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NYC Day Two: Cultured Kids

4 Dec

This morning we went to the Guggenheim, which was awesome–what an amazing space. I would like to think that Ruby enjoyed the art, but I really think she just enjoyed the space, as we all did.

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After the museum we stopped by the Ancient Playground, which was so neat. Ruby especially loved being chased by Uncle Matt, and Joe enjoyed swinging.

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It was a beautiful day and such fun to enjoy the weather at a park right on Museum Mile.

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We walked through Central Park to get to a Christmas Market on Columbus Circle, where we all grabbed lunch.

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Tonight we made a valiant attempt to witness the lighting of the Christmas (holiday?) tree at Rockefeller Center, but ran into HUGE crowds, so we came back to the apartment to watch it on TV and drink cider instead.

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Noah was here today too but barely made it into any pictures, so here is a special one. Isn’t he adorable?

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NYC

4 Dec

Rachel, Matt, Noah, Ruby, Joe, and I took the train into New York yesterday for three days of sightseeing. Here is Ruby ready for the ride:

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The kids on the train:

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Noah enjoying the sights from Daddy’s shoulders:

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Ruby got to meet TWO Mickeys in Times Square:

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She also got to ride the Ferris wheel inside the amazing Toys R’ Us:

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Baby Noah!

4 Dec

We finally got to meet sweet Baby Noah on Monday!

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Joey is fascinated by his (barely) younger cousins.

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Ruby missed her Auntie Rachel.

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Thanksgiving Weekend in New Jersey

1 Dec

These were my children on Tuesday afternoon, shortly before we left DC to head north for the long weekend:

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I probably should not have let them sleep then but I had stuff to do. In any case, the trip ended up being extremely long (we went 16 miles in the first two hours ) and Ruby and Joe didn’t sleep much, even though we got in close to midnight. Thank God we have the new van–at least we were comfortable.

On Wednesday Joe ate food for the first time–homemade applesauce. He LOVED it, so much so that he cried when I took away the spoon.

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Ruby and her (second?) cousin Abby played the organ together at Gigi and Great’s on Thanksgiving:

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Auntie Natalie brought Ruby a cookie decorating kit and Ruby had so much fun with it!

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To use up the leftover icing Natalie used Ruby for her canvass, which the dogs enjoyed:

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Joseph Five Months

25 Nov

Ruby’s expression pretty perfectly captures how Monday mornings make me feel:

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Our little guy is five months old today. I really try to enjoy every minute because I know they’re both growing up so fast, but there are days that really test me and today was one of those days. Ruby has started testing out new phrases like “I hate you” and “Joey’s stupid,” and Joe did not want to be put down at all today. I also loathe packing and still need to get that done for our trip to NJ tomorrow.

At least our kids are cute…

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…and sweet.

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What a blessing our boy has been for the past five months.

Ready for Church

24 Nov

Ruby dressed herself today!

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Happy Joe at the nursery:

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Two Parks &c

23 Nov

Yesterday the kids and I went to a park in Shirlington and Joe and I watched Ruby scale this huge rock:

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Today the whole family went to a different park after a trip to Costco and we all had fun playing. Poor Joe was stuck wearing Ruby’s pink sweatshirt because we forgot his sweater.

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Here are a few cute ones of Joe from the past few days:

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