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My Week(276) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

This morning when I got in the car to go to a session the temperature said -3. Not 3 degrees below freezing, 3 degrees below ZERO. It barely warmed up during the day. Our furnace is struggling to keep the house warm and I really wish I never had to leave my couch nest of blankets ever again.

Sunday:

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Nursing break during Mardi Gras Sunday at church

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Evan really liked the parade

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Visiting a friend on the maternity ward

Monday:

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Checking out the snow

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THREE CHILDREN playing trains together

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Linc feels the same way I do about crunches

Tuesday:

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Eating candy because his mother is a sucker

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He says he’s ready to go play in the snow

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No problem loving his own face

Wednesday:

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I DON’T CARE IF IT’S SNOWING GO TO SCHOOL

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There WAS a cat sitting back there

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*ALMOST* 100% on the sight words!

Thursday:

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BRB Googling flights to Hawaii

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Naptime friends

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Celebrating Daddy’s birthday

Friday:

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Lincoln-date at the carousel

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And at Red Robin (YUM)

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And then my Valentine’s came early!

Saturday:

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God Bless iPads so parents can sleep in

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These two *heart eyes*

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And these two!

LOOK AT THAT I GOT MY IPHONE POST DONE ON SUNDAY. I’m very impressed with myself. Now I’m going to go find some more blankets to hide under because it’s negative something degrees again and I do not like it. Even my winter layer isn’t keeping me warm anymore. Maybe I should eat another piece of that leftover cake from E’s birthday.

Because that seems like a much nicer option than cleaning up the house the kids trashed when they still have two days before they go back to school.

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Evan’s Vintage Train 4th Birthday Party

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Vintage Train Party

Sometimes when you ask your almost-four year old what kind of birthday party he wants, he says “Goats!” and you panic. And sometimes when you ask again he says “Choo choo trains!” and you’re super happy about it because you can DO trains. Trains are awesome. You also happen to have a massive collection of electric trains in your basement from both your childhood and your husband’s childhood, so a theme is born. BOOM. Vintage train birthday party it is!

I will do this mostly in pictures, since that’s the best part. HUGE post, apologies, feel free to skip if you hate parties, etc etc etc. I’m going to put a truly insane number of photos on Facebook and Flikr too.

Decorations:

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vintage train birthday party

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vintage train birthday party

vintage train birthday party

vintage train birthday party

I printed banners and food labels on brown cardstock and cut pennants out of scrapbook paper (some new, some leftover from previous party supplies). The vintage stuff lying around (suitcases, globes, lanterns, etc) is from my own supply of junk collectibles or borrowed from my parents. All the train and sign clip art I made using a free fonts from dafont.com – Eisenbahn is the vintage train; old seals tfb and PostageStamps are on the water bottle labels; wmroadsigns, wmthe50s and wmtransport1 are the rest (for the record, the old fashiondy font on almost everything is CM Old Western Shadow, also from dafont.com).

My dad made the railroad crossing sign out of scrap wood in my basement and I painted the letters using a stencil I bought at A.C. Moore. Dad also built the wood table to set up the electric trains. Evan and E painted the Melissa & Doug wooden train on the food table together. The tablecloths are a collection of sheets/fabric I keep in a box just for occasions like this.

I made the Arrivals/Departures board out of just a piece of composite board painted with chalkboard paint. I made up trains and times based on family names and dates.

Food:

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I made train cars with disposable aluminum trays and black cardstock to serve the food, including a coal car, veggie car, and a berry boxcar. I served lemonade in glass “milk” jars (actually Target frappuchino bottles I used for Caroline’s last two birthdays) with fancy straws, old fashioned root beer in bottles, “Chugga Chugga” water bottles and juice in Take’n’Toss cups for the kids.

