Friday, March 30, 2012

Bounce










I have a feeling this blog is going to see its fair share of bouncy photos. I just can't help myself. The kids are always grinning ear-to-ear on that thing. Without even thinking, I fetch the camera every time. Plus these pictures (taken in the last few weeks) are bringing me the sunshine that I'm not getting when I step outside these days. The skies poured relentlessly today. And get this. I just checked the forecast and it's not supposed to stop until Spring Break is over--whaaat?

Spring Break hasn't even started. Good thing forecasts are known to change. :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

East Coast Escapade

I wanted to post a bit about our east coast escapade! Will and I said goodbye to our kids for about SIX days (not easy), and flew to Boston for a florist convention. While Will was in meetings, I got some really great R&R in. Here is a view of Boston from our hotel window.


I slept in two straight mornings in a row, ate delicious breakfasts without having to lift a finger, worked out, did my hair, and even got gutsy and figured out the metro all by myself. During my solo venture into the city I did some of my favorite things-- window shopping and people watching. For our entire trip we had bright, sunshiny weather.


It was neat to see old architecture cozied up to modern skyscrapers, all so different from the rural scenery back home in Washington.



When Will got out of his meetings on our second day in Boston, we crammed as much as we could do into that afternoon and evening before our bus left for NYC. We toured an enormous flower design center for most of it. It was really eye opening, and got us dreaming of ways we'd love to improve our flower shops.


After our tour, we did the freedom walk,  grabbed gyros, and then raced off to the train station where we would catch our bus to New York! We made it to the station with 10 minutes to spare, and just a few blocks away, there happened to be a flower shop Will really wanted to see. I told him I'd stay put and watch our luggage if he wanted to sprint and take a peek. It was fun to see him book it.

While he was gone, a man came up to me, told me I was pretty, and then quickly asked for a dollar. I quickly gave him one, hoping he'd scat. He walked a little ways off, but not a minute later, he pointed to a man leaning on the same wall as me, about ten feet away, and hollered at me, "Excuse me, do you know him?!" I shook my head, no.

And then he got in this man's face. 

"You need to leave this young lady alone. Will you please leave. You're bothering her!"

"He's not bothering me, " I told him. 

The man on the wall didn't budge, but when "my protector" finally did back off, the guy left, and I was all alone with the weirdo.

"That was really strange how that guy wouldn't leave, wasn't it?" the man spoke to me again. "I'm so sorry he was bothering you."

And then Will showed up! Whew! We ran to our bus and slept through our ride to NYC! It was kind of exciting to arrive there in the middle of the night. The city was definitely poppin'! We checked into our hotel,  and called it a night. 


The next day is a bit of a blur for me because we saw so much of New York City via foot and metro. We rarely got to sit down on the metro because it was always jam-packed. And when we did, we usually didn't get to sit next to each other.




We also got some shopping done, mainly for Will. He scored two much-needed pairs of shoes, and I scored souvenirs for the kids, who I was missing terribly. Forever21 always reminds me of my sisters, so I snapped a picture of that.


I can't possibly do NYC justice with all the pictures I took, but it was awesome to see the sites I'd only ever seen in pictures, that's for sure.


We saw ground zero, Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, Time Square, Broadway, Central Park...  I loved how I saw so many American flags. They were everywhere. We were really hoping to see Wicked, but the cheapest tickets we could find were more than we wanted to spend... we were both bummed about that.  


For lunch we ate a yummy pizza place that had a really pretty stain-glass ceiling.



We woke up at 4am the next morning to catch a bus to beautiful D.C. I loved it there! Such a clean city, with gorgeous buildings.


My brother also lives there, which made me love it all the more! He showed us around and it was fun to catch up and visit.








Matthew had to go to work at 4pm, so after seeing him, we went to the Lincoln Memorial and then took a quick metro ride to Alexandria, Virginia to meet up with one of my best high school friends, Aurelie. She was so sweet to us, having us over for a delicious dinner at her place. I loved getting to catch up with her!


We were exhausted by the end of that day and slept in the next morning, until like 11am! I couldn't believe it, granted there is a 3-hour time difference, but still! On our way to the airport to catch our flight home, we made one last stop at the Arlington National Cemetery. It was a gorgeous and very humbling place to be.




And that about scratches the surface, I suppose! It was so, so good to come home to the kids. I can't thank my in-laws enough for taking such good care of them. It was comforting to know they were spending time with some of their favorite people in the world.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Life Lately

Photographers have a curse. At least, I do. It's hard for me not to edit snapshots! But it's also crazy time consuming to edit snapshots! So, what ends up happening is I take a lot of pictures that never make it onto this blog because (1) I don't have the time to edit every little picture and (2) because this is where I used to feature my Marie Photographie portraits, so I felt even my snapshots had to have a certain level of  awesomeness. Well, I'm finally changing things a bit! I'm putting together a separate Marie Photographie blog, which is very much still in the works, and this blog is going to be more of a family blog. So. There might be some great pictures. There might not. And that's okay. :)

So, life lately. As usual, there have been lots of playdates! Believe it or not, I do arrange for Liam to play with boys his age, but for some reason I haven't busted out the camera when they have come over lately. Darn. But he loves all the little girls we have over, too. Trampoline static. Gotta love these silly gooses.


Juliette is growing up! She loves playing with her kitchen stuff, toting babies around, reading herself books, getting into anything her big brother is playing with. Liam thinks she's trying to terrorize him, but they're learning to play really nicely together while Isabella is at school.



I've said it before, and I'll say it again, our trampoline has been the best thing! Sometimes the kids have even snuck out on it when it's slushy wet from the snow. They can't get enough of it.



Isabella has an impeccable memory. She remembers everything, and she's often reminiscing in detail about her good old preschool days. She misses seeing all of her old friends, so one Saturday morning we had a few of them over. They had a ball, and yes, a mini-tea party was in order.


We also had one of her good friends over for dinner the other night. It was so fun to watching them all giddy about it and silliness was definitely the theme of the evening.


One of my favorite things about my kids right now is how well they all entertain themselves, and how well they (for the most part) play together. They are always dreaming up fun new things to do. On a sunny afternoon they decided they wanted to color on rocks outside. Oh, and Juliette always, always is sticking her tongue out like that whenever she's concentrating. I think it's so cute!


There have been too many painting projects to count! Oh, the mess! :)


Another favorite past time for them is getting out all the blankets and making forts. Here is one I thought was particularly creative as it involved the use of a cute umbrella. :)


What is childhood without playdough?


Aw, sweet girl. This is the face she always gives me when I tell her to look at the camera.


And now Liam is starting to do "the face" too!


We love our neighbors. I often have to pinch myself. I don't know how we got lucky enough to have the sweetest kids on the block.


Like I said, her tongue. Between that and her little pigtails, I think she is the cutest thing ever.


This month these two have birthdays! Here Liam is working on showing me four fingers. He wants a robot party and literally can't wait for March 24th! I'm excited for him. He's been talking about it for months!


I can't believe she's almost big enough to be in a big girl bed. I don't think we'll make that move anytime soon, but just the idea that she's almost two kinda kills me on a daily basis.



So, that's pretty much a wrap on pictures of the kiddos for now! Will and I are getting ready to go to Boston, New York and D.C. next week. I'm super excited for a little getaway with him and to see my brother, but it's not going to be easy to leave my little ones!

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