I started and ended my week with beautiful photo sessions where everyone wore short sleeves. The heat in my house is still kicking on most nights but I am almost confident I can put away my winter coat. Which is good, because today starts soccer GAMES in addition to practices so we’ll be spending even more time outside…
My new favorite beach spot for photos
Another week, another goat
After a very full day we still managed to grocery shop thanks to a happy back wrapped baby
She’s such a pro
Catching up on Scandal (ugh, why do I bother?) while editing
This wrap is called Arendelle’s Meadow and I HAVE to own it (I’m just borrowing it right now)
Her happy place
Evan was complaing it was too sunny to see the iPad screen so he put my jacket over his head. Kids these days.
Let me oooooouuuuuut
I had to pin him down with my foot and then pull it out of the picture really quick
BEST wrap meet-up ever
Love soccer practice because of the dirt-eating opportunities
This face was temporary…
…because this is what he wanted
Mommy, I’m a koala!
Cheese, guacamole, bacon, and chipotle sauce from The Whey Station
Perfect evening for some photos
Today we went OUT OUT OUT to enjoy the 75 degree weather and now we are all tired tired tired. We just at dinner (it’s 4 pm) and I’m counting on a 6:30 pm bedtime for everyone – probably including me. 12 hours of sleep (even interrupted sleep) sounds amazing. The only family member who isn’t tired is Linc, who is currently out on the porch screeching at anyone who walks by and shoving push-cars around. I WISH he was in here nursing to sleep in my lap – because that’s always a nice excuse to sit on the couch instead of clean stuff – but he has an endless amount of energy. I’m actually looking forward to him walking so I can wear him out more.
I am apparently allergic to everything that is blooming/growing at the moment. I ran through all the OTC drugs I had and I’m afraid to buy anything else in case the cops show up to look for my meth lab. Plus I can’t take any GOOD stuff because I’m nursing. If spring is going to kick my ass this much I would really appreciate it being warm enough to actually BE OUTSIDE.
Those are actually suck pads for my Tula, not elbow decorations, but don’t tell her.
I’m not exactly sure WHY Anna and Elsa were at the horse farm, but Caroline enjoyed it
Stop being a jerk, Zebra-Donkey
He’s pleased with himself
She said she’s building a fairy house
How does a baby who can’t dress himself lose so many shoes?
Look at the little fox with the camera!
First day of soccer
I did a LOT of babywearing this week
It was not actually as warm as it looks. He just really wanted to touch the grass.
He nurses like this every time.
It SNOWED while we were outside
Evan switched to the U8 soccer team instead of the beginners, so we’re at soccer for 2 hours. Which is NOT FUN when it’s SNOWING.
Sight words today, learning about copyright infrigement tomorrow
Unimpressed with the outlet mall
Helping me with the seasonal clothing switch
Very excited about Moe’s
THIS BRUSH IS DELICIOUS
This is our second week with our new very busy schedule. I really hope the baby and my allergies let me sleep enough to survive it. I would give almost anything for 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep. It’s amazing how quickly a few bad nights catch up with you. I should in fact be sleeping right now but I was a) finishing this post and b) watching episodes of Call the Midwife I didn’t realize were new and my DVR was kindly recording for me.
This week was spring break. We didn’t go anywhere in the stay-over-night-on-vacation sense, but we did go do a lot of things. Especially Caroline and I – we are cut from the same cloth that refuses to just sit on the couch on a sunny day. We need to go “do fun things”.
Can’t stop won’t stop visiting the goats (except probably now, since all the baby goats are getting big)
Treat yo’ self
Not a real cow
So excited about the zoo he fell asleep
Art in motion
Band-aids are really exciting
This is not a good wrap job but the wrap is so pretty I don’t care
If you give a baby a flashlight, he will think that is the best thing ever
During the treasure hunt, a pirate asked them to sing a pirate song, so they both sang “Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!”
That hat though
Seriously. The hat.
I thought a nice long walk would be fun. They disagreed.
