12.03.2014

thanksgiving 2014.

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We have a lot to be thankful for. And especially after this last weekend of friends and help from friends, we have even more to be thankful for.

Henry said he was thankful for Daddy. And I would add to that list, "special movies"...which are happening a bit more frequently...'tis the season, right?



We had two families over for thanksgiving, plus an in-law, plus a neighbor from the building, plus a friend from the ward... nine adults total with four toddlers (I'll put Walt in this category, even though it breaks my heart to see him grow) and two under one. All in our two bedroom, city apartment.


And really, it was so fun. It was crazy, the toys definitely did not stay in the boys' room, there was a movie turned on to distract the kids (that was literally feet from the dinner table, but it was on almost-mute) and even some bunny-eared football afterwards. There was a ton of food, lots of pie, and lots of Martinellis. What more could you want?

We went around the table towards the end and mentioned things that we were grateful for and I really appreciated someone's comment on how thankful they were for the Lord's hand, in everything. I mentioned how grateful we were for friends who quickly become family. We've made lifetime friends wherever we've been and it's been the same even here. In the end, we were heartbroken to leave Boston, but I have a feeling we'll be heartbroken to leave all our friends and experiences here as well. Or most of them, anyway.

And we even got a group picture! Someone's eyes are closed, kids are exhausted and tired, but we got a picture!


Over the weekend, Henry had a fever for two days straight, with it spiking at night and leaving me frazzled and calling the on-call doctor and looking up insta-cares and calling a friend with a car...but we ended up staying put (thanks to the words of the doc) and our friends graciously loaned their children's ibuprophen so we wouldn't have to trek to the store so late and a friend helped give Henry a blessing and oh, my mommy heart was aching and our gracious friends helped so, so much. I mean, it was just a fever, but it was so sad to see Hank sad. And a deep reminder of how grateful I am for their health, and even more, for them.


10.31.2014

dr. frankenstein and his monster.

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Henry's hair was made to be a mad scientist. And Walter still has the monster/zombie walk going on. And a monster costume from Carter's was on super sale and an Amazon little lab coats for imaginative play.

Ryan and I have always been terrible at dressing up for Halloween and we've been ok at doing things for the boys, but this years duo is the best so far. Henry could finally say "trick or treat" this year and was actually pretty bummed that he had to sit through a whole hour and a half of dinner before he could get his candy. And then Ryan finally went with him around the halls of the church building for our ward Halloween party and Henry definitely skipped any room that was dark. 

There were a fair amount of not-so-dark-and-creepy rooms though and even an amazing room with a guy in our ward who had a Sesame Street-like puppet and was just letting the puppet chat with the kids and then inviting them over to grab some candy out of the bowl--the kids were all so entranced by the pupped they forgot all about the candy, it was fun to watch them be so focussed and it wasn't even a tv screen or movie!

This week there's been a playgroup party and there'll be a neighborhood trick or treating and Henry definitely doesn't need the candy, nor do I...but I wouldn't mind a few extra sour patch kids around here for the next week or two. ;)

10.27.2014

my little new yorkers.

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September and October and hardly a blog post? These boys are busy, wild, and adventurous, and we live in New York City. It feels like most New Yorkers have no idea that Manhattan even goes this north (we live north of the Washington Bridge), but we are loving where we are, the wonderful friends we've made so far and the fun adventures we get to have slowly but surely.

There are whirlwind days where we do a bajillion and one things and then there are days like today where we went to music class and a park in the morning, then another park in the afternoon before coming home and making breakfast for dinner, and I love it.

Here are a few snippets of our life these last few weeks:


This was from one of the first outings we went on with some moms from the neighborhood. There is definitely no shortage of good food around here and just about every adventure into another neighborhood means finding a fun treat to go with it.


Let it be said: we go to a lot of parks. There's something so fabulous about being in a city where the city is your backyard--and you can go into everyone's backyard whenever you want! It would be nice to have one of our own, but until then finding fun slides like this one in a Central Park playground make it a-ok to be without.


Play structures like dinos? We'll take it.


Aw, I already miss that shaggy hair. If I happen to lose Walt at a playground, it's almost guaranteed that he's playing at the end of a slide.


The face of a happy child, I tell ya. This is from another playground in Central Park and is pretty fun. The sandbox is huuuge, which is so fun, except for the whole sand everywhere thing.


This picture is from the medieval festival, in our neck of the woods. It was like Comic Con gone old school.


My little sister got married! And even though we love her and her new husband, it was all about the babies for me. Cousin time never looked so good with everyone looking all snazzy.


Lastly, fall. Oh, fall. If we ever move away from the East fall is something I will tenderly miss. They just do it right here.