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22 Oct

Ruby calls strollers “strollerwalks.” Yesterday Ruby wanted to push Joey in her doll stroller. His chubby little legs didn’t quite fit through the leg holes but we made it work.


No More Strings!

18 Oct

Ruby got her stitches (she called them her strings) out today–hooray! She was very brave and is happy to have them out.

This afternoon we all drove out to Harrisonburg for our church retreat. Here is Joe lounging on Ruby’s bed while I packed:

Because of some traffic and an accident we didn’t get into town until almost 9 tonight, and wanted to get some dinner. We were totally *those parents* with babies in a bar late at night, but the kids behaved beautifully despite some nasty looks from fellow patrons.



Joe Crying and Ruby Reading

17 Oct

Joe is a pretty happy baby so most of you have never seen his sad face.


Doesn’t it just break your heart?

I hate to leave a anyone with that image of Joe, so here is our sweet boy in his natural state:

Ruby decided to read “Go Dog Go” to me tonight.



16 Oct

The kids and I had a busy day today: Target, the doctor to get Ruby’s stitches out (they weren’t ready yet so we are going back on Friday), two trips to the Tricare office, and the commissary. Both Ruby and Joe were very well-behaved–hooray!

Here is Ruby ready to see the doctor:

She drew a picture while I was talking to the Tricare rep. This is how Ruby holds a pen:

Joe is already acting like a pesky little brother at times, especially when he pulls Ruby’s hair:





13 Oct

We are back in New Jersey for the weekend and visited a corn maze today. For a minute I thought that we would be wandering around in there forever but we eventually found our way out.

Here is Ruby swinging with Tio and Popsie before we went in:

Ruby in the maze:

Joe in the maze:

The four of us :


Fall has Fallen

10 Oct

It’s a cold and rainy day and I was finally able to break out some cute warm clothes for the kids. They weren’t terribly cooperative for our fall photoshoot.





Stitches Day Two

8 Oct

We took Ruby ‘s band-aid off for the first time this evening. None of us had actually seen the stitches before the doctor covered them up , so this was our first peek.


We had to wash the wound and then put another band-aid on. Ruby wasn’t happy about it but did pretty well with everything. She did get some Tylenol today because she kept saying “my boo-boo hurts!” Hopefully tomorrow she will feel better.

Joe has been rolling and moving all over the floor but keeps eluding my video. Perhaps tomorrow…



7 Oct

This afternoon I was sitting at the computer in the living room trying to sign us up for dental insurance when Ruby suddenly screamed and then ran in from the kitchen. She was completely naked and covered in blood.

It was terrifying.

I grabbed Ruby and saw that she had a deep cut on her left thumb, between the base and the joint. Fingers bleed a lot so it seemed much worse than it actually was. She had climbed onto the counter and opened a keurig cup with a sharp knife from the knife block, cutting herself in the process.

The cut looked bad enough that I decided to take her to the ER. Fortunately Matty was able to come with us because it would have been a rough trip alone. The doctor was excellent and did end up giving Ruby four stitches . To do this they strapped her to a body board, leaving only her left arm free. You can imagine how much Ruby enjoyed that.

She seems fine now and I am just grateful that it wasn’t worse.

Waiting for the doctor:

The nurse gave her a Popsicle when it was all over:

Lounging with Joe after the hospital:

Joe. Because he is so cute:



3 Oct

Joey rolled over from his back to his tummy today–twice! The first time I missed it but a bunch of the ladies in my small group saw him. Then I put him on his back again and he did it for me. Last night he was really close and I recorded several failed attempts, but I didn’t think to get my phone out today. One day I will catch him on tape–I promise.

Instead of awesome rolling footage here is a pic of Joe in the BOB:


Naked Ruby decided that she wanted to sit in “my own red seat on the counter” this afternoon:



1 Oct

Poor Joe has the sniffles, which means that neither he not I slept very well last night. He is so very sweet and I hate to see him sick.

I bought three stroller “leashes” for $10 off of amazon the other day. Originally I just planned on using one for extra security for myself when going down steep hills, but Ruby loves to hold onto one when she wants to walk rather than ride in the stroller, which I love as it keeps her close to me. Today she held on while we walked to meet some friends at the park.