This year's group family photo session. 91 degrees, 100% humidity. The hottest day of the year, but the only day we could do it. It was so incredibly hot, we lasted less than 5 minutes. Everyone was completely soaked with sweat and beyond thrilled to be at the beach in their nice clothes. The older kids were mad they couldn't go in the water because it was closed due to harmful bacteria. Ewww! The babies decided to hate sand on this particular day and Tess screamed most of the time. (This is becoming a trend.) We took some really great photos on film, but I realized later that I had never loaded the film in the camera. So, life happens. This is our crazy life right now.
On a side note, doesn't Mary look amazing!!! I can't believe baby #3 is due in January!!
How is our little peanut already one year old?! She is walking, trying to repeat words, clapping and not wanting to sit down. Ever. Not even in the tub or high chair, and especially not while at Wegman's or Target. This is one busy little girl. She was sick, teething and has scabs on the tops of every single toe from Joey taking her for a ride in the red push car, but she performed. Come on, we all knew she'd be fine with a cake in front of her. If there's one thing P like to do, it's eat! She walks around the house screaming MY with her hand out whenever she hears a package opening or someone in the kitchen. She is something!
Things I'd like to remember:
She has 4 teeth. The top 2 teeth are coming in going different directions, like East and West.
She loves playing rough with the boys and is not afraid to pile jump when she sees an opportunity.
She smiles and does a little dance when she hears a song she likes.
Has a few words: Dada, My, Mama, Bubba, Ow.
Her favorite item is "Pinky," her pink blanket that she pulls out of her crib and rubs up to her nose when she's tired.
She sucks her tongue to soothe herself and go to sleep.
Loves to sleep in her crib, definitely the easiest baby to put to bed. She doesn't make a peep.
Loves any type of ball or sword the boys leave behind.
Favorite thing to do is to go up the stairs or roll away while you are changing her diaper.
Happy Birthday baby girl!! We may have to call you the baby forever, even though you have thought you were 4 since birth.
It takes a village. I owe a huge thank you to Mary O'Sullivan and Fran for coming over to help entertain this little stinker and to Kelley Comerford for the beautiful floral arrangement she created for the cake! Thank you so very much!!!
Just wanting to remember this season in our lives. I love the kids ages right now. They are all young enough to still want to hang out with us and independent enough to play on their own. Sort of. There is a lot of fighting, arguing, and crying, but watching them all together is everything.
And I wish it would stay summer in Buffalo forever!
Film scans back from Spring Break! We took a couple of beach trips to Daytona and Cocoa. The boys loved playing in the waves and this was Tess's first time in the sand! She was less than thrilled when we sat her in the water. It's still a little chilly. The boys can't get enough of Daytona even though there is construction everywhere and no ramp to get the stroller down to the beach. That was a little bit of an adventure. They just like that there's an arcade and ice cream at the beach. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing with this film camera, but I do love the nostalgic feel of film and the pastel colors are my favorite! I still look at the back of the camera every time I take a picture even though there's nothing to look at. Waiting for the scans to come back after sending in a roll of film is definitely a fun surprise! :)
This is 3. Always, always playing hockey and requests to watch old Buffalo Sabres games on tv instead of cartoons. If he's not playing hockey, he's playing basketball or soccer. Our middle child. So laid back, so aloof. He is feisty in the morning, and puts on his happy face after he woofs down his main meal - breakfast. Favorite color is purple. His nickname has been shortened from "Cuddle Baby" to "Cuddles". Thank you, Tommy for that gem. Phrase most often used is "Whaaat???", even though he can hear every word you say. Some of the conversations we have with this kid are never ending and wind up with me saying, "I'm sorry, I have no idea what you are talking about." He thinks differently, and is more interested in how things are made than what they do. If you leave a toy out, he will take it apart. He thinks his older brother is the greatest and mimics EVERYTHING he does, good or bad. His laugh is contagious. Most people cannot believe it, but he has a very mischievous side. He even smiles to distract you when trying to get out of trouble. He trips over himself when he walks. He often tells us "no hugs or kisses", so when we get one, it is the best thing ever! He likes his hair "up, like a hockey player." He has started to walk with his hands in his pockets. That last picture, I can't even take it, just so Joey!!
Coloring eggs with Gramma and Poppa on a break from the pool. We ended up with 2 blue dye pellets, a purple that was mostly blue, and zero pastel colors. We also had a tube of gold glitter and a sponge to mix it up. Mama definitely shopped at the Dollar Store for these goodies!
This baby girl at 6 months. Rice cereal and purees are boring. Whole foods or anything you're eating is amazing! Bottles are evil. Sippy cups are fun to chew. Basically, mom and dad aren't going anywhere without me. Luckily, they think I'm cute! Established traveler, racking up frequent flier miles. Any wrapper that is shiny and crunchy is cool. Hair is awesome. I have none, so I will pull yours. Favorite toys - Piglet toothbrush, snack wrappers, light up bear.
As much as I'm sad she is no longer a newborn, this might be the cutest age. Give me all the little rolls and thunder thighs and the smiles and baby giggles are the best! Tess crosses her ankles and uses her legs as a pendulum to roll over and is constantly moving from one side of the room to the other. She also enjoys putting everything into her mouth. So fun when there are hockey figures and Ninja Turtles all over the floor. Daddy gives the best baths with music and tries every day to feed her in the tub, where she is relaxed and happy. She is very strong-willed and knows exactly what she wants. I can hardly wait for ages 3-the rest of her life! We are in for it. Thank you to my helpers, Mary and Fran, who entertained Tess and kept rolling her back into position as she rolled away from me. Oversharing my favorite faces and features of our sweet baby girl at age 6 months below!
I have been totally obsessing over film images for about a year now. My insta feed is full of beautiful images shot on film versus digital. I always wanted to take photography courses in school but never had time in my schedule as I was taking drawing, painting and other AP classes, trying to decide if I wanted to pursue a creative or business career. I finally bit the bullet and purchased a film camera. The last time we were in Orlando, we took a day trip to Daytona Beach and I brought my Pentax along. So, this is very first attempt at film photography...I have to say, it took me a while to shoot this first roll. I was totally intimated by even loading film into the camera. Thank you, youtube! I think I checked the back of the camera after every shot, even though there is nothing to see! That scary first roll is done and I'm excited to experiment more with this new media!