365 Project – Week 2

July 28, 2014

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Grandma and the proud Sandek Michael at the bris.

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Why yes, all four children did wear coordinating outfits made for the naming. It turns out that a bonus two weeks of pregnancy leaves plenty of time for last minute projects. Talia loves her matching dress and has requested “hundreds more.” Milo had to be bribed with lox and fruit to put on his coordinating shirt.

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On a lovely sunny day we set out on a stroll with the stated goal of taking a photo for the birth announcement. Two blocks away we realized it was way too hot and muggy to go for a walk and the nursing mama desperately needed some water, and just as we were about to turn back empty handed we stumbled upon our neighbor’s very lovely stone steps.

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Really, no idea why the neighbors stop to stare at us photographing our babies on the steps.

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The birthing center in NYC strongly discouraged washing babies at birth for a variety of reasons. Obviously we took their message to heart because neither baby was bathed until the ripe age of ten days old. Never fear though, both Talia and Milo were highly enthusiastic to help with the bath which will probably mean far more frequent bathing in the future. You should also note here the “decoration wall” specifically made to welcome the babies home.

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Lounging on the couch in their coordinating French pajamas post-bath.

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Awake and alert.

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Snoozing.

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Lazy afternoons in the sun.

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Garfield Park in the late afternoon.

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Enjoying the late afternoon sun.

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Talia and Akiva.

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Talia and Linnea snuggling in bed.

365 Project – Week 1

July 24, 2014

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Home at last. There was a colossal thunderstorm just as we attempted to leave the hospital and we landed up waiting for quite a while, but it was worth the wait when we spotted the enormous double rainbow which spread across DC. Talia proposed that we recite Shecheyanu, which lead to a conversation about all of the firsts the babies would encounter this year. And Milo cleverly proposed that we could say Shecheyanu for their very first TV show, which he would be happy to select for them that very evening (Jake for the record). Sadly the babies have yet to see an episode of Jake.

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Of course, they did get plenty of attention when they got home. Talia requested that we print this photo so she could bring it to camp the next day and show her friends. It had pride of place on the wall for the rest of the week.

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Couch time.

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Contemplative time on the couch in one of Talia’s newborn sleepers.

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Best attempt to take a photo for the naming invitation. Two sets of open eyes is obviously too much to ask for at this point.

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There is no dispute as to who is the louder of the two.

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Evenings in the bassinet upstairs.

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Sister snuggles. Talia seems to be a bit peeved that Linnea actually naps during the day so it is with great enthusiasm that she gets to hold her after trying to wake her multiple times.

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Our first visitors from NYC come to meet the babies.

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Out for a walk in the neighborhood we stop at a favorite local church to take a few photos in the grass.

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Both babies already find the stroller a relaxing place to nap, and the soft grass even more so.

And our new project … 365 days of babies!

July 24, 2014

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Introducing Akiva. 8 lbs 14 ozs. Arrived at 7:19 am on July 7th.

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Introducing Linnea. 6 lbs 5 ozs. Arrived toes first at 7:25 am on July 7th. Both featured in standard issue hospital blankets which we did not even bother to steal this time around.

Hawaii!

June 30, 2014

At the very end of February we took a most incredible trip to Hawaii as our last travel as a family of four. We stayed with Matt and Beth and their three children and the trip was incredibly relaxing. We of course took thousands of photos, and Matt added a couple hundred more, but you have to start somewhere. A few highlights from Hawaii:

We stayed in cabins on the beach at an Air Force base about 20 minutes from Beth’s house:

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Lots and lots and lots of shaved ice. Enough shaved ice that we were recognized more than once as repeat customers. Shaved ice is an excellent treat on a hot day:

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This is the very best photo of all 5 children together:

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Serious conversations with friends:

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And a different beach adventure every day:

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Museums and sightseeing in Honolulu:

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And if you are wondering, yes the tiara was carefully packed and carried from the East Coast to Hawaii. Milo also packed his super-hero (supergirl to some) costume.

