strike that

I spoke too soon.

so close

but still holding on...


best baby ever

9:30 & just waking up - SMILING. That's my girl!


first day

Kindergarten Orientation!!



Today I peer pressured Tom into calling off work so we could pack the kids in the van and head a short hour north to York Beach in Maine where Lisa & the girls were enjoying the last day of their annual cottage rental. The weather was gorgeous, the waves were amazing and the kids were ecstatic, while us adults were quickly exhausted...
Sydney learned how to boogie board and was very proud to ride the "super huge" waves (in shin deep water) while Trystan preferred to dip in the ocean and then immediately faceplant into the dry sand - shake&bake style.
I'm not quite sure where these two got their love of all things sandy (I'm that mom who yells "NO SAND ON THE BLANKET!" whenever anyone comes within a three foot radius) but I did manage to get over my sand aversion long enough to build a giant sand turtle with the kids. They fought over whose shells made the best eyes...
By late afternoon we were ready for a quick hose-off & a ride into town on a TROLLEY to grab dinner and peruse the beach shops.
Check out these stachetastic glasses the girls are sporting - Papa this ones for you!


"cool bus"

Trystan may call it a "cool bus" but on this hot August day - it was anything but! As excited as Sydney was to check out her new ride to Kindergarten, I was equally impatient for our ever-friendly bus "driver" to end the parked introduction to the rules of the road & the "hands & heads inside the vehicle at all times" lesson & get to the emergency exit out that itty bitty back door so we could get out of the lollipop-hyped sauna. Luckily Sydney & Trystan weren't nearly as bothered by the heat & I feigned excitement long enough to get Sydney super siked to hop right on that bus & not look back when the time comes... Wow. Is my baby girl really starting school already?!



big day

After months of "pretty pleeeease," we finally braved the Piercing Pagoda at the mall. Syd is beyond excited! And aside from a small, "OW" and a quick "Mamaaaa" she barely even flinched. Yes, she even impressed our master piercer "Fio" who, by the way, gave both Sydney & Trystan TWO lollipops at 7:30 PM. Thanks Fio.



I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but I've borrowed an idea I stumbled across online and created our family a "bucket list" (so to speak) of things we hope to do before the end of summer. Today we tackled "Build An Outdoor Fort" or, ahem, I did - with Penny strapped in her carrier and Trystan ransacking the garage while Sydney asked for a juice box, a popsicle, a play date & anything else her little heart desired. I nearly quit each and every time someone cried or complained and when Sydney finally begged to "just watch a movie" I almost caved. But alas, once the blanket went on the ground and the trucks & ponies moved in, the kids finally took an interest. Even Penny seemed to calm as I lay to nurse her and read them all a book. And now, as I sit at the window watching Sydney play ponies with her feet in the grass while Trystan rocks his baby doll to sleep, I understand that this roller coaster job of mothering is truly worth the ride.
Build An Outdoor Fort - CHECK.