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My Week(338) in iPhone Photos

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Someone shared this article about Grand Designs on Facebook last week and I’ve been binging the episodes available right now. I really need everyone to go watch it so we can talk about how bananas some of these houses are. I can’t even decide which one I love the most, but the very best part of the show is that it follows through ALL THE WAY to the end. The home flipper shows on HGTV drive me crazy when they say “if we sell it, we’ll make $100,000! So far, no offers.” WELL THAT’S NOT REALLY YOUR PROFIT YET, IS IT? The British have weird houses made out of mud, by at least they FOLLOW THROUGH.

That had nothing to do with this post, except it’s what I’ve been watching while I catch up. And now I’m caught up!

Sunday:

Easter bunny haul

He bought this with his birthday gift card and is SO pleased

Just chilling out, feeding myself a bottle as if that’s something I’ve EVER DONE BEFORE

Monday:

Super happy to be shopping with me!

SUPER over shopping with me

Oh you know, just letting the 2 year old run away (E is watching him from behind that tree)

 

Tuesday:

Gorgeous weather for a beach wedding!

My new glasses are…big

Did nothing else but edit wedding photos because I was so excited

Wednesday:

Staying hyrdrated

Toddler yoga

Lots of naps

Thursday:

Octonaut playdate was VERY much enjoyed by toddlers

This is called Nine Man Morris, they learned at Old Sturbridge Village and E made them a board

 

 

 

 

Starbucks date

Friday:

Puddle playdate

The futuuuuuuuuuuuure!

The opposite of the future

Saturday:

SQUIREL!

How to escape your children

The opposite of escaping your children

It turns out Grand Design does sometimes give up on people – the mud house never got finished. So I guess I don’t have to feel guilty about being terrible at following through with some things. I think tonight I’ll finish a whole pint of ice cream and celebrate my success. Hashtag goals.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

I had absolutely no idea I was three weeks behind until I tried to find photos from last week. I guess that means spring is making time go by faster, which is good, because this winter was approximately 746 months long.

Sunday:

I bought GIANT yarn because it would be fast, but I still haven’t finished

Gnocci with garlic bread from one of the boxes

 

Last minute book report finishing

 Monday:

Happy baby

Me: Evan, are you ok with Linc sleeping on you? Evan: Thumbs up.

Hurricane Lincoln

Tuesday:

Letting the toddler get his own food so I can watch Jill’s Tuesday playdate

Sweetheart

Too cool for my filters

Wednesday:

Home Depot Helpers

Doing homework in the sunbeams

Evan was not interested in me today

Thursday:

He was so excited to be “uppa”

Mid-afternoon toddler crash

I don’t know why they’re yelling

Friday:

Linc’s chores include letting the dog in and dumping all his food on the floor

Tired boy

In case she forgets her name

Saturday:

Chubby baby arms

These tiny beads are a pain but they keep the kids super busy

SEIZE THE DAY

I think I lost a week because of spring break. It was a black hole of time, between my parents visiting and E’s work schedule changing and having all four kids to watch full time. It has made it very clear that my goal for the summer should be to make sure at least one kid is signed up for an activity every week. So far we have two Seaport camps, town day camp and VBS. Maybe I should look into farm camp for my horse and chicken obsessed daughter.

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Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Happy Easter! Our day started 100% too early (like at 11 pm last night) thanks to a grumpy baby and ended with children who hate 10000% too much candy. Thank goodness our spring break does NOT start tomorrow, because I need to send these monsters to school. Far, far away to school.

