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Family Photos 365 – Week 13

March 26, 2021 – 85 of 365 – I did a crazy thing the week of spring break, I banned tv.

I have never been a no screen parent, but all of the screen time had really started taking over every moment of free time in a way that even I could not tolerate–first thing in the morning, as soon as they got home after school, before everyone had even finished dinner–TV, TV, TV. It was a TV addiction situation and it was too much. I decided spring break would be the perfect time to drop the habit. I kind of expected the kids to lose their minds when I broke the news to them, but they took it surprisingly well. I told them we’d do other fun things and we’d have more time to play together and be outside. Then we clicked those Rokus off and left them off for the week. I felt very brave.

Day one I took all three kids out by myself to fly a kite. It was pretty much a good time, although chaotic. Florence decided to also bring along a sketch pad and crayons in her backpack , because a windy open field is also a great place to do some sketching apparently. I talked her out of the lap desk.

March 27, 2021 – 86 of 365 – Day 2 we went on our first hike of the season at Ridley Creek State Park. We saw a little waterfall and picked wild flowers and Julia threw herself on the ground at one point and refused to hike any longer. Am I a terrible mother that I find these sorts of tantrums incredibly adorable? I often take covert videos in the moment, which seems really mean, but my kids absolutely love watching themselves flip out after the episode has passed. They too realize how crazy they were being.

We also watched our first front steps sunset of the season.

March 28, 2021 – 87 of 365 – Harry Potter got me through spring break no tv, that is for sure. Florence spent every spare moment with her nose in a book.

March 29, 2021 – 88 of 365 – During Louisa’s nap one day, Florence and Julia made a circus show for me and Jason. Florence was a clown who couldn’t juggle (on purpose…that was the schtick) and a hula hoop tight rope walker. Julia was a broom “horseback” rider and the funniest strong man I have ever seen, who picked up various items around the yard with mixed success. The best part though might have been the two of them taking turns announcing each other and providing vocal musical accompaniment from inside the tent on their Frozen karaoke player.

March 30, 2021 – 89 of 365 – Dancing hair on dancing girls.

March 31, 2021 – 90 of 365 – This is the face of a two year old who doesn’t want to hear your reasonable explanations for why she can’t dye eggs all by herself and a father who does not enjoy doing crafty projects, most especially with two year olds who don’t want to hear your reasonable explanations.

April 1, 2021 – 91 of 365 – They want to make tiny flower bouquets every single day and I try to remember to never be in too much of a rush to let them do it.

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Family Photos 365 – Week 12

March 19, 2021 – 78 of 365 – Once there is a week of warm weather, I don’t care if the next week is frigid and we’re all in winter coats and hats, it’s grilling weather and there is no turning back.

March 20, 2021 – 79 of 365 – It was a good day of planting in the garden with some little helpers. Julia was my shadow, wanting to put the seeds in and pat down the soil. I’m so glad I asked Jason to take this photo of me and my girls after a good day of hard work. Florence wanted to take a swing at being the photographer too and took the photo below of me, Lou, and Julia. Not half bad and I’m very into this development and what it could mean for me appearing in our family photos in the future.


March 21, 2021 – 80 of 365 – Tea parties in the backyard are back! In addition to grilling season, it is outdoor tea party season. I know dresses are the preferred attire, but I feel good about Julia’s sensible outdoor pajamas (outdoor pajamas have to have pants according to Julia–her Minnie nightgown is for indoor use only) and Louisa’s overalls and ponytails are the height of fashion in my personal opinion.

March 22, 2021 – 81 of 365 – The very last thing we did before the world shut down last March, was attend Florence’s live theater productions. Back then, I don’t think you ever could have convinced me that just over a year later, in March 2021, this is how her theater performance would look. I could focus on the negative here. It’s a bummer to have to perform and/or watch a performance over zoom. But I have to say that when I really think about it, the resourcefulness of people over this last year–making things work when everything has been turned upside down and the usual way of doing things are inaccessible–has blown my mind over and over again.

March 23, 2021 – 82 of 365 – You know it’s going to be a great day when it starts off with a work crew sawing into your street, directly in front of your open windows, at 7:30am. GOOD MORNING WORLD!

