I’m going to write a real post. Soon. Maybe even 2 posts. I have thoughts and things to say about going from 3 children to 4, about how our routine is working, and about how my big kids are becoming more responsible. And Finn will be 2 months old in just a couple days so I’ll have that one up too. Blogging is hard.
Perfect outdoor weather
These are not my chickens but I really like chickens
Two parties in one day = sugar overload
Cupcakes are a poor choice in a bounce house
Finn’s face looks like this about 87% of the time
The only thing I did all day was clean this up
Bus stop face
A+ sibling interaction
Playgroup art is high quality art
Playgroup is also exhausting
Helping change the sheets
My favorite tree
After school shenanigans
The only place he’s sleeping right now
The huge bear was an excellent purchase
Rounded head ever
This was not as good as I had imagined
I had a photo shoot yesterday and needed someone to watch the kids, so I bribed my friend Steph into doing it by promising her a photo of her kids for their Christmas card. That meant she watched seven children under the age of seven. So when I’m feeling overwhelmed by my four, I just keep reminding myself at least there aren’t three more of them all the time.
I can’t pronounce the Greek name of those cookies, but I imagine they translate to “OMG SO MUCH POWDERED SUGAR”.
DO YOU SEE IT? FALL IS COMING.
Saturday: Ledyard Fair & Taste of Italy
Her best life, for sure.
Seafood ravioli in lobster cream sauce!
Sunday: Mystic Eats
Abbott’s lobster roll
Del’s frozen lemonade
Carolina pulled pork slider with sweet pickles
Clam fritters with garlic aoili
Mystic Drawbridge ice cream
I’m pretty sure when your face looks like that after the weekend, it’s been a good time. Poor Finn was either attached to my body or sleeping the the stroller the whole time and is in none of this year’s photos. Just think, next year he’ll be able to eat most of this stuff and enjoy himself much as we do!
I’ve written before about how much we love living near Foxwoods, and that continues to hold true. We’ve been lucky enough to attend lots of cool events in the past couple of years (from beer to bowling to kids shows) but I think our Friday night trip to see Cirque Eloize Saloon was the best show we’ve ever seen.
From their press release:
This captivating and energetic show transports audiences to the height of the Wild Wild West era, telling the story of a piano tuner’s astonishing journey through a world filled with gold diggers, rail workers, chorus girls and cowboys. Mysterious and intriguing characters will light up the stage to explosive live music, resulting in a series of unexpected situations packed with rhythmic acrobatic prowess and original choreography. The series begins Friday, August 12 and runs through Sunday, August 21 for a total of 12 remarkable performances at a variety of family-family show times.
It was amaaaaazing. Caroline and Evan could barely stay in their seats, they were SO excited about all the tricks and acrobatics. It was lucky we were sitting with other bloggers and the Foxwoods people, because I would have been worried we were annoying regular show-watchers with all the audible gasping and “MOMMY DID YOU SEE THAT?!?!” Even Linc got super into the show, especially the hoop spinning thing (Cyr wheel, according to Google) and the singing, which he joined in enthusiastically. Like I said when I gushing over the show on Instagram, it’s like a musical combined with America’s Got Talent, two things our family loves. There was a part with a teeter-totter board that made me almost as annoying as the kids, cheering and clapping every time no one killed themselves (spoiler: no one killed themselves, they were all incredible).
Our 4th row seats were awesome
Enjoying chocolate strawberries at the reception, like a good blogger
Step and repeat expert
We borrowed a pen and the kids got their tickets signed. Everyone was SO nice.
Caroline: Are those REAL HORSES?! (No, but fake horses are still very exciting)
Our Friday before the show was an epic disaster. No less than a dozen things went wrong and around 6 pm we were debating whether or not we could pull ourselves together enough to even TRY to enjoy our evening. But the air conditioning plus the amazing show plus the chance to meet with the cast afterward was exactly what we needed to cheer ourselves up as a family and have a great time. If you’re suffering through this unbearable summer like we are, I cannot recommend a night out to see Cirque Eloize Saloon enough. Then you too can start to teach your kids hand-to-hand in the lake.
