Spring Walk

We took a walk today, as the weather was so perfect.

I was fascinated by the hyacinths in the yard – we have pink, purple, and white (and neither of us remembered planting pink ones!).

I found the tiniest little daffodil in a neighbor’s yard.

Toby and Nomi enjoyed some time on the playground at the church just a few houses down from us.

The trees were all budding.

The slide, of course, was a big hit.

Daddy and Mona snuggled in the tire swing.

The kids enjoyed posing for pictures.

Nomi needed a bit of help getting up the ladder, but managed it pretty well.

Toby is getting too big for his tricycle. It’ll go to Nomi soon.

Soon we got bored of the playground and decided to keep walking down the street.

Daddy and I took lots of pictures – I took over 150 on the walk alone!

We stopped and spoke to a neighbor who had just gotten his family farm (in the family since the ’20s) preserved by the Lancaster Farmland Trust. He was so excited, and it’s great to see some of the idyllic Pennsylvania countryside preserved from development.

Mona was still wide awake and just hanging out on Daddy’s shoulder when we reached home again.

I hope our spring will be full of these walks. We live in such a beautiful place.

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Breakfast with Grammy

First Lovely Day

Today was the first gorgeous day this spring. We spent the morning hanging out and cleaning, then headed outside.

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My little man, looking so grown up.

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“Mama, do you have to take a picture of me?”

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Nomi loves playing in the dirt.

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Not walking yet, but getting around.

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“Hmmm… what do I do with all these cups?”

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It’s spring in PA, which means that the stink bugs have come out of cryo-freeze to cover my carpet with their ugly, crunchy little carcasses. They are literally everywhere, so much so that Keith and I, hippies that we are, are thinking seriously about getting an exterminator. But first? Insulation so that they can’t just crawl through the walls. 😛

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The hyacinths and daffodils are out in the kitchen garden. Needs to be weeded desperately. Memo to self.

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The sandbox that Grammy and Grampy got the kids is a brand-new hit now that it’s been uncovered and it’s nice enough to play outside again. It’s really fun watching Toby and Nomi play together, as well.

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Here is one of the most stunning pictures of Nomi I’ve ever seen. Just beautiful. Look at those blue eyes!

Playdate with the Deedskis

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Nomi and Toby (read: Mom & Dad) had a play date with some of their good friends at the Park City Play Place – Kirsten and Jason’s kids, Anthony, Ethan, and Keira.

The Food Update

Toby has had issues surrounding food for his whole life, and we have been on diet after diet to see if we could isolate exactly what foods were triggering his reactions. We had seen doctor after doctor and even an allergist, trying to find a reason.

We went to a specialist, and FINALLY got a pretty good answer for at least SOME of the problems we’ve been having.

Toby didn’t test positive for any allergies or intolerances again. He did, however, test positive for an intestinal parasite. The doctor believes that the “food reactions” we were seeing were actually the life cycle of the parasite, flaring up, laying eggs, dying, and then becoming dormant again. That’s why it seemed so random. We still need to ask about peanuts, since we saw a reaction every time to them.

The most interesting part is that she tested me as well. Apparently, I tested most strongly reactive to dairy (lactose and casein), eggs, and oats. She also thinks that I have the same parasite (and passed it to Toby), which is causing my weight to drop drastically and assorted other issues.

SO.

Toby can now eat whatever he wants (yay!), and I am totally off all dairy, eggs, and oats. It’s REALLY tough, but I’m already feeling better – without ever knowing I was feeling badly to begin with. We’re hoping I can go back on the foods that I can’t eat once my gut is healed.

We are both on a detox program – Toby on a kid’s detox and me on a very light one, so that Nomi will get some of the detox, but it won’t shock her system. We check in every week to evaluate progress.

I’ll keep you updated as things go on, but this is VERY good news!

Recently

Whew.

September is crazy around here. We’re currently in the middle of the Great Stink Bug Invasion, and are under the opinion that China can have these bugs back. They’re horrible. Here’s just a normal day at our place (those bugs are on the INSIDE).

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We’ve found a great playground called Daniel’s Den, and Toby has been loving the rings.

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Here are some fun pics of Nomi, who is now reliably sitting up and getting sweeter and more adorable every day.

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We’re in the middle of Sukkot right now, so some fun fall pictures will be coming soon.

Pictures from the visit

Here are some pictures from Gram & Gramps’ visit to Conestoga!

I apologize for not updating recently. I’ll get back into things as things calm down over here and we get back into a routine.

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Nomi is sitting up!

Busy, busy!

It’s been a while since we updated last. The kids are napping

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so I’ll take a bit of time to update.

This week, we’ve found out what happens when you give a 2 year old a Hershey bar

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We also did some canning, so Toby played with the pots and pans on the floor

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… and climbed into the lazy susan.

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Remember that pumpkin? It’s orange now!

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We also took a few walks and Toby was entranced by this bird on the telephone wires.

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Naomi enjoyed her first run-in with a toy on Monday.

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Toby studied up for our Dungeons & Dragons campaign.

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He goofed off by putting his sister’s socks on his hands, too. Strange little guy!

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Toby also spent the whole day Wednesday with NO DIAPER! He’s getting very good at pottying.

Busy week and busy kids!

Our Weekend

Our weekend in pictures:

Friday morning, we sent Grammy, Grandmama, Abuelo, and Julie off, and went back to the house.

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Toby had fun watching a movie with the doll they had gotten for Naomi.

Then we went for a walk.

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We saw LOTS of butterflies.

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We also met the man who has the little produce stand and the big garden at the corner of Sand Hill and Shady Ln.

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Toby enjoyed it so much, he fell asleep.

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We ate most of our meals outside because the weather was so lovely.

On Saturday, we did some weeding in the morning and then took a trip down the road to Susquehannock State Park.

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The views were gorgeous, and the trail was pretty easy. Toby enjoyed running around all the wooded areas and looking out over the river.

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He also rode in the backpack for the first time in a LONG time.

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There was lots of beautiful foliage around. It’s a gorgeous park, and we’ll definitely go back sometime.

Sunday, we went to my midwife’s potluck lunch for all of her homebirthing mamas, and then went to our normal summer Sunday night haunt, Long’s Park.

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It rained, but the band was really good.

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I got to snuggle with Toby,

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and Keith played on his phone and snuggled with Naomi.

We were soaking wet by the end of the night, but it was loads of fun.

Ooh, and one more thing – I was propping Naomi up on Saturday, and realized that she can sit without me holding her!

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She can’t sit up by herself yet, but if you put her there, she’ll stay! My little girl is growing up so quickly!

Hope your weekends were as lovely as ours were.

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