Friday, July 10, 2015

beach pics - 2015

As is now our annual tradition I took some photos of Asher and Hadley at the beach.  These two are just the best.  :-)


2014:


Wahhh - they are getting too big!


oh dear.







If it was up to me, the ruffle bubble season of life for little girls would be much, much longer.



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

life's a beach - 2015

Over the week of July 4th we took our annual trip with Drew's family to Charleston and the beach!  The view from our room was two thumbs up.


The kids both loved the beach and water this year so it was especially fun!  These three are the best.  :-)






This guy was impossible to keep out of the water!  His first few years he wouldn't even put a toe in, so it's especially exciting to see him loving the ocean.



Hadley meanwhile made friendly with her uncles.  ha!  If there's a 2 inch space Hadley will fit.


One morning I woke up extra early for some reason, so I walked to the beach by myself to enjoy the sunrise and have my quiet time.  So very beautiful.


We had a bit of rain, but every day had lots of sun and there were no complaints from anyone!







When Drew and I were in Grand Cayman we visited a starfish bay where there were 100s of them all together.  I never expected to find one in the ocean, but this little guy tumbled right to my feet.



Asher was proud of his shell.  :-)


On the 4th of July all the cousins got dressed alike so we could celebrate (and take a grandparent Christmas card photo ;-) ).  They are so cute!


This little lady, though.  




We had such a fun week!  Can't wait until next year!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

june happenings: weeks three and four

Rainy Mondays call for a trip to the pet store to look at the animals!  Those tip toes though.


Asher has been working so hard to master this rope at the park.  He's still a little short but almost there!


On Sunday we celebrated the best daddy in the world!  Happy Father's Day, Drew!



These 3 are my whole world!


On Father's Day we went to a baptism for baby Lucas and Asher and Hadley were heating up the dance floor at the reception.  Hadley was SO thrilled to be dancing with her big brother.  


June 26th marked our 11th anniversary.  We celebrated by driving to South Carolina for our annual family beach trip.  There's nothing like 15 hours in the car with 2 kids under 6 to rekindle the romance.  ;-)  

These 2 kids were so young and thin - I like to think we still look like this.  :-)


Beach trip: coming up!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

june happenings: week two

Hadley needed something fun to do in between trips to the new house, so I signed her up for a month of Gymboree classes.  She loves it!  This month of classes really reinforced for me just how much she'll love going to preschool a couple mornings a week next year.  I'm excited for her!



I want the kids to have fun and do messy art projects, but I'm completely terrified of making a mess in my in-laws house.  They are so kind and and I know they would be nice about it, but when you are living with someone else I try really hard to keep their house as normal as possible.  Letting kids paint inside doesn't really jive with that goal.  To get around that concern we took the painting outside!  Worked great!


The new house is coming along.  They are making progress, but the move in date keeps getting pushed back.  We are getting really anxious and can't wait to move!  Being out of our own place for 5 months is too long.  Gah.


This week we went to visit my sister and her family for her new baby's sprinkle.  Asher jumped right into big brother mode towards baby Keaton and started bossing him around straight away.  This is Asher saying "no, no Keaton - look this way towards Mommy.  Say cheese!"  haha - poor K.


We also saw my parent's at Erin's house and Grammy fed Hadley's "kitty cat" obsession by bringing her the world's loudest Hello Kitty dress.  HAHA!!  Hadley prefers not to take it off for any reason.


Drew's cousin and his wife love Star Wars, so when they invited us to celebrate their baby boy's baptism I knew I had to make Lucas a special towel.  Yoda was a hit!  ;-)


Saturday, June 6, 2015

june happenings: week one

Asher recently saw the movie "Muppets Most Wanted" and he's completely obsessed.  He loves the Muppets and loves "the world's most dangerous frog, Constantine".  If you've seen the movie, you know that Constantine is Kermit's Russian doppelgänger, except that he has a mole on his cheek.  This is Asher making a mole from his chocolate chip pancake and "tricking me" into thinking he's Constantine.  His imagination and dedication to the scene cracks me up!


Speaking of obsessions, Hadley has discovered Hello Kitty (who she calls "Kitty Cat") and LOVES her.  She's Kitty Cat crazy.  We were grocery shopping this week and she spied this Hello Kitty ice cream cake and declared it "Had-dee's birt-day cake!".  


We also found a kitty cup at Target this week and she refuses to use any other cup.  I just love it when they get a new favorite.  :-)


Grandma Linda (who we're living with while our house is finished up) has a lot of fun toys, including this doll bed.  H spends a lot of time putting her babies to bed, then saying "baby waked up mommy.  You turn to hold her!"  bahaha - guess this is my grandma practice.  


Asher needed a haircut so I took him to a real life New Jersey barber shop.  I feel like that's an event that needs to be documented.  Ash has really thick hair that shows every awful cut line so someone recommended I take him to a barber shop since blending is what they do best.  I can't believe I didn't think of this myself!  It's so true!  They did a great job!  


At my in-laws house they have glass doors on the bathtubs, instead of curtains.  The kids love it when I close the door so they can splash a little without getting water everywhere.  The first time I did it Asher said "wow Mommy, it's like we are animals at the zoo!"

Yes.  Exactly.


On Thursday morning I glanced out the living room window and saw a visitor in the backyard!  It was much bigger and closer than it seems to be in this picture.  Bambi was glared at us and was clearly annoyed that the flower garden was fenced off.  haha!


 This girl cracks me up - sailing the high seas at the park.  :-)

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