Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer Vacation: A Photographic Guide

We've been in PA for the past 2 weeks. By we, I mean the kids and I. John still has to work. So I took all 4 on the plane by myself. It wasn't the first time, and it wasn't that bad.

Smooth sailing once JA fell asleep. He loved looking out the windows.

Anna is a great seat mate. She is quiet and never uses the arm rests.
Stealth photo of Abigail. She was playing with her DS.

Our row. Anna sat on the aisle in the row behind us. I was so proud of her!
And Abigail was awesome about helping with JA, too. 
Guess who didn't really sleep on the plane? Uh-huh.
 Our days are filled with grandparents and great-grandparents, homemade cookies and cupcakes, dog slobber, and allergy medicine.

"Cookie" Grandma... the great-grandma.

Mimi, the grandma who's great.

Baron on the left, Dante on the right. Trouble in the middle.

This girl is drooling like crazy lately.

Spiral staircase= perfect seat and table for a 5 year old.

Sisters are the best friends. Except when they aren't.

Cookie Grandma is the official baby rocker in our family.

Mimi and her babies. Baron loves to nap with the kids!

Sleeping Ava Joy. Sweet baby.

His new pouting pose.

Country life


Prepping for kindergarten

He loves to lounge in the bouncy seat!

My biggest, and the biggest baby (Dante is 21 months old) (and a TANK!)

Baby in the dog bed. But no, he's not sleepy!

The babies chillaxin'



Honestly, it's so beautiful.

I love the country. Except for the part where it smells like, um, "livestock bathrooms"

It was windy and the clouds were amazing


Sneaking a smooch


Bubbles after supper

Floating away!

More summerwork!

Taught the kids to roll down the hill in the back yard


What have you been up to this summer vacation?

(Most of these shots are via Instagram. You can follow me there: gracelings)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Update: 30 in 30 Challenge

Since many of my 30 in 30 challenges are on-going, monthly challenges, I'm just going to update here and there. I kind of failed at the "social gathering of adults" thing this month (but in all fairness, it was an awful time with end-of-school stuff for the kids, John's massive work project, going out of town, and all our babysitters being out of town.) I will make up for that by attending 2 events in one of the remaining months.

I did do mom-and-me dates with Abigail and Anna though!

Anna and I decided to pick up snack (her choice) and go to the park. Here's what we did:

Beautiful day

Anna's snack choices... Mmm!

Not a fan of the camera, but actually enjoying her snack:)
Feet + Sky = Swinging

"I can do it!"

She made it the whole way across with minimal help!

She later said the slide was burning her butt... ouch!

Rock climbing wall... 

She didn't like this one- said it was like a spider's web!

Getting out of the sun. It got warm!

Abigail and I had an "at-home" date during the babies' nap time (with some assistance from Mimi.) She chose to get a mani/pedi from momma!

So grown up!

Weapons of fingernail distruction

Abigail's tootsies

Her second toe is longer than her big toe, just like mine.

Did I mention that blue is her favorite color?

Fingers done!

She insisted on doing my nails then
The polish peeled right off... so strange!

Repainted in red... which also peeled right off!

It was so fun to spend time with my girls one-on-one. This is probably one of my favorite challenges on the list.

I did manage to sneak in a short date with John before the kids and I headed North for the summer.
We're hott.
We had dinner and then went to see Snow White and the Huntsman, which we both loved.

Have you gone on a date (child, spouse/SO) recently? What did you do?

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