Mamatography Week 12: Welcome, Spring?

Happy Spring!

The snow won’t keep us from enjoying the outdoors, but it’s supposed to be SPRING, y’all! This is craziness!

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We have been spending this past week having lots of playdates at the park with our neighborhood friends.

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Enjoying laughs and toddler and childhood antics with all our dear friends before we pack up and move to Kodiak *sniff*

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Joe has really been enjoying puddle splashing, even in the cooooooold weather.

“Mama, I splash puddle! I splash puddle pleeeeeease?”

How can I say no?

Snack Time!

Joseph and Abbey have been having a brother-sister blast lately. It’s so fun to watch them together.

That was our week! How was YOURS?!

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Mamatography Week 11

This week has been rather crazy, with two illnesses (Abbey’s quite swift, and Joseph’s quite startling and sad), news that daddy is headed home from his boat with a broken foot (from playing street hockey with the guys from the boat), and me getting sick, too! In between all the craziness we had some fun play dates and dinners with our friends from the neighborhood, so all in all it was a good week.

I could have done without the sickness, though.

Oh, and I could have done without the snowstorm. I’m done with snow.

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Abbey and Joe making faces and giggling incessantly while I worked on papers for my college classes.

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Abbey making a funny face at our lunch date after Mass on Sunday. She and Joe love to make their own salads. Maybe her face is saying “Don’t steal my carrots!” LOL

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Silly Joe and his friend Larry hiding with their juice cups

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Our whole neighborhood gang of ruffigans showing off their table manners

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Silly Kiddos dancing Dance Central on the X-Box at a friend’s house.

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they were having so much fun!

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I should have known we were destined for a sick-day when Joe was yawning like this at 8:10 AM.

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Catching some comfort at mamas breast

(for the next 24 hours, he refused to nurse because it caused him too much pain to suck. Poor guy!)

He’s nursing again now

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Toddler falls asleep at 9:00 AM. Theeeeeere’s your sign that he’s not feeling well.

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Poor feverish boy

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Abbey playing a Sophia the First game on my iPad while Joseph napped

(subsequent days of the illness, he did NOT nap. . . )

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All wrapped up in three blankets after a warm comforting bath

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Playing and starting to feel better.

That was our week! How was YOURS?!

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Mamatography Week 10

Last week, my computer was in the shop all week long (she needed a new hard drive). Now that she’s back home, safe and sound, I can actually start editing and uploading photos again! Although, I have to admit that my pictures for the past week or so have been lacking. . . I’ve started another Semester of college classes, and a lot of my blogging/photo-editing/sewing time has been sucked up by getting organized with my classes.

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Joseph and Abbey “reading” the Bible at my friends’ church, where we attend a Wednesday night Bible Study and kids class.

 

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Joseph in the “supervisor’s” plastic hard hat given to him by one of the maintenance guys that came to replace one of our kitchen cabinets last week.

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He was an excellent supervisor

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My sweet girl in her Merida dress, making peanut butter sandwiches on her own (I cut the bread).

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This is where I found Joseph and Abbey one morning that I slept in – they came down the stairs and established themselves in the reading nook with books. I was pleasantly surprised!

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Joseph really likes the drum cushions that I made for the kids’ reading nook. And his tag reader. “That’s funny!” he giggled as I snapped the picture. He’s growing up so fast!

That was OUR week. How was YOURS?

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Mamatography Week 7

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Our week started out helping Abbey make and sign 28 Valentines for her classmates. I got the bookmark idea from Pinterest (It’s on my Valentines Crafts board, along with quite a few other crafts that I didn’t get around to doing!) She had to take breaks about every fourth or fifth Valentine signature.

Practice for when she becomes famous, I guess.

. . . because you KNOW she will! haha

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Joseph has been getting over a double ear infection (poor guy!)

and one night would NOT go to sleep

so Daddy read The Seals on the Bus over and over.

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The next day we baked pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, replacing the oil with greek yogurt. They were delicious and we snacked on them all week long. Abbey enjoyed helping to measure the dry ingredients. Joe enjoyed licking the batter off a spoon.