Sunday:

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Eating cereal at the big table

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Quite in church, thanks to coloring supplies

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Headed home after the egg hunt

Monday:

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His new favorite toy

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I have no idea where these came from but they’re fantastic

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We had a snow day, so we watched a LOT of movies

Tuesday:

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Chillaxing

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Buying egg dyeing kits on clearance the year before is one of my smartest moves

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Poor dog would do anything for attention

Wednesday:

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Talking to the baby

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I got some goodies from International Delight and that mug could not be more true

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Helping with yard work

Thursday:

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Shopping buddy

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Eye appointment

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NO I’M NOT TIRED DON’T PUT ME TO BED

Friday:

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Eating kettle corn with a spoon, as one does

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Easter-themed piano lesson was adorable

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Caroline calls this the “ornament” and she LOOOOOOOVES it

Saturday:

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Fun at the town egg hunt

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More ornament nonsense

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A rare glimpse of the Easter Bunny at work

I am SO TIRED from just one night of terrible sleep. My body had completely recovered from that newborn phase where 5 hours broken up into 3 sections seems totally fine. It occurred to me this morning those days are coming back and so I should go to bed at 9 pm every single day between now and August. And I swear I’m going to start doing that, right after the Walking Dead ends for the season.

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Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Having Wednesday off for Veterans Day really confused me all week. I do not like random mid-week holidays.

Sunday:

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The turtle’s name is Stretch, which Caroline forgets every time

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Anyone need a really poorly made tutu?

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Toddler nursing is a little like being mauled by an animal

Monday:

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Everyone needed some love on Monday

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And then he got stuck. Poor choices.

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Probably the largest collection of Wendy’s kid’s meal toys in the world

Tuesday:

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Shopping buddy

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He is SO convinced he’s helping

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Ballet has replaced swim as my least favorite activity (because I have to bring all the kids)

Wednesday:

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My children asked to be locked in a closet

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A friend asked me to take a picture of her bow

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Evan asked me not to talk to him anymore because he was too busy

Thursday:

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Bus stop weirdos

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Partners in crime

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The queen of snack-stealing

(FYI: That popcorn came from a free PINCHme box, which you can sign up for here. It’s free and they send you samples. I got some good stuff.)

(Also FYI: That’s not an affiliate link, they just sent me one so I would share, so I’m sharing.)

Friday:

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Toddler Party

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This appears to be a very low budget horror movie, filming in my neighborhood

(I think it is this movie, but there’s no real info on IMDB yet. There was a sign on the door that said Dark Pledge.)

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Sleepy baby

Saturday:

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Babies are not super helpful on photoshoots

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I’m going to make-over that Cozy Coupe, but Linc already loves it

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Caroline wants a pet “just for her”. I said no to rodents.

We had some amazing weather this week, especially for November. With the sun going down so early it is really important to my mental health that I get outside for some vitamin D at least a few times a week, or I start to go crazy. So it would be great if we could keep at least a couple warmish, sunny, non-snowing days a week for the whole winter. Then I could keep doing photo sessions too, which also make me super happy.

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Caroline’s Undersea Wonderland Mermaid 4th Birthday Party

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Last year, right after her princess party, Caroline asked for a ballerina party. I was really excited about that, since a winter ballerina party could be Nutcracker themed and there are SO many adorable possibilities there. Luckily I didn’t do much (any) planning early, so when she changed her mind and asked for a mermaid party instead I didn’t have to undo anything to throw a mermaid party.

I didn’t do as much as I have in the past (her winter fairy party was my favorite and also was CRAZY involved) but since the kids are bigger and more able to entertain themselves I just threw a bunch of balloons on the floor and they took care of the rest.

My theme was Undersea Wonderland, since obviously that’s where mermaids live. I had the very talented Becca from Jumping Jax make a custom invite and printable decorations for me. She is fast, creative and afordable (she also did Evan’s pirate party) and I highly recommend her.

Most of my party supplies came from Oriental Trading Company, as they usually do. This year, they gave me a budget and sent me a bunch of awesome stuff for free, although I ended up ordering twice as much stuff as they offered so I gave them a big pile of money anyway. Story of my party-planning life: budgets are not my strong point. But Caroline has an excellent party, everyone ate all my food and I would definitely say this was another successful birthday.

Decorations:

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Mermaid treasure

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Sparkle jelly fish made from Oriental Trading Co lanterns

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Real life: pen on the wall of the stairs and my husband’s dirty socks in the railing

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These giant balloons are my favorite birthday tradition

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Glitter EVERYWHERE, but I love how these look

Food:

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Undersea Wonderland 4th Birthday Party

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These are my gooey vanilla sparkle cookies, just renamed.

