Week-ending

Aquarium visit

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One last visit before Jessica & Mike have their baby

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swimming

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floating

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baking

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nail painting

or as Paul noted, “I’m like a lady, but really a boy still.”

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outdoor dinner- picnic style

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tofu tacos with Melissa & Jeremy

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with an after dinner magic show

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a baby girl sitting up on her own without tipping over

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and the only “kerfuffle” of the last two days:

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heat rash

 

 

 

Highlights

hanging out in Charlynn’s kitchen

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eating peach popsicles

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letting the kids take pictures with the camera (this is Zachary capturing Paul)

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playing together

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carrying blankets and pillows to the park

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and watching the Muppet Movie for free outside.

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Water Blob

it’s like a water bed/water slide combo

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filled with water

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using duct tape

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and a plastic tarp

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add food coloring

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glitter or gummy bears optional

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which adds to the fun

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but they also just practiced running, jumping, rolling, and sliding

 

Once a Year

 

We celebrate:

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This year the magic number was 33.

Even though it is technically just “thirty-something” a lot of people made the day feel special.

The handmade gift of a scarf from my mom

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a palm-sized plant that I adore from my sister

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cards in my mailbox

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breakfast with crepes 

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a little bling picked out by my boys

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cake

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candles

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and I can’t think of better company for enjoying birthday cake.

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P.s.

Joe treated me to an hour and a half spa…Yahoo!


 

Easy

a tiny container of beads

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plus scissors

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yarn

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a little counting

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one patient Grammy

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and voila! instant jewelry:

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bracelets and necklaces.

 

A New Look

Before

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(last night, before bed)

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today 

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after donating a good-sized ponytail.

Farmer’s Market

I have been reminded several times in the last week that a spider man mask can be found in face paint at the farmer’s market.

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He requested web shooting powers as well

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which means that his little brother wanted the same superhero mask.

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Olivine merely requested cuddle time with the zucchini our friends brought us from their garden.

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And when we got home these were the contents of Paul’s pockets

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emptied before bed, all his treasures from the day on display.

Fashion Forward

Whether she is wearing a full outfit

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or the hospital gown at her doctor’s appointment,

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she looks good!

Tide Pool

The rocks are a balancing act

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while the creatures are a test of courage.

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There is so much to explore

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and investigate

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that it all feels a bit like an outdoor classroom.

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Bonus: it is a ten minute drive from my doorstep.

Delight

is the best way to describe mommahood.

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As I see two brothers growing up side by side

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in healthy competition

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as they push eachother

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and play together.

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I delight in the fearless nature of Henry

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and the cautious disposition of Paul.

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The cherry on top is the sister,

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who is the unexpected delight of being a baby girl we all surround to adore.