Sunday, January 21

worse than squirrels

September 1
Always scary to see these two behind the wheel.

September 2
Great Wolf Lodge
We were gifted an overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge. Leena took it very seriously. She rode the big kid water slides all by herself.

September 3
Front Yard
Stupid human tricks: toddler and dad edition.

September 4
Back Yard
Neighborhood Labor Day potluck. If we ever think about moving, this is the main reason not to.

September 5
Look at that form. Dad has taught her well. (I know little about tool-holding form. But the screwdriver is touching the screw so it must be right.)

September 6
Phoenix, AZ
Andy is at a cancer prevention symposium for firefighters for a couple days.

September 7
Camelback Mountain
Phoenix, AZ
He's taking advantage of sunrises and mountains with Peter. How romantic.

St. Matt's
Richmond, VA
Meanwhile, the kids and I are going to an open house at school so Leena can meet her new teachers and Edwin can see his classroom. We found his hook and a blue ball so he wouldn't look at me.

September 8
Driving Phoenix to Nogales, Mexico
Andy and Peter road tripping to visit college buds.

Kids and I getting restless at home so we (by we, I mean I) decided to road trip to New York to visit high school buds and post-college buds. Because when you're far apart, you might as well get farther.

September 9
Desjardin House
A quiet game of chess is only possible when you're thousands of miles away from your kids.

Taking a touristy photo and reminiscing about the old days when Jeta lived in DUMBO and nobody else did. (The kids are in the stroller facing the wall.)

September 10
San Xavier Mission
Tucson, AZ
You do you. Andy is spending Sunday morning in a beautiful historic church.

Prospect Park
I'm spending Sunday morning having bagels in the park with dear friends before the drive home. Both fulfill the soul.

September 11
St. Matt's
They held hands as they walked down the hall and it melted my heart. So thankful for smiling faces and an easy drop off on their first day!

Then they looked super cute playing outside in the afternoon.

September 12
Andy made a cheeseboard for a client. It's a relatively small project, but it's a great feeling to use the shop for it's intended purpose.

September 13
Carter Mountain
Annual apple picking with the Bott's on a beautiful fall day. We mostly do it for the rotten apple throwing contest and the donuts at the end. Fresh apples off the tree are also nice.

September 14
Lewis Ginter
Strolling through the garden like normal people.

September 15
Front Yard
I'd say she perfected getting the popsicle juice at the end over the summer.

September 16
Front Yard
An army of swallowtail caterpillars came to our garden this year. That's right, a group of caterpillars is called an army, not a fleet, which was my guess before googling.

September 17
A little disappointed when we went inside to the kid area and it was completely re-done and geared toward older children. But the lawn/outdoor space at the art museum is also very entertaining.

September 18
Living Room
Cutest dinosaur drinking milk I ever saw.

September 19
If Edwin were a girl. Oh wait, his hair is just long and we have to get it out of his face at meal time.

September 20
Lewis Ginter
Talking to the fish and turtles.

September 21
Front Yard
Pretty fuzzy purple flowers in the flower bed. That's all I got.

September 22
Bryan Park
Celebrating five years of marriage with some family time. I think Leena's face captures how we all feel about it.

September 23
The Diamond
Street Art Festival. Why not paint cool murals at the baseball stadium?

September 24
Otter Cove
Kids and Andy having a river day and a cool boat ride.

Living Room
Mom having a craft day and making Edwin's Maui costume for Halloween. Yep, took all day to draw on this onesie with sharpie. I loved it.

September 25
Back Yard
Pretty much our afternoon routine when it's hot out: naked pool time for the kids, open a brewski for the mom.

September 26
Front Yard
We never got any tomatoes because the kids would pick them and eat them before we had a chance to stop them. Even when they were green. They are worse than squirrels.

September 27
Back Yard
Just checking on dad after nap/quiet time.

September 28
Across the Street
Playing with Charlie the dog.

September 29
Living Room
After bath animals.

September 30
Gallmeyer Farms
I love all the fall festivities: pumpkin patches, hay rides, mazes. It's my favorite season. (And then the holidays start and that's my new favorite season.)

Tuesday, October 17

tootin' around

August 1
Our annual visit from Tim and Holly usually involves a trip to the garden. What can we say? It's nice and when you've been friends for fifteen years it doesn't really matter what you do.

