outside time!

The weather has been simply wonderful here lately, so we have been spending lots of time outside. We started picnicking this week and it was lots of fun and we got to discover a new park and playground.

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I’ve realized I take way fewer pictures in the winter because the lighting in our house is just awful and makes it difficult to get pretty pictures, not to mention the clutter and mess that is always in the background of pictures taken inside our house.

Here are a few from a recent front lawn waiting for daddy to get home from work photo session.

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As you can see everyone is a little feisty towards the end of the day, tackling each other, jumping in front of each other’s pictures, making silly faces.

Spring is here!

I think spring is finally here! Our yard is starting to come alive with color. Every year I try to get a picture of the girls in front of our lovely forsythia plants and this time we got a decent one (or two) on the first try! Now all I have to get is some individuals of them.

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And if you want to look back at the past year’s pictures, here they are:

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2012
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2014

updated: got some lovely shots of the girls separately.

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Two firsts

On this trip we had two firsts for the kids (and likely for us).

On the first flight, there was a man who was actively consuming alcohol mixed in his coke bottle and was being kind of loud and annoying, not really threatening or anything, but kind of pestering the flight attendant. While she was doing her announcements, he was constantly responding with a ‘woo’. Right when we were about to pull away she stopped in the middle of her safety instructions and got on the phone. After a while two cops showed up and asked him to come with them. They drove him off the tarmac in their cars. I think someone has been escorted off a plane I was on before, but not the girls.

The second new thing was a little boy, about 18 months old wandering down his driveway into the road. We of course stopped and brought him back to his house, where his father was searching the house for him. He must have gotten out somehow (the back gate was open). Strange. Good thing we weren’t driving very fast around that corner.

Easter in FL

We went to FL to visit my parents for Easter. My sister who lives in NC was able to come down as well, so everyone was together, which was so nice.

The weather was wonderful and a nice break from the still too cold for my liking weather we are having here in PA. We got to spend lots of time outside playing at the park, in the backyard, washing the truck, and at the splash pad. We even dipped our toes in the pool, but it was still a bit too cold for swimming (at least for me).

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The Easter bunny was able to find CeCe and Grandaddy’s house and leave some eggs in the yard for the girls.

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In some of the eggs were some stick on mustaches, which the girls modeled with grandaddy.

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Here we are all dressed up in our Easter clothes, ready to head to mass.

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After mass we went out to brunch and were able to see a VERY tall Easter bunny. Greta was the only one interested in going near him.

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And a picture of the whole family.

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Lastly just a few pictures of the girls with their aunts and grandparents.

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This week

Greta lost her first top tooth! It has been loose for so long and it finally fell out.

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Felicity can now balance with no hands! I saw her get up in the middle of the floor the other day without using anything to pull her self up on either. She just turned 10 months yesterday, so there is a good chance she will walk before her 1st birthday. Eloise is the only one of our kids who has walked before a year.

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We got some bunny ears from our adopted grandparents at church this past weekend. Of course it was impossible to get everyone wearing them in a picture, but this will do for now.

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And just as Greta is getting her new top tooth, Felicity is getting that same tooth in her mouth. It will be a race to see who’s is all the way in first.

Greta somehow has a talent for words, despite the fact that she has two engineer parents. Almost every birthday card she makes has a unique poem made up just for that person. Here is one of my recent favorites she wrote.

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I’m hoping to start picnicking again soon, so if you are local and want to join us for any picnics this spring/summer, come join my facebook group so we can discuss some locations. I can’t wait for the warmer weather. We have had a few nice days, but it is still too cool for my liking.

This picture makes me smile.

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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).

Basement before

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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