Friday, September 15

unlimited supply of dum dums

July 1
Being really American in our stars and stripes and being really cute without trying.

July 2
Front Yard
Giant bubbles for the semi-win. As in, kept the kids busy while cookies were in the oven, but it was difficult for the little hands to be steady enough with the wand.

July 3
Front Yard
I'm going to go ahead and say that watermelon season is the best season, as far as these two are concerned.

July 4
Debated several festive activities, but sometimes (okay, frequently) the easy option wins. So we packed up our stroller and walked across the street and had a lot of fun.


July 5
Cyborg Room
Edwin's size didn't overlap with US Marshall blazer season so we used a rainy day as an excuse to let him wear it.

July 6
Yahtzee in bed (and that is a Yahtzee!) with the husband. Probably as close to a date night as we've had in awhile.

July 7
Cultural outing. But then it turned out the play area was closed so we took a decent walk to a playground in the Fan. Overall, good morning!

July 8
Otter Cove
Seems fitting that Ducky bought a giant duck. Leena is pretty skeptical unless it is in the grass. It took a lot to get her up there.

Meanwhile Andy and Henrico Station 7 are helping City of Richmond fight some fire. I think they look a little too excited to be standing next to a red engine.

July 9
Back Yard
First s'more roasting of the summer! And Leena's first time to roast by herself!

(Her dress is on backward. Oops.)

July 10
I don't even know why we are at the doctor but I'm sure it has something to do with Edwin's millionth ear infection. (Leena insisted on wearing knee socks even though it was 97 degrees.)

July 11
Duck Blind
Getting an Ikea closet installed is no joke. Even when it is just a few pieces. We survived and didn't even yell at each other. So consider it another successful date night.

July 12
Edwin's Room
Fell asleep in the car. Moving him was enough of a risk so I definitely wasn't going to try to take his shoes off.

Then he woke up and was hungry.

July 13
Duck Blind
Tile work getting done. Check.

July 14
Crump Park
Friends at the park. Even though they don't look it at all.

Tile work nearly complete.

July 15
Living Room
Leena got a hold of my phone and took this beauty. I will say, her pictures are beginning to have purpose rather than just ceilings and floors. Still the occasional 157 photo burst though.

July 16
Front Yard
Jumping. Over and over. And brother could care less.

July 17
Twin Hickory
Splash padding.

July 18
Front Porch
Sharing popsicle-eating tips, especially when it comes to getting the juice out at the end.

July 19
Leena's Room
Naps are harder to come by these days so if she passes out in the middle of her floor, fine by me!

July 20
Front Porch
After a cancelled flight and an unexpected day at home, I'm off to Denver for a Roller weekend. Meanwhile, back home everyone is enjoying after dinner popsicles.

July 21
Continental Divide
Boulder, CO
Hiking with my high school besties = the best. We are all staring at Tucker and I have a death grip on her harm because she just lost her balance and almost went over the edge.

July 22
Denver, CO
I don't remember what the brewery was called, but it was obviously fate because this mural was on the wall. That's an "r" in sign language. It's also the Roller symbol we gave ourselves many years ago.

July 23
Donnelly House
Westminster, CO
All the other Rollers have left for home but I've got one more day. So I met my cousin-nephew David Larkus and hung out with Pam. Nothing beats a vacation where you get to see/spend quality time with so many people you love.

July 24
Smith House
Paeonian Springs, VA
As I fly back across the country, Andy hangs with his cousin and all our kids hang together. They had a wild time on the farm!

July 25
Here we are again for the summer of ear infections for Edwin. Leena doesn't mind because it's basically meant an unlimited supply of Dum Dums.

July 26
Cyborg Room
Trying to get a passport photo for Andy and failing miserably. Instead he's making fun of his daughter's goofy teeth and scoring a nice family photo.

July 27
Just some East End signage Andy photographed while on the job. It's kind of a one-stop shop. Depending on your needs...

July 28
Twin Hickory
What happens inside the tube.

July 29
Bott House
Kids get their first music lessons and they both are real taken. We will be sending them over regularly for violin, ukulele, guitar, and piano lessons from here on out. Let me know if I left anything out. Oh, accordion!

July 30
Otter Cove
Family dinner after a long hard day of playing and soaking up the sun. Leena nodded off at the table.

July 31
Alice, the goat whisperer, and Edwin, the goat runner-away from.

Tuesday, July 25

let the bat saga begin

June 1
Brown's Island
Little baby geese keeping our attention for quite some time.

June 2
St. Matthew's Preschool
It's no joke I have a bad memory so I'm only 90% sure this was the from the play date at Leena's preschool.

June 3
Ashland Strawberry Festival
Leena got in a firetruck, rode a pony, ate a sucker, and got a balloon. Pretty much every two year old's fantasy.

June 4
A new installation of Live Art at the garden and all the kids loved this butterfly sculpture.

June 5
Duck Blind
Installing flooring, one small piece at a time.

June 6
Watching the Bott's is the perfect excuse to walk five kids to the corner convenience store and get a cold treat on a sweltering day.

June 7
Finding a match for my cousin's new Amelia! It's a fun game to play.

June 8
Otter Cove
When Leena asks Bunker for a toadstool, Bunker stops what he's doing and makes Leena a toadstool.

June 9
Otter Cove
And when Lydia asks Bunker to help her work out a design for a clothing rack, Bunker stops everything he's doing and builds her a prototype. Lucky.

