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My Week(251) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

It was really hot this week, so went to the lake, wore babies and sat on each other. Obviously.

Sunday:

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Morning photoshoot at a marina

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They both seemed OK with this, so I didn’t stop it.

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Evening at the lake

Monday:

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Morning at the lake

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Sleepy baby face

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The Queens Elsa

Tuesday:

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Morning at the lake

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When did his legs get so long?

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More sibling sitting

Wednesday:

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He figures by now he’s the boss of the lake

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Linc walked around and around this bench for 20 minutes

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Even the kids thought we should buy lavender to bring home because it smelled so good

Thursday:

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This is what Caroline requested for breakfast.

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Spoiled, spoiled children

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Allllllll day at the lake

Friday:

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This was supposed to be a nice picture of Caroline holding flowers, but she tried to smell them and stabbed herself in the eye

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We were a hit in the frozen section

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It’s really hot in my house.

Saturday:

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There was music, so she was dancing

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Heeeeere’s Lincy!

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Planet viewing in the planetarium

SCHOOL STARTS ON WEDNESDAY. It’s so good and also so bad. I’m suddenly going to have a lot of time on my hands in the middle of the day and way too much to do in the morning and evening. I’m worried about the kids having a hard adjustment to classrooms (and Caroline to full day) after and structure and rules and having to wait their turn and stand in line and all of that after a summer of nothing but lake life and vacations.

But going grocery shopping with ONE baby I can put on my back? Heaven. My fridge is never going to be empty again!

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Lake of the Woods 2015

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

My parents lake house/future retirement house is pretty awesome. I mean, it’s no beach mansion, but it does have boats, a swim platform AND grandparents, which completely makes up for the lake of bathrooms. Not that there are NO bathrooms. There just aren’t 9 bathrooms. But it’s ok, since we taught the kids they can just pee in the lake.

Please don’t judge me for, well, any of this. Lincoln loves everything about the water, he was always in a life jacket when he was on boats/tubes and we didn’t go fast if we were towing him. We’ll wait until he’s at least 3 before we make him try water skiing.

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My Week(250) in iPhone Photos

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Can you believe I’ve done this nonsense for 250 weeks? Caroline wasn’t even BORN when I did the first one. So I suppose I can’t even think about quitting, despite the fact that I can barely remember to do them. This one is late and I had to check my dates three times because it’s so hard to believe a week ago we were still on vacation. Real life happens SO FAST.

Sunday:

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Evan is doubtful that 3 people in a one person kayak is wise.

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Linc loves vacation

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Caroline is ALWAYS ready for more pictures

Monday:

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If you look hard enough, you can almost see New York down the river

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I liked the reflection in the back of that tanker

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Linc is happy to see all his stuff again

Tuesday:

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Caroline is writing a song

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Grumpy pants needed a walk to get ready for bed

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I really, really love this front porch.

Wednesday:

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The zoo was so fun.

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I will never get tired of these photos.

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I had three ladies tell me they liked my hair and none of them even notice I was nursing a baby.

Thursday:

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Lunch at Quincy Market should always involve a lobster roll

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Boston Children’s Museum

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Linc was over Boston (and I was over my poor choice of shirt on a 90 degree day)

Friday:

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SUPER COOL PRESS EVENT POST COMING SOON

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I was really good at juggling, if my really good you mean terrible

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Red Lantern at Foxwoods = ORDER ALL THE SUSHI

Saturday:

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They must have bought those water bottles at Target. Poor confused children.

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Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaap

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What? I’m hungry.

I forgot I had Virginia vacation photos to post, plus I have the post about our fun date at Foxwoods, so as long as I don’t die of heatstroke (we’re on day 5 or 6 of 90 degrees plus) I’ll have more new blog stuff up soon.

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Southwick’s Zoo

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

I lived in Massachusetts for a few years in elementary and middle school, which is one of the reasons I like living in New England so much – it reminds me of all the fun stuff I did as a kid. My parents/school/church youth group loved Doing Stuff so I Did A Lot Of Stuff between the ages of 9 and 14. We went to amusement parks and museums and cities and zoos, and one of the places I have vague memories of is Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Mass. This week we went up to check it out during the day trip portion of our summer vacation, since it’s only about 75 minutes away.

What I didn’t remember is that it’s a private zoo (I’m not sure I even knew that was still a thing?) and that it’s in the middle of nowhere. Our GPS took us down what I swear was a 3 mile driveway to a grass field…that turned out to be the parking lot. But the inauspicious entrance didn’t mean the zoo was a disappointment – in terms of animals they had more variety than our much-beloved Roger Williams Park Zoo. Plus they had the deer forest. I love the deer forest. We all love the deer forest, even E, although after I discovered how much he loved the baby goat farm I’m not sure why I’m surprised.

Southwick’s Zoo had a really nice military discount too (E was free, the rest of us were half-price) so it is definitely worth the drive for us. My tips: show up right at 10 am, park close to the entrance, and pack a picnic lunch in your car so you don’t have to buy zoo food. Let your kid pick ONE ride each (Evan picked the Skyfari, Caroline took a pony ride) and don’t waste money on the other tourist trap stuff. Bring lots of quarters for deer food. There are a ton of hills and it’s surprisingly big (my Fitbit said we walked 4.87 miles) so wear comfortable shoes. Wearing Linc was definitely a better choice than pushing a stroller up the huge hill at the end of the day would have been.

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The tiger had a huge enclosure but was hanging out RIGHT next to the building. It must have been feeding time.

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She saw an ape swinging from some ropes and was AMAZED.

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It was clear they’ve done (and are doing) a lot of improvements/updates to the zoo, which were really nice. Zoos sometimes make me a little sad, but conservation and awareness seemed to be a big part of their program (for the record, this isn’t sponsored or endorsed, I just liked it).

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Not tall enough for anything. Yet.

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You’re not allowed to put the corn in a plastic bag, so we used the hat Lincoln refused to wear.

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We couldn’t give Linc the corn to feed the deer because he kept eating it.

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IS THAT NOT THE FAKEST-LOOKING DEER YOU’VE EVER SEEN IN YOUR LIFE? I’ve seen taxidermied deer that look less animatronic.

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Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Vacation is over as of bedtime tonight, so back to regular life we go. But if ever my children say we never did anything fun with them, I have tons of photographic proof their childhoods were MAGICAL.

Sunday:

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Linc felt he needed a snack JUST as the tide started coming in.

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Boogie boarding

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The Russian judge only gave them a 8.7

Monday:

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It’s Pims O’Clock – time for Pims Cups and cards

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He likes the beach house

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I love the beach house

Tuesday:

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Good bye bunk room

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Good bye pluff mud

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HELLO LAKE HOUSE

Wednesday:

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Topless at Walmart, because we’re super classy

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Drinking and boating (when you’re 4.5)

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Drinking and boating (when you’re 1)

Thursday:

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Water fun

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Bucket head

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Poor baby has no idea he isn’t a big kid who can kayak

Friday:

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Linc loves the ugly couch

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On your anniversary you don’t have to split a dessert

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Happy 11 years to us

Saturday:

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How many guys does it take to deflate an air mattress?

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It’s a good thing he was wrapped or he would have climbed right onto that horse

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Evening cruising and tubing and water skiing and kneeboarding

Want to hear something crazy? Even though we’ve been on vacation almost 2 weeks when we get home we get to have a staycation for a few days. We plan to alternate between doing all the things and doing nothing (preferably at the lake) so we can enjoy the last days of summer before school starts. I’m not ready for school. This year I have two lunches to pack every day and there is nothing I hate more than packing lunches.

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