Have I mentioned how happy I am not to be moving this year? For what we did last year on December 16 go here. But enough about that, can we just marvel at the beauty that is our snowy front yard?
So earlier this week I recorded a yoga video, but we’re having a hard time compiling the files to make one single video… something about my husband’s fancy new camera and how it made the video in a newfangled format that is confusing to his dinosaur of a computer. Technology is superfun.
Instead of yoga (hopefully later this week) I have our view of bedtime:
We enjoyed a pool-party! Jack demonstrated his swimming skills: (floating, retrieving objects from the bottom of the pool, swimming underwater, breath-holding.) He is now working on bobbing, crawl stroke and streamline for the swimmer followers). Henry demonstrated his ability to try to do everything Jack is doing. Next on the list find a way to get Henry some swim lessons. I can teach him, I still remember my instructor training but something magical tends to happen when Mommy is NOT involved.
Wednesday was a busy, busy day.
It started with a 9:30 well-baby check up for Maggie. I was on time for this visit. Can we just marvel at the awesomeness of that for a minute? Because hauling 3 kids anywhere means I’m likely to be running late.
At Maggie’s visit we learned that she is a pixie. Maggie is 10 lbs 11oz and 22 inches. Jack and Henry were both tanks at 2 months. Maggie is destined to be in the front row of class pictures. But I was always short and skinny as a child- I don’t think I was average height until I was 16 and I’m still waiting on those boobs I was told would come in someday.
After the doctor visit we went to the farm to pick strawberries. The kids were great they stayed near me. Jack learned quickly which strawberries were good and which were yucky. He was happy to help me collect them. Henry was happy to help himself to some strawberries. I can only assume he probably ate a few iffy ones.
When we got home I put Henry and Maggie down for their nap and went to check on our garden. We have what can only be described as a ‘strawberry situation’. They have taken over (which I knew might happen) and the other things we have tried to grow were looking like they dissapeared. I was really psyched to discover our carrots are growing! We also have 4 Sugar snap pea plants and 2 Garlic plants.
The little ones were still napping and I was feeling brave so I prepped all the strawberries and enlisted Jack’s help to make jam. I prefer the water bath method (over the freezer method) because it keeps longer. Pick Your Own is a great website that I always reference when canning. The explanations are very detailed and include pictures for each step of the canning process.
I also managed to put through 3 loads of laundry.
Manic Wednesday? Yes, yes it was.
Memorial Day weekend is kind of a big deal. It reminds us of people who gave their lives to serve our country- which is too huge for words. It’s also right around my Husband and my birthday, but this weekend wasn’t a big year 31 for me, 29 for him. It’s the weekend that pools and beaches open for business. Every year we go to Ocean City, MD to visit my parents and celebrate birthdays and the start of beach season. This year was also our first long-ish car trip with 3 kiddos (one who was only 9 weeks). I have to say trying to calm a baby in a car when you are waiting for a place to safely pull over to feed/change/cuddle is not fun! But aside from some normal beach traffic and normal fussiness it was still a normal trip. Nothing like THIS ONE!
I hope your Memorial weekend was filled with fun and reflection too!
Photo Credits: All Husband.
These are my favorites. We went to the mall, so it’s certainly not fine art photography or photo journalism. But the kids are mine, and they are freeking adorable!! Check them out:
I’m loving the cuteness. I’m ashamed to admit that there was an obscene amount of bribery involved in getting these pictures. Not Jack, he’s a big old Hammy-Ham. But Henry, ohmyfreekinggod that was a challenge! Maggie? She was just happy to get a change to show off her head control, can you believe that girl? Freeking strong like Amazon!
My expectations are always kind of low with these pictures-in-the-mall places. But I’m here to tell you, be not afraid my friends. It’s not always easy or financially plausible to schedule fine-art shots. I’ve been spoiled with a photo-inclined husband (click his picture on my sidebar to link to his geeky photo blog) and an artsy-fartsy cousin-in-law who takes wicked awesome pictures at Thanksgiving for our Christmas card every year. I always wonder if the photographers the mall places really like photography, or were just looking for a job. But my low expectations lead to one super bonus: I’m often pleasantly surprised. Pleasantly surprised might be an understatement, right now I’m somewhere between “wicked psyched” and “victory dance”.
So, thank you, Mall Portrait Studio, you made my day. A special thank you to the Carousel of bribery for making Henry’s smile possible. (Yes, our mall has a carousel, and yes, I told Henry if he would smile for a picture I would let him ride the carousel.)