Monday, May 1, 2017

April odds & ends

Adara had told me awhile ago that she had a loose tooth, but she kept changing which one she was pointing to so I assumed it was wishful thinking.  Then, one morning she showed me again, and I realized she did indeed have two very loose teeth. After breakfast while the girls were getting ready for church, they came bursting out of their bedroom to show us that Emily had pulled one out for her!  That afternoon, they spent most of their quiet time trying out different ways to get the second tooth out, until I eventually begged them to stop.  But, later that night at dinner, it came out.  So, her first two teeth out in one day!  

Begging every day to play baseball.  Despite it being 40* out with snow on the ground. 

Photographer for the local paper was wandering the neighborhood looking for human interest photos, so Emily had this moment of local fame. :)

Second grade singing the "Water Cycle Song" at Morning Sing

I'm not sure anything says New Hampshire spring like this.  Playing around the last stubborn snow banks on the first hot day.

Our backyard is always muddy for a few days... but this wet spring it has been out of control. Ugh.

My main goal for the summer was to get the girls riding bikes without training wheels.  The last day of school break was beautiful out and and we gave it a try... a week later, Emily is riding around the neighborhood on her own, and Adara is riding great but just needs help getting started.
And this little guy is pretty happy about his strider bike!

Playdate with the neighbors - another pair of sisters about my girls' ages

Adara running romp & stomp

First time painting their own nails

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Alden is THREE

I cannot imagine our family without this little boy!  He is snugly and affectionate, a complete extrovert and talks nonstop, loves sound effects and books and sports.  He was so excited about turning three and likes to tell me all the fun things he can do now that he's three, like celebration camp and soccer and school.. "Now that I'm three I can go to preschool, and then next year, I'll go to middle school."

We celebrated with a cake at community group the night before.  I asked him if he wanted football or baseball or soccer on his cake, and he came up with tennis. ;)

Going to bed for the last time as a 2 year old.

The girls each took some of their allowance and chose gifts on their own.

A rubiks cube and lacrosse sticks for the little boy who thinks he's 13.

Alden was so excited about the lacrosse sticks from my parents, He kept saying, "This is so cool! It's just like Ethan." Papa had stopped by after a meeting in town and it made Alden's day to play lacrosse with him!   And partway through the day he whispered to me, "Do I get to keep these?"   

We used to have a bunch of questions we asked the kids on their birthday... here's a video of Alden on his new bike answering some:

PA Trip

Alasdair had to work in PA during the kids' spring break week, so we all tagged along.  Easter at Heather Lane with the Orsattis, a DC trip (overnight at the Hanauers, and a day with the Bestors), and then a few more days in Glenside (the zoo with Granny, Smith playground, and a morning with Katie & Joy), and a quick visit with the Wilsons at Chick-Fil-A in CT on the way home.  We had a great trip. :)  I love Pennsylvania in April!

for the last 10 years, someone has been hiding eggs in Libbie's yard on Easter morning

summer fun with friends

Meeting Adelaide!  Smitten.

I snuck away for a little while to meet one-week old Theo :)

The Zoo!

1st Ritas!

Alden & Joy watching squirrels

birthday presents. :)

dress ups

So tired from a fun week that he fell asleep on the couch while we were loading the car. :)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

March Moments

A few more March moments

a getaway day with friends!

someone is ready to ski

Emily waits all year for this backyard pond to arrive. ;)

lucky girls at their favorite restaurant

how my dining room table looks most of the time


making essential oil diffusers

visiting lambs at the farm. (my 5 year old touched a sheep placenta. eww.)

And, the Eikhoffs visit!! :)

someone has to teach these girls about makeup..