cloudy afternoon

Now that the snow is definitely gone and the weather is warmer, we are spending LOTS of time outside. I usually always bring the camera out in hopes of finding some inspiration or capturing some nice pictures of the girls. The other day it had rained most of the day, but we did go out in the late afternoon to get dirty. Both of the girls’ hair was curling up quite nicely, so I made sure to take lots of pictures. Greta’s hair isn’t nearly as curly these days, so it was nice to see a few little curls peaking out due to the humidity. Eloise’s hair curls up very nicely in the humidity. I just love their little curls.

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Easter afternoon

After mass, we came back and ate a lovely & simple lunch (ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, peanut butter pie). Matt’s parents were here for almost the entire day and after lunch and Eloise’s nap we had a little egg hunt in the back yard.

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Then we went for a little walk on the canal since the weather was so nice. We got to see a mama duck and her NINE babies!

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hospital visit

The other week our niece had surgery down in Philadelphia. Matt went to visit her every night during the week. On Saturday we took the girls to visit their cousin. She was excited to have some little visitors to brighten her day. We went on a little wagon ride around the hospital.

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We went back on Sunday after she had been discharged. She was hanging out at the Ronald McDonald house for the night. The Ronald McDonald house right next to the hospital is nearly brand new and is HUGE. They have tons of amenities. All of the girls enjoyed playing with the toys and each other.

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Priscilla is now at home finishing her recovery!

princess party

Last weekend we went to our friend from college’s daughter’s birthday party. We were supposed to wear our best prince or princess outfit. The girls got all decked out, but we didn’t really have anything that fit Matt or I.

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Greta needed a little help with the pinata and she still only just barely tapped it. She is still the cautious child.

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Within about two minutes of being in the car, Eloise was completely conked out. The girls both had a great time!

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forsythia

Ever since I lived in Charlottesville for grad school, I have loved forsythia. I don’t know if I never noticed it before or it just didn’t grow where I lived. Last year when we looked at our house the yellow flowers must have already bloomed and died. This year it has been such a joy to see what is popping up in our yard. We have several variety of flowers. Our backyard really it quite lovely (I think the loveliest in the neighborhood). Ever since our forsythia has burst forth with it’s yellow blooms I have been trying to get a picture of the girls in front of them. Lately neither child is very cooperative with pictures, so it has taken me MANY, MANY tries. I finally have some nice shots of the girls separately.

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I know this is going to be one of my favorite places to take photos of the girls every spring. The flowers are just so vibrant and the bushes are just full of the flowers. I LOVE them. While I did accomplish solo shots of the girls, I’m still working on getting one of them together. Every time I put Eloise down, she was up before I picked the camera up and fired it off. So here is the best we have so far. I have a few more days before the blooms are gone, so maybe I’ll get the shot. If not, I’ll be happy that I at least got some good solo shots!

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wildflowers & playground

On Thursday we went with some friends to a local wildflower preserve. There are trails to walk around on and check out native flowers. Bluebells and some yellow flowers were the only thing in bloom right now. We will have to go back and check it out a little later and see if there is more stuff in bloom.

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We didn’t get to explore too much since Greta was hungry and tired. Next time hopefully we will bring Daddy so he can carry Greta. We headed to a really nice park that was nearby the wildflower preserve for a picnic lunch and to play on the playground. This playground had some of the coolest and most unique equipment I’ve seen at a playground. Lots of spinning things.

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