365 Project – Week 20

June 28, 2015

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Oh that toothless grin!

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Sisters getting ready for storytime.

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Oh yes, every once in a while Akiva gets a turn in the baby hammock … even if he rarely bothers to take a nap.

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One baby with a side of breakfast.

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Ah, the proverbial post-yoga nap.  Linnea far prefers observing her fellow neighborhood babies to the actual yoga moves, but since she is a bit “high muscle tone” (all within the normal range), the exercises are actually quite good for her.

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If you are wondering how yoga class goes with two babies, well it helps to have a really nice teacher who likes to have a “model” baby with her.

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Linnea and dada.

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Artfully arranged by Milo.  Elephant, monkey, baby in an absurd 80s construction outfit and of course Milo’s beloved Spiderman wallpaper (credit: Target wrapping paper aisle).

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Baby stare-down.  When they both grab for the same toy, Linnea wins about 90% of the time.

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Aunt Lynn visit.

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Linnea has spent hours staring at her fish friends.  Akiva prefers the bouncer which does not move.  Both are located in the kitchen for when the babies join us for meals.

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Oh the joys of ikea.  Lots of room to play and plenty of furniture to climb on.  We were shopping for 6th birthday party favors, of course.

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Playtime showdown.

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Hello Delaware rest area pre-Thanksgiving rush, we have come for coffee.  Thankfully we were able to bring along our wonderful babysitter Bri on the drive (in lieu of Henry who came up a few days later).

365 Project – Week 19

June 28, 2015

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Yet another fine family portrait on our front steps, but this time Henry cropped out the trash can at the last minute.

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Dada snuggles, and our favorite trash can.

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Andrea has a son at Talia and Milo’s school and she is always up for an early morning snuggle.

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We beat rush hour and finally had some time on the lovely playground next to ballet.

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Mid-morning sun, post-yoga smiles.

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Laughter at the end of yoga class.

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Airplane t-shirt for the aviation museum.

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Excellent plan to bring Cheryl along to the aviation museum for extra baby snuggles.  Plus of course she also comes with her own set of twins.

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Crisp fall mornings at the park.

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Yet another absurd hat.  Obviously Kiwi loved it.

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Whoops, forgot to take any photos until bedtime.

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All ready for bed.

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Big Kiwi smiles.

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Some nights are like that.

365 Project – Week 18

June 27, 2015

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Hotel room showdown, Asheville.  Henry took a full week before starting his new job so we headed off to the mountains for a relaxing family vacation.

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Whoops, slight creative numbering here.  Late afternoon at the Asheville Botanical Gardens.

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Asheville Botanical Garden.  Photo taken directly before a rousing performance of Let it Go in the empty amphitheater by Talia and Milo.

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Trying to help Kiwi set with the assistance of many hotel pillows.  Obviously not a total success but he looks pretty happy.

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Just the type of place Asheville specializes in – an abandoned warehouse turned artists’ studio.

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Artist studios, Asheville.

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Taubman Museum in Roanoke has a very impressive interactive children’s room.  Linnea enjoyed chewing on several of their toys and also trying to eat the remnants of Talia and Milo’s collage projects.

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Tram at the Virginia Transportation Museum.  Very cool little outdoor playground.

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Hotel photo, Roanoke.  We were so tired by this point in the trip that we tried to have fast food delivered to the hotel for dinner just to avoid one more stop on the long journey North.

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Back to our own favorite playground.

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Home again, home again abd back into a favorite superhero t-shirt (favorite of Milo’s that is, Akiva being fairly agnostic about clothes entirely).

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Brothers holding hands.  On the way to class class, Mt. Rainer.

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Stroller smiles.

365 Project – Week 17

June 27, 2015

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I am not quite sure what this expression is about.

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Busy day.

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Warmly wrapped in the stroller.

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Stroller nap.

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Quick photo with dada in the morning before work.