In case you think zoom dance looks like little girls obediently following their tiny computer teacher from my living room every week, here is another take. Picture below taken immediately after Julia clocked Lou in the head with her water bottle. It’s definitely not all pliés and relevés.

March 24, 2021 – 83 of 365 – School drop off co-pilot. He looks stoic, but when we got to the vet, he tried to jump across the arm rests into my lap. (Don’t worry. It was just a check-up.)

March 25, 2021 – 84 of 365 – When the whole family is together, Louisa will sometimes out of nowhere say, “I love mom. And dad. And Florence. And Julia. And me. I love my family.” It is painfully adorable. So, as Lou herself says, she loves Florence.

But…are you familiar with Elmyra from Tiny Toons? Because Florence’s love for Louisa can sometimes have an intensity that walks the line of being worthy of an Elmyra comparison. Louisa’s face in this photo tells me that story.

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Family Photos 365 – Week 11

March 12, 2021 – 71 of 365 – I told her to put on a coat to go to the park. She put on a baby blanket worn as a cape. I accepted the compromise.

March 13, 2021 – 72 of 365 – A Florence-cat in her natural habitat–playing The Legend of Zelda to pass the time. (Side note, my goal now is to write captions that amuse my kids and make them laugh. It is my greatest weekly accomplishment.)

March 14, 2021 – 73 of 365 – First carriage ride of the season.

March 15, 2021 – 74 of 365 – Two. I love this age–so sweet and sassy and emotional and innocent and curious and delightful. The perfect mix of the baby who still needs you and the big girl who is figuring the world out on her own.

March 16, 2021 – 75 of 365 – This is Vi’s happy place. She has always been an anxious dog and since we’ve been home with her aaaaaall the time this last year, she is taking it extra hard when we go out and leave her alone. It is fortunate for her that she also is the sweetest.

March 17, 2021 – 76 of 365 – Hair salon time. Florence has been making all of these little adorable creatures with her craft kit and she asked me to make a nest in her hair for the chick she made. I may be imagining it because I saw him fall out about 10 times, but I feel like the chick’s expression is saying “help!”

March 18, 2021 – 77 of 365 – “What is this furniture you speak of? All I see is a jungle gym.” -Florence, pretty much every day

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Family Photos 365–Week 10

March 5, 2021–64 of 365 – Lou still wants to be the baby. If you try to call her a big girl, she will correct you. With her being our youngest, and last baby, I am completely fine with that. And how fortunate for her that she is the baby and won’t have to fight some new baby for our attention.

March 6, 2021–65 of 365 – I don’t know, I think it may be time for three chairs at the island.

March 7, 2021–66 of 365 – After creating an incredible amount of mess throughout the house, Julia moved on to the stairs, setting up separate rooms for her dolls up and down the steps. Very safe and sensible for sure.

March 8, 2021–67 of 365 – Whenever I see the first signs of spring, I think of the scene from The Secret Garden where they discover that the garden is “wick”–alive. When we’re just coming out of a long, snowy winter with short, dark days, I don’t think there is any better feeling in the world than seeing everything in the garden come to life.

Florence created a little brunch/restaurant experience for her sisters. Jason and I were the cooks. Jason and I are always the cooks.

March 9, 2021–68 of 365 – Spring means open windows all day, every day.

March 10, 2021–69 of 365 – Grandma’s first day back without masks and WITH a full vaccination!!!!! Louisa couldn’t hang from the excitement. And now Julia keeps asking me if people are “fully vaccinated.” It is a strange world we live in.

March 11, 2021–70 of 365 – Kisses for mom through the screen, because the windows were open. Have I mentioned the windows were open? They were. They were open.

Spring has slowly become my favorite season since having kids and this year it is “MY FAVORITE!!!”–all caps, exclamation point, exclamation point, exclamation point.

Tiny flowers in a tiny vase for Julia’s calico critters doll house.

Please note the shriveled, old snowman carrot under Louisa’s seat. Sorry snowman, but I’m not sad to see you gone.

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