Duh. I can't lie, I love that the fair is always around my birthday. Andy sucks it up and comes with me because he knows how much I enjoy it.
Now you'll notice several days missing. Something went wack with our phones because I am certain I did not slack this much. I also have specific photos that I remember taking that are no longer. So I'm kind of disappointed, but I guess that teaches me not to wait five months to catch up. Harumph.
Just some good ol' fashioned tickling going on.
Liberty Mills Farm
We took on the largest corn maze in Virginia (I think it might actually be East Coast, la di da). With a stroller, a kid back pack, not enough water and two unhappy toddlers. To say there were some moments that tested our marriage is true. It was worse than IKEA. We survived. And we made it through one of the easier ones. And we'll probably go back next year.
After bed Halloween crafting: Edwin's Maui skirt. Pretty pleased with this one.
Maker Fest RVA
There were a lot more cool things to see than just Edwin eating a banana, but again, mystery photo disappearance. They were playing with a robot and they kept feeding it animal crackers.
I can't remember what or why we were baking, but that's probably because my little sous chef was so cute. Not because this was five months ago.
He doesn't even fit in those pajamas anymore. And he doesn't use those snack cups either. Time flies!
An evening stroll in monster boots and no pants.
Our delayed anniversary trip to OBX with the family. We went to the ocean as soon as we got there and Leena had no problem getting tossed around in the surf. I, however, watched her and Edwin like hawks even though we had a 2:1 adult to kid ratio.
Trying to get Edwin to nap. It's obviously working. (Last photo of those sunglasses. But I know where they went. Into the ocean because I'm a bozo.) Side story:It's all coming full circle and it also shows how long it takes me to do certain things. I am finally going to the eye doctor tomorrow (March 20) to get a new pair. I have been sunglass-less all this time.
At low tide you can walk waaaay out and do some major shell searching. And sometimes find even more interesting things!
Clearly this was our hang out of choice. The sun finally came out for our last day! Woot. There were tons of tide pools that were great for the kiddos to practice boogie boarding and flopping around. Leena did take on the real ocean for a ride, but once was enough. For now.
Who needs toys? Also, this reminds me of a sculpture on the board walk in Puerto Vallarta. It makes me smile because I went there with my mom and Aunt Kathleen.
One of those days where you are going to lose it because no one will take a nap so you decide to go shoe shopping for/with the kids. They both fall asleep on the way so you put your seat back, close your eyes, and sleep for an hour in a parking lot.
They are being cute.
Back when Edwin still napped on the go. He was really resisting this day and kept peeking at me through the back of the stroller.
Annual trip to the Gaylord to hang with Grandpa Bud and friends. (Andy was supposed to be at work, but he got injured the shift before.)
Hanging with Shayla and G and Bud on the Mall and at Air and Space for the morning. Leena was so excited to see the Washington Monument in real life. She talks about it all the time.
I thought a two-fer would be okay. We drove down to dine with Sister and fam right down the street from my and Andy's alma mater. Then dad trained back north and we continued our drive home. Getting a photo with four littles is just comical. Especially the tiny stuffed animal flying toward the camera.
I was trying to capture a moment that already happened and, of course, it didn't work. Edwin had gone down the slide for the first time and it was faster than anyone expected. He flew right off the end and it was like he was suspended in a seated position for a full second before he plopped to the ground. It was hilarious. And he was fine. It didn't happen again.
Carving pumpkins the efficient way. From here on out, all of my pumpkins are just going to be polka dotted with perfect drill cut circles all over them.
I think Leena went to an appointment with Andy because she wanted to get a sucker.
Celebrating our friends birthday by swinging solo. You do you.
Andy's head piece ready for Halloween. He's not as excited as I'd like him to be.
Andy's back piece ready for Halloween. Still not very excited. Especially when he saw all the glitter. Ha.
But he will do anything for his little Moana and Maui, like build them a boat. I love Halloween! And celebrating with friends!
The morning after Halloween can be tough. So tough you can't even put pants on.
Andy and I getting away for a late anniversary trip. We drove up and headed straight to a bar (naturally) where we witnessed a super awkward/super cute proposal.
My to-do list when I visit New York is mostly about food. Egg and cheese on a toasted everything bagel: check. After that we did other touristy things like walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and go to the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Beautiful weather for a boat ride and some history. Lady Liberty got cropped out of the photo but I swear she's there.
Meanwhile, the kids spent the weekend with Bintner and Ducky learning the Whip and Nae Nae, driving golf carts, and swinging.
First time Edwin napped in his crib. Like ever. (Thanks to a weekend away from his parents.) He'll figure out that it's much more comfortable to actually lay down.
Kiki's in town and helping me get the piñata filled for Leena's 3rd birthday party! Can you guess the theme? (Hint: It was also the theme of Halloween.)
