Posts Tagged ‘naps’

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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My Week(168) in iPhone Photos

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

This week is late and missing photos, but a last minute trip to Ohio for a funeral will do that. The kids really enjoyed seeing their cousins for the first time in a long time and it was great to meet my THREE new baby nephews, but the drive there and the drive back (in the snowstorm) was rough on everyone. Especially poor E, who drove for 12.5 hours straight since I was too nauseous to drive in the morning and too freaked out by the weather to drive in the afternoon. But I am super glad the Navy granted him emergency leave so we could all say goodbye to his Grandma Davis in person.

Sunday:

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New baby props for a newborn shoot

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Oh hello crazy awesome abandoned mill I really really want to take pictures of for real

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I call this: Pregnancy Cravings

Monday:

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Helping me clean her room

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Old dog, 3 year old girl

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Both kids passed out at 5 pm. No idea what happened.

Tuesday:

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Not rain nor snow nor sleet shall keep the gingers from waiting for the bus outside

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Thanks to a couple friends and a few (too many) trips to Wendy’s we have an awesome collection of these now. Evan made an Air Force.

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Bedtime for gingers

Wednesday:

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Nor fog. I forgot fog before.

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Presents for myself, thanks to a MinuteClinic Christmas card. Love them. (That mascara is amazing, thanks to Laura for the suggestion.)

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Second swim lesson: GOOGLES

Thursday:

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V. excited for school

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Show off.

Friday:

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Endless driving.

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Apple face

Saturday:

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Enjoying some “cold chocolate” after sledding

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Hand & Foot

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The Marble Game. We were trying to fit as much Midwest into our visit a possible.

I can’t believe it’s already almost Wednesday. We’re getting hammered with snow right now and I doubt anyone is going to school tomorrow. I’m supposed to have an OB appointment and the kids are supposed to have swimming but that’s all sort of questionable too. Not that I mind a day off to recover from being out of town, although I doubt anything useful like unpacking or cleaning will get done. Probably just napping.

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My Week(160) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Caroline talked me into rented one of the Barbie animated movies – something about magic pink horses? – and it was just about as awful as you can imagine. I would rather watch one million episodes of My Little Pony than anything Barbie-themed ever again.

Sunday:

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A bear, a Wuzzle and an angry bird walk into a bar…

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Weird things I drank today: apple cider vinegar in grapefruit juice, chia seeds in lemon water.

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Sleeping face.

Monday:

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Mondays are royal occasions.

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Greeting her subjects as they arrive home.

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Hair stylist daddy brushes the ginger curls

Tuesday:

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So much blue sky, so so cold

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A recent family picture! It’s a miracle!

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When that face says “pweeeeeeease??” I almost always say yes.

Wednesday:

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The school’s Thanksgiving program was a fruit salad (my job was to send in a cantaloupe)…

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And a performance of some songs about turkeys and family

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Tiny Dunkin Fan.

Thursday:

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Bus stop cuddles

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Accurate Snow White portrayal

Friday:

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Proof everyone – even Princesses – loves Target

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I think there are some kids under all that hair

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CLEARLY we needed an organizational system

Saturday:

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Maybe the highlight of the week.

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“Mommy I’m going to do my pose and Caroline is going to do her pose and you take a picture, OK?”

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If I could go back in time and start househunting again in CT, I wouldn’t even consider anywhere but Mystic.

I can’t believe this week is Thanksgiving already, especially because right after Thanksgiving it’s December. I’m not ready for December. I need way more than 2 week to finish getting ready for Caroline’s birthday party…and WAY WAY more than 2 weeks after that before Christmas. I am not prepared. AT ALLLLLLL.

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My Week(153) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Back in the photo session saddle again, which means my iPhone is feeling pretty neglected. The kids actually ASKED me to take their picture this week. It’s a miracle!

Sunday:

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Celebrity sighting at Type-A! It’s hard to tell, but it’s Minnie Mouse.

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Ballet slipper = my absolute new favorite color. MinuteClinic had the best swag.

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Oh, OK. I can do that.

Monday:

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The waiting-for-the-bus dance

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I could not love his school picture more.

Tuesday:

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Verdict: good, but not amazing.

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Clark Farms! Donkeys! Goats! Sheeps!

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And a giant slide!!!!