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Halloween.  We had one forest fairy, spiderman, little red riding hood (with a dash of darth vader’s cloak), and of course Captain America (first t-shirt I ever made!).  And we had a very successful trick or treating expedition within a three block radius of our house.  As always, we made sure to include our trash cans in our family photo.

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Little red riding hood meets Darth Vader on a chilly October evening and this is the result.

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The sign behind the babies basically says it all: when driving long distances we need both cupcakes and coffee.

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And it helps if Grandpa can come last minute to meet us.

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The faintest dusting of snow.  We made it to Asheville and straight onto the Blue Ridge Parkway for a scenic drive.  Needless to say Akiva was not quite as thrilled about the snow as his older siblings.

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Snow, fall foliage, absurd blue bonnet.  Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Why yes, of course we packed the halloween costumes for extra photos on our trip.

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The many admiring comments we got on this very short hike served to either convince us that we were doing something quite impressive or made us wonder if we looked so overwhelmed that everyone was trying to cheer us on.  Henry wore Milo on his back and Akiva on his front and I carried Linnea and cajoled Talia into walking the short path from the parking lot to this beautiful waterfall.  Definitely worth it.

365 Project – Week 16

June 26, 2015

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Hanging out together on the couch.  With her statement skeptical look no less.

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Brothers playing.  Milo can always make Akiva laugh.

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Baby meet-up at the library.  One cold, rainy days we really appreciate living less than a block away from the library.

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Linnea is on a mission to get moving.  At the library baby meet-up.

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A fairy, a blue prince and a small baby in a superhero rocket pop shirt set off down the front steps …

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Of course no fairytale could be complete without a baby in an absurd bonnet.

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At the B & O Train Museum in Baltimore enroute to Lancaster County for a weekend getaway.  And looking thrilled about it, of course.

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The red caboose motel!  We did a quick weekend here last year without Henry and decided to come back with the babies and Henry in tow.  The motel is 40 or so train caboose cars parked in a field complete with petting zoo and playground.  And it is only a few minutes from all of the traditional Amish-country food and the Pennsylvania train museum.

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Red Caboose Motel playground.

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Smiling!

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Harrisburg, PA.  Used bookstore located in a historic 1920s movie theater with a huge children’s reading room.  Needless to say, we stayed for hours.

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Harrisburg, PA used bookstore.

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Looking rather dapper.

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Story time.  Seem to have forgotten to put pajamas on the fourth child.

365 Project – Week 15

June 26, 2015

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Oh that look of skepticism.  But really, many babies wear headbands.  It’s not even that absurd of a headband.

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Yeye snuggles.

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I wonder which big kid set up these toys for Akiva.

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Not crawling, but getting ready.

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Once a week Talia and Milo take the bus home from school and then we walk over to piano lessons.  A beautiful late afternoon walk.

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Something interesting up there … And yes, this is a double stroller.  But the babies just look so small in their own seats that it seems more snuggly to let them share the top seat of the stroller until they get a bit bigger.  Also it allows Milo the indulgence of not having to walk or scoot.

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Hard to tell from this photo that Christopher came all the way from London to meet Akiva and Linnea and spent much of his precious few hours in DC at our local playground.

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Linnea keeping track of all the action in the apartment from her pillow.

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Not sure why Linnea looks so sad here.

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Spiderman to the rescue!

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Late afternoon, Marion Park.

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Back from the park and just about to head in to dinner.

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Obviously some of the technology in our house could use an upgrade.

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Linnea has an incredible ability to fall asleep on the living room floor just as we are getting ready for a nap.  Not that we mind at all.

365 Project – Week 14

June 26, 2015

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The masked bandit and his sidekick make a speedy escape across our living room.

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Very surprising that Linnea managed to escape being dressed-up by her siblings.

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Nothing more relaxing than a morning swing on the porch.

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Cozy and snug in the baby hammock for a midmorning nap.

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Talia has consistently professed her interest in being a ballerina, but ballet this year was a bit of an endeavor.  We drove straight from school to the ballet and sometimes the babies were not as enthusiastic as their big sister about the drive and wait.

