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. 💕

LEO

We had a Leo slumber party last weekend, capped off with a birthday brunch for Maria! Harper is still glowing. These two make my heart burst. 

 

Swim time! 😂

 “Leo you look BEAUTIFUL!”    

“Leo you look BEAUTIFUL!” 

 

Dinner poolside: 

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Tubby time! 

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So much Summer love: 

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Morning snuggle movie: 

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Morning playtime: 

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Making Maria a Bday card! 

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“Mama, me and Leo are on the way to our wedding.”  

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“Come on Leo!” 

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Birthday brunch with Maria! 

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One week of Explorers

We were worried Harper was going to be bummed because her other buddies are all in pre-K this year (this commencing her future as the oldest child in the class), but it turns out she loves being Ms. Noemi’s “Special Helper” aka Queen Bee! We should have known. 

 

She proudly tells us each day that she is helping her new friends to learn how to do Centers and use their words. Here are some pics from week 1 (also Spirit week). Off she goes! 

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Lumbs

Harper just went through the “body study” at school. One night, she told us all about her “Lumbs” during dinner. She talked about balloons filling with air. And how the balloons fill during yoga. We were so perplexed and really didn’t know what she was trying to describe, but kept asking questions. When she finally told us (with some frustration) that her LUMBS TOUCH HER BACK AND HER HEART! Her Lungs. 

The next night she looked up at me at bedtime and said, “mama we have drains in our head. You can’t see them. But we need them. Like our nose. And our ears. And mama, there are no bones in our nose.”  

Maybe we have a little doctor on our hands!  

Here she is learning the food pyramid, drawing her favorite food, and making fruit salad:

 

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TIP

Still reveling in a week of porches, playgrounds, and pontooning with this crew.  

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Also, the week was marked by many milestones, including,

First kickball: 

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First fishing: 

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First in-theater movie:

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First ice cream sundae: 

 

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First tetherball: 

 

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And, first talent show!

 

 

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Until next time, TIPark! 💕

July in Bethesda

July was an absolute blur and the lack of blogging reflects our non-stop fun and non-stop hosting. It’s been action packed in the best of ways and our house and yard have truly shined. Ive looked at darren more than once to tell him he was right about buying this house, and we’re all so grateful. 

Some snaps of the month:

World Cup:

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Stanford Reunion:

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The bar: (with Lukas and Jack! 😳) 

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Gargione fest

July has so far been a blur of fun, marked by visits from many of our favorite people. We had all of the gargiones here for our first family 4th of July, complete with the Wyngate parade, delicious Italo foods appearing at all hours of the day, home improvement projects, and the hilarity that ensues when this crowd is together:

 

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MoMo and Zio + Jack and Linda. Kindred spirits.  

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What better way to welcome the kiddies on Friday night?

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Gang’s all here!

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World cup watch:

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Projects!

 

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It’s been a few weeks, but we are still feeling the Gargione glow. ✨💕✨

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So grateful!  

18 Months

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Roycie bean,

Thank you for not minding that this is as many days late as you are months old. It’s for good reason - there’s been too much fun to be had and people to be with - but we’re grateful nonetheless. 

Your personality has exploded onto the scene in the last several months. We’ve always known you were the sweetest, happiest, most patient Fernandez, but now we see that you are also the cheery goofball of this family. You crack yourself up all day and in doing so have us constantly laughing. You “scare” us by “jumping” around the corner and exclaiming “Boo”! You bounce to music with your full body, and also bounce to imaginary music with your full body. You show us your signature “move” - a downward dog - anytime Harper decides it’s time for you both to put on a show. And you prompt us to tickle you so you can giggle and snort and throw your head back before exclaiming, “again!” 

You idolize your sister and copy her every move- whether that’s singing, dancing, coughing or crying. Your eyes gleam when you look at her. And you’re learning that you need to assert yourself around here. We’re dealing with our first major toy grabs and full-on pushes and across-the-room-body-propelled tackles. 

You are talking up a storm. The doctor says it would be natural for you to have 4 or 5 words, and you say so many things I’ve lost count! Some of my current favorites are “again!” (After tickles) “budo” (Bruno) and “oh no!” (When we see squirrels eating the bird food). You also love to call the birdies and the bunnies (with a word that sounds exactly the same) and the airplanes (with a word that sounds nothing like it.) You pick up everything like a sponge. We were eating sushi the other day and you repeated it. I realized the other night when I got to the “C” of ABC-d and the “star” of twinkle twinkle that you were singing along with me.

You are so busy. And so fast. You pride yourself on “running” (a quick leaning shuffle with your arms outstretched behind you) and you climb with the speed of a monkey - on absolutely everything. You sweep and you build and you insist on playing with wires and plugs and all of the sharp opbects you can find. We laughed all weekend with the Gargiones that you really are a mini-Max. You have your dad’s engineering brain. Other things you love include your Mickey (thanks Grandpa!), your car, your Bruno, and your Dadda. You lunge at him with your whole body.  

On the stats (which I’ve been woefully bad about recording the second time around)... you are:

2ft 8 inches tall - 35%

23 lbs 10 oz - 42%

50 cm head - 98% (no wonder all your clothes get stuck!)

You have brought so much more laughter and love into our world. We absolutely delight in you and love you so. 

 

 

 

 

 

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