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Happy Joe

22 Sep

Joe fell asleep in the swing at the church nursery today–something that Baby Ruby would have never done.

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He’s happy with Jenna…

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…and likes the walker that Rebecca bought for Megan in 2002.

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Ben and Ruby decided to get in on the walker action, but Joe wasn’t sure they would fit:

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Trampoline

22 Sep

One of Ruby’s favorite activities is to “jump on the twampoline wit my cousins.”

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Cousins!

21 Sep

We are thrilled to add another baby to our family! My sister Rachel and her husband Matt just had their first child, Noah Matthew. He is absolutely precious and we can’t wait to meet him in November. As Ruby says: “aw I dwove (love) that baby!”20130921-215039.jpg
My Matty is studying for his Command Qualification Exam this weekend so the kids and I came down to Norfolk to give him peace and quiet, which is a rare commodity around our house these days. Ruby and Joe have been having so much fun with their other cousins and PopPop; Mama is in Australia with Baby Noah and we all miss her.20130921-215447.jpg20130921-215457.jpg
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Today we walked to a nice, shady park on a little lake.20130921-215815.jpg20130921-215847.jpg

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BBQ & Beer

2 Sep

Yesterday we all went to the BBQ and craft beer festival at Monmouth Park. It was HOT and sticky but we still had a good time, especially Ruby, who got to play in a bounce house with a big slide:

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and ride a pony!

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Joe had a nice nap in the stroller:

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Lazy Days

31 Aug

We’ve been having nice, lazy days; hanging around with Popsie:

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Drawing on the driveway:

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Exploring the backyard with Daddy:

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At the park in Highlands:

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Lavalette 2013

23 Aug

Today we had a Jersey Shore beach day in Lavalette. We met Mom’s cousin Kathy and Kathy’s niece Rosie, who Ruby just adores (she calls her “my fwiend Wosie”). It was a gorgeous day–breezy and not too hot. Joe slept pretty much the whole time but Ruby kept Popsie, Matty, and especially Rosie on their toes.

Here Ruby is relaxing:

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Swimming in the ocean:

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Playing with Daddy:

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Flying and spinning with Rosie:

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Joe was there too! He took a long nap:

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Woke up happy:

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Snuggled with Rosie:

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Jersey Vacation

22 Aug

Matty didn’t take his paternity leave right away so that we could do a nice vacation with his family in New Jersey in August. We have been up here since last Thursday and have been having so much fun! On Monday we went to Holmdel Park. Ruby was in all her glory, talking to chickens:

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6 Days Overdue at the Zoo

23 Jun

Ronny, Rebecca, and the kids are visiting this weekend, which is always fun. We had planned on having a little baby to entertain everyone but as he or she has decided not to show up yet we had to seek out some alternate entertainment. Mom suggested the zoo, so off we went.

The weather was drizzly when we left the house but cleared up and became a humid oven as the day went on. It was uncomfortable but I can’t complain–this is the first true DC summer day I have experienced this year.

The kids all had a great time as I tried really hard to walk the baby out. We’ll see if it worked, but regardless we all had a nice time and got some good pictures.

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If the baby doesn’t come tonight I have a non-stress test and midwife appointment tomorrow.

Happy Flag Day!

14 Jun

And even more importantly, happy birthday to my wonderful sister Elise! Ruby really wanted to help Elise blow out her candles today, but the 3,000 miles between us made that difficult.

Today has been my target due date since I found out I was due in such close proximity to Elise’s birthday, but alas I do not think that is going to happen. I did go in for labor induction acupuncture and then we all went on a nice walk, which has produced some contractions. Hopefully they continue and this baby is born sooner rather than later! We shall see.

I can’t believe I am posting these because I look SO HUGE but here we are on our walk this evening:

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Three Weddings and a Surgery

12 Jun

I realize that I have been absent from my little corner of the Internet for over a month, but I have had the best of intentions. Once I finally got around to publishing my post about our journey back from Australia, I realized another huge post was required to detail what else we have been up to–mainly galavanting around the eastern United States attending three beautiful weddings and a major surgery for my Dad as our new baby continues to gestate. Due to said gestation and a certain adorable yet precocious two-year-old I just haven’t been able to work up the energy to go into as much detail as is warranted for all occasions, but here is a peak:

My good friend Wes from both New Mexico Military Institute and the Naval Academy married beautiful Mary Katherine in Chattanooga, TN the weekend after we got back from Australia. My parents (bless them) watched Ruby so Matty and I could go alone, which was wonderful. Here are a few pictures (Wes is with me in the second):

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Matty’s baby brother Dave proposed to his sweet and wonderful girlfriend Natalie in early April and she said yes! Originally they planned on a wedding next summer but then decided that they couldn’t wait, so they got married less than a month later. Natalie was gorgeous and everything was lovely. Ruby was their flower girl and I was very huge at 36 (?) weeks pregnant:

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We set Matty’s cousin Lauren up with our good friend Pat about a year and a half ago, with spectacular success. Their beautiful wedding was in Cape May, NJ in mid-May. Sadly I did not get any pictures of the wedding, but here we are at the beach:

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Amid all of the wedding bliss my Dad discovered that he had a giant tumor floating around in his abdomen, which was as scary as you can imagine. Ruby and I went down to VA Beach for the surgery, which went extraordinarily well and revealed a completely benign tumor (praise God!). Even though we weren’t there for a happy reason Ruby got to spend quality time with her cousins:

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Those are the highlights, although we have had a few other trips and visits. My due date is this Monday(!), and I do plan on posting more regularly now that I am semi-caught-up.