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Ha ha ha ha School of Fish

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Mermaid wands

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Octopus rolls were an unexpected hit! It’s just crescent roll dough sheets cut into shapes with edible eyes stuck on.

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Seaweed dip = spinach dip

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Crabwiches! Eyes glued to toothpicks, sandwiches are ham and swiss

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Sand dollar sugar cookies (same ones I made for Evan’s pirate party). Caroline cut these out herself. HERSELF. Like, my sister supervised but Caroline rolled and cut the dough entirely herself.

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Cheese triangles as shark teeth

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I bought a special starfish cookie cutter for these

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Puff pastry cut into stars with cream cheese frosting filling, sprinkled with a little gold sugar to make them bumpy

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Oyster cookies! I used two different kinds of Pepperidge Farm cookies (one is shortbread, one is coconut) and the same frosting I used on the cake

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The “pearls” are chocolate candies from Oriental Trading Co.

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IT IS NOT A DAVIS PARTY WITHOUT CUCUMBER SANDWICHES

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I broke my own rule and made a cake. The cake itself is from a box, but I made cream cheese buttercream frosting.

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I spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME looking for a mermaid to go on top…and found this one on our Christmas tree. It was Caroline’s ornament from last year.

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The sand is graham cracker crumbs, the writing is a sparkle frosting pen, and I even bought special teal food coloring to make the frosting ocean-colored. Caroline picked the candles.

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Rock candy from Oriental Trading Co

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These were WAY cuter on Pinterest, but as much of a mess as they are the kids loved them and they looked cute on the tray

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I sent E to buy “mermaid beer”. This was the best he could do. It was delicious though!

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Blue punch mixed with Sprite = sea water. We also had pink mermaid punch, but I somehow forgot to take a photo.

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Straws from Oriental Trading, flags from Jumping Jax

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HERE’S A TIP. Don’t make sea glass candy. Melt Jolly Ranchers on parchment paper instead. Dust with powdered sugar. DONE. I mixed it with my jelly sharks because I ran out of bowls.

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Fish sticks. Obviously.

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Ocean Jello. Man, there was a LOT of blue food coloring at this party.

Fun:

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Party favors

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Make the sand/seashell ornaments

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It needed some adult supervision but they all came out really cute

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My sister drew this for me approximately 30 minutes before the guests showed up. She is very talented.

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Waiting her turn…

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The kids LOVED this game

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Cake eating counts as an activity

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So does mermaid punch

Cake time!

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Happy 4th Birthday Mermaid Caroline!

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Thank you to Oriental Trading Company for some of the supplies! I got the 4 balloon, the other balloons, the straws, the lanterns, the pearl chocolates, the necklaces, the wands, the straws, and the rock candy from them. Plus other stuff I’m forgetting and/or forgot to take pictures of (like the green crepe paper that turned my bookcase into a seaweed forest.

The shells and craft supplies are from Michael’s. All the fabric is left over from her previous parties, as are the lights and the crystal curtain behind the food table.

Caroline’s mermaid costume was her Halloween costume. It’s from Chasing Fireflies, a super awesome place to get costumes. Evan also wore his shark costume for part of the time, but we had to take it away when he started attacking guests. True story.

You can find links to most of the inspiration and products on my Pinterest board here. Not everything from my party is Pinterest-worthy. It’s not professional or super fancy or perfect and after 5 years of throwing parties for my kids I am TOTALLY OK with that. We had a wonderful time. I had a ton of family here and they were all so so so helpful. I could never have gotten even half this stuff done without them. An hour before the guests showed up I handed Baby Linc to my sister’s new fiance and abandoned them. He did great. Better than great. I hope I can convince him to come back for Caroline’s party again next year.

Thank you to EVERYONE who came and everyone who helps and everyone who made Caroline’s day so special.

As always, ask me if you have a question on where something came from or how I made something. Apologies for the weird colors/lighting on the photos, it got dark at like THREE O’CLOCK so this were taken at a crazy high ISO under overhead lights.

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