Video taken by the 7-year-old, but it’s still awesome.
Cirque Eloize Saloon is currently playing in the Fox Theater at Foxwoods. Shows are scheduled for: August 12, 7:30 PM August 13, 4:00 PM August 13, 8:00 PM August 14, 2:00 PM August 14, 7:00 PM August 17, 7:30 PM August 18, 7:30 PM August 19, 8:00 PM August 20, 4:00 PM August 20, 8:00 PM August 21, 2:00 PM August 21, 7:00 PM
Tickets start at $35
We were invited to the opening night of previews of this show at Foxwoods because I’m on their press list and they’re super nice. No other compensation was provided and all opinions and photos are my own.
This week feels like it happened months ago. I was SUCH a mess just seven days ago, I can’t even believe I didn’t end up in the hospital. Fingers crossed that’s as sick as I get this pregnancy, I can’t handle any more than that.
You’ll notice a lot of messy house and couch pictures this week as a result of my convalescence. At least let’s pretend that’s why.
View from my sick bed
My children being kind and loving
My children being annoying because I don’t have the energy to stop them
Big kid swings
Little kid naps
Big kids nap too
He’s a Target Pro
With their Vacation Bible School goodies
He insists on walking up the stairs like this all the time now
New pregnancy craving: fresh bread
Seems like a perfectly good place to park
Evening lake life’
HASHTAG REAL LIFE HASHTAG MY CHILDREN ARE THE WORST
Sea Swirl is my favorite
They’re all obsessed with this statue in Mystic
A week of VBS plus lake equals SO TIRED
I’m currently obsessed with film
Caroline is obsessed with changing diapers (we have a rash situation, I’m still using cloth mostly)
You should smell this lavender farm. It’s AMAZING.
Tomorrow Caroline starts Seaport Camp, which means she’s going to be an exhausted mess basically every night. But that just means she (and I) can go to bed extra early. I am toooootally fine with that. I’m getting to the point where I want to sleep as much as possible because I know in another 8 weeks I won’t be sleeping again for 2 years. I’m not really looking forward to that part of having a baby.
We went to Gillette Castle a few years ago for Open House Day, because although the castle is really neat and you *could* spend a lot of time walking around and looking at everything, it’s hard to do with kids. We decided to go back again this year, because I love doing things for free so there’s no preesure to spend a long time there if the children aren’t into it. I guess this year they were as into it as you expect children to be, although Linc was only into it if someone was carrying him.
There are also a lot of great hiking trails all around the castle that used to be part of Mr. Gillette’s miniature train system, but it started to rain and we didn’t get very far. I was also wearing a 30 lb toddler on my back and 20 lbs of pregnant on my front (don’t ask how that happens when my husband is carrying zero pounds of children) so I was happy to keep our hike short.
Evan was running and fell and scraped up his knee. Caroline was rolling down a hill and rolled right into a rock. They are obviously having a WONDERFUL TIME.
Despite the fact that we look very along in these photos there were definitely a lot of people out enjoying the free admission day. Please feel free to admire my talent for keeping them out of the pictures.
Bonjour! No I'm not French, it just sounded fancy. Sorry for the confusion. I'm Suzanne, a 33-year-old mom, photographer, Navy wife, blogger, baker, and amateur at pretty much everything else. The stars of the show are Evan, born 4/5/09, Caroline, born 12/19/2010 and Lincoln, born 7/23/2014, with baby number FOUR due at the end of August 2016. We live in Connecticut and enjoy it very much except for most of February and March. You can find more of my photos (or even hire me!) over on my photography site, Ginger Snaps Pictures. I love hearing from you so if you have questions, stories or ideas to share, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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