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My Week(175) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

It appears these are the only posts I have in me right now. It’s a weird combination of being too busy and not at all busy. I spend a lot of time on my computer doing other things (photo editing, writing Glee recaps or trashy gossip stories for my new gigs, Facebook chatting, refreshing Facebook to make sure I haven’t missed any good Buzzfeed quizes) but none of that is interesting enough to blog about.

I’m also deep in pirate party planning mode for Evan’s birthday. I remember thinking I was a crazy person when I started planning his first birthday party (Circus party! Still one of my favorites) in January, but I think starting in March is even more crazy. So much to do in so little time!

Sunday:

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It was so much easier to say “No, I’ll just have a salad” before they put a Five Guys in my town.

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BEST KIND. Anyone who disagrees is just wrong.

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Can I get 3 million shares on my blog post for taking this? No?

Monday:

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Cute from the back…

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…cute from the front.

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Editing isn’t so bad when this is the baby you stare at for hours.

Tuesday:

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Refusing to go to school until they see Idina & The Roots sing Let It Go

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Basically heaven for a 3 year old

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Yo ho let’s go!

Wednesday:

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Somehow climbing in the snow is STILL fun for them

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I am extremely jealous of their swim classes

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I was conned into buying toddler Elsa because Caroline now recognizes “Sale” signs at Target

Thursday:

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Why 3 year olds should not use mascara

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Jaunty!

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It’s crazy hair day every day in our house

Friday:

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More pirates! it’s an invasion!

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A rare look at the room I was attempting to “take back” from the children. It’s not going so well.

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He insists on “swimming” in the bath now.

Saturday:

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The friendliest koi fish ever

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Tiny hipster children play cornhole at a brewery in an old mill. I can’t even.

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That’s the cupcake happy dance

I am the only parent in the world who doesn’t actually hate springing forward. We don’t have anywhere to be until this afternoon, which means I got to sleep in even if the kids got up to play. Plus they’ve both been falling asleep on the couch at 6 pm, so I don’t think bedtime will be too hard. Basically, I am the worst.

I am sure I will pay for it later this week when they get up at 5:30 and paint my dining room table (again).

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The annual Cabin Fever Chowder Cook-Off happened down in Mystic this weekend. It was PACKED from the second they opened at noon until we left several hours later. A couple booths ran out of chowder. It wasn’t a surprise – Saturday was the first non-cold, non-snowing, non-raining day we’ve had since before Christmas. I saw a couple people in shorts, even though the temps barely broke 50 degrees. Both my children refused their coats and ran around acting like it was summer, even as they fell into giant snow drifts that will probably never melt.

(As I sit here typing this the forecast on my TV screen is predicting snow showers in 6 of the next 7 days, but I can also see the end of February on my calendar so I am pretty sure we’re going to survive.)

Normally my family wouldn’t be super excited over a chowder cook-off (those weirdos don’t really like chowder) but I had a couple things working in my favor. First, it was at Olde Mystickee Villageeeee, which means they could eat at our favorite grilled cheese place while I stuffed cream-based seafood in my mouth. Second, our Navy friends who just moved back from Virginia were there, which means we each had a counterpart to talk to. Other people’s kids who wear out your kids are the best kids.

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Evan was OBSESSED with these juggler/comedians. Some of their jokes were a little PG-13 but they went right over the small people’s heads so I didn’t feel too guilty laughing. My kid makes the best faces when he’s happy.

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After I was done with chowder and the kids had burned off a little of their cabin fever we drove over to Stonington to find a brewery our friends had heard about. Since I’m all pregnant and stuff I didn’t get to participate in the tasting part, but E assures me it’s delicious. He bought a growler (a big jug of beer) and can take it back to get it refilled. It’s called Beer’d Brewing Co, which is my favorite part. Their logo is a beard. Obviously.

While E was waiting for his jug’o’alcohol the kids ran around the GIANT indoor space. I think they use it for the farmer’s market in the mornings but as a place to run/take pictures it was equally awesome. We’re definitely going back to explore the shops and galleries in the mill again (and so E can get more beer).

Since the weather was FINALLY warm enough for something besides layers on top of layers on top of layers, I broke out the kids’ new play clothes. Boden was nice enough to send us a few things last month and I’ve been saving them for a fun outing so I could take pictures.

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You have until midnight tonight to use the code¬†424F to get 20% off your Boden or Mini-Boden order. Tomorrow it will be 15% and Friday it will be 10%. You can also follow this link (not an affiliate link, just the discount). I ordered Evan adorable submarine swim trunks and Caroline a stripy, beachy dress. Clearly I’m ready for warmer days.

Disclaimer: Boden sent the kids the tops/bottoms in my photos but I wasn’t compensated for my post or opinions. I just can’t say no to adorable kid clothes.¬†

 

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My Week(173) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

I think it snowed again this week. I mean, it probably did. It never does anything else.

