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My Week(167) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

A whole real week back at school with no delays and no snow days…and we’re all incredibly exhausted. Vacation spoiled me. Although I did manage to find the energy for some incredibly low impact shuffling at the gym. I’m paying for it today by not being able to sit/stand/walk correctly. This pregnancy is kind of kicking my ass already.


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Christmas boots she wears basically every day

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Father-son hockey game date

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Not sad she got left and home for Mommy cuddles


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Crazy ass weather

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Singing to herself while I sign her up for ballet

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Princess Tiana/Winter Elf


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I knit these out of buffalo fur. They’re insanely warm.

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I’m pretending we left that pumpkin on the steps FOR the squirrels, and it’s not still there because I can’t deal with shoveling it up and throwing it in the garden.

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Can’t sleep alone


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No one else signed up, so we get private swim lessons #WINNING

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Fugitive Icee drinkers at Starbucks

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Their new favorite bedtime book


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He wanted me to take a picture of him standing on the “snow mountain” i.e. tiny lump of snow that didn’t melt in the rain

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I took my very attractive children to see Frozen, again.

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Sleeping with Elsa


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Let it go, let it go!

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They dressed themselves, arranged this display and then requested I take a lot of pictures

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Also how I feel.


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Why did the one-legged wild turkey cross the road?

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The appropriate way to watch My Little Pony

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I was supposed to have these done last week but there are SO MANY good ones it’s taking me forever. Such gorgeous children.

I have two photo sessions to work on on Monday and one to shoot on Thursday. It’s definitely not as crazy as it was in the fall but I’m pretty thrilled to have clients even in the winter. I also realized I hardly ever take personal pictures anymore, so using my camera on my OWN kids is a goal for 2014.  And also to blog more, which I say every week but I’m failing. The difference between pregnant at 26 and pregnant at 31 is about 3 naps a day.

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Friday, March 15th, 2013

Hey, remember how I used to knit stuff? Knitting is such a nice relaxing hobby unless you’re other hobby is blogging, because it’s impossible to blog and knit at the same time. Until science perfects the double arm transplant and I have two sets of hands, I’ve been letting my knitting needles gather dust so I could focus on the internet.

But right now I’m just not a very good blogger. I’ve been having a great time doing the Worst Preschool Shows on Television brackets and of course my adorable children make for good picture posts, but I haven’t been in much of a sharing mood. I’m just not feeling like my life is exciting or beautiful enough right now to warrant much sharing.

Part of that is because a lot of my energy has been going into my wife/mom/housekeeper jobs, all of which are demanding a lot more attention than usual. And for possibly the first time ever, I’m going to err on the side of under-sharing and NOT write down every single marriage-related complaint that’s been on my mind. Most of it is the exact same stuff every wife and mother complains about (under-valued, never get a break, blahdy blah blah blah) and at least 75% of that is work-based on E’s part, so it’s not even WORTH complaining about. The Navy doesn’t care if I have a sinus infection. Hell, my children REALLY don’t care if I have a sinus infection. It seems more like they’ve accepted a challenge to see who can make my ear drums burst first.

Also, approximately EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD is pregnant right now and I am…not. I was hoping to I’d be announcing another (maybe) ginger baby any day now, but my uterus remains uninvaded. It’s not a tragedy. It’s not even a demi-crisis yet – trying for a few months unsuccessfully isn’t even close to secondary (tertiary?) infertility and I have no reason to complain. But it’s something that’s on my mind a lot and not something I want to write about extensively since I don’t want anyone think I am whining  so I’ve been keeping those thoughts offline.

Instead of blogging I’ve been knitting again. I finally finished a scarf I’ve had on my needles for a year. I’m 75% done with a super cute short sleeved sweater for Caroline. I have big plans to knit for some of those bazillionteen pregnant people’s babies. I also took a big leap and rented a very pricey lens for my camera this weekend, so I’ll be spending every single daylight hour getting the most of it. Not to mention Evan’s birthday is only 3 weeks away and I need to make a hundred feet of pennant banners and plan a menu.

It’s nice to work on something that isn’t my computer for a change. Being busy is an excellent use of time I was spending feeling sorry for myself.

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My Week(116) in iPhone Photos

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Well, we DEFINITELY made it out of the house this week! And I don’t even have pictures from our time at the Children’s Museum since I left my phone in the car so I could play with the kids instead of take pictures of the kids. Where’s my medal?



