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My Week(230) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

It snowed again yesterday. They had to move the Easter Egg hunt at church inside because of snow. I can’t.

Sunday:

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Home Depot is always a family event

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Weirdos

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TA DA!

Monday:

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Actual babywearing in action: cleaning, sorting, folding and putting away clothes to consign/donate/keep

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Snack time

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A girl of many skills

Tuesday:

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Big kid, little kid fun at the aquarium

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Eye appointment

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Anyone want to buy a really soft wrap?

Wednesday:

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Happy grocery store helper

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New Ebay score = success

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Not so into the monthday photos this time

Thursday:

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SASS

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SIT DOWN

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Another Ebay find. I might be in trouble.

Friday:

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Peeping bunnies

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Her 100% self styled Easter outfit

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I would be way better at eating healthy if they hadn’t put that 5 Guys in town

Saturday:

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BABY GOAT PILE

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Baby goat stand

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Baby who also stands, but I’m way less happy about this one

I registered the big kids for super fun Mystic Seaport summer camps this week. Which made me think “Oh yeah, summer is coming, I’ll need to do something with the kids.” But unfortunately, planning for summer did not make summer come. Remind me not to complain AT ALL about a single hot day once they FINALLY get here.

April should be better though. A little warmer. More stuff to do. Evan’s birthday (no big party, just some fun). BABY GOATS. And my own birthday, which will probably go entirely uncelebrated besides the Facebook mentions, but since I’m turning a very boring 33 that won’t bother me much. I’ll be pretty happy with a nap and some Mexican food.

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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(228) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

So, Linc learned to scoot this week. More than lunging, more than wiggling, real one-knee up monkey scooting which makes him fully mobile. For good measure he can also pull up to his knees on the couch, chairs, the cat, the dog, and anything else he can reach. He’ll be on his feet within a month and probably walking by 9 months, just like his jerk brother and sister. WHAT GOOD IS WEARING HIM ALL THE TIME if it doesn’t slow him down at all!? I didn’t WANT him to be mobile!

Sunday:

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This is a friend’s house, but I’m pretty sure we NEED that chair

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OH BROTHERS

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That’s right buddy, keep giving the tools the side-eye

Monday:

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DECOY BABY

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Big kid wanted to ride in the cart

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Feeding babies real food is GROSS

Tuesday:

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Vicious baby nail left that scratch on his own face

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Fairly successful back wrap job

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Sure, that seems like a good idea

Wednesday:

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Sleepy baby in Target is my favorite baby

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IT’S A HEATWAVE GET OUT THE KIDDIE POOL

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Poor, poor choices

Thursday:

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We really need to find a solution to her face hair

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I’m not even going to bother to put those away

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DIY teething necklace: a ring sling ring on St. Patrick’s Day beads

Friday:

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Someone is smug about getting to use the iPad

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Old Man Lincoln hits the casino

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Food the size of my HEAD = the best kind of food

Saturday:

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Naps at 8 am aren’t a great sign

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This is why sponsored pins are a BAD IDEA. This are all results of “DIY BOOKCASE”.

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She won’t stop stealing my heels

We were supposed to go out of town this weekend but our plans changed and we were left with two completely free days. We spent one doing literally nothing and one day having a family adventure. Both were nice but exhausting. I think having a 7 month old means I’m exhausted no matter what we do these days. I actually have dreams where I dream about being asleep.

In fact, I need to go to sleep right now so I can get 3 hours before Linc wakes up to eat. Being a mobile jerk baby takes a lot of energy.

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My Week(225) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

The kids had Monday and Tuesday off school, which DIRECTLY coincided with E’s trip out of town. I did not enjoy that. It was also ridiculously cold. February is not my favorite.

Sunday:

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She said I was her sous chef because she was Top Chef

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He’s so helpful, trying to curl Caroline’s hair with a screwdriver.

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Lap nap baby

Monday:

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OMG GIANT SNAKE…oh wait, it’s still fake

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Hello whales!

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Literally bouncing off the walls

Tuesday:

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Hot mess babywearing

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Helping with selfies

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I put my baby down inside that Boppy. HOW DID HE GET OVER THERE?

Wednesday:

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Fake it til you make it

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Aparently today she is a Southern Belle

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This is becoming a bit of a habit

Thursday:

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MIRACLES

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Unimpressed with his cute new hat OR his fancy Tula…because it was 2 degrees out

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My husband is good at appologizing

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I’m going back to Gymboree and buying that onesie in ever size

Friday:

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Back nap! The BEST part of babywearing!

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Princess crime scene

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Gingerrrrrrrrs

Saturday:

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Big girl fancy soda

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Hashtag third child

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Oh you thought I was sleeping???? SURPRISE!

It was 41 degrees today. The kids and I all left the house without coats. But it’s going to be -11 tomorrow. At least there are no major snow storms in this week’s forecast? Maybe we’ll actually have a full week of school!! But knowing my luck, the second that happens will be the second Lincoln learns to crawl and I will never get a quiet moment again.

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Monday, February 2nd, 2015

GO PATRIOTS! True story, I was 100% sure the Seahawks were going to win, even while I was cheering for the Pats. I am loyal in my fandom but not in my belief. Good thing we’re having ANOTHER snow day today so I can recover from the excitement.

Sunday:

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She LOVES tap so much I almost don’t hate it

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Throwing shade at my selfies

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Blizzard essentials

Monday:

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The tiny sock bun attempt kills me

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This weather report was full of lies: it was a lot of snow but not really a BLIZZARD. And it snowed again Friday.

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Babywearing Baby Jesus – close enough to kiss

Tuesday:

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SNOW

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LOOKING AT SNOW

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PLAYING IN SNOW

Wednesday:

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His shirt is not accurate

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Took Linc out to see the snow. He fell asleep immediately.

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Caroline wishes it would snow every day

Thursday:

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Snow playdate

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She thought the hospital gown was hilarious

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Mmm…goggles

Friday:

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FINALLY going to school…in the snow

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My town sucks at clearing snow

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Grocery store nap

Saturday:

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He’s going to throw the Wii remote right through the TV

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There was a song involved with this game

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Gave up on crib nap, settled for cuddle nap

I seriously cannot even keep track of what day it is anymore, since school days mean nothing. Caroline has been out for a WEEK straight. Even my husband’s schedule is messed up – thank goodness, because otherwise I’d be doing all the snow removal with a baby on my back. I have to say I would like to make it to Target at some point this month (the mom version of a day off) but that might not happen until March. Or April.

Is it summer yet?

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