Weekend in Pictures

Saturday morning movie snuggles... 

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Gymnastics, aka stuffed animal hoarding  

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Impromptu Isa hang! 

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All important SAUCE delivery to Jack and Linda: 

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Complete with a Max Gargione circa 1992 cameo: 

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(And muscles) 

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Sunday brunch with Gladys, which prompted the most beaming, adoring smiles from Harper. She loves her so so much.  

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A little sass...

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And... Valentine-making!

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(She’s suddenly 12.) 

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Sweet bedtime moments

We’ve had a chaotic week with snow days and routines turned upside down and training Elsabe. The kids have been flipping from sheer excitement and glee (“Snow!!”) to epic meltdown on a dime. 

Then I turned around in Harper’s room the other night and found her singing like this to Roycie.  It felt like a magical moment. 

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And the next night, Mickey and Minnie storytime: 

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💗💗💗 

Christmas Highlights

We have been spoiled with visits, gifts, food and laughs with so many of our nearest and dearest this holiday season. And we even managed to squeeze in a visit to the Griffins. We are full, happy and grateful. And we are embarking on the journey of convincing Harper and Roycie that gifts and treats don’t appear every day in real life :).

On to 2019! 

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Roycie

Kicking off 2019 with a renewed Vimeo subscription at long last now that I sat down and sorted it out, and the best Roycie video of all time:

 

2018 was full, hectic, and so much fun. In 2019 I hope to carve out some more time in the quiet right here. We’ll see how I do. We’ve learned to fully embrace the chaos! 

 

December

First post of December. 

We have gone on a whirlwind trip to South Africa and back again. Uncle Shaun died suddenly from a heart attack nearly three weeks ago and we were on a plane 36 hours later. 

These little guys were all stars, all things considered, but the travel really did leave us flattened. It was an amazing and wonderful thing to be with family and the kids got some surprise sunshine and major cousin bonding out of the trip, but we will not be taking the JNB-IAD flight via Ghana again any time soon. It turns out a 17 hour flight with a three hour delay is JUST TOO LONG to be on an aircraft with these munchkins. Tears were shed in Dulles. They were mine. 

We are jetlagged and wiped out but grateful and thankful for our people. And for Shaun and all of the amazing things he passed on to Darren (like his love for building, love for family, love for meats, and love for water polo).


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Definitely related! 

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💕💕💕 

Thankful

Our first Thanksgiving hosting on Conway Road was a delight! Freezing Berry bowl, new stuffing and cranberry recipes, Harper’s foray into tableskaping, Darren’s double bird challenge, and lots of QT with Grambie, Lukas, neighbors and friends. It turns out four days feels like a whole lot when you just. stay. put.

We are full and happy. ❤️

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Four

Well, your birthday season has concluded my girl. We had a “camping” party with Leo, a small birthday dinner with neighbors and Grambie, and a play date with your buddies from your old class at school - your “Voyager play date.” You’ve had cakes and cupcakes and donuts and more cakes. You’ve opened a parade of gifts spanning over a week and have been showered by so much love by all of your biggest fans.  

And you deserve it! Your exuberance makes everyone smile around you, always. You are outgoing and loving and funny and in charge. You are the most full-hearted big sister, taking Royce’s hand into yours and leading him around the house or the block and just this morning showing him how to “practice” using the potty. You know the names of every single person you’ve ever met, and you report details to all of the parents at school, who tell us you are their main source of information. 

You love to dance and climb and flip and swim. You are brave and strong and fearless. You are precocious and affectionate and you take care of everyone - your pals at school when they are sad, your brother, your puppy. You have collected more best friends than most of us amass in a lifetime. 

You have style and sass and spunk. And you will do big things in this world.  

We are so lucky you’re ours.  

This is four. 

Love,

mama

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Whirlwind

Lots of work, lots of play, lots of travel and no time for blogging over the past several weeks. To recap: 

We welcomed the fall and kicked off birthday month with gymnastics, pedicures, and pumpkins with the Griffins!

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I jetted off to California for nearly a week-long work trip, where we squeezed in some hang time with the Reas...

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And capped things off with a weekend of fun in the sun in Carmel for a friend’s wedding. It’s amazing how many activities can be accomplished in the span of one 7am - 3 pm stretch when there are no diaper bags, naps, or car seats involved!

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And the wedding in the Redwoods was an insanely gorgeous reunion with old friends.  

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Meanwhile, at the homefront, the kids had the absolute best time with the Onder’s for an overnight AND the Sklaburtons for a weekend fun fest (how lucky are we?!): 

 

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Someone is a little unhappy about Leo having a turn at the wheel 😂. 

Someone is a little unhappy about Leo having a turn at the wheel 😂. 

Needless to say, all I want to do is snuggle these little ones for the next few days, but I’m instead flying to Chicago tomorrow morning for work. It’s a quick trip but feels exponentially hard. I’m counting down until Thursday when I’m back and getting us ready for the birthday celebrations to come. 💕