Secret iPad Fort (AND BELLY)


“Look, I’m Daddy!”


Holy crap, I’m knitting. I even finished it!



That’s her breakfast. At least she’s good at sharing?


The very little ginger reads the very busy spider


Mommy, I sleep here!



Tiny fashionista


She takes her puzzles very seriously


I totally checked this book out





It’s much more edible when you add sugar, milk & vanilla





I just wanted everyone to see this super cool photo.


She picked these out herself.





Tinkerbell serves Cheerios for breakfast


“Helping” me with my shoes


Please admire the toddler and ignore the mess under the entertainment center.



So many poor choices


I put my baby to work in the kitchen, just like they did in the 1830′s.


Look, an authentic historic mason jar with a straw, just like they used in Revolutionary War times.

We went to Old Sturbridge Village today, which was fun! Sort of fun. It actually could have been funner. I have tons of memories of visiting when I was younger (4th or 5th grade maybe?) but it turns out it isn’t quiet as interesting for a 2 and 3 year old, although that’s mostly because everything is covered in snow and/or closed. That’s not stopping me from taking the kids back NEXT weekend, but that will probably be it until summer. At least we still have the aquarium all to ourselves for a few more months.

Did you take iPhone photos of your week? Link up with one or several below! Please consider joining, even if you haven’t done it before – it’s really fun!

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Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Thanksgiving! Christmas stuff! Both of my kids have given up napping! SEND HELP.


Operation Find The Dining Room Table commences

Armed and dangerous

I asked her to play me a song. She plotted my death.


I think we’ve reached aquarium saturation for this month.

Beluga watching

Caroline watching Caroline


I did all my shopping in 25 minutes (it’s SO much easier when you’re kid-free)

Oh no, he’s being sucked out into space! What a horrible death!!!

Tandem Disney watching


WAY too much energy for 6:30 am

Finally finishing one of the 13 things I’m in the middle of knitting

Let the baking begin!


She’s practicing for her own parade debut

So thankful

Cider + rum = YUM


Off to get our tree!

Admire the tree, ignore the weirdos blowing into a plastic ornament

The opposite of Black Friday morning shopping – 6 pm at an almost empty Target


They came downstairs and yelled “IT’S CHRISTMAS!!!!” Actual Christmas is going to blow their minds.

Local parades are weird.

God bless washable paint

 This week is going to be both super long and super short. I’m taking holiday photos for a couple of friends (I absolutely love doing it) and we’re hoping to squeeze in our Christmas trip to Sesame Place but most of my time and energy is going in to Caroline’s birthday party prep. I love party prep. This one is going to be extra awesome, if I do say so myself. Fairies and sparkles and animals oh my.

Did you take iPhone photos of your week? Link up with one or several below! Please consider joining, even if you haven’t done it before – it’s really fun!


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Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

I took fewer pictures (200 compared to my usual 400) this week, especially when we were out and about. I don’t think that number will ever be zero – these posts are too important to me, since I can literally look back on every day of Caroline’s life so far – but I’m learning the difference between capturing a moment and capturing every second of the day.


The Magical Fort of Healing

The plan was to take beautiful family photos for a friend in front of this fountain. It was off and some sort of carnival was happening around it. Photo fail.

Getting a jump start on some holiday knitting


But Mommy, how can Caroline take a nap without her dolly??????

Eyelashes McGee


My son’s pedicure is in better shape than mine.

When you’re trying to keep a child quiet, you read them the same book every time they ask, even if you’re two seconds from losing your mind.

Bedtime snuggles


Because doesn’t everyone carry a cow and an elephant around with them?


Well sure, Mom, you almost lost your sanity making me that Tinkerbell dress but this old sheep outfit I found in the dress up box makes a MUCH better Halloween costume!


Mommy-Caroline time at the grocery store seems like a VACATION compared to bringing 2 kids.

Obviously taking the orders to keep quiet very seriously.

Beautiful night for an evening walk


Yo, duck, sup?


Ermagerd! Fresh Beat Band!


This game is called “Someone is going to end up in tears so KNOCK IT OFF”

Much better.

And this game is called “Let Mom think we’re being good so she’ll turn her back for 5 minutes”

We’re trying to have quiet time today (so far it’s at about a 30% success rate) with a nice nature walk this afternoon to celebrate the first day of fall and to find some pinecones (the internet LOVES pinecones). I’m also going to attempt to take a shower, if I can remember how. It’s been a while. It’s not pretty. Wish me luck.

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