Cheering on the marathoners. It took me all of three minutes of being there to shed my first tear. Something about long-distance running gets me every dang time.
The big day! Forgive the poor representation in photos. The mystery of the disappeared photos... Anyway, Leena had a blast being surrounded by Moana-themed activities and decorations and friends.
We collected donations (instead of gifts) for a family in St. Bart who lost everything in the hurricane this fall. Here is the vitamin portion.
Andy went to pick up the cherry tree from our wedding property that has been drying for a couple years.
Sneaking a peak through her window during quiet time. Just riding a reindeer on a step stool and reading books.
Meeting the alpacas across the street from the Whitten's. Leena is much more in to feeding/getting close to animals than Edwin. Right here it looks like they are having a serious talk.
Edwin has no problem playing in the leaves though!
Probably trying to hide. Because everyone knows when you close your eyes you become invisible.
Instant taking to Uncle Sam and Aunt Meg even though they rarely see them. Sweetness.
Trying to get some good portraits for the annual Kiki Christmas present. We had no shortage of cute (and appropriate) ones of Edwin.
Leena was a different story.
Checking out Bob's handiwork on the window trim.
Christmas Tree Farm
The problem with waiting six months to blog is that I can't remember the names of places. But we started a new tradition: going on a tree trip with the Bott's and cutting our own. Nothing like a day trip to the mountains with a brewery dinner to follow it up!
This was the attempt at the timed group photo. The good one was part of the Mystery of the Disappearing Photos. (It now has a proper title.)
Leena helped cut and push our tree over. She couldn't be more proud.
First trip (of several) to Gardenfest of Lights. Really fun to see Edwin old enough to be awed by it.
Leena attempting to do her own hair. Nailed it.
Second trip to the lights. This time with Dad. (Dad being Andy.) One made it. One didn't.
Belmont Golf Course
Picking up Leena from her first day of Santa's Helpers day camp. We didn't know how it would go dropping her at a new place with all new people for four hours. I mean, we knew it would be great for us. Turned out to be great for her too!
Early mornings at the fire house.
Christmas Parade viewing! This could be an indication that we will never get a normal family photo. Ever.
Finally decorated the tree and got things festive up in here.
I spy a little Edwin. Two seconds later Leena ran right by looking for him.
I do love that it's a good time for seasonal crafting. We made and painted ornaments for present toppers!
The daily rehanging of ornaments. I can't get mad because it kept him busy. And every time he got one on a branch, he clapped for himself.
Snacking on someone's stoop in animal hats.
Getting ready to go see Santa but also super excited about the crown she made. And being a ham.
Andy spying on Bob while he works.
Edwin tries to eat every piece of snow he sees. Why? Why do kids see that and want to put it in their mouth?!
Now that he sleeps in his crib for naps I like to stare at him and take his picture.
Buttermilk Bake Shop
Back at the working game a little bit. Molly decorated a donut in my liking.
Hot cocoa, kitty cat tutu, older girlfriends. She is so cool.
Adult night out to celebrate Andy's birthday so we went to play video games. Good thing I'm lame and got tired otherwise I would have spent my life savings playing Tetris.
Horrible picture and Andy got on to me for taking it, but you can hardly even tell there are people in it. But there are. And they were the cutest old couple taking a walk together on the indoor track and holding hands. Life goal.
Another attempt at a portrait. We are making no progress and we are running out of time. Eek.
And Edwin really looks like he needs a haircut in this one.
Advent calendar chocolate St. Nick before breakfast. Winning the day!
Bryan Park/Arc Park
We did it!!!! Photos suitable to frame for Kiki's Christmas gift! (This was also after we decided to do a swing theme.)
So about that haircut...
Pulling a wagon full of lazies while we deliver Christmas cookies to the neighbors.
Leena's first teacup ride. Maybe Adah's too? And the first one for me in a looooooong time. So fun and worth it just to hear these girls squealing in delight.
Sailing the old ships. Really I wanted all four kids to stand by each other for a photo. Adah was the only one listening and she even put on a pirate face.
This about sums up Christmas Eve. Family dinner. Presents. Furry animal hats and fire pokers.
Christmas morning. Man was it fun to watch these guys this year. Primo excitement (even though they do still just want "what's next").
Celebrating at the Schemmel's. Some of us harder than others.
Playing with the balloon zingers outside even though it was freezing. (I don't know what they are called. I just named them that.)
Neighbor game night!
Dave and Buster's
Round two of family Christmas festivities begins. Gaming with Grandpa Bud!
A more kid-friendly kind of gaming.
Last trip to see the lights with Grandpa Bud. Multiple layers and snow suits this time because it was dang cold.
The kids portion of the New Year's Eve get together. Costumes and instruments. The adult portion was wine, beer, and good food.