365 Project – Week 23

May 30, 2016

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Morning light in the living room.

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Linnea was thrilled to be back at clay class at Art Works.

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It is good to have siblings who can help with all that wrapping paper.  Happy Birthday Talia!

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Chill dude.

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All dressed up and ready to mug for the camera.

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And at the same time, Kiwi was perhaps a bit underdressed for Bri’s visit.

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Chilling.

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Tummy time.

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Enjoying the Christmas trains at the Botanical Gardens.

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Seed room at the Botanic Garden.  Baby in a flower.  Classic.

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And here we’ve sneak in another Botanic Garden photo because it is so classic.  Baby in a log staring at the Christmas trains.

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Lily’s birthday party.  Babies are rather cautious around dogs.

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365_L (159)Grandma and Michael came to celebrate Grandma’s birthday in DC.

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Luba saves the night by coming to snuggle Kiwi while I drive back and forth to the hospital (Milo had an asthma attack, his first ever).  I of course had no pumped milk so the night was a bit of a mess as I had to go back and forth every 3 hours while Henry got the joy of an overnight in the hospital, but we all made it through.  And of course both Talia and Linnea picked up stomach bugs in the half hour they hung out in the ER waiting room.

 

365 Project – Week 22

May 30, 2016

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Oh the drool and the delicious jelly belly.

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Naptime in the hammock.

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Hat!

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Morning coffee with Andrea.  We have routinely already done our grocery shopping and got coffee by 8 am on school mornings.

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Getting ready for bed with dada.  Let’s be honest, this is probably hours past bedtime.  Kiwi is not exactly the world’s best sleeper.

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Morning cat nap.

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Kiwi hanging out with his soon-to-arrive friend T.  And of course appreciating all of Elaine’s wisdom about twins.

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Playtime with friends.

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Cheryl snuggles!

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Pondering life.

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Just being happy.

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Sometimes you get the photo you were imagining, sometimes you don’t.

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Nothing posed about this photo.

365 Project – Week 21

May 30, 2016

Well only a year and a half late, but no reason not to jump right in to our 365 project.  Once I get these photos up I have oodles of cute photos from the past year which also include Talia and Milo.  I obviously got stuck because we have a few days out of order here and due to our entirely incoherent back-up system it is hard to confirm the actual photo date as opposed to the name we saved it under.

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141L365_L (141)Long Island at last!

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Big brother love at the Delaware rest area.  And of course a helping hand from Bri.

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Slightly skeptical of life in the beautifully manicured ‘burbs.

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Bathtime with Nainai.

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Hat!  Just getting ready for winter.

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Wrestling match in the living room at Yeye and Nainai’s.

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Thanksgiving snuggles.  And new matching outfits.

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And here we are with the matching Thanksgiving outfits.

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Home again and enjoying the fall foliage at Garfield Park.  Well at least some of us were enjoying the fall foliage.  (Probably some chronology issues here – will check dates)

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All dressed up at Yeye and Nainai’s.

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A real nap to celebrate our return in the hammock.

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Oh no, Akiva did not escape the fall leaves.

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Happy baby with just a hint of a friar hair cut.

A sunny fall day

November 27, 2015

and since chronology is seriously overrated, just a few lovely photos from a beautiful fall day.  We have lived a few miles from Mt. Vernon for quite a while now but never splurged on the steep entrance fee.  Henry was gifted a set of tickets and I definitely think we’ll go back.

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Outfit credit goes to Liz.   Main steps of Mt. Vernon.

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There was some type of 3D photo exhibit around the estate.  Needless to say the 3D glasses were very popular.

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And of course, baskets!

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And then we left the idyllic rolling hills of Mt. Vernon and went to our favorite hole-in-the-wall Indian buffet behind McDonalds.

Attempt One at Our New Years’ Photos

November 27, 2015

was not exactly a raving success.  But here are a few lovely outtakes (thankfully no sound on these photos, one child in particular was rather displeased with the whole process).  From Roosevelt Island, taken by our lovely neighbor Allison (and her three very well-behaved children):

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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.


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