Playgroup

It’s Thursday so of course we are at playgroup!

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Fall In The Air

Fall must be in the air because gingerbread cookies sounded just right today. Kaitlyn was so excited to pick cookie cutters and then help with the cookies start to finish.

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Last Legs

This crib has been with us since Alex. In 2009, it was brand new and white. It is now almost 10 years old and has been painted black. It’s on it’s last legs. It has been raised and lowered countless times. It has moved 4 houses and countless rooms inside those houses. Wade lowered it this last time and told me this was it. The brackets are shot and it can’t be manipulated again. This morning Kaitlyn wanted to play with Ben and I didn’t think when I put her in the bed. If you look, you can see just her weight has bent the bracket significantly and the entire bed now has a nice slant. We’ll see what kind of magic Wade can work when he gets home….

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Time Doesn’t Stop

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The Big Apple

Wade and I had planned one day in New York so we wanted to make it a heck of a day. We started with breakfast at a pastry shop and let everyone choose a pastry to share. They were delicious! Then it was on to the 9/11 Memorial, the Staton Island Ferry (to see the Statue of Liberty from a distance), subway riding, Wall street (where there happened to be a street fair), and New York pizza. When we were planning this trip, it turns out that the boys were much more interested in the food than actually seeing the Statue of Liberty. When we mentioned getting pizza that suddenly became their main focus of this trip. Ben happily rode in the stroller all day. His only complaint was with shoes and socks. He refused to wear them, even though it was slightly chilly. I eventually gave up fighting him and just tried to ensure we made it home with the socks and shoes.

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Better Late Than Never

Earlier this year we used a reward system with the boys and they both earned enough for a trip to see the Statue of Liberty. One thing lead to another and we never quite got there. This weekend we finally made it happen. Wade even found a co-worker willing to dog-sit a not-quite-housetrained puppy. We loaded up the kids after church and headed for the Big City. We stopped along the way at a hole-in-the-wall for dinner. (Yelp is one of my favorite apps while traveling. It makes finding awesome food in strange cities so easy. You can walk into a place you would never have known existed or have felt comfortable entering, especially with kids.)

We are at that weird place with 2 adults and 4 kids when it comes to hotel rooms. When we are staying a single night it seems like overkill to get a suite but most places no long have connecting rooms or will not guarantee them if they do. Alex and Teague aren’t old enough to be in a room alone. For now we get a room with two beds, bring a sleeping bag for Kaitlyn, and a pack-n-play for Ben. Then we hope for a room with some extra square footage. Tonight Wade took the big boys on a walk while I tried to get the younger two to sleep. Kaitlyn went right to sleep. Ben fought it for hours (which is completely unlike him at home).

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Years In The Making

Years ago, Wade and I saw a “piece of art” in a store window and fell in love. We were in New York for a wedding and had traveled around afterwards to extend our trip a few days and enjoy some kid-free days. As we were strolling along, we saw a canvas displayed in an empty store front that appealed to both of us (no small feat). Unfortunately, there was no sign or name listed anywhere. We took a picture of it and went on our way. We have mentioned it through the years and this year, Wade decided to see if he could recreate it. I am so excited to finally have my “mummy” art work for Halloween.

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Pepper The Pup

Pepper is growing and developing. We have hit the teething and mischievous stage…

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