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Apr 21

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Apr 20

First swing.

First swing.

Apr 18

impromptu e street bbq

Last Sunday, it was so beautiful outside that us and a bunch of our neighbors randomly decided to fire up our grills, turn on some music and pull out all of our food, chairs, and toys into the back alley and have an impromptu bbq with the kids. It was awesome.

Apr 16

Baby toes kill me every time.

Baby toes kill me every time.

Happy birthday to this amazing man. To me, you will always be the 29 year old I fell in love with 15 years ago. Thank you for loving me and I guess I can now say, growing old with me. We love you more than words.

Happy birthday to this amazing man. To me, you will always be the 29 year old I fell in love with 15 years ago. Thank you for loving me and I guess I can now say, growing old with me. We love you more than words.

Apr 14

weekend roundup

It was an absolutely gorgeous spring weekend. Highs in the 70’s and 80’s meant we spent the entire weekend outside, which was great. 

We also spent it with our neighbors. The entire thing. Which made it even better.

Saturday morning, we ran the annual Generation Run to benefits Students Run Philly Style. It’s used to be an 8k, but this year they cut it down to a 5k. It was still a great time and fun to race for a change. I can’t remember the last time I ran a 5k and had fun running with Jeremy. I surprised myself with a decent time, which was nice. Especially since I ran it pregnant last year. And a bunch of our neighbors and friends came out to run and cheer us on, including our friend Scott, who ran it as his first 5k! He did great!

The rest of weekend was filled with lots of playground time, a trip to a small, local zoo with Jackson, beers on the deck with Mike and Scott, a great 8.5 mile run with Carolyn and an impromptu neighborhood bbq in our back alley with tons of food and toys for the kids.

Good times. Great friends. Perfect memories.

Apr 12

People always comment on how Quinn and I are twins, but I never really saw it until I noticed us making the same ridiculous face in this photo today. Seriously. I’m cracking up at us. 😁😁👯

People always comment on how Quinn and I are twins, but I never really saw it until I noticed us making the same ridiculous face in this photo today. Seriously. I’m cracking up at us. 😁😁👯

Apr 11

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Apr 07

weekend. spring, here you are!

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As the days gradually grow longer and warmer, our weekends become busier and more fun. It happens every year. After spending months indoors, at the first sign of spring, everyone rushes outside and starts making plans for weekends months in advance. It’s one of the things I love about this time of the year.

This weekend was one of those weekends. We didn’t have much planned, but we spent the entire two days outside with friends. Ruby spent time in the sun for the first time since she was two months old and Quinn ran around so much she was completely exhausted by Sunday night. 

On Saturday, we had dance class, a library visit, and a long walk in the woods with Jackson and some serious imaginative play. It’s crazy to see what kids come up with when all they have are rocks and sticks.

We got to have dinner with Grandma and Grandpa in Center City without the girls to celebrate Grandpa’s birthday. It was nice to sit back and catch up with them without having to talk over someone crying or screaming “Let It Go” at the top of her lungs.

On Sunday,we spent three hours in the garden cleaning it out and remulching it while Quinn helped and Ruby napped and then happily bounced in the exersaucer outside with us. Later, we had a delicious dinner with our good friends Lori, Emi, Mia and Seth, who we haven’t seen in forever.

Both days, I got in decent runs. One was alone where I made myself do multiple hill repeats. The other was with Carolyn around Kelly Drive as we watched a 5K race on the other side of the river and dodged a high school regatta on ours. Both runs felt wonderful outside in the sunshine. 

Both days we had hours of playtime with scooters, chalk, basketballs and baseballs on the sidewalk in front of our rowhomes with Evie, Johnny and Jackson while the squealing kids terrorized the block and all the exhausted parents sat back on the stoop, drank beer at an impromptu happy-hour, and talked about how we were going to plan a night out together without kids. (We really mean it this time!)

The sun was out but it was still cool and comfortable. The the daffodils were blooming, the Phillies were always on in the background and there were friends and family around us at all times. We were (are) exhausted as usual, but it’s a good kind of exhausted.

Welcome spring.

Apr 05

Yes. It is time to start reading these books. Someone had been asking a ton of questions lately. Luckily, it’s the library to the rescue. #toosoon #saveme

Yes. It is time to start reading these books. Someone had been asking a ton of questions lately. Luckily, it’s the library to the rescue. #toosoon #saveme

Apr 03

So, I think I figured out where Ruby got those mysterious ears. Also, she has that little yellow toy in her crib now, 38 years later.😊 #tbt

So, I think I figured out where Ruby got those mysterious ears. Also, she has that little yellow toy in her crib now, 38 years later.😊 #tbt

Apr 02

Every night at the playground. 

Every night at the playground. 

Apr 01

Night, night. 🌛💤

Night, night. 🌛💤

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Mar 31

This weekend, we took a relaxing day trip to Rehoboth Beach, with our good friends Mike and Scott. They graciously invite us to join them a few times a year for a fun weekend, and every time, we have a blast.

Even though we were only there one night and it was cold, rainy and foggy, we made the most of it. We drank, ate, walked the foggy beach (beautiful), drank more, let the kids stay up late, and laughed the whole weekend. Mike and Scott even taught Quinn how to play cards (which she loved) and indulged us (me) by joining me at the outlet stores on Sunday morning. 

Ruby got to see the beach for the first time. I think she was impressed. And both girls were so good on the long car ride.

Even though it wasn’t a true vacation, it felt so good to get out of the city with my little family and friends for a day. Thank you again, Mike and Scott!