Round Here

Round here we just got a bonus 3″ of snow dropped on us, right before spring break when the temperatures are supposed to reach the high 60’s.  Round here I am training for my first ever road race (a 5k), and JDubbs and I are counting the days until we escape to Puerto Rico at the end of the month.   Round here I am spending this weekend photographing 8 gorgeous families in my spring mini sessions.  Round here JDubbs has been wrangling all three of our kids on his own more often than usual, and while I am away he’s going to try to boil some of his homemade maple syrup.  Round here we still play indoors a lot, but we are seeing glimpses of spring that give us hope.

Round here…

…we have some inquisitive (and hungry) neighbors who like to visit for lunch.


…we don’t always love doing homework (but we do it anyway).

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…we make our own rainbows.

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…we read (a lot).

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…we smile a lot, too.

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…we love Mickey.



…we are artists.

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Round here things are looking good.  Spring is so close we can almost feel the sunshine on our shoulders.  Next week we have nine entire days for adventures.  I’m looking forward to expanding the limits of our daily life, but this little world we have created in our home is just lovely, too.  No matter what I used to think about this life in Vermont, I realize now that life round here is pretty damn good.

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One warm afternoon in early spring, the girls were watching something “girly” on TV (probably Sofia the First), so Jax decided to go outside with me to check the sap and shovel some snow.  Good old fashioned outdoor fun.


It wasn’t long in our adventures before he discovered one of Daddy’s old golf clubs, lost in the snow for weeks if not months!  He found a flat patch of earth, grabbed some chunks of snow, and started practicing his swing.  Permission to wield any kind of weapon and whack away equals instant smiles in his book.

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It was such a hilariously Vermont thing to do that I was grateful I had my camera and was able to capture such a unique moment.  We are all counting down the moments until we have real turf to putt around on and the landscape is much more green than white!


Rain, sleet, sunshine or snow, I love spending time alone with my boy.


Then Em called to say that her show was over, and we headed inside to warm up and watch something more “boyish.”  Lego Ninjago never fails to please!


Inside and out, we love this guy!

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6:15 Stream Of Consciousness

6:15 on a school night and Mommy and Daddy really just want you kids in bed but oh crap they are really filthy okay let’s just put them in the tub together we won’t even wash Em’s hair here are your toothbrushes no don’t spit on each other that’s it you’re out

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just sit quietly while we get your brother and sister dressed please don’t pee on the floor yes you can wear the purple ones have you seen her binkie yes I know we have to get rid of it soon but not tonight let’s just get out of here


nope sorry just one story tonight okay yes I will leave the bathroom light on no you may not get another book lights out in ten minutes yes ten okay sweet dreams I love you goodnight

…lights out!…

goodnight.  yes we love you, too.  goodnight.

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Based on the usual state of her hair, one would not think that Little H is a little hair stylist in the making.  Pet grooming, sister grooming, self grooming–she doesn’t discriminate.  There is no hierarchy when it comes to looking good (except don’t ask her to wear a hairclip!).



My favorite part of this day was when she decided all of the Paw Patrol needed some upkeep.  Apparently the pups sent out a yelp for help.  Time for a pup salon!


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Enter sister with this crazy mop, and Little H was fired up.  This might be an emergency!

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These two have fun no matter what they do, and I foresee many wonderful days watching them help each other pick out clothes or doing their hair in my future.  On second thought, maybe that’s being a bit too optimistic; I have two sisters.  I know what’s coming!  I’ll just enjoy these sweet moments while I can and pray that before they’re teenagers we have a house with a spare bathroom!

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Clothespin Literacy Games

Oh, clothespins with letters written on them.  How I have taken advantage of you!  And now with three kids, the benefits of these nifty little letters are that much more impressive–teamwork, literacy, fine motor skills–but most of all, watching the big kids help Little H and all of them having to work together to build words and share (since there is only one clothespin per letter).  I think I’m going to start giving packages of alphabet clothespins and flashcards to friends as baby shower gifts–seriously.  It’s a gift that keeps on giving!

So without further ado, watch my kids have a blast clipping letters to flashcards, sounding out words and unknowingly working on their phonemic awareness as they go!  If you need some ideas on how to make a set of your own and what to do with them, just click here and check out some of our past clothespin fun!  There is even a set of spring sight words just waiting to be printed out.

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My favorite part was watching Little H as these letters that she knows and loves to point out to me literally came together to form words before her eyes.  She was so excited to participate (so thrilled, in fact, she may have broken a clothespin or two).  It’s okay, Little H.  I get overexcited about reading, too.

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And even though we have done this a dozen times, Jax and Em never tire of it either.  I think it’s because every time they are more confident about their power to read (to quote Super Why) and they can step into the role of teacher (Jax to Em and Em to Little H).  You can never underestimate the power of confidence, especially in a burgeoning reader.

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And the power of an activity that keeps kids happy, busy, and learning! Everybody wins!

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On one of the very many sick days we experienced this winter, I had both girls home with me with ear infections and fevers.  We stayed in our pj’s and snuggled up in the living room, the girls cuddled together in the arm chair.  I decided to put on Frozen, a favorite in this house, even though I knew Little H wouldn’t have the attention to sit through it.  She has been listening to the soundtrack since she was a baby, and has been known to bellow what she interprets as the words to Let It Go! at the top of her lungs.  A sister day with the perfect sister movie.


Wish Sven by their side, they were having a blast, but we all knew something was missing.

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Em was so happy.  She finally has an Anna to her Elsa.


Let the sister shenanigans begin!

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The Sweetest Thing

A sweet treat for my sweetie.

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I’ll do anything for that smile.

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