We took two weeks off. For the first time in I don’t know how long. We stayed at a farm in Lancaster, met Thomas the train, rode amusement park rides, and did all the monkey bars and slides and bike rides and fishing and boating and ice cream eating and frolicking that could be done in the Thousand Islands. Feeling so grateful.
MoMo and Zio came down and hung out with the kids while we golfed, dined, lounged and slept on a quick little bday/babymoon overnight. We indulged in…
Lazy meals with no schedule…
Beautiful stores with breakable items…
Super fancy dinner…
…and lazy rainy Scrabble!
It was an absolute gift.
And meanwhile, happy happy kids at the home front:
We are so grateful! And glad to be back home. ❤️❤️❤️
Proud girl, proud mama
When we knocked on the door, as has become the custom, to see if Kaden could play…
He was home! And available for bike riding! (Kiara too)
AND we found the ice cream truck. Basically all of Harper’s dreams came true.
We welcomed spring several weeks ago with a hilarious and wonderful weekend with the Gargiones. What a treasure this family is!
… and the boys kept busy starting the conversion of the attic into a nursery! I wish we had more “before” pictures of the rest of the interior of the house. Better late than never to start keeping track! And some Maxie love.
I was reminded again that Mother’s Day weekend is really one of my favorites of the whole year. We kicked it off with Muffins with Moms on Friday.
I continue to be astounded by Harper’s transformation from toddler to little girl right before our eyes.
Saturday started with a neighborhood stroll and playground hang with our new little friend Ali
… followed by gymnastics where I watched Harper make the unilateral decision to take herself into the higher beam. After getting halfway up, she asked the instructor for help and was told to wait as the class would try that one next. The instructor turned around and I watched her little wheels spin: “I won’t draw attention to myself again.” And, up she went…
We took an impromptu rainy trip to the Baltimore aquarium on Sunday after homemade breakfast, presents and flowers.
Our afternoon was spent with a scooter trip around the block, family hot tub fun (set at bath water temp to accommodate munchkin #3) and movie time snuggles with both kids vying to take up as much physical space on top of me as possible.
I went to bed thinking about how nervous I was to become a mom, scared mostly about how to juggle work and family. I never knew motherhood would bring me so much pure happiness. Feeling very grateful for the weekend spent at home with our little fam before heading off to SF for the week on business. And, now that I’m finally, FINALLY not nauseous all the time, also actually have some room to be excited about what’s to come.
“Summie, wanna taste?!”
For four days!!
We’ve been holding it together, all thanks to Elsabe:
Though tonight, there was a deep sigh from Harper when things started coming off the rails in roycie’s room at bedtime:
“Well, now we’re feeling the trouble with dada away.”
Followed by, in her room,
“How many years is it going to be before dada is home?! Why do I always have to be a helper when dada is away and I don’t have to do that when you are away? I want to be comfy and I don’t want to pick up all of the things!”
One more day. And she’s right: it’s dog years.
Wish us luck!
So much magic for these little ones this year with so many of our nearest and dearest in NJ and PA. And outdoor frolicking at the absolutely gorgeous Ray home and Longwood Gardens. Our little trip was a great reminder that even just four days away as a family is enough to inject some new special memories and soak up some extra QT with our munchkins. It was just the extra dose of snuggling, laughter, and nature we all needed.
…we came back with a handful of loved and awesome Hess trucks and some great new memories!
We had a bit of a false start on week one of MSI soccer. We arrived in the sunshine all excited to start this fun chapter and took a pic to mark the occasion…
only to have Harper get psyched out pretty early on and come off the field in tears.
After a good deal of build up for week two “Mama, Mateo is coming and he might be shy so I’m going to have to show him what we do,” our confident girl re-emerged and had a blast! And we are off and running (quite literally) on our first spring sports season.