for school…except it was anothiner snow day.

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Baby Model

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Modeling is hard work

Tuesday:

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More eyelashes

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Sick sickies recovering from the barfs

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THIS ONE thinks he’s going to crawl. He is wrong.

Wednesday:

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He’s shocked we actually left the house

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Check up time!

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Jealousy

Thursday:

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MOAR NAPZ

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MOAR SNOWZ

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That splash is Evan

Friday:

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Jerk baby sleeping in my spot.

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There is SO MUCH I love in this picture

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Playing with toys like he’s a real person

Saturday:

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Those are hearts. It’s a lot harder than it looks.

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Ice skating party with the ice queen

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Aaaaaaand we out.

There was another blizzard this morning. I’m starting to feel very Little House on the Prairie – the one where they live in the town and it snows SO MUCH they have to climb out their second floor windows. That is a real possibility if we don’t get a thaw before we get more storms.

The kids are already off Monday/Tuesday for President’s Day and I’m suspicious they will miss Wednesday because of snow. I think I’ll spend the rest of the night googling flights to Florida or Bermuda or California, since if I am trapped in the house like this until April I am going to loose my marbles. This is when orders to Hawaii start looking really, really tempting.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

There was a lot of babywearing this week because the weather was bad and we didn’t go many places.

AND THEY JUST CANCELED SCHOOL FOR TOMORROW. Is it spring yet?

Sunday:

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My first baby whose head isn’t the least bit flat

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All natural teether

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GO PATRIOTS

Monday:

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Brotherly love

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Superbowl hangover

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Still loves the neck floaty

Tuesday:

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How’s my hair?

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2.5 hours like this, while I did ALL the laundry

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Good dog Brutus

Wednesday:

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Spirit week: Wacky Day

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Baby’s First Button Down

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Is it clear yet that a) I love back carries and b) I REALLY need a good anti-aging moisturizer?

Thursday:

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When you have this much snow, you have to actually REMOVE it, not just plow it.

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Spirit Week: Storybook Character Day

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My Lego Star Wars game brings all the boys to the yard

Friday:

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Spirit Week: Fancy Day

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MomFest Rainbow Playdate

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OBSESSED

Saturday:

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This one is my new favorite

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My eyes do that exact same uneven thing

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How he is managing to sleep like that I have NO idea

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We taught someone else Hand & Foot so now we can play ALL THE TIME.

I am going to finish this, publish it, feed the baby and then go to the grocery store at 9 pm because that sounds way better than going with all 3 kids in the snow tomorrow. Uggggggghhhhhhhhh. Seriously, can it be May now?

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Monday, February 2nd, 2015

GO PATRIOTS! True story, I was 100% sure the Seahawks were going to win, even while I was cheering for the Pats. I am loyal in my fandom but not in my belief. Good thing we’re having ANOTHER snow day today so I can recover from the excitement.

Sunday:

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She LOVES tap so much I almost don’t hate it

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Throwing shade at my selfies

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Blizzard essentials

Monday:

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The tiny sock bun attempt kills me

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This weather report was full of lies: it was a lot of snow but not really a BLIZZARD. And it snowed again Friday.

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Babywearing Baby Jesus – close enough to kiss

Tuesday:

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SNOW

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LOOKING AT SNOW

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PLAYING IN SNOW

Wednesday:

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His shirt is not accurate

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Took Linc out to see the snow. He fell asleep immediately.

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Caroline wishes it would snow every day

Thursday:

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Snow playdate

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She thought the hospital gown was hilarious

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Mmm…goggles

Friday:

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FINALLY going to school…in the snow

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My town sucks at clearing snow

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Grocery store nap

Saturday:

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He’s going to throw the Wii remote right through the TV

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There was a song involved with this game

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Gave up on crib nap, settled for cuddle nap

I seriously cannot even keep track of what day it is anymore, since school days mean nothing. Caroline has been out for a WEEK straight. Even my husband’s schedule is messed up – thank goodness, because otherwise I’d be doing all the snow removal with a baby on my back. I have to say I would like to make it to Target at some point this month (the mom version of a day off) but that might not happen until March. Or April.

Is it summer yet?

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