Sunday:

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He’s a pro at iPading

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This is basically every Sunday around here

Monday:

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Dinosaur House

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Sleeping dolls in a box are kind of creepy

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I have this photo from every day. Caroline requests it.

Tuesday:

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Let it go, let it go!

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Snow in the house because I am the coolest mom

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Naps for everyone!

Wednesday:

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BACK TO SCHOOL

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I hate youuuuuuuuuuu

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She’s finally getting real hair instead of baby hair

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Face in the water!

Thursday:

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She insisted on helping

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Singing at the school potluck

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Twins

Friday:

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Someone put herself down for a nap at 11 am

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The dog hates thunderstorms, so she was helping him not be scared

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DuckTales WOO OOO

Saturday:

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So much chowder at the Chowder Cook Off (that’s clam/corn/sweet potato and spicy seafood)

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SUPER EXCITED to be outside WITHOUT A COOOOOOAT

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E’s new favorite place

It was 50 degrees this weekend and I got an adequate amount of vitamin D for the first time in months. Unfortunately all the out-and-about on Saturday was a lot on my poor pregnant hips so Sunday I just lay on the couch. Well, after laundry and cleaning and a baby’s 6 months mini-session. But BESIDES that, I took a really nice nap.

My 20 week ultrasound is Monday afternoon. It will be a test of my willpower if I can still report on Tuesday morning that we don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl. Considering how my willpower fared against 20 different kinds of chowder on Saturday (very poorly) I’m not totally hopeful.

 

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Updates: Various

Friday, December 6th, 2013

LIFE UPDATE: My husband is still on shift work. That is 14 hour days, 7 days a week, which means I am also working 7 days a week, close to 18 hours a day. I fell behind on the housework and laundry a week before Thanksgiving and have never caught up, even when I ignore my children, neglect my blog, put off editing photos, stick in my headphones and tackle a room for 2 hours straight. And no matter how many times I clean up the main living space the children destroy it again within minutes. If I didn’t believe in my heart that I would trip over a RescueBot, fall into the TV and bleed to death on the floor I might just stop even TRYING to clean up.

KID UPDATE: Evan still thinks school is awesome. He hasn’t had any more bus drama and I haven’t forgotten a single half day in months. He is helpful and kind at home and still wants to snuggle on a fairly regular basis despite being so tall I sometimes don’t recognize him. Caroline refuses to wear anything besides princess dresses. She also has the most horrible whining voice in the world. It’s worse than nails on a chalkboard and she does it ALL the time, even when she’s just making up imaginary games between her dolls. She is also unbelievably adorable. Her birthday party is next weekend and her birthday itself is right after that and then my baby will be THREE.

COUCH UPDATE: STILL HAVE AN EXTRA COUCH I CANNOT EVEN GIVE AWAY. And no Christmas tree because of shift work and also because there is no where to put it because of the couch.

ICE CREAM UPDATE: Despite the fact that it is usually around 40 degrees, we’ve been hitting Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream pretty regularly. Downtown Mystic is my favorite place for photo shoots right now, and bribing my kids with ice cream is a win-win, since it means I get some ice cream too. The peanut butter sundae is still my favorite.

PHOTO UPDATE: Here are some photos.

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CONNECTICUT UPDATE: Still unbelievably scenic.

 

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My Week(159) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

I set a goal for myself to take more interesting, photographically complex, technically strong iPhone photos, since those are all things I’m working on in my real photography. I failed. Maybe next week.

Sunday:

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Waiting in line is boring. Thank goodness there are benches for lounging.

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The Carle <3

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Practicing their cheers

Monday:

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The ticket cashier printed extra “tickets” for the kids and the ticket puncher punched their “tickets” for them. We love Metro-North.

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You’ve seen this one, but my phone died in NY so I didn’t get many more.

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Donut the size of his head.

Tuesday:

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She’s obsessed with my glasses

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Winter is coming. So is the bus.

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Modeling her awesome hat and sweater.

Wednesday:

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I have no idea what we did on Wednesday. Teeth brushing might have been the only thing.

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Their new favorite bedtime book

Thursday:

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Not very excited to be outside in the cold

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Ignoring me.

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Matching Christmas jams (just a little early)

Friday:

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We are totally going back to do this again

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My new favorite spot for evening pictures

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Playground time before it gets too cold

Saturday:

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DO I LOOK CUTE MOMMY?

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First pony tail requires two pictures.

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Bounce house birthday = kids who slept really great

I cannot even believe how fast November is going. I have less than a month until Caroline’s 3rd birthday party (princess themed this year!) and I’ve done almost nothing. THAT IS SO UNLIKE ME. I don’t even have invitations yet. If anyone has this work-life balance thing figured out let me know, because so far I suck at it – and I can do 75% of my work from my couch.

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