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My Week(282) in iPhotos

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, February 21st, 2016

This was one of those weeks where when I look back at the pictures from Monday I can’t believe it was less than a week ago. The long weekend on top of all our regular activities plus a busy work week for E meant I spent a lot of time in the car, a lot of time with all 3 kids and a lot of time wearing leggings.

Sunday:

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That looks comfortable.

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NOT OK

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Happy Valentine’s Day?

Monday:

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I abandoned my children to video games

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…and whatever this mess is…

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…to take VERY IMPORTANT PICTURES

Tuesday:

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Of course the morning we have plans is the morning he sleeps in

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They are way too big for that cart

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I let him play on my phone during Caroline’s ballet and found a dozen of these.

Wednesday:

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Yes dear, your toes are very dirty, I see.

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KEEP DOING THIS

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I swear I feed him, he just really wanted cake

Thursday:

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That’s his eating seat

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SNUGGLES

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Check out my leggings I will never wear again because I ripped a HUGE HOLE across the butt. In public.

Friday:

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My toddler + extra ginger toddler = a game where they jump off chairs

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Linc INSISTED he needed to wear these boots to the grocery store

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He also insisted on helping me drive while we waited outside Caroline’s piano lesson

Saturday:

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Just when I was ready to pass on the trains, everyone loves trains again

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New hair color

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NEW FIT BIT!!! All my walking COUNTS AGAIN!!

 

I swear I washed those leggings in between days I wore them. I also washed that grey sweater. Twice. Because I’m wearing it again right now. I’m pretty ready for spring so I can start wearing dresses with cardigans again instead of JUST leggings. Although I’ll probably still wear a lot of leggings.

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My Week(272) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

January is just crawling by. It’s dark. It’s cold. The kids are making me INSANE every second they are home and not involved in a structured activity. They won’t stop torturing each other but they refuse to be separated. I feel so much sympathy for my own mother, since I’m pretty sure I was EXACTLY the same way with my sister as a child.

Sunday:

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There was a thunderstorm, so Caroline tried to help Brutus be less scared

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Frozen Monopoly

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Linc cheering for the Golden Globes

Monday:

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SURE FINE GO PLAY IPAD JUST STOP WHINING

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Literally hiding from the whining

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Judo time

Tuesday:

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Babies who are awake at 7 have to come to the cold bus stop

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Dentist sunglasses

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Thank blankie is the most disgusting thing I have EVER seen.

Wednesday:

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Loves swim

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Love hoodies

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I ordered this dress-up from China and it came in less than 2 weeks

Thursday:

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Tiny sailor boy in his bunk

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So cold, but so snuggly in his fox suit

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By Grabthar’s Hammer, you will be missed

Friday:

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Friends let friends eat their extra waffles

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Piano lessons

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Bored at the very busy grocery store

Saturday:

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2 am. Baby screaming in my face while I try to watch Friends. #blessed

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Super happy about her baby oranges

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OK, I guess comforting his crying sister means he isn’t THAT much of a jerk

I have my first photoshoot of the year tomorrow and there is SNOW on the ground. I don’t know if my clients are super thrilled but I sure am. It’s going to be gorgeous. But cold. Super cold. So I plan to spend the rest of the day (no school!) hiding under a blanket while my husband (no work!) keeps the children from killing each other. Because that is what I do on the days HE has work. I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.

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Thanksgiving 2015

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

We stayed home for Thanksgiving again this year, which it fine by me. My kids hardly eat any of the traditional Thanksgiving food so I don’t bother with most of it. I made potato bites and bacon wrapped tater tots instead of mashed potatoes, boxed stuffing and canned cranberry sauce because I love those, and 16 crescent rolls. There were no leftover rolls. I am thankful I only had to cook for my immediate family.

Linc missed the entire meal because he was napping. I would say that was super sad, but I would be lying. Trying to eat at the real dining table with a 1 year old is not the calmest experience, He woke up for pie, so it’s not like he missed the WHOLE holiday. I am thankful I have a baby who naps really well (MOST of the time).

After we ate and relaxed and watched football and ate some more, I ended up a Target in a really long but very pleasant line to get in when they opened at 6 pm. E and I decided we wanted to buy the kids a video game for Christmas and after much debating picked the Disney Infinity system. They were super on sale and I figured it didn’t hurt to try and grab one. While I was there I finished Linc’s Christmas shopping with a Little People set and a GIANT teddy bear. I cannot wait to see his face when he tackles it.  I’m thankful for everyone who worked on Thanksgiving so I could get a good deal (and I’m thankful everyone I saw that evening was in SUCH a good mood).

Also, I am thankful for wine.

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Buy tater tots, wrap them in bacon, roll them in brown sugar, bake at 400 for however long it takes for the bacon to cook, eat with joy.

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I’ve done bacon-wrapped, fried, Martha’s recipe and traditional. This year I covered it in a butter-soaked cheesecloth. They’re all good, but fried wins.

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In case I needed to say it, that’s sparkling cider. The kids didn’t get wine.

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My grandmother’s silver, my wedding china, the dining room table E built.

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He’s so patient when he thinks he’ll get fed.

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Football

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Proper feet-up, post-Thanksgiving relaxing

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I am thankful for my messy house, because it means it is full of children (repeat, repeat, repeat)

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I am thankful Evan didn’t really like pie so I got to eat his piece.

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Sofa Fort City {Sponsored by Wayfair}

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

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Our big (ugly) family room couch is one of those sausage-casing monstrosities, where all the cushions are attached, with built-in recliners and cup holders. It’s truly hideous. But while we’re in the “Oh my god where did you get that yogurt?!” stage of children, there’s no point in having NICE furniture, so I settled for comfy and functional in a beige color that hides dirt.

The biggest problem with that kind of couch (besides ugly) is that it’s pretty useless when it comes to couch forts, and couch forts are an essential part of childhood. Luckily, when I was trying to fancy-up our living room last year I found a nice mini-sized couch that a) is also a good dirt-hiding shade of beige and b) has two nice huge cushions that make an excellent fort wall. The kids LOVE that couch – it’s the perfect size for them to spread out and watch iPad, set up all the dolls into elaborate tableaus or just climb all over while they hit each other with lightsabers. Lovingly, obviously. Lovingly hit each other with lightsabers.

I got an email from Wayfair saying they put together some super cute sofa fort plans and asking if my kids would be interested in building one. They even sent a super cozy Lush throw blanket to get us started. Check out their fun ideas:

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We chose the Dreadship Blanket and got to work rearranging the furniture, finding supplies and collecting throw blankets and pillows.

Real life talk: This is what passes for “super clean and organized” in our living/play room. It’s half grown-up, finished space (art! mirrored table! fireplace! throw pillows!) and half kid zone (toys! more toys! even more toys!!!). Please ignore the photobombing cat.

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And here’s what happened when we created our own Dreadship Blanket:

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We left the fort up for a week before I wanted my living room back for a grown up event, but pretty much any time they want to rebuild a couch fort I’m on board. It’s the kind of fun, creative, independent play that ends up with about 80% cooperation and only 20% screaming at each other. In case you don’t have multiple kids, those are REALLY good percentages.

Thank you again Wayfair for the fun idea!

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