What we’ve been up to

1. This little Felicity seems to think she is a big girl. She wants to do everything her sisters do, including now at not quite 14 months, sitting in a big girl chair at the table. Slow down baby girl, we aren’t quite ready for you to act so grown up yet.

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2. Growing stuff in the garden.

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3. Playing in the backyard.

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4. Picnicking at various playgrounds and parks.

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5. A day trip to the beach.

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6. A trip to the aquarium.

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bike riding

Getting Greta to ride a bike has been a challenge. Mostly she complains that her knee hurts when she pedals and so won’t even try (and that’s with training wheels). Once upon a time we had a balance bike, but neither Greta or Eloise really got it. They would walk as slow as possible while straddling the bike, definitely not balancing at all. So we got rid of it and moved onto bikes with training wheels last year or the year before. We had the balance bike for many years before ditching it. Anyways, she always complains about her knee and really wasn’t pedaling correctly at all. This year we were determined to get her to ride a two wheeler and we are finally making progress. I guess I shouldn’t really saw we since Matt has done pretty much all of the work. We got her a smaller bike and Matt took the pedal assembly off to make a new balance bike. She is now actually riding it while balancing! Up next we try it with pedals attached. There is still hope that she will get it this summer.

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And apparently flickr changed it’s video sharing options, so until I figure out how to embed the video, you have to click on the links:

https://www.flickr.com/gp/thefrons/mF3221

https://www.flickr.com/gp/thefrons/TMd6u7

4th of July weekend

On Thursday the local farmer’s market had a parade and costume contest. The girls wanted to dress up, so we went and Greta was sorely disappointed she did not win. But we did get a full family photo since a friend was there and offered to take one. Matt just happened to be wearing blue that day (when he left for work none of the rest of us were dressed and he did not plan to match us).

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Friday we decided to make a day trip to NYC. It was the first time we had taken all four kids and overall I think it went well. We took the train the whole way, next time I think we will drive closer to the city and then park and take the train the last few stops. Felicity wanted to be very loud on the train, which the other passengers probably didn’t enjoy very much.

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We took the subway to Chelsea Market and explored and got some lunch to-go. Matt and I got tacos and the girls got homemade hotdogs, bacon mac and cheese, and clam chowder. We then took our lunch up to The High Line. We found a nice shady spot for lunch with a view of the Statue of Liberty.

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We walked down to the southern end of The High Line and then on the way back got some ice cream. Then we walked all the way up to 30th street with some breaks along the way. Everyone was exhausted and so we took the train back home. In total we walked close to 4 miles. Not bad!

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Yesterday on the actual 4th, we went on a walk around the neighborhood and did some playing outside.

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We also harvested some more carrots for our lunch.

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In the late afternoon we went to play mini golf. We definitely need some more practice, but everyone had fun!