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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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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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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

I am suffering from a severe case of OMFG WHY ISN’T IT WARMER OUTSIDE YET. It’s making me hate everything.

Sunday:

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We bought a children’s museum membership basically JUST for this thing

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Caroline says this hat is totally her style

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Evan takes checkers very seriously

Monday:

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I bought a new rug

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Go away Mommy

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LASHES

Tuesday:

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Baby in a cage with a sister to entertain him = I can get stuff done

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Meeting the fishes

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Caroline said he needed to be more stylish

Wednesday:

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I had to put the baby in a stroller, so I put a wrap over him.

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Giant boxes are the best part of childhood

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Possibly regretting the demo he just did in the dining room because now he HAS to build that bench I asked for (stay tuned…)

Thursday:

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Reading her horse book to her horses

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Attitude for days

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Officially the cutest Tula

Friday:

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THERE IS A SKUNK IN THIS PICTURE

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She wanted to participate in our babywearing meetup

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It snows for TWO DAYS

Saturday:

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Helping with the bench

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Pizza picnic

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Then THIS happened and decided I needed more babies immediately

I am seriously having a hard time caring about anything right now because I’m so done with winter. If I could open the front door and let the kids play on the porch I would be SO READY to do some spring cleaning but since it’s 28 degrees out I just want to go take a nap. And I don’t want to cook anything. Or go anywhere. Or talk to anyone. Or blog about anything.

The kids and I are all playing hooky tomorrow because half day + appointments + cranky baby = too much of a mess to handle. I’m hoping it resets everyone’s attitude because we ALL need it.

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