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Week 49 (November 30th-December 6th): A Day at the Ballet

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While I was in Maine unexpectedly, Jeff and the kids had a trip to the ballet to see Clara’s Dream, a version of the Nutcracker. It was their first real trip to a live performance (not counting the library shows they’ve seen & Disney). I heard they had a great time.

The kids all dressed up for the Nutcracker.

The kids all dressed up for the Nutcracker.

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Week 46 (November 9th-15th): A visit with Granny

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Granny came to visit us so she could be here for Liam’s visit. The kids skipped school one day and we went to the Cradle of Aviation and then took a few spins on Nunley’s Carousel. A fun time was had by all!

Granny and Liam on Nunley's Carousel

Granny and Liam on Nunley’s Carousel

Caroline and I take a spin on the carousel

Caroline and I take a spin on the carousel

Week 45 (November 2nd -November 8th): Rock the Vote

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Oaky, we didn’t exactly rock the vote, but the kids had the day off thanks to their school being a polling place. This provided them with an opportunity to visit Dad at work. With both of them in school all day, they miss being able to swing by Jeff’s office with a coffee or little treat. We made cookies in the morning and after lunch we delivered a bunch for him to share with his crew. It probably won’t be until Christmas vacation before they have another chance to visit.

Caroline tries on a triathlon medal while visiting Dad. She absolutely can't wait to earn her own.

Caroline tries on a triathlon medal while visiting Dad. She absolutely can’t wait to earn her own.

Liam wants all the medals and tries to show he's tough.

Liam wants all the medals and tries to show he’s tough.

Weeks 36-40 (August 31st-October 4th): And Then It Was Fall

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So I got behind with summer posting and thought I would catch up once both kids were in school full time. That (rather obviously) didn’t happen. So I got further behind and here I am still trying to dig out. I would be a horrible mother and blogger if I didn’t at least post about the first day of school. Liam is now in Kindergarten and Caroline has entered first grade. So here are our first day of school pictures and a few others from our September, including some of our annual fall trip to Cape May. It sure was a busy month!

No tears here.  Just two excited kids!

No tears here. Just two excited kids!

Seems so grown up all of a sudden! How can it be that she is already six and on her way to first grade?!?!

Seems so grown up all of a sudden! How can it be that she is already six and on her way to first grade?!?!

My little man and his "flip" hair-do.  Not even five yet and off he goes.

My little man and his “flip” hair-do. Not even five yet and off he goes.

Nothing beats a fun swim after a long, hot day at school.  Hooray for Indian summers.  I didn't have the heart to tell them that it wouldn't last.

Nothing beats a fun swim after a long, hot day at school. Hooray for Indian summers. I didn’t have the heart to tell them that it wouldn’t last.

Power Rangers in the house! Nothing beats consignment sales for cheap, fun costumes.

Power Rangers in the house! Nothing beats consignment sales for cheap, fun costumes.

Granny surprised Caroline in Cape May: a belated birthday present.  Welcome to the family, Isabelle!

Granny surprised Caroline in Cape May: a belated birthday present. Welcome to the family, Isabelle!

Liam knows how to enjoy a tea party! Just put on a boa and smile!

Liam knows how to enjoy a tea party! Just put on a boa and smile!

Even Jeff got in on the fun!

Even Jeff got in on the fun!

Nothing says fall like a little roasting marshmallows on a Friday night.

Nothing says fall like a little roasting marshmallows on a Friday night.

Liam and I discovered this turtle while having some mother-son time at the Quogue Wildlife Center.

Liam and I discovered this turtle while having some mother-son time at the Quogue Wildlife Center.

August 3rd-August 30th (Weeks 32-35): The Whole Month!

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August was a busy month with the highlight being our annual summer trip to Maine. Here’s some pictures from the nearly two weeks we spent there.

They aren't exactly Red Sox fans (yet) but they do love LL Bean.  Could have something to do with the fact that Grampy works for them.

They aren’t exactly Red Sox fans (yet) but they do love LL Bean. Could have something to do with the fact that Grampy works for them.

Jeff got a chance to do a triathlon while we were in Maine and the kids got a chance to hang around Old Orchard Beach.  They were a bit disappointed that the rides weren't up and running so early in the morning but they still managed to have fun.

Jeff got a chance to do a triathlon while we were in Maine and the kids got a chance to hang around Old Orchard Beach. They were a bit disappointed that the rides weren’t up and running so early in the morning but they still managed to have fun.

Finally old enough to go to Funtown! We brought along cousin Benjamin as a tour guide.  I see many visits to amusement parks in our future.

Finally old enough to go to Funtown! We brought along cousin Benjamin as a tour guide. I see many visits to amusement parks in our future.

What's not to love about these two cuties? This is them getting ready to go for a boat ride at Highland Lake.  Jeff even let them jump out of the boat and swim back to shore.

What’s not to love about these two cuties? This is them getting ready to go for a boat ride at Highland Lake. Jeff even let them jump out of the boat and swim back to shore.

Got to love kids that don't mind visiting lighthouses!

Got to love kids that don’t mind visiting lighthouses!

Week 30 (July 20th-July 26): XXXIX

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Happy Birthday…to me! So close to the big 4-0! What’s a girl to do? Have a fun weekend with the college girlfriends, of course! That means the beach, the pool, “celebrity” sightings in Southampton, and a great time at a fun winery. Toss in some nice gifts and a delicious cake from my neighbor, the baker, and all this is making me actually look forward to my next birthday!

Beach babes!

Beach babes!

Flowers and balloons from my "birthday ninja" children.  Thanks & Happy Anniversary?!?!

Flowers and balloons from my “birthday ninja” children. Thanks & Happy Anniversary?!?!

Famous people?!?! Guess it all depends on who you're asking!

Famous people?!?! Guess it all depends on who you’re asking!

Only picture I have of my weekend visitors! Thanks for coming, Heather & Tracie & Logan.

Only picture I have of my weekend visitors! Thanks for coming, Heather & Tracie & Logan.

My little sunshines!

My little sunshines!

At least one of us is looking at the camera.

At least one of us is looking at the camera.

Card from my honest daughter.  Can't blame a girl for telling how she really feels!

Card from my honest daughter. Can’t blame a girl for telling how she really feels!

Week 29 (July 13th-July 19th): Safari Adventures

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I broke down and brought the kids to the local bounce house/arcade. We had managed to avoid it for two years, so I guess I can’t complain. The day we planned to go was rainy and that made me not want to go at all! Just imagine a warehouse full of screaming, wild kids! But I put on a brave face and followed through on my promise. They liked the big slides and the bounce house. Caroline loved the four-story climbing playground. Liam did not. But what really got their attention was the arcade games. And tickets. Of course, you have to earn tickets! It was fun, it really was. They had a great time. But what I liked best was watching them play air hockey against each other. They were competitive but supportive at the same time. Fierce but kind. Just another simple reminder of how they are true friends and companions.

Liam and the big slide

Liam and the big slide

Shooting some hoops for tickets

Shooting some hoops for tickets

A great game of air hockey

A great game of air hockey

And no one cared about who was the winner or loser! Amazing :)

And no one cared about who was the winner or loser! Amazing 🙂