Here’s my train inspired menu –

Steam Puffs – coconut macaroons
Coal – Krispie treats make with Cocoa Puffs
Train shaped cookies
Train shaped cucumber sandwiches
Rails – black licorice (courtesy of the American Licorice Company! Happy National Licorice Day!)
Railroad ties – vanilla sandwich wafers
Soft pretzels
Switch Cheese Sandwiches – grilled ham and swiss on wheat bread
Cheddar-nooga Choo Choo Sandwiches – grilled cheddar cheese on pumpernickel-rye swirl bread
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Southwest Dip – Heluva Good black bean queso dip (REALLY delicious)
Veggies
Berry Boxcar – Fruit
Conductor Cubes – cheese cubes
Stoplight Kabobs – watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melon
Short Line Shortcake – mini cups of pound cake, strawberries and whipped topping
Golden Spike(d) Lemonade – I left the spiking up to my guests so no one accidentally got their kid drunk

And the cake is a good old-fashioned super sweet grocery store cake from Big Y. It was a Thomas cake until I took Thomas and Percy off and put a little Amtrak train on it. Boom! Custom vintage train cake.

Games:

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vintage train birthday party

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vintage train birthday party

I made the child-sized trains out of cardboard boxes I’ve been collecting for a few weeks. I covered the boxes in plain paper (the kind you buy at Ikea to go on their art easel) and cut out construction paper shapes to make them look sort of like trains. The tracks all over my house are electrical tape purchased at Home Depot. We used approximated 8 60-foot rolls (they come in packs of 10) and E free-handed all the tracks.

As a craft, I bought cheap paint, brushes and wooden cars at the craft store and let the kids decorate their own wooden trains.

My dad worked really hard to set up both model train sets so the kids could run them. That was all stuff we/he already owned but the Tyco HO gauge electric trains are really inexpensive on Ebay. The kids also played with the Thomas/Ikea/Brio wooden tracks and trains.

The kids took home their painted trains, conductor hats and train whistles as favors.

vintage train birthday party

vintage train birthday party

Sources & Supplies (if I missed something you’re looking for just ask!)

Vintage travel posters (plus a calendar I dismantled) – AllPosters.com
Train whistles – Oriental Trading Co.
Conductor hats – Oriental Trading Co.
Wood trains for painting – A.C. Moore
Train lollipops – Oriental Trading Co.
Train car serving dishes – ShopRite
Train shaped cookie cutter – A.C. Moore
Train shaped sandwich cutter – gift, available on Amazon
Sisal twine – Home Depot
Tiny clothes pins – Amazon.com
Photo book & prints – Shutterfly.com
Brown burlap – Home Depot
Orange burlap & fabric – Joann’s

Whew! That was exhausting but super fun. Now please come over and eat all this leftover cake before I do.

So so many thanks to my parents for their help and to Kim for letting me borrow some of her photos!

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Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Henceforth, this week shall be known as I Am Officially Over Winter Where Is Spring?

Sunday:

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Snow day cuddles

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I REALLY need some black out curtains (Also: newly obsessed with Scandal)

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Why are you still in my room? Princess Caroline needs her beauty sleep.

Monday:

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Hide and go seek with toddlers is HILARIOUS

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Thank the Pinterest Gods for free printables

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Cup Cake Boss

Tuesday:

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She has every deli counter person in Norwich wrapped around her finger

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Checking on Toodles

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Should I be concerned she’s feeding her baby gasoline?

Wednesday:

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Bouncy floor blurs

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Tiny Target shopper

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DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT

Thursday:

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More $%^&*# snow

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Caroline really gets into the trains

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Valentine snuggles

Friday:

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Leave us alone we’re sleeping!

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Do kids love these things forever???

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Everything about this is adorable, but I think Caroline’s crossed ankles are the best

Saturday:

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HELLO IT IS 6 AM I NEED TO DISCUSS BOBBY PINS WITH YOU

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Because when you watch How To Train Your Dragon, you better dress the part

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Did Target put these in JUST for my kids? (I think yes)

My goal for the week (after I finish off this supply of clearance Valentine’s candy) is to get back on the exercise and healthy-eating train. I have NOT been doing well – especially with the snow days from preschool uggggggghhhh – but the eliptical is plugged in and the gym has my name on it. If you see me on Twitter remind me to drink my water!



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Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Are you singing it now? Do you hate Genevieve as much as I do? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, count your blessings.

The kids and I made a quick trip to Pennsylvania to visit my BFF Erin and celebrate her baby’s 3rd birthday. I guess I should stop thinking of him as a baby now but OMG when will all these kids stop with the growing up!? I can’t take it! We went down a day early to make robots out of boxes and peel crayons and other various party prep (super cute robot party pics to come) but we managed to squeeze in a whole day of trains, big and small. I think the next party I plan might have to be train-themed.