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We got some more snow this past week, so our sledding hill was once again snowy enough to go sledding down. We thought Joe might be scared since it was his first time going down the big hill, but he had a blast!

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Abbey’s kind of a sledding (and marching back up the hill) expert at this point, having already had two winters of practice!

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I was mamarazzi as we walked back the few blocks to our street.

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We had a few hours of lazying around this week

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And some playtime with good friends (“rawr!”)

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We also got our very first Thomas the train toy.

Joe LOVES Thomas.

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And his friend “my plane, Jeremy!”

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Raven, however, is unimpressed. She just naps on the couch and barks when people come to our door.

Good dog, that Raven.

That was OUR week. How was YOURS?

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Mamatography Week 6

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I literally stayed in my bed for five minutes after the kids asked to go downstairs and THIS is what happened.

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That’s ok. They redeemed themselves beautifully by sharing while making daddy a new painting!

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This past week was dominated by sewing for my Silly Bear Handmade Shop diaper stocking.

This Robots Hybrid Fitted is my favorite!

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Like I said . . . dominated by sewing diapers! LOL

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This sweet diaper was a custom order from a friend, neighbor and loyal Silly Bear Handmade customer for one of her pastors at church, whose wife just gave birth to beautiful baby girl!

If you can’t read it because of the angle, it’s James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift comes from above”

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Joseph is always super happy when I let him join me at the sewing desk and press the embroidery “go” button.

He sure loves “beep beeps”

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This week we welcomed daddy home from his 65 day patrol!

Joseph was eager to help him empty his seabag.

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Another fluffy photo. I love fluff.

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Joe being silly, sitting and playing with his Coast Guard bear on the elliptical in our bedroom.

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That was OUR week. How was YOURS?!

 

That was OUR week. How was YOURS?

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Mamatography Week 5

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I have been sewing like mad this week. These fun and vibrant fleece pocket diapers (with snap down rise to make them one-size, fitting NB to Toddler!) have been, like, my life recently. I’m either cutting, sewing, or embroidering them this week. I’m stocking my Silly Bear Handmade shop with fleece pocket diapers and Hybrid Fitteds this Friday!

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For the first 24 hours after I stock the shop, ALL diapers are $10 (Yep! you heard me right! $10). . . so, head on over on Friday and grab a diaper for more than 50% off!!!! You won’t regret it! :)

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Joseph has been very focused lately, furthering his fine motor skills.

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And like I said, I’ve been sewing like a madwoman this week. But I haven’t JUST been sewing diapers. . .

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Abbey requested a Snow White dress for her dress up collection, and her wish became a reality this week!

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I snapped this pic of me multitasking in order to finish her dress before I picked her up from preschool.

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She was super pleased!

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We had a fun week here, although we’re all hoping that it will warm up just a FEW degrees so we can enjoy playing at the park again soon! It’s been wavering between 22′ and 29′ this week. . . with a crazy wind chill.

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That was OUR week. How was YOURS?

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Mamatography Week 4

Our week began with Joseph being totally uninterested in posing for pictures.

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Apparently, he is wishing on Spring by wearing his golashes EVERYWHERE.

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Jo Jo was VERY interested in poking holes in a plastic bag full of too-small-for Abbey clothing

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And the next day, he was very interested in the drum cushions that I made for the kids’ reading area.

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This week, we welcomed some of our friends back from their winter vacation. We had a playdate at our house, and then the next day, playdate and dinner at theirs!

Mmmmmmm popcicles for dessert!

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I have had no lack of cooking helpers in my kitchen this week! Joseph enjoyed helping me make home made mac and cheese. . .

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And Abbey and Joe also made cookies with me. . .

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And helped make chicken gnocchi soup, too.

Three days, three different awesome experiences of kids in the kitchen! I love the opportunities for natural learning that are so plentiful in the kitchen!

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I mean, really, who can resist being in the kitchen when cooking is so cool!?

Speaking of cooking, Gretchen from That Mama Gretchen and I have developed a blog hop called The Plentiful Pantry, and we want YOU to join in! Won’t you join us? I posted yesterday with a call for participation. Check it out, and link up on the 15th!

