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My Week(246) in iPhone Photos

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, May 10th, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day, internet! I planted my traditional flower pots and vegetables. The flowers will traditionally look beautiful on the front steps and the vegetables will traditionally die before I ever see a single tomato or eggplant. But I wouldn’t want to stop planting them. It’s tradition.

Sunday:

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Super sunny soccer game

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I told them not to try chasing it.

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So happy to be OUTSIDE

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Bonus Sunday picture: Caroline goes “LOOK, ITS BABY LINC!”

Monday:

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Playing Star Wars…

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Watching Star Wars…

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Wearing Star Wars. May the Fourth!

Tuesday:

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Still recovering from doing ALL THE THINGS over the weekend

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We are becoming experts at this back wrapping thing

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This is the face he makes when he sees Caroline get off the bus

Wednesday:

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These are my ridiculous new pants. I love them. I wore them to the dentist.

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Sweaty nap head

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Taking a walk down by the river

Thursday:

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Doesn’t everyone eat their cheerios in the doorway?

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Clingy McClingerson

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The filthiest child

Friday:

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Sleepy snuggles

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She wasn’t happy about the bib, but that was already her third outfit of the day

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The family that slides together, ends up in a big pile of crying children together.

Saturday:

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You can’t tell, but he’s crying. Because some of his Cheerios fell on the floor. Because he threw them there.

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Somehow, she did not fall in.

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That is not the face of a healthy child. Poor baby had fifths disease (we think) but once you get the rash you’re not contagious anymore.

I really wanted to get a picture of myself with the kids for Mother’s Day, but that didn’t happen. There were too many meltdowns, too many dirty faces, too many things to do, too many kids to wrangle. But while we were making s’mores for dinner both Evan and Caroline said THEY were having the best day ever, so at least the kids enjoyed their day. If that’s not basically what motherhood breaks down to then I don’t know what it.

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Oak Leaf Dairy Farm Visit – Baby Goat Cuddle Therapy Should Be A Thing

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

A few weeks ago a friend posted a photo on Facebook of her daughter surrounded by baby goats. I clicked the picture, which was geo-tagged, which led to a place name, which I then typed into Facebook and their page popped up. (Technology, man!) It turns out the place with the baby goats is called Oak Leaf Dairy and it’s only 20 minutes from my house. So after ballet class on Saturday I forced my family into their coats and put the directions into my phone and said “WE’RE GOING TO SEE GOATS EVERYONE IN THE CAR.”

I have about a 20% success rate with Family Fun Days. 80% of the time I am slightly-to-very disappointed because the Family Fun I had pictured never materialises. The kids are hungry, the weather is bad, my husband doesn’t think “wandering” or “browsing” count as fun activities at all. The more kids we add the more often I am stressed instead of relaxed and the picture perfect day trips I image for our family ends with everyone just needing a nap and a break from each other. It’s something I struggle with a lot – I WANT to be a family that loves to do lots of things together but most of the time we do better just watching a movie. That’s not much of a photo-worthy occasion.

BUT. Sometimes. Sometimes everyone remembers that they actually like each other and we have an awesome time.

The goats were an awesome time. Oak Leaf Dairy gets an A+ for Family Fun.

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Since it was snowing/raining we didn’t get to walk around the farm for the full tour, but we spent more than an hour in the baby goat shed just cuddling and petting baby goats. You can hold the goats. You HAVE to hold the goats, because they will literally leap into your lap. They also nibble your clothes and hair and phone and shoes but they have baby goat teeth and it doesn’t hurt. There were tiny babies literally born THAT morning in a separate quiet pen but the children could climb in and out of the other stalls (if they WANTED to be covered in goats) or hang out in the main room if they wanted a little more space. There were a few other people there and they were all as overwhelmed with the adorableness as we were – one of them FaceTimed her sister to show her how much fun the kids were having playing with the goats. Even my husband, who rolls his eyes at everything, loved the baby goats. BABY GOATS ARE THE BEST.

I would like to recommend baby goat therapy be added to Ways To Avoid Hating Everything.

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After we got in our baby goat time – even Lincoln liked petting the baby goats – we stopped at the cheese room to try out some samples: aged cheddar, cheddar curds, 4 kinds of chevre, feta, and caramel sauce. They also sell soap, but we couldn’t eat that so we didn’t buy any. We DID buy an obscene amount of everything else and then stopped for bread and ice cream on the way home so we would have cheese and caramel mouth-delivery devices.

It was an excellent Family Fun Day and we are going back as soon as possible.

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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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