Some pictures

Some snowy day pictures. Felicity wasn’t such a fan, so she really only had one trip out in the snow this year.

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A whole variety of pictures.

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In February we got to go to Maryland and hang out with some college friends. Here is a picture of all of our children.

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And back to some more random pictures of our winter, including bathing suits! (We went swimming at the hotel in MD, so had to try on our suits before hand to make sure they fit).

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First tooth peeking out.

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A visit from Grammy and Pop-pop.

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And the snow is melting and it is slightly warm for a day or two, so we must go out and play in the mud and get it all over everything.

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Green day at school.

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Yes, she is possibly the happiest baby alive, even when she doesn’t nap (which happens quite often).

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Felicity LOVES to eat. Do not plan on eating unless you are serving her something, she will chase you around the house trying to get your food.

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And a last (I certainly hope) snow (7 inches on March 20).

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Wishing she could go play (but she would scream and whine until you take her back in).

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phew

Well it seems I broke my blog for a week or two, oops. It is finally back and maybe now I’ll post something.

Some happenings around here.

1. Felicity has two teeth. At her 9 month checkup, she was 75th percentile for height, weight, and head circumference, so pretty darn perfect :)

2. Eloise turned 5, a month ago.

3. We had a winter filled with snow, cold days, and often sick kids. Beatrice ended up with pneumonia, but thankfully no hospital stay.

4. We are taking a break from the still-too-cold for my liking and heading to Florida soon.

5. I’ll try and post pictures later, I’m finally uploading them.

Basement makeover

For the girls big Christmas gift we decided to make the basement over into a more usable and active play space. We were hopeful this would help them get rid of some of their excess energy, especially during the long winter. Here is what it looked like before (yikes).

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After lots of cleaning up and moving things around, Matt got to work building a slide platform. We knew we wanted a slide and had planned on buying one, but one day noticed one in our neighbor’s trash pile, so wahoo! free slide. It is a little bigger than we planned, but that means more fun. My parents bought them a gym mat and we added a little foam balance beam thing and the spirobouncer. We also brought a few toys down from upstairs that are better suited for this environment. Here is the basement now.

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Matt did a wonderful job on the slide platform, solid as a rock. He even added some decorative duct tape to make it look fancier. I’ve even taken a few trips down the slide.

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Underneath the slide is a little reading/snuggling nook, using the pillow bed things my sister made them a few years ago.

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We can’t have everything all spread out at once, but that’s ok. The gym mat is currently folded in half.

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We initially bought a small trampoline, but it was bigger than expected and we started worrying about them playing on it, so we returned it and got a spirobouncer on sale after Christmas.

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And since we have a disco light, why not add it to the basement and have some exciting Saturday night parties.

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One day I’ll back to posting about B’s third birthday and Christmas day, but for now I’ve sorted through our pictures from Florida, so that’s what you get :)

We started with an engagement party for my sister and her fiancee and I took about two pictures, oops.

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We opened some Christmas gifts from my family, did a little piano playing, and hanging with some grandparents and aunts (Aunt Kitty was teaching Greta how to crochet).

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We also went to the Japanese steakhouse, which was something new for all the girls. Beatrice loved it the most and Eloise was quite scared of the heat. Everyone tried out chopsticks and did pretty well.

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We went to one of my favorite museums in town and got to see some old buildings (which Greta LOVED reading about), some animals, and the two oldest went on the zipline, which they LOVED. Oh and Felicity got her first taste of playground swings.

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We did some more hanging with the family and playing outside in the nice weather.

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We visited our favorite Christmas light display and attempted to get a decent shot of our family.

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We met some friends at the playground.

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We visited my favorite psuedo grandparents.

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We roasted some marshmallows and gave our final goodbyes.

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woo!

Well it has been almost 2 months since I posted, oops. Life has been non-stop. My to-do list is always a mile long and I rarely cross anything off it. One day I’ll be able to stay on top of the dishes and laundry and move on to other tasks.

Here is some of what we have been up to.

Felicity is trying so hard to crawl, but just can’t quite put it all together yet. She can get bottom in the air and even stand on her feet, forming an A, but hasn’t quite gotten the moving arms and legs together part yet. She is spending her days trying to figure it out. She can also almost get from her belly to sitting. She is also mostly sitting.

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We went to lunch with Santa at Greta’s school a few weeks ago. The older two have grown to like Santa, but the younger two still want nothing to do with him.

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Beatrice turned 3 yesterday! She rather enjoyed her birthday and spent most of the day in her new Elsa costume. (Help mama, I’m stuck).

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Both Greta and Eloise had their concerts at school. Eloise was definitely the loudest in her class!

We cut down and decorated our tree. Our tree is in the playroom this year and so far it is working out just fine.

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I finally got our Christmas cards in the mail this past weekend, so for now, here are some of the runnerups of a Christmas picture.

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Matt and I are super excited about the girls’ Christmas gift. We are reorganizing the basement and Matt built a slide platform to go with a 10 ft slide we found in the neighbors trash (my favorite!). We also have a gym mat and balance beam thing. We will also be relocating a few other active toys down there, to hopefully give them some outlet for all their energy over the winter. Matt has convinced them of many different things he is building down there, first bunkbeds so they won’t wake us up all night long, next a cage for our new pet gorilla. We are quite excited for them to see it all on Christmas morning.

pictures! pictures! pictures!

1. Felicity totally rocks the mohawk at times. And she is so stinkin’ cute.

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2. I took some pictures of the middle two before Eloise’s picture day.

