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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March 7

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March Photo A Day: Something You Wore

It’s Purim, so we all dressed up and enjoyed the megilla reading. Toby was a stink bug (he made the costume himself), Nomi was a cowpoke, Mona was a bumblebee, and I was a leopard.

Little Man Four-Eyes

Welp, it’s official. Toby is getting glasses.

It started with his goopy eye and then his nasolacrymal duct surgery to clear it out.

Surgery went well, then we went back for a series of exams to determine his ability to see. Turns out, he is hyperopic (farsighted) and amblyopic (lazy eye), and having lots of trouble seeing.

Isn’t he cute?? He loved the yellow glasses with the interchangeable lenses. We are participating in a research study on treatments for kids with amblyopia, so we got free glasses (woo hoo!) and Toby really enjoyed trying on the different glasses.

So we go pick them up sometime next week and he will be in them full-time. Pics will be posted when we get them!

My girls

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Been playing with some of the filters on the phone today. Here are some results. Nomi is obsessed with her boots, so you will see most pictures of her are while wearing them.

Winter 2011-2012

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Come check out what we were doing from December to the end of February!

One Month Old!

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We had quite the dilemma deciding when exactly Mona was going to “turn over” her months, being born on the 31st of January. We decided that we would observe the last day of every month as her “monthly birthdays.”

Hard to believe she’s already been with us for a whole month!

February 18

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February Photo A Day: Drink

Breakfast time for Toby

Two Weeks

Mona turned two weeks old on Tuesday night. To celebrate, Paula (our midwife) showed up to weigh her and do her newborn screening and hearing test mandated by the State of PA. She was less than thrilled by the heel stick, but we got what we needed and she passed the hearing test with flying colors.

Paula brought her daughter (and my special buddy) Amanda to see Mona too. Amanda loves little girl babies, so was thrilled to hold her.

Mona weighed in at 7lb, 10oz, meaning in two weeks she was back to her birth weight. I’m excited to get back to prenatals with Paula. We’ll probably start back with the birth work in March.

Happy two weeks, Mona!

 

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!

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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.

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