We went to a train museum in the morning that was fun for the grown ups but not particularly kid-friendly. Did you know there are hundreds of train cabooses and boxcars just sitting around that you can buy for like $9,000? Or that there are still private rail cars with kitchens and bunks that are basically RVs on rails and that Amtrak will hook them up to their trains? I am now obsessed with the idea of owning a train car of ANY KIND. Maybe I read too many Boxcar Children books as a kid (False: there’s no such thing as too many Boxcar Children books).

After lunch we went to Kempton for a special Children’s Day at the WK&S Railroad. For $14 total Evan, Caroline and I rode a little motorcar on the tracks, rode on the big train in an antique car, saw a super cool model railroad, played with the Recycled Railroad, jumped in the bounce house and had ice cream. I believe the appropriate expression is: WINNING.

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Model train set up inside an actual train car

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Evansville

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It makes me want to get my trains out of the basement…until I remember what a total pain in the ass they are to set up and run.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton Recycled Railroad

This guy made a Recycled Railroad entire out of trash.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton Recycled Railroad

Evan was REALLY excited to “drive” the train.

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These little cars went REALLY fast. Ours had a rood and a windshield so it was a little less terrifying. The kids loved it.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton motorcars

Caroline thought we should go faster.

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Then it was time to ride the train

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Engineer

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We had half a car to ourselves and the kids loved it.

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She’s thinking about running away.

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She loved the train.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

Erin is sitting next to her in this picture, holding her ankles to make sure she doesn’t fall out. Because she was REALLY determined to fall out.

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Amazed that he’s actually on a train.

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Dreaming

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My new dream house.

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Whistle!!!

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Friend Reid

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The tracks aren’t connected to anywhere anymore, so the engine turns around at the end of the line and we go back to the station.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

And here is the part of the post where I started playing with filters to break up the 10 zillion photos.

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Chillaxing, vintage style (sandals, $15, Target)

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

Please note: I tried tinting my eyebrows AGAIN. It was a mistake AGAIN. This picture looks even more ridiculous in color.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

So happy

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And then I paid $3 so Evan could ride a pony because I am a sucker.

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The pony’s name was Pokey and Evan wanted to take him home.

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He was so brave about everything all day. I love my little adventurer.

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And then we had ice cream.

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Bouncing!

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I kept thinking how adorable this place would be for a wedding.

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Although this was the smiliest picture I got, he liked ALL the stuff we did, not just the ice cream.

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Saturday, July 21st, 2012

We are super busy but it’s all self-imposed business, the kind where we don’t have time to go grocery because we were at the zoo all morning and the playground all afternoon. Then I’m up too late at night putting away laundry blogging and watching The Walking Dead but I’m so exhausted when I do fall asleep I sleep like a log and wake up to a 3 year old begging to go to the zoo and the playground again. It’s not so bad, is what I’m saying.

Sunday:

I was trying to take a picture of my cute dress and Caroline decided to crawl back up the way she came out. NO.

Hot and sweaty walk to church

She’s wondering what kind of terrible mother doesn’t provide air conditioning

Monday:

Naughty? Who’s being naughty?

The nice aquarium volunteer helped Evan touch a starfish…and Evan ripped it’s leg off.

Really excited to be at BJ’s.

Tuesday:

<3 <3 <3

He REALLY likes peanut butter and honey sandwiches

I LOVE having a track I can walk to for C25K

Wednesday:

Er’ybody relax! I found the sequins!

REALLY EXCITED about the tiny plums

Back-to-back reading

Thursday:

I think Ken has something to tell his parents.

Sleeeeeeeepy face

POOR CHOICES

Hard core running in the dark.

Friday:

My kids get SO EXCITED over other people’s toys

Howdy!

Crazy old house wallpaper

Saturday:

Boxcar Children

BLT & onion rings = Vacation Food

It was a train-tastic day.

Tomorrow is Evan’s (forced) best friend Reid’s birthday. It’s robot themed, so we’re staying up tonight making robots out of boxes and melting crayons into little silicone molds. It’s going to be pretty low key but still SUPER cute. Then we head back to Connecticut for another super awesome week of summer fun. I LOVE YOU JULY.

Did you take any camera phone photos this week? Link up with one or lots using the linky below and grab the code (so it shows on your blog too!) over at Amy’s . It’s really fun!

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