Caroline arranged her own storytime at the library, despite the fact that a) she can’t read and b) she doesn’t know that girl
Don’t let the cute messy face distract you from the path of destruction behind him
Maybe I should try to teach her to read
That’s his concentrating face
She is very disappointed that no REAL birds will get to enjoy the houses she decorated for them
Wearing his new hat while we enjoy dinner on a deck
These kids, you guys
I am BEAT and I feel about a million years old. I wish I could sleep for 24 hours straight. I feel like I’m right on the edge of getting sick and I do not have TIME to be sick. The kids are supposed to start soccer this week but somehow soccer (which is supposed to be Monday/Wednesday) is now on Thursday during the same time as swim. Obviously they can’t be swimming WHILE playing soccer so I’m going to have to get swim moved (there are other swim classes, there’s just one soccer team). But this swim session is really full and it’s going to be SUCH a pain to work out. I’m dreading making that phone call but both soccer and swim cost too much money to just skip. Stupid sports.
The weather is finally warm enough that I’m confident it’s time to switch out everyone’s wardrobes, but that means it’s time to sort out the donate/consign/pass on piles. Just ONE kid’s clothes could keep me busy for a week – and I have 3 kids with way too much stuff. I suspect absolutely nothing from last year will fit anyone (especially Linc, since he didn’t exist this time last year) so I will be forced to buy EVEN MORE stuff. Stupid stuff.
Thank God spring break is over. I’ve become just a whiny as my children.
This week (the one I am typing in, not the one in the pictures) is spring break and the weather finally got the memo so I am tempted to turn off my laptop, toss it in a closet and not look at it again until the weather gets back below 50 degrees. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen again until October.
Grumpy baby wanted to walk around instead of sit through Easter service
Evan picked this one from ALL the grocery store cakes
No match for fresh air
I MISSED 100000 EVEN
Grocery store assistant
Best Legos Ever
Attention Target shoppers: Adorable baby in the main aisle
He’s pretty convinced that is his bed.
Her style now extends to swim class
I am not sure why this is necessary
Terrorizing the ponies
Terrorizing the dog
Terrorizing himself (your doing it wrong)
They demanded I take their picture next to this “sports dog”.
Six is a lot of years. It’s one-third of the way to 18, which I immediately regret both thinking and typing. But there is no denying Evan is a big kid, well on his way to being a full grown human who barely even needs me. He’s way too busy watching Star Wars while building Star Wars Legos while playing Star Wars Legos on the iPad to even notice I’m offering him food.
Evan actually asked to be left at Kid’s Quest for his birthday. That’s the child care half of the arcade at the casino – for the low low price of $11/hour you can gamble while they entertain the crap out of your kids. It’s an excellent strategy for the casinos since kids aren’t allowed on the gaming floors. And they are REALLY GOOD at entertaining the kids. Which is why Evan asked us to leave him there for his birthday. I basically begged him to hang out with us as a family instead, starting a long slow descent into me being his super uncool mom.
I felt sort of guilty all weekend that Evan wasn’t getting a Big Party. It was what everyone (both family and not family) expects and what the kids are used to when it comes to birthdays. But now that he’s in school and has a whole list of friends I’ve literally never met I figured we could switch over to “fun activity that in the future we can invite a few close friends to join us in doing”. After he opened his presents on Sunday night he declared turning 6 was the best birthday ever, so obviously my guilt was unnecessary and he still felt special for his special weekend.
Evan is a super nice, fairly sensitive kid who is a total people pleaser. I’m focused on being more mindful of that trait and working with his teacher to make sure she keeps it in mind when he’s struggling in class. Last week she had to call me because he was sitting in a chair refusing to do the ONE worksheet he needed to finish before he had free choice for the rest of the day. She said it happened the week before and he had literally sat, pouting, head down for 2 full hours. I asked her if it was possible he had made a mistake (he had) and was just upset with himself (he was) and if she could maybe offer him a hug before she gave up and punished him (she did). It turned out that was all he needed: he bounced right back to the happy, sweet kid who wants to do a good job and I got nice notes the rest of the week assuring me he was behaving perfectly.
So what I’m saying is having a kid that’s old enough to be upset for ACTUAL REASONS instead of things like “cut their strawberries to small” or “asked them to put their shoes on” or “changed their diaper” is pretty cool. Even if you do hear a lot more fart jokes.
Here’s how we celebrated the big S I X.
Dinner at Margaritaville, because what kid doesn’t love watching a giant blender fill up with tequila? (No, that’s a serious question, the kids love that part.)
MOAR BABY GOATS:
Cake and presents:
Evan’s birthday interview:
(Please ignore the Caroline and Lincoln background noise, they were actually really quite compared to their regular volume.)
Bonjour! No I'm not French, it just sounded fancy. Sorry for the confusion. I'm Suzanne, a 32-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 brand new Baby Lincoln, born 7/23/2014. 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 .