Wednesday:

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She dressed herself, then started carrying around that kitty in a box (?? I think it was swag from something????) as a purse.

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Sometimes, I have to step back from my photo sessions and do one for ME in the location I want.

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Open house at Caroline’s preschool. That was our most recent family photo.

Thursday:

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MORE swag from MinuteClinic. I love those guys.

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Sitting shotgun in the drop off line for school (which means we got there on time for once!)

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Thursdays are for napping.

Friday:

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My Friday morning newborn session lived at the end of a dirt road.

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I’m going to be SO SAD when it gets too cold to shove the kids out on the porch and tell them not to come back inside.

Saturday:

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I’ve been binging on home improvement shows. Caroline has been binging on vintage My Little Ponies.

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Playing red light green light at Gillette Castle

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Very nice, Connecticut. I approve.

The weather has been abnormally warm all week – even if it did rain today – so the fall colors still haven’t peaked. Good news for next weekend’s photo sessions! And maybe I’ll even have time to take some of my OWN family pictures before Christmas. Miracles do happen! Except it hasn’t happened yet, so don’t hold your breath.

More real blog posts coming soon! Like super soon. Less than 12 hours from now. I have to much to catch up on.

 

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No Sleep Til Bedtime

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

I don’t know if I’ve ever said this out loud before but we are officially a no-nap household. Neither kid – the 3 and a half year old or the just-turned-2 year old – naps anymore. It a) SUCKS and b) isn’t so bad.

Back in November I took ALL the advice I got on my post about Caroline refusing to sleep if I gave her the iPad, which was the only way to get her upstairs and into nap-time mode without a fight. I tried putting a time limit on it, which was about as effective as just punching myself in the face. I tried just taking it away and letting her cry/play on her own, but she responded by murdering several library books and a stuffed rabbit. I tried lying down with her, which lead to being actually punched in the face.

None of it really helped and fighting about napping is even more exhausting than not napping – so I gave up. I let her win. We went from 3 hour naps to no naps, which also means Evan almost never gets a chance to nap on the couch or floor so there is NO SLEEPING in my house between the hours of 6:30 am and 7:30 pm.

(Well, unless I turn on some Mickey Mouse Club House and leave the snack drawer open and let the kids fend for themselves while I lie on the couch and periodically shout “Stop jumping on your sister! We do not ride Brutus like a small horse! No, markers do not go in your nose!” with my eyes closed. That’s not exactly restful, although it does save me from going totally insane at least once a week.)

Since they’re not napping anymore other than an occasional car nap between errands, bedtime is almost always cake. Delicious, quick, easy cake that involves me sitting on Caroline’s bed playing on my phone for 30 seconds before she passes out. Mornings are also pretty good, unless a certain ginger wakes me up at 5 am by staring at me silently until I jump up mumbling “OMG I’M UP WHO WHAT TACOS”.

I’ll also admit it’s sort of awesome not to schedule our day around naps. Blocking off 3 or 4 hours a day really put a cramp in our activities, especially in the winter when nothing is open until 10 am and it gets dark at 4 pm. OK kids, let’s go have fun for exactly 43 minutes before we have to head home for lunch and Caroline’s nappy nap! I now have the freedom to lounge around in my fleecy pants all morning, take a shower and noon and THEN drag the gingers out to the totally deserted (no seriously, we were the ONLY people there at noon on a Wednesday) Children’s Museum or to run errands or whatever.

On the “SUCKS” side of the no napping is everything else you would expect. Yesterday Evan fell asleep in the car in the 15 minutes between the museum and his super quick second flu shot (NOT EVEN A SHOT just the nose spray) appointment and he turned into a monster. Thrashing, screaming, throwing himself down in the parking lot, trying to kick me, trying to kick the nurse, shouting “I DON’T WANT A POKE!” etc etc someone please bring me a large bottle of wine etc forever. There are meltdowns. Sooooo many meltdowns. Not to mention the amount of TV the kids are watching some days. It’s disgusting. I’m ashamed. But not quite ashamed enough to cancel Disney Junior and declare us a screen-free household. Nope.

To sum up: I love my kids, I love spending time with them, and I am absolutely signing them both up for preschool over the summer.

 

p.s. New blog header!! I’m going for clean and modern, although I’ll probably go back to copious ginger photos in a few months. I can’t help myself.

 

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