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My Week(299) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

It’s only Sunday and I’m getting this done! Because it is too hot to do anything besides sit very still!

Sunday:

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That looks safe

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Middle of nowhere

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Apparently, some of my relatives are buried at this obscure graveyard in Ohio (that’s my maiden name)

Monday:

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Waking up at the lake means 8 am swim call

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Books books books

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Future captain

Tuesday:

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The lake has a menu

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My baby is on that tube

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Chips are very exciting

Wednesday:

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Everyone loves the swim platform

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I guess that’s fair

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He likes the boat a lot more than this face implies

Thursday:

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Tired, hot, filthy children are finally home

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That “mild” sunburn hurts A LOT more than it looks

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I taught them how to send FB messages

Friday:

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Back at our own lake

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Recital in two weeks!

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Catching Pokemon from our front porch

Saturday:

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Caroline the Bond Villian

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Camp food!

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The birthday boy was not in the mood for pictures

All the kids had a great time at Linc’s party and no one died of heat stroke. This week is going to be busy with making up appointments and commitments we rescheduled when we went out of town, plus it’s my last busy week of photo sessions before I start telling people I’m too pregnant. I mean, I’m ALREADY too pregnant, but I still like working. I’m going to “take it easy” from now until the end of August (which will more likely be the middle of September, since I always have boy babies late). It will be easier to take it easy once it is not 95 degrees every day. When can someone work on that?

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Monday, June 6th, 2016

I actually couldn’t handle looking at vacation pictures yesterday when I was supposed to do this, because it was dreary and pouring rain and my house was a disaster and my children made me insane and basically it was too depressing to think that THIS is my life versus the beach. But today I am facing reality. At least until Friday. Then school is out and we can pretend life is all just vacation again.

Sunday:

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Bubbles on the pool deck

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He actually DOES like lunch, I swear

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Bo ssam: aka the MOST delicious meal I eat all year

Monday:

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As long as it’s not ACTUALLY raining, it’s a beach day

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Tiny frog friend in the outdoor shower

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Hand and foot, because we force everyone we know to play

Tuesday:

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Vacation breakfast of champions

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So much driving

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That face is because this is NOT the beach house

Wednesday:

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MORE DRIVING

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A+ relaxing

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Embracing lake life

Thursday:

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Not bad

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Super happy it’s almost summer

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Tents for Linc’s upcoming party

Friday:

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Cannot be trusted with my iced coffee

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I think she’s tired of pictures

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MORE CARDS BECAUSE ALWAYS

Saturday:

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Visiting the cows

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That was supposed to be MY beach lounger

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Inescapable floaty is inescapable

Did I mention this is the LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL? I’m feeling a little unprepared for summer (who is going to feed these kids all day?) but I’m so ready to not get up at 6:15 every morning. Plus summer is exhausting, so EVERYONE will do more sleeping. More sleeping is basically my only goal in life right now at 28 weeks pregnant.

 

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Monday, August 17th, 2015

Can you believe I’ve done this nonsense for 250 weeks? Caroline wasn’t even BORN when I did the first one. So I suppose I can’t even think about quitting, despite the fact that I can barely remember to do them. This one is late and I had to check my dates three times because it’s so hard to believe a week ago we were still on vacation. Real life happens SO FAST.

Sunday:

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Evan is doubtful that 3 people in a one person kayak is wise.

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Linc loves vacation

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Caroline is ALWAYS ready for more pictures

Monday:

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If you look hard enough, you can almost see New York down the river

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I liked the reflection in the back of that tanker

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Linc is happy to see all his stuff again

Tuesday:

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Caroline is writing a song

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Grumpy pants needed a walk to get ready for bed

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I really, really love this front porch.

Wednesday:

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The zoo was so fun.

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I will never get tired of these photos.

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I had three ladies tell me they liked my hair and none of them even notice I was nursing a baby.

Thursday:

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Lunch at Quincy Market should always involve a lobster roll

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Boston Children’s Museum

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Linc was over Boston (and I was over my poor choice of shirt on a 90 degree day)

Friday:

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SUPER COOL PRESS EVENT POST COMING SOON

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I was really good at juggling, if my really good you mean terrible

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Red Lantern at Foxwoods = ORDER ALL THE SUSHI

Saturday:

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They must have bought those water bottles at Target. Poor confused children.

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Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaap

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What? I’m hungry.

I forgot I had Virginia vacation photos to post, plus I have the post about our fun date at Foxwoods, so as long as I don’t die of heatstroke (we’re on day 5 or 6 of 90 degrees plus) I’ll have more new blog stuff up soon.

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Sunday, August 10th, 2014

I took all three kids to Virginia, since the idea of feeding, bathing and entertaining them by myself was scarier than driving 450 miles alone. My apologies for ALL the lake pictures, but I basically parked myself on the dock and didn’t move for 4 days.

