Monday, September 1, 2014

soaking up summer

Well.  Here it is, our last official day of summer.  We've had a full and fun few months of no routines, lazy days at the river, backyard playtime and baseball at Mimi and Pa's house, canon-balling into the lake, vacationing in Maine, bike riding, frisbee throwing, and spending time with cousins.  This last week was no exception as we made every effort to soak up the last days of summer:  we packed in one more short trip to the river, a day of sun and waves at the beach, and a fun afternoon of family and food here at our house.  Definitely a great way to end a great summer.  

Annabel loved having her cousins here!

Knitting on the way to the river.

Uncle Will and sweet little Charlie.

Sunset on the Rappahannock.

I'm a sucker for a pretty sky.

Cousins at Virginia Beach.

Taking a "nap."

Pizza dinner before heading home from a fun day.

Most of the second cousins - just missing two of the triplets.
 Although I've thoroughly loved our lazy days, I can tell it's time to get back to a routine.  Where the kids were once content to play together during our free pockets of time during the day, happily making up games and chasing each other around, they're now getting restless and picky.  When that starts becoming the norm, I know it's time for a more structured day.  Thankfully it's coming right in time for the school routine to start again.

I've already made a list of lunch options for Tommy and Will, snack ideas for Annabel (she starts preschool a week from today), dinner menu for the week, and filled in the calendar with all of our back-to-school activities and yearly check-ups for the kids that are also happening this week.  Tommy's backpack is ready, his lunch box is on the counter, we know what time the bus is coming, and my camera is charged and ready for the obligatory (and oh-so-necessary) first day of school picture.  I know my sweet boy is a little nervous about his first day at his new school, but thankfully he loved his teacher (her name is Chelsea, too!  What are the odds?) and his classroom when we visited last week, and when he found out that he has not one, but two gym classes each week, he was pretty excited to see what other fun things he could find out about his new school.  And it didn't hurt that we picked up a t-shirt and pair of shorts (orange and black!) for a little school spirit.  I know he'll do great.  I just love that kid.

What are you up to today?  We're heading to Charlottesville for a hike, then lunch and ice cream with my brother-in-law, and checking out his new apartment.  Tonight we'll be home for a cookout here at our house with just the four of us before getting a good night's sleep for the first day of school.  Happy Labor Day and best of luck to all the kids (and their mama's and daddy's!) heading back to school tomorrow!

P.s.  After seeing the word used in a status update on Facebook, Will and I randomly had a really long (and hilarious) conversation about the possible meaning(s) and use(s) of the word "amazeballs" last night.  I've been hearing people say it here and there and really cannot figure out the definition of this strange word.  Can someone please explain to me why those two words (I'm assuming (though you know what they say about assuming - that it "makes an ass out of u and me"...) that it's "amazing" and "balls" put together?) would ever need to be merged as one?  Help!  

P.p.s.  Does that P.s.^ make me sound old?

P.p.p.s.  Don't answer that last question.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Photo Friday!

We've had a great week spending time at the river with cousins and grandparents and brothers and sisters.  I just love little Charlie (one of the triplets!) and wish his sisters were here visiting, too.  We're spending today at the beach for one last hurrah before school starts on Tuesday and looking forward to hosting the whole family at our house for a big cookout tomorrow afternoon.  Thanks for reading this week and enjoy the last weekend of August!

 We are soaking up the last little bits of summer this week at the pool everyday and at the park in the evenings.  It's the best!  Hope you have a great weekend!
xo Dana

I recently discovered these Skinny Cow frozen candy bars and they are sooo delicious (and not so calorie heavy, either!). I'm looking forward to a three-day weekend filled with white pizza, yoga, Hershey Park and some relaxing, too. Have a happy holiday weekend! xoCarrie

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Maine :: Part 3

In case you missed them over the last couple of weeks, the younger WeThree's shared Maine vacation photos here (Dani) and here (Carrie).  Our week in Bar Harbor was everything I was hoping it would be:  full of sunshine, relaxing on the porch, lobster eating, shopping, hiking, exploring, reading, family time, more hiking, ice cream, sunset/sunrise watching, and more lobster.  On the way up, we also fulfilled another one of my summer goals by stopping in Portland.  Although I've been to several different parts of Maine, Portland was an as-yet unexplored city for me.  We stopped at the local yarn shop, Knit Wit, and at More & Co. to do some shopping, and then ate ridiculously good fish tacos at Silly's before heading on up to Bar Harbor.  Definitely a fun stop and a great little city to explore.  Here are some other photos from our adventures, if you'd like to see.

 Maine state line - after 13 hours in the car and with five more to go to get to Bar Harbor.  Sheesh.

 Building rock cairns at Bar Island.

 Ladder-happy hiking at Beech Mountain.

 Dancing to music in the park on a beautiful night.

 Matching cousins heading out on the town for cupcakes and smoothies.

 Sunset and moon rise from Cadillac Mountain.

 Happy girls on Cadillac.

 Perfecting the family photo since 2013.

 Happy kids exploring the mountain.

 We found some great books by local authors at Maine's Oldest Bookstore.

 I love this photo of these three!

 Checking out the lobsters.

 Four generations <3

 Tommy and his whoopie pie (!!) sundae.

 Wild blueberries growing on the side of the trail up to Cadillac Mountain.

 The kids were troopers as we hiked 4.6 miles round trip up the steep and rocky north side of Cadillac Mountain (after driving up a few times before).
 Tommy crushing the mountain.

 My boy loves to be cold and spent a solid 30 minutes in the freezing ocean at Sand Beach.

 This view right here is exactly Maine to me.  So beautiful.

 Sunset at Thunder Hole.

 "I see the moon..."

 Early morning sunrise from Cadillac Mountain.


Love to see moose crossing signs.  Just wish we would have actually seen a moose!

We had a fantastic time in Bar Harbor and are looking forward to returning someday soon.  Hope you're having a great week!  See you back here tomorrow for Photo Friday!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Perks of being a Roomie

My best friend Brigid and I have lived together (in this house) for the past year, and often times, when people learn this they make some remark about us becoming sick of one another. But truth be told, with work and significant others and family and just general life, we don't see each other nearly as often as you might think. It is for this reason that I've come to cherish the occasional weeknight or Saturday morning that we spend cooking and listening to music together in our little row home.


Some nights it's pasta and wine and Ray Charles...

...other nights it's green lentil curry, naan bread and Shakira...

...every now and then it's spinach quiche, roasted sweet potatoes and The Cranberries....

...and on some special occasions it's coffee, a dutch baby and Adele.

And it's always the best. :) 
Everyone should be able to live with their best friend for at least one year.

In case you missed it:

Select photographs by Brigid! Thank you for sharing your photos.:)