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Late night cooking with dada.  Akiva has always found it a challenge to go to sleep, so he often stays up later than the other kids.

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Look at that milk belly.

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The proverbial post-baby yoga nap.  Here on the yoga mat before we even left the studio.

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Some babies sleep in baby hammocks, others crash on the changing pad on the floor surrounded by a mound of cloth diapers.

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We made it to Long Island!

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Visiting Nainai on Long Island.

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Yeye snuggles in the yard.

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Nainai and pangzo.

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A Long Island tradition – the visit to the pumpkin patch.  Linnea was not all that impressed.  Maybe next year.

365 Project – Week 13

June 18, 2015

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Somehow Corinne made a white backdrop look great for the babies – not so much sure here.  But needless to say, a very expressive Akiva.

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Take the photo before the baby lists any further.

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Park time.

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Marion Park, late afternoon.

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Just a friendly pat pat at the park.

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Park!

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Sisters.

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Poor baby in the most absurd of outfits.

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Patriotic onesie, green grass, soft blanket.  Fall.

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Late Friday afternoon at Turkey Thicket park.  This is part of a model train in the playground.

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Pajama time.

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Early evening snuggles.

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Just getting ready for storytime.

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Slightly skeptical.

365 Project – Week 12

June 12, 2015

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Clay class, Art Works in Mt. Rainier.  Baby was removed from the table before slab rolling began.

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Getting ready to jump into clay class.

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Linnea quite likes her fish friends in the swing.  Some people were skeptical of the need for a bouncer or swing in every room, but this swing resides in the kitchen and sees quite a bit of use.

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Fall days, back porch armchair.

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Grandma time!  The babies first Rosh Hashanah in Durham.

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What a welcome at the airport.  As seems to be our family tradition, the kids and I drove down to Durham.  And Henry flew, which I hear can be quite pleasant and even allow an hour or so for leisurely reading.

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Fancy dress, all ready to head off to childrens services at synagogue.

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Our good friends from college drove from Charlotte to come meet the babies and join us for dinner.  Not pictured in this oddly cropped photo: the sweet baby bump which suggests Akiva and Linnea have a new friend on the way.

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Art appreciation at the Nasher with Grandpa.  A good museum for a quick visit with kids.

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Some babies of course opted to skip the Miro exhibit.

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Oh the big sibling love during a trip to the Museum of Life and Science!  Lunch with Ian before we headed off to dig up more dinosaur bones.

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Observing all of the excavations in the dinosaurs exhibit.

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Welcome to Virginia rest area on the drive North.  The expression is perhaps a bit premature – we were only about an hour into the drive at this point.

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Road trip face.  Really, sometimes they sleep in the car.  And anyway, always worth it to visit Grandma and Grandpa.

365 – Week 11

June 12, 2015

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There is something about the light in the studio at Talia and Milo’s clay class which makes for good portraits.  You would think from the photo that this is a gorgeous studio but it in fact has concrete floors and large fluorescent lights.  Also, only accessible by stairs which means both babies get woken up on our way inside.

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And obviously some babies wish they could have napped a little longer.

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Lounging on the front stairs.

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Different baby, same pose.

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Late afternoon games and Talia snuggles.

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Snuggles and perhaps a bit of skepticism.

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It is pretty impressive to pull off this serious a face in an alien t-shirt.

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Dada is off to work and then the grumbles start.

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One huge perk of being the youngest is awesome dresses raided straight from the dolls clothes bin and leisurely afternoons at the park.  Here at Turkey Thicket (and yes those huge barrels are part of the playground decor.  Not sure why).

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Turkey Thicket playground, Friday afternoon.

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Oh the grins!

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The stare down.

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A very adventurous trip to AnneMarie Sculpture Garden in Solomons, MD.  Lots of lovely outdoor sculptures and comfy armchairs for resting.  Not pictured: the bug and burr-covered beach nightmare afterwards as we braved a new state park and immediately regretted the choice.

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We like to start them young on art appreciation.  AnneMarie Sculpture Garden in Solomons, MD.


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