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3. And some super sweet ones of them together (Greta was already at school for the day).

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4. They have been modeling a variety of costumes. So far we have had Eloise’s Halloween parade and Trunk or Treat at Greta’s school. Is B not the cutest little Mickey Mouse there ever was?

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Greta wanted to be a book, but was disappointed that so many people asked her what she was, so she doesn’t want to be a book for actual Halloween. We shall see what she is instead.

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5. And finally some pumpkin carving.

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4 months

Well 4 months have come and gone since Miss Felicity was born. It always goes so fast. We had her check up yesterday and she is the smallest of our babies at 4 months old, yet she was the biggest by far at birth. Strange things. She is definitely not small, still in the 80-90 percentile, but the smallest by weight at just under 16 pounds. But she sure is cute! She can roll from back to belly and these days spends most of her time on her belly attempting to move around. Her hair has mostly fallen out and is turning blonder every day.

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In other news, I’m still spotted. We are kind of getting into a school year routine, now that most everything has started up. Greta will be starting Girl Scouts next week and then I think everything will have started. Greta’s picture day was on Monday and before she left I snapped a picture or two in case we don’t like the school ones. The others had to get in on the pictures as well.

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And because everyone was cooperating and we needed to get Felicity in the picture and she can’t sit on her own yet, we did a group shot. It didn’t it take many shots to get them all mostly looking and smiling.

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7 quick takes

Apparently it has been a while since I posted, oops. So, what’s been going on?

1. Well that awful rash was fading and nearly gone from my arms and everywhere else was definitely lighter and less itchy, and then I got strep throat again. Because of course. Now, I’m not someone who frequently gets strep throat. My mom says that I might have had it as a child, but not more than once or twice. So, woo, twice in a summer. So, thanks to some excellent (sarcastic) medical care, I’m covered in spots again. I’m likely going to be starting UVB light treatment soon, but I still might change my mind and not do it. I was supposed to go this morning, but Eloise is home from school with a cold (first week back, and sick already), so I cancelled it. Thankfully my face has so far been sparred this time, so as long as I’m wearing mostly long sleeves and pants, no one can tell that I’m a spotted leopard. One day, I’ll be back to normal, at least I hope so. And let’s hope that I don’t keep getting strep because I’ll likely continue to break out. Yuck.

2. School started for both older girls. Greta is in first grade. Eloise in 4 year old preschool. So far, so good, but Eloise is sick already, so that’s no fun. While she probably would have been ok to go to school, with all these new scary viruses going around, I didn’t want to send her. Greta is annoyed that they are reviewing everything they learned last year.

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3. Last weekend we baptized Felicity. It was lovely and nice to have most of our family together.

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4. Greta started playing soccer. For now, we are letting the girls chose one extracurricular activity. Eloise is sticking with dance, and Greta picked soccer this year.

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5. Four kids in and new things are still happening. First, last weekend was the first time I pulled a kid out of their carseat while the vehicle was moving. Felicity was screaming after waking up on a long drive home. We were pretty close to home, but really just needed to actually get home. She started spitting up and then choking. I was sitting in the back seat, so I pulled her out, flipped her over and started whacking her on the back, while yelling at Matt to pull over. Eventually he found a safe place to pull over and all was fine, but definitely not my favorite event. Felicity is the first child to fall asleep on her own every once in a while. Today she fell asleep in the play gym. What new surprises are still in store for us?

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6. The garden is slowly reaching it’s end. We’ve had yummy tomatoes, super long green beans (plus lots of regular green beans), squash and zucchini, okra, peppers. We still have some carrots planted that we will harvest in another month or two. We bought and packaged a bunch of local corn to freeze for the winter.

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7. And we will end with the mohawk picture that I’m sure most of you have seen already.

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The past month

Let’s see, all sorts of things have been happening around here. We’ve had visitors and illness, a broken washer, and lots of squash.

My sister came to visit for a week (the other one is stopping by this coming weekend on her way to/from a beach weekend with her friends). The girls loved having someone to constantly entertain them and do whatever they wanted to do. I loved having the dishes always done and of course hanging out with my sister.

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Felicity got to meet lots of new people, aunts, cousins, and family friends.

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We got some super cute new shirts from a friend.

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Our garden is producing well so far. We are still waiting on the tomatoes to start ripening, but it should be soon!

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Three of us had strep throat, and mine resulted in guttate psoriasis, which is basically a lovely rash all over my entire body that could take a few weeks or MONTHS to go away. I’ve never had psoriasis before and I’m still a little unclear about it, because some things say that if it was triggered by strep you might not have another flair up again, where others say that it could flair many, many times again, or even turn into another form of psoriasis. So for now I’m trying get in the sun to hopefully heal it, soaking in dead sea salts, and moisturizing like crazy and I’m trying hard to be patient, but it is quite difficult when I’m itchy all over and wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts in the middle of July.

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My sister gave Greta a slip and slide for her birthday and at first they were all incapable of actually sliding down it, so Matt threw them down it.

A month or two ago, Beatrice had a boo-boo on her nose and while looking in the mirror noticed her hemangioma and called it a boo-boo too. So, we decided to teach it what it really was. Before this she hadn’t really noticed it at all, so we didn’t see the need to point it out to her. Here she is telling you her name, age (two old), and what she has on her nose.

Some of our neighborhood fireworks that we watched from our backyard.

Oh, and our washer was broken for about a week, but is now fixed, thanks to a handy husband and a new hose.