Sunday:

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Watching “the robot show”

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That’s MY soccer shirt from when I was a teeny tiny terrible soccer player

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A+++++ PRO PARENTING

Monday:

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Swim class kicking practice

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Dinner made and delivered by someone else is better than any dinner I can make. Plus WINE.

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BABY HANDS

Tuesday:

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Caroline says “That is a lady with a gun giving it to another lady”.

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2 week check-up

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I got my rug! Now I just need a crib and I’ll be almost done.

Wednesday:

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4:30 am is toooooo eeeeeaaarlyyyyyy

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TOTALLY WORTH THE DRIVE

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Wearing out kids + dog

Thursday:

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Good morning, Sunshine

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Good morning, Sunshine (literally)

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Last summer, Caroline REFUSED to get in the water or in any boats. This year she rode on all the things.

Friday:

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We are both very relaxed

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Evan found a friend and they had a GREAT time jumping

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My parents got a boat and a tube. It’s like the WANT to make it as hard as possible to stay away.

Saturday:

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AND they made breakfast. My parents are the best.

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Tiny baby rash guard and suit = best

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S’mores to cap off an awesome vacation

Now I am home. We have freezer meals from a friend for dinner, a house still super clean and organized from my mom’s visit and a busy week planned. I might actually survive as a mom of 3 (and by survive, I mean until school starts, because once school starts ALL THE NAPS WILL BELONG TO ME.)

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6 Totally Reasonable Tips For Road Tripping With A Newborn

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

1. Buy the right car seat.
There are no actual guidelines for what constitutes “right”, so be sure to read lots and lots and lots of reviews on Amazon. 200 at least. And don’t bother reading the 197 positive 5 star reviews – sort by 1 star and be sure to take VERY SERIOUSLY the three people who HATED that particular seat because their baby got stung by a bee while sitting in it. What kind of MONSTER doesn’t buy a bee-repelling car seat? Also take into consideration what color your baby’s eyes will be and order a seat in a color that really makes them pop. Since you need a car seat to bring your infant home from the hospital and cannot actually SEE your baby’s eyes before it is born, you will definitely buy the wrong seat. Wow, you didn’t even make it to the end of the first tip. You should probably stay home.

2. Pack lots of snacks.
You will have to stop a lot of times to feed your newborn, because newborns are lazy and refuse to just feed themselves pretzels and Twizzlers like everyone else does on road trips. But don’t expect you will actually get to eat or drink ANYTHING when you stop. This is not your time, this is BABY’S TIME. It doesn’t really matter what kinds of snacks you bring, since you’ll be blindly shoving it into your mouth while keeping your eyes on the road. I recommend crunchy things – the sound of yourself chewing helps drown out the screaming from bee stings.

3. Avoid traffic.
Since I am sure usually you enjoy sitting through construction, accidents and other acts of God you have no control over, actively avoid those things when you have a newborn traveling with you. If you cannot see into the future and/or predict traffic slow downs, invest in a psychic or perhaps a hoverjet.

4. Wear your baby.
OBVIOUSLY¬†not while you’re driving, but at some point you will need to pee. It is easier to do so when you don’t have to also hold a baby with your arms and hands. Just like the car seat, it is important that you buy the RIGHT baby carrying device. Check out the lively world of online parenting message boards, which are not at all full of people screaming at each other over which kind of baby carrier is the best. Remember, a $600 organic hand woven sling is clearly superior to the kind you can just borrow from a friend, because the more something costs the more babies like it. This is why all babies prefer those wooden black and white educational toys to the car keys you just dropped in the parking lot.

5. Bring help.
Consider hiring the following people: nanny, wet nurse, car seat installer, personal chef, therapist, barista, and driver. Since bring ALL those people would require a much larger car than you probably own, try to find help who can multitask – there’s no reason someone can’t make you a latte while nursing your baby. If you have to bring just ONE person, your spouse will be fine. I guess. Can they make coffee?

6. Order the correct baby.
Did you get one of those newborns that hates riding in the car? An unreasonable baby that doesn’t sleep in 4+ hour chunks right from the beginning? Does your infant take hours to eat instead of efficiently chugging their milk/formula? Unexplained screaming? Poopsplosions? Colic? Clearly your baby is defective. Check your warranty paperwork to find out where to get your baby repaired. If you cannot locate your paperwork (people often seem to misplace it) send me $500 and I can get the Department of Perfect Children to mail you another copy. It’s no problem, happy to help.

Now you are ready for your road trip! It should be a very fun and relaxing activity, with lots of good opportunities to take and share beautiful Instagram photos of yourself in your adorable yet casual driving clothes standing on the beach or in front of a quaint farm stand or local landmarks. Remember to take at least one where you breastfeed in a field while staring peacefully into the distance, to prove you are a good mother. Good luck to you and your baby!

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