Posts Tagged ‘Connecticut’

My Week(236) in iPhone Photos

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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Monday, November 17th, 2014

Linc has two bottom teeth. If you’ve ever had a 3 month old with teeth you will know why it has taken me two days to finish this post. And also why my right nipple hurts so bad I wish I could just cut it off.

I have a new game for you, called “count how many times Suzanne wears the babies in this week’s post”. The prize is then you get to judge me for being crazy.

Sunday:

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I wore my wrap instead of a coat for our walk to church

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FINALLY CONNECTICUT HAS YUENGLING THANK YOU

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Boys in a bounce house = trouble

Monday:

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Twins

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My town is pretty cute sometimes

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Much healthy, so good for me

Tuesday:

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Like a scene from an end of the world movie

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And then a some horses showed up and blew Caroline’s mind

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Me: Caroline, want to be my model so I can test the light for a picture? Caroline: UGH.

Wednesday:

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A Still Life Of The Kitchen Of A Woman Who DGAF: Volume 1,000,000

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All those stupid power lines are ruining my enjoyment of this beautiful sky. WHO NEEDS ELECTRICITY ANYWAYS?

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I put that on his head and then laughed at him.

Thursday:

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Start ’em young!

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That one is called Invisibility Cloak. Linc says “Am I invisible now?”

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That’s Evan, solo back swimming in the deep end. SO BIG.

Friday:

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Caroline likes being worn more than anyone else.

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Being a ballerina is exhausting

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As of right now my red tree is bare, but last week it was gorgeous

Saturday:

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Real life: I bring my baby to photo sessions because he’s exclusively nursing, but sometimes it does not go well. Luckily the photos themselves are still awesome.

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OH THANKS HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON SEQUEL, I WANTED TO CRY MY EYES OUT

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Wraps make good blankies after rough days too.

And now I am going to go grit my teeth and nurse down the miserable baby AGAIN (and then give him some tylenol and gas drops and teething tablets and make sure his amber necklace is on and stand on one leg naked in the moonlight and ANYTHING ELSE that might help him with his sad mouth pain). Poor baby.

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Wordless Wednesday: Last Days of Fall

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Some mom friends and I took the kids down to Bluff Point for a hike since we didn’t have school on Tuesday. 5 moms and 11 kids. When we got to the beach all the big kids went off on an adventure while the babies hung out on the sand and ate rocks. It was so nice to be out of the house in the fresh (warm) air ALL DAY…plus the gingers all slept amazingly well last night.

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What Caroline Wore: Vintage handknit sweater, dress from Land’s End, Target leggings, Boots from Zulily

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What Evan Wore: Mini Boden sweater and jeans

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And then when we got home I found a TICK on my BABY. Stupid warm weather.

 

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