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And it turns out that the famous Waikiki beach is not all that crowded if you wait until almost sunset to arrive:

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Plus a big 3rd birthday celebrated with a hike and a first haircut on the beach:

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And of course a train ride on the Pineapple Express where Milo was astounded that the train not only knew his name but announced his birthday:

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Followed by a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake shared with friends:

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Plus a private tour of a sunken island so exhausting that almost no children made it ashore awake:

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And a very neat hike along an abandoned highway:

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Milo and Becky Sue enjoying the ride. These two have birthdays only a week apart and it is very neat to watch them together. And the good news is that they are coming by the East Coast this summer to visit before they head back to Japan:

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A few photos from our many visitors this spring

June 29, 2014

Unfortunately two lovely sets of photos are missing completely from this post. Shortly after both a weekend visit from Ying Mama and her daughter (Talia and Milo’s childcare provider in NYC) and Nadine and Terry we lost our camera, never to be seen again. And that folks, is why you should always download your photos after taking them. But at least we still have the photos from Grandma Evelyn’s visit over Memorial Day and Yeye and Nainai’s first trip to see our adorable DC set-up.

Storytime with Grandma:

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And a new train conductor-engineer outfit for Milo:

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And a lovely stroll to the National Gallery with Yeye and Nainai. In front of the Library of Congress:

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The Pyramids between the East and West wing:

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And inside the museum:

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Of course we needed ice cream after all of that walking (even if we did take the subway home because it is after all uphill):

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More from the very long and snowy winter

June 29, 2014

Our local playground in the snow:

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And of course the National Mall:

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And practicing our skating on the ice:

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On the particular Sunday pictured above we walked down to the Mall, skated around a bit, headed into the National Gallery and spent a good half hour riding the moving sidewalks downstairs while the adults sipped coffee and then headed home having not so much as stuck our head into a gallery. But the kids always appreciate the moving sidewalk.

Pittsburgh in December

June 28, 2014

Talia had a most incredible trip with her Yeye and Nainai to celebrate her 5th birthday, and the rest of the family decided to head over to Falling Water and Pittsburgh for a weekend getaway. I was a bit skeptical of the drive for an overnight trip, but it turns out that with only one (still rear-facing) child in the backseat things were remarkably quiet. Falling Water notoriously does not allow children on tours, but they do have a rather passable cafeteria and play area so we just took turns going into the house. Milo enjoying this architectural gem from the far side of the river:

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And in Pittsburg we were delighted to stumble upon the very first Lozziwurm installation in the United States just outside the Carnegie Museum of Art. Milo was a fan despite a few patches of slush and snow on the ground:

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We also enjoyed the playground exhibit inside the Carnegie 2013, and then we were off to visit a local bookstore and of course explore the Cathedral of Learning at Pitt:

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Add in a lovely brunch, some fabric shopping, pizza for dinner and a nice Indian restaurant on the way out of town and it was a very successful weekend.

And a few more from the winter … end of the semester ballet recital

June 28, 2014

We are trying to stick with one activity per child at a time, and Talia has been remarkably consistent in picking ballet. These photos are from her end of the semester parent observation at the Russian ballet academy. She has since moved on to the Wash.ington Ballet, in large part because the class times and location were better. I should also note that Henry took an epic journey to join us for this recital – running in at the very last minute after traversing most of the city.

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And a few shots from after the recital:

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A very wintry pool birthday party

June 27, 2014

Last year Grandma Evelyn had the brilliant idea of celebrating her December birthday with a pool party. We chose Richmond as a pretty good midway point and an excellent time was had by all.

The birthday girl at the Richmond Art Museum:

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And our very favorite spinning red chairs in the lobby:

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And the whole crowd including Michael upstairs:

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And of course the pool party itself:

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There was an explanation for the umbrellas, but I can’t quite remember it …

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Just yesterday we were at the skating rink …

June 27, 2014

Okay, so these photos are from January and February but it turns out that Talia and Milo quite like ice skating. And there is even an outdoor rink in our neighborhood which offers very sweet lessons. Talia was one of three girls in her section, one of whom happens to be our neighbor.

From Long Island in January with Nainai (this rink overlooks the harbor and is really pretty):

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And from Canal Park here in our neighborhood:

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