June 10
Schell House
When you go to a birthday party and ask more than one adult for a dessert. This kid has it figured out. Next thing she'll start working on is her sneak factor.


June 11
Kitchen Table
The latest craze in toddler activity at our house: "Draw Moana." "Draw Maui." "Draw Hei Hei." "Draw a boat." "Draw the heart." "Draw Gramma." I think you get the idea.

June 12
Boehmer-Heimer Country Club
Making sure Buzz gets enough water. As in, she was lifting his head and telling him to drink.

June 13
Front Yard
Good technique, kids. I'm always proud of a good sharing moment.

June 14
When you have that weird amount of time between nap and dinner and nothing else to do, Lowe's never fails to be an entertaining (and productive!) option.

June 15
Living Room
He got such a kick out of me blowing air on his face through a straw that I packed straws as car toys for our road trip to the beach.

June 16
Hofheimer Building
First date night in quite some time and we went to our buddies, Nick and Lauren's wedding. To prove how long it had been, this was the first time we ever used an Uber. Trying to keep up with the times but it's just so hard.

When you put a bunch of firefighters in a room together:

When mom and dad look nicer than they have since the last wedding and are flying solo:

June 17
On the Road
I drove first because Andy was still a little bit drunk, which is the best way to start a 14 hour drive with two small children. They did great though. Probably better than Andy and I. (Also, warning: vacation has started. There's no way I could pick just one photo for each day.)


June 18
Fort Morgan, AL
Waking up on Father's Day, bringing the kids out to the beach in their pj's, and promptly stripping down for an early morning skinny dip. Really can't do much better.

These two (well, three) water babies. It's so much fun watching them love the ocean.

June 19
Fort Morgan
Tropical Cindy changed the weather and trapped us indoors for a bit. But it was the perfect excuse for a cousin's shopping/leggings party for the girls!

And Moana watch party for the boys. I love how excited Edwin is to be sitting with his older cousin-cousins. 

June 20
Fort Morgan
It doesn't take cabin fever long to set in when you are stuck in a house with four kids and six adults. As soon as there was a break in the storm, we suited up and ran outside. Still overcast and still super windy, but the storm created all these tide pools that were perfect splash grounds for the kids.

And we tried not to blow away.

June 21
Fort Morgan
Best nap of the week happening right here.

Still stuck inside for the most part, but at least we were able to get next door and do some tye-dying!

June 22
Fort Morgan
Cindy scared other people away so we pretty much had the place to ourselves, with the occasional cousin sighting.

Obviously we were still able to play hard enough for this to happen. Leena never fell asleep at the table so I'm okay when this happens because it is so dang funny.

June 23
Fort Morgan
Mr. Sun! And wind! And monster waves with a rip current so we couldn't swim!

The annual beach Olympics. Sack race and egg walk pictured. Crab walk, wheel barrow, and limbo not pictured. Everybody wins!

June 24
Fort Morgan
 We stayed an extra day and moved next door to our cousin's house and it's a good thing because a.) the weather was perfect, and b.) Andy's finally getting around to that sand castle.

And I know it's not a great picture, but this was the most relaxing part of the week. Both kids napping, blue skies, shaded porch, cold beer, sitting with my husband.

One last romp in the water. There was a sand bar about 100 yards out so we were all standing ankle deep in the middle of the ocean. And Leena went boogie boarding for the first time!

June 25
Nashville, TN
Happy Valley Dim Sum
We thought, Let's go to Chic Fil-A. They have a play area. Crap, it's Sunday. Then we thought, We'll go to Cracker Barrel. The kids love the rocking chairs. Crap, it's Sunday after church. Then we thought, Let's try one of the Asian places in this Asian strip mall. Have you ever had dim sum? No. Me neither. Let's give it a try. Fast forward to Andy and Leena eating chicken feet and me looking away so I don't yack and the kids not able to sit still more than a few seconds so Andy took them out of the restaurant and I was left to dine alone at a round table for six with four plates of food in front of me. So obviously it was a successful stop.

Then we thought, Let's play it safe and just have Wendy's at the truck stop for dinner. And then let's go explore this abandoned castle looking place that's across the street before we hit the road.

June 26
Front Yard
Everybody is helping with the post-vacation chores. Washing cars and washing tractors.

June 27
Living Room
Let the bat saga begin. Because, of course, something crazy had to happen while we were on vacation. So here I am protecting myself from a flying bat because the last thing I want is a bat flapping in my face or rabies. Why do I think this will happen? Because we are attempting to catch not the first, but the second bat of the night.

And here the little brown bat baby is. The animal control guy was showing us just how small his teeth are and why they worry people won't notice getting bitten in their sleep.

June 28
Let's move on to the next morning when Andy has gone to work. Kids are playing and I'm doing some leftover dishes from the night before. I think to myself, That's funny. We didn't have greens for dinner last night. What's this blob of soggy collards doing in the sink? Oh, it's a bat. I immediately text Andy and he says I have to get it out of the house. I thought it was dead so I thought that was doable. I got my glove on and my bag ready (kids still playing completely unaware of any bat instances thus far), then it moved. I threw the bag and glove, told the kids we were going outside. Leena doesn't have pants on. Like at all. Edwin was in just a diaper. And I was in my pj's, no bra. Neighbor Greg came to the rescue.

June 29
The bat man came to assess the situation. This poor guy is confused and sleeping on the side of our house in the middle of the day. I really don't mind them. It's just the erratic flying and slim chance of rabies that bothers me.

June 30
Molly's House
Beep-beeping all over the place.