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Friday in Richmond

12 Nov

Last Friday the kids and I drove down to Richmond to meet up with my mom, my sister Rebecca, and Rebecca’s kids. Our first stop was Richmond Granite to pick out granite for my parents’ house. The children were very helpful.

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Later we had lunch and then went to the mall, where a little carousel provided much amusement.

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Shoes!

6 Nov

I took Ruby to Payless for the first time today, to find some black shoes for her and black boots for me. Oh my. She is such a girl. Trying to focus her attention away from pink! Dora! Glitter! Princesses! was challenging, but we finally made it out of there with exactly what I had wanted and (almost) nothing more.

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Thank God Sophie kept Joe entertained so I could focus on his crazy sister.

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Halloween and Beyond

5 Nov

So Halloween was almost a week ago and I am just now getting around to posting pictures. That’s just how I roll these days I guess.

Halloween was actually super fun. We had a really classy party in our driveway and garage with new and old friends. Matty dressed up as Walter White from “Breaking Bad” and even handed out fake Blue Sky to anyone in the know. Ruby was an owl again, Joe was a monster, and I was a pirate. These are the best pictures we got (really):

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On Friday morning we recovered from the party and then drove down to Norfolk for the weekend. On Saturday we got to watch Megan and Ricky play their last soccer games of the season. They both played really well and even scored goals. Ruby and Joe played with Jenna and Ben during the games.

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Today the kids and I walked down to vote and then went to the park and out for lunch. Ruby behaved beautifully. Joe slept the whole time.

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Not-so-little Girl

30 Oct

I realized today how quickly Ruby is growing up as I had a flash-forward to her teenage years: hoodie, purse, and Starbucks beverage (chocolate milk with whipped cream for now).

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And here is Joe in the stroller at the park this evening.

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Bouncy Frog

28 Oct

Joe is really enjoying Ruby’s old bouncy frog that Matty just pulled out of retirement.

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Ruby still loves it too.

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Two for the Price of One

26 Oct

The kids sitting in the cart at Costco today:

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Joseph Four Months

25 Oct

Joe is four months old today and I completely forgot to take a picture of him until I was getting him ready for bed. He had been asleep on our bed and did not appreciate being roused from his dreams.

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Rallying for Audrey Grace

25 Oct

My childhood friend Grey and his wife Monica recently had a sweet baby girl named Audrey Grace. She was born with a heart defect that required immediate surgery and has been fighting ever since. A few days ago Audrey Grace was having a particularly rough time so Monica asked Grey, an avid baseball fan, to put on his rally cap for her. Grey posted a picture to facebook and now all of their friends and family have been rallying too, including Joe.

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Joe’s Four Month Check-Up

23 Oct

Joe will be four months old on Friday and had his check-up today. He is still a big boy but not off the charts anymore: 17 lbs (90th percentile) and 26 in long (87th percentile). His PCM says he is just perfect and very advanced developmentally. Joe handled his shots like a champ, only crying for about 30 seconds.

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Play Day

23 Oct

Yesterday Ruby and Joe had two fun play dates. In the morning my friends Sharon and Laura and Laura’s kids Owen and Emmy came over and we all went to the park. Future classmates (USNA 2035) Emmy and Joe watched the older kids play:

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Owen and Ruby (USNA 2033) got along really nicely–doesn’t Owen have a gorgeous smile?

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In the evening some of my friends from small group got together and the kids made their own pizzas for dinner:

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