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Oh, and we got a few more inches of snow this week before it all started to melt off.

Will it be spring soon? Who knows up here in New England!

That was OUR week. How was YOURS?

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Mamatography Week 3

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This week, Joseph has loved playing with this. What are these toys called anyway? (LOL) They’re great!

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We have also been interested in the froggy potty. Potty learning is still months and months away, but as he continues to shows interest, I’ll encourage him!

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Joseph is also really interested in anything and everything that makes a “beep!” noise. This includes my embroidery machine.

So, I have been teaching him that he may help me press the “go” button when I’m doing embroidery.

He’s always pointing things out that make a “beep!” noise. He calls them beep beeps.

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One morning, mommy made smoothies and they were a BIG hit! We didn’t have any straws though . . . so we ate the smoothies with spoons. Yum!

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I also tried an idea I found on Pinterest, using egg roll wraps and cheese sticks to make healthier Mozzarella sticks that are baked, not fried. Another big hit. They were delicious!

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Abbey made a fantastic mess of dress up clothes in the living room (so much FUN!) while I was painting an old dresser bright green for her room.

. . .she was very grumpy when I told her I’d have to finish the topcoat of paint on her dresser before I could play the Queen in her game.

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But soon became happy, prissy, adventurous princess once more. . .

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And the dresser turned out GREAT. I’m so glad I rescued it from being thrown out by our neighbors. . . it looks awesome painted green!

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Mamatography Week 2

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Joseph, passed out not even a minute after grocery shopping at the beginning of the week.

Redecorating the dining room. . . making slight changes to the house. The mirror (that used to be opposite the window in the living room area) brings so much more light to our “cavelike” dining space!

Diaper change- complete.

Rockin some new stylish hand-me-downs from a neighbor!

Bye, mom! I’m ready to go play in the SNOW!

YAY for fresh snow!!!! On Wednesday morning :)

“Hey, girl. . . I’ll shovel the drive for you.” LOL

Looks just like daddy in this picture!!!! LOVE!

Walking in a winter wonderland!

Sledding on Thursday. Look, mom. No hands!

The snow also makes Raven happy!

Picked up Abbey from preschool early so she could sled with us before the sun went down!

hanging out with my little snow-boy!

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I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!

No, really. . . I’m gonna need some help here.

Nervous at first, these adorable sledding buddies really got into riding down the hill after a while.

 

And that was OUR week!

How was YOURS!?

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Without further ado, here are the Mama/Papatography 2013 participants!

 

 

 

Mamatography 2013 Week 1!

Last year, I participated in Mamatography 2012 with Luschka of Diary of a First Child and many other dedicated and talented mama-photographers!

This year, I’m at it again!

The first few weeks of 2013 will definitely be iPhone shots and Instagram photos, as we are in Houston visiting my mom and dad for the holidays, but I promise I’ll be back to my experimental manual photography soon enough (you know, when the Maine weather cooperates, or I can finally figure out how to configure my camera perfectly for indoor shots on manual!)

If you are a blogger and interested in participating in Mamatography 2013, check out Luschka and Mama Jorje’s blogs, Diary of a First Child and Mama

Jorje for more details and to join the list of participants.

. . . and on to the photos of our first week of 2013!

We have been having a lovely time at my mom and dad’s. Abbey loves to cuddle with grandma. . .

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And the Silly Bears are so proud of the Christmas tree that they helped pick out AND decorate!

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We enjoyed riding the Galveston Ferry this past Sunday & look forward to a Houston ZOO Trip!

 

joseph and boat Joseph is missing daddy pretty badly, but we have been appeasing him by explaining that daddy’s on the boat working and then quickly making a game out of the subject.

Pretending to call daddy on the phone is his favorite distraction game, but blowing kisses and playing with “daddy’s boat” in the bath tub are good ones, too.

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Joseph is growing so quickly – learning new words and mannerisms every day!

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I also got my engagement ring fixed this week. . . seriously, how does PLATINUM break?

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And we’ll conclude with an adorable pic of Joe “calling daddy” on grandpa’s old flip phone.

That was our first week of 2013. How was YOURS?