August 2
Pocahontas State Park
A morning well spent at the pool. I love watching Andy play with the kids and the kids play with Andy. They all act the same.

August 3
Andy took the kids for a morning walk so I could sleep in a little. I would've almost skipped sleeping to see this cuteness.

Front Porch
But then I got to see this cuteness later on. Maybe my new favorite photo of all time.

August 4
Near Laburnum probably
Hood ornaments. Spotted while on the job.

August 5
Cronk House
Babies meeting babies and showing affection the only way they know how. Ear pulling, nose biting, and pinching.

August 6
Just laying with a ladle on the floor half under a 500 pound butcher block. Whatever makes you happy.

August 7
Cyborg Room
Their new favorite spot to squeeze in to. It's obviously funnier when Leena does it because she's bigger and nearly gets stuck.

August 8
Getting ready for an epic road trip/LuLaRoe Party to/in Little Rock. By myself. With the kids. He's helping me load the car.

August 9
Casey Jones Village
Jackson, TN
Edwin, the conductor. But I'm going to toot my own horn for a minute: We left Richmond at 3:30 in the morning, have only stopped for meals, and have not turned the iPad on yet (it's approximately 5:30 pm). We made it to Little Rock at 8:30 pm. Toot!

August 10
Mexican Restaurant
Little Rock, AR
Silas and Leena reunited. They are cute. When they aren't getting at each other.

August 11
Bud and Angie's
Family cookout. These visits home are made complete when I get to see my extended family.

August 12
Terri and Mike's "Back Yard"
Me, taking a selfie out back, after a successful day of LuLaRoe parties with some of my cousins!

August 13
Hot Springs, AR
Leena refuses to wear the pink bib (she always chooses blue). So I couldn't help it with his hair. It's too long to not hang in his eyes, but too short to go behind his ears. He makes a really cute girl too.

August 14
Hot Springs National Park
Exploring the sights while Edwin sleeps in the car. It's fun to play tourist in a place you've been to many times before.

August 15
The Arlington
Again, touristing in downtown Hot Springs. With Kiki.

The Aquarium
The giant turtle doing a walk about. We weren't sure if he was real. Then he walked. Then we weren't sure if he was supposed to be out of his cage. Then we read the sign. All is well.

King Kone
Overposting for the day. But watching Edwin eat his first ice cream cone by himself was epic. From the folds of his neck down to his toes.

August 16
Lake Hamilton
This guy floating on his back like a pro.

August 17
Alligator farm
Couldn't resist checking out this spot. Both kids fed the alligators, the donkeys, the emus, the goats. It was awesome.

August 18
Sheri's Dock
Spent the morning at Mom's friend's house and dock. It was great to spend some time at the lake with my kids the same way I did nearly every weekend when I was growing up.

August 19
Jim's Boat
Tootin' around the lake on our last day of vacation.

August 20
somewhere, TN
On the road again. Another 3:30 am departure. At approximately 6:00 am, something hit my windshield (I think it was a bird) and cracked it. That's just a side story. We pulled off for breakfast a bit later and luckily found a play place.

August 21
We finished up the last four hours of our drive and went straight to the fire station to see Andy. And then pretty much got home and loaded up the stroller to go to the garden in time to enjoy the near total solar eclipse with some friends (and strangers).

August 22
Finally sharing kid duties (and a bed) with my spouse again.

August 23
Front Yard
Leena's photo in the morning. Titled: Edwin standing in a wagon.

Andy's photo in the afternoon. Titled: Edwin sitting in a different wagon.

August 24
Warner's House
Leena's photo again. Titled: Mom sitting on the ground.

August 25
Back Yard
A visit from the Wikler's definitely calls for lighting up the fire pit and having s'mores! Suzy Lynn is way better at smiling when asked to for photos.

August 26
Niche Studio
Leena getting her first haircut while I do a pop-up sale in a neighboring studio.

August 27
Three Chopt Recreation
Like zombies going for brains. Except they are just little boys going for big sister/cousin's ice cream.

August 28
Arc Park
Fashion show? No, just toddler dress yourself day.

August 29
Duck Blind
Window trim!

August 30
Willow Lawn
A little cousin play date while shopping.

August 31
Just now catching up on all the laundry from our trip to Arkansas.