Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pool Fun 2015

This year we bought ourselves a waterproof camera, so we could get some pictures at the pool since we spend such a big chunk of our time there during the summer. (It's also why I have so many pictures from the beach!)

You can see we've been having lots of fun this summer!

Monday, August 10, 2015


It's been a long time since I've uploaded pictures from my phone! These start all the way back from April 2015 - July 2015.

If you give a toddler your cell phone so she'll stay awake in the car seat on the way might end up with a million toddler selfies in your camera roll.

Making art at the children's museum.

Toddler science project: what happens when we pour water on the sidewalk chalk?

Taking a nap on the garden cart at Home Depot.

Mommy and me selfie (with froyo!).

Being a crayon at the library.

Finding Waldo with Daddy.

MC is not the only one enjoying her big girl bed.

We usually stop by the local bakery after our trip to the library. MC almost always gets the sprinkle sugar cookie!

Taking her baby doll for a stroller walk in the backyard.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Life with Piper

Here are some pictures of our Piper-girl. She has been with us for about 8 months now, and we are getting to know her better all the time.

We call her a cat-dog. There are several reasons why...this is one of them...she climbs or jumps on everything! (Luckily the only thing she wants to climb on inside the house is the back of the couch.)

We know that she is husky-terrier. We think she's part vegetarian.

And maybe there's some fox mixed in there, too - check out that bushy tail!

She likes to sleep in some very strange spots and positions.

She loves her crate. She will happily go in it when we leave the house and at night. She also goes in there of her own accord just to nap.

She is quite the huntress. She's dug up 6 moles in our backyard so far this summer!

This is usually where she can be found when MC is getting ready for nap or bed.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Children's Museum

Last week we had a play date with a friend at one of the local children's museums. This museum is my personal favorite children's museums - it is usually not over crowded; it is well maintained, and there are lots of volunteers to keep things running smoothly.

Painting the walls in the art space (an enclosed room with glass walls and every surface is paintable).

Fishing and floating boats in the outdoor river.

Looking through the microscope in the science area.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Family Pictures - 2015

We had family pictures made in May, and I'm just now getting around to printing/framing them, so I thought I'd share a few of our favorites.

We used a new-to-us photographer that was recommended by our friends who also have young kids. We wanted some "lifestyle" shots in our backyard that included Piper. I knew with a puppy and a toddler we were going to get very few posed shots where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling! And, let's be honest, not much of our life these days includes anyone sitting still!

We chose to do them at home in our backyard instead of a location shoot because we figured MC would warm up quicker if she was in a familiar space. And we included a few of MC's current favorite toys (baby doll, big bouncy ball) to capture some of her life at 3 years old.

The photographer did a great job of working with us and just letting MC roam and play, so the pictures came out as really natural and not staged, which I love.

My big love and my little love.

I love her elbow propped up on BD's shoulder in this shot; she has done that with him since she was probably around 8 months old. Also love that she's got her Serious Toddler Face on, an MC specialty.

The whole family - I love how MC is laughing at Piper in this shot. Piper was racing around the yard having fun and stopped just for a split second with us when we sat down on the quilt.

Love this shot of them playing together.

Me and my sweet girl!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Conversations at 3

She is sweeping the floor...

MC: My job is to broom!
LA: You're doing a great job.
MC: Daddy's job is to work.
LA: Oh yeah? What's my job?
MC: I don't know.
LA: What do you think it might be?
MC: Wash dishes!

We are playing outside....

LA: I need to go in and use the bathroom.
MC: Ok, you may.


MC: Where did we get Piper from?
LA: We adopted her from a dog rescue program.
MC: Did you order her on the computer?


We're walking into Whole Foods...

MC: (loudly) Mama, is dis da place you call Whole Paycheck?


We took family pictures back in May, and she's heard me tell a couple of people that we had to "work really hard to get a smile out of MC". Now, when she sees herself smiling in a picture...

MC: Am I'm getting a smile out in this one?


Looking at the prints from our family pictures...

MC: Oooohh, we should put this one on our blog!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summer Vacation 2015 - Hilton Head Island, SC

We spent last week on sunny, beautiful Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. This was our 3rd trip to HHI (see also: our first trip, MC's first trip), and as usual we had a blast! We stayed in the same condo complex that we've stayed the other times, so we were across the street from the beach but with private beach access.

We spent a ton of time at the beach, and MC loved every second of it. At one point while they were playing in the waves, she told BD, "I LOVE THE SEA!!!"

She would go out as far into the ocean as we would let her and was constantly asking to go farther. We were a bit wary given all of the shark attacks this summer, so we didn't go any deeper than our waists. The beaches at HHI are wide and flat so we could actually go pretty far off shore and still be in shallow water, so she had plenty of room to play.

We were on the beach each morning before 9am and...promptly stopped to have a snack, regardless of the fact that we had just had breakfast at the condo...proving the fact that snacks on the beach are the best!

MC had no qualms about getting sand in every crack and crevice of her body. It seemed to be her goal each day to bring back as much sand in her swimsuit as possible.  

We also spent several afternoons in the pool at our condo.

We had a couple of afternoons that were cloudy and overcast after a thunderstorm rolled through, so that gave us a nice break from the heat.

We spent one morning at the children's museum, and it had a lot of fun and interesting exhibits. MC showed off her fearless climbing skills on the rock walls.

And we raced some soap box derby cars on the track.

She spent a lot of time playing veterinarian for their collection of stuffed dogs.

And she made some music with BD.

More beach pics...

We went out to dinner one night and had to sit in the truck and wait out a rain storm. So we entertained ourselves by taking selfies.

After dinner we went to an ice cream shop for dessert. I think this was MC's first taste of mint chocolate chip (my favorite!). She was most impressed by the chocolate dipped waffle cone.

Another family selfie while out shopping for souvenirs.

Her favorite souvenir from the trip...a giant lollipop!