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Family Photos 365 – Week 17


April 23, 2021 – 113 of 365 – Friday mornings are for music class in the park with this little sweet pea. We’ve been going to weekly classes (although they have rotated from in a school, to on zoom, and now to a park) since Julia was a baby, and I realized recently that with my last baby starting school five mornings a week in the fall, this little tradition is about to come to an end. My kids have always loved it and I’m starting to feel a little melancholy in anticipation. If you are looking for a great kids music class, First notes is so, so good.

Me: Julia, I see that someone has drawn on the windowsill here. I also see that “Flo” is written next to it.

Julia: Yes, Flo did it.

Me: And she signed her name?

Julia: Yes. [Definitive answer, but starting to look a little worried]

Me: You know…it doesn’t look much like Flo’s handwriting. Do you know whose handwriting it looks like?

Julia: …

Me: Yours, Julia. It looks like your handwriting.

Julia: [with a guilty but shameless smile] Okay, I did it.

April 24, 2021 – 114 of 365 – They make the most adorable messes.

April 25, 2021 – 115 of 365 – My sudden book worm. This is how we find her morning, noon and night.

April 26, 2021 – 116 of 365 – Our garage has looked like this since we moved into this house five years ago – Peeling paint, deteriorating wood, all the good stuff. Over those years I have mostly been pregnant or caring for a small baby or a toddler who hates sleep. Last year in a bold move, I painted that door red and then I gave up. This year, this day, I decided to make it a priority. This is the before.

April 27, 2021 – 117 of 365 – Primer, check.

April 28, 2021 – 118 of 365 – Some of my children are more inclined to splash in muddy puddles than others.

Her cheek dimples are everything.

April 29, 2021 – 119 of 365 – Julia is a rain or shine bike riding aficionado recently.

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Family Photos 365 – Week 16

April 16, 2021 – 106 of 365 – I confess that I did not take a photo on this day, but I did come home from shopping to find Julia sketching the picture on the left. She said it was a depiction of how a chicken is born. I don’t quite see her vision, and neither did Florence, so she drew the picture on the right to provide more clarity on the order of events. And Julia writes “MOM” on all of her artwork, which is the very best.

April 17, 2021 – 107 of 365 – In more Julia art, she made this card game. I’m not sure how you play, and I think the irregular card sizes may be a problem, but I love her creativity so, so much.

April 18, 2021 – 108 of 365 – I don’t wear makeup so much anymore, but whenever  I do, Julia always seems to realize and shows up to get in on the fun. When I was about her age, I remember sitting at my grandmother’s kitchen table with her putting makeup on me. I have especially fond memories of a particular frosted pink cream blush that I just loved. So, I don’t mind indulging Julia. Her particular favorite is my red lipstick, but so far we’ve stuck to the pink tones for her. I think she’s wearing me down though.

Date night portrait of me and Jason taken by Miss Florence.

April 19, 2021 – 109 of 365 – I had to interrupt the girls’ spa day to call them outside to see the double rainbow. You can’t see Florence’s face in this photo (such a serene shot, right?), but just know that it is covered in a mask of wet toilet paper like Michael Myers straight out of Halloween.

Julia can bumpity bump faster than anyone I’ve ever seen. “Fastest bumpity bumper in the west” is the title she has earned in our home.

APril 20, 2021 – 110 of 365 – This kid works those eyes for maximum impact like nobody’s business. Let me tell you.

April 21, 2021 – 111 of 365 – Fully vaccinated and feeling free. Also of note, where Louisa colored on my wall. My bookmark that Julia made for me. This photo that Florence took. The library book–because taking books out of the library is my newest obsession. I almost get as much of a happy rush from taking home a library book as I do from getting a new book at a book store. This one was a good quick read from the YA section.

April 22, 2021 – 112 of 365 – Julia is happy most of the time. But when she’s mad, she’s really, really mad. If she is really, really mad, and you tell a joke that hits just right, this is the face you get–where really, really mad meets uncontrollable laughter.

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Family Photos 365 – Week 15

April 9, 2021 – 99 of 365 – Vi may not be able to get around much anymore, but the kids are happy to blow her bubbles in her face for her to attack. This remains a favorite activity of hers.

April 10, 2021 – 100 of 365 – Now that the weather is warming up and we’re almost all vaccinated (!!!) that means more outdoor (and soon indoor!) visits from the cutest little nephew, who my kids all call baby Shane even though he is quite a bit bigger than Louisa, and getting close to being as tall as Julia.

Me: Florence, will you pose for a photo under the tree with your sisters?


April 11, 2021 – 101 of 365 – If anyone is interested in a television program delivered from a cardboard box that details the evolution of various Pokemon characters, do I have a show for you!

April 12, 2021 – 102 of 365 – It is not every day you find Peppa Pig routing through the box of legos in your playroom.

April 13, 2021 – 103 of 365 – Bubbles and flower petals might be my favorite combination.

April 14, 2021 – 104 of 365 – I like to call Trevor my dire wolf–always standing guard. When the kids come into our room in the middle of the night, he gets up and attempts to keep them out of our bed and herd them back to the door (a noble effort). We tell the kids it’s because the knows they are bad sheep who got out of their pen.

April 15, 2021 – 105 of 365 – Previous to this day, the window bench area in my room was the home of a pile of random items and a drying rack for our towels, so I gave it a little upgrade. Julia’s reaction was to tell me that I’m wasting all of our money on plants. Florence told me that our room was perfect now and all we needed to complete it was some kind of curtains. Only one of these children is speaking my language.

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Family Photos 365 – Week 14

April 2, 2021 – 92 of 365 – If Julia ever sees me putting on makeup, or even sees my makeup sitting out, she makes me put some on her. I’m happy to give her a little blush and eyeshadow, but her freckles are always the star of the show for me.

A post-“week of no TV” movie night celebration with pajamas and popcorn and Lou sneaking some “popcorns” to the dogs.

April 3, 2021 – 93 of 365 – [The night before.] “No, Florence, you cannot eat out of the half watermelon on the floor in the living room…you just can’t.” [I walk in next day to find this scene…at least they’re not in the living room.]

April 4, 2021 – 94 of 365 – On a walk with grandpa now that he’s fully vaccinated! Don’t mind me in my victorian woman who can’t let the sun touch her skin getup.

Purple+Yellow. Yellow+Purple.

April 5, 2021 – 95 of 365 – There is one thing that has made me a Trader Joe’s convert. These cheap ranunculus.

April 6, 2021 – 96 of 365 – This is 2.5 (+2 months because for some reason I can never remember the 2 1/2 checkups)

April 7, 2021 – 97 of 365 – This is my very favorite view.

April 8, 2021 – 98 of 365 – I call this, “It’s 10:30pm and I have not taken a photo today and I am in desperation mode.”

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