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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Will Starts Pre-K!!!

He's seen his sister do "the first day of school" so many times--he was SO excited that it was finally his turn!!!






Monday, August 26, 2013

Brookey Starts 3rd Grade!

She's hardly my baby anymore :(
This year it's a Interior Designer...I wonder what next year will be!
At the first day Mass-she was so excited to be a 3rd grader!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sarah-15 Months

Our Little Baby is no longer a baby anymore! She's a crazy, walking, talking, screaming, laughing, dancing "little" toddler!

Each my of kids is sooooo different from one another..it's surprising they all came from the same parents! I have my sensitive, mature, art-sy, free spirit (Brooke-most like me although I am not art-sy!). My serious, by-the-book, boy's boy (Will, most like Scott in almost every way possible). And then there's Sarah Marie who is a social butterfly, SUPER smiley, loves, LOVES attention, must-be-in-the-center-of-it-all, kind of kid.I have no idea where this kid came from!! :)

At any rate, she keeps this whole family on our toes and she's such a blessing...no matter how crazy she gets at times!!! She's a typical "toddler"...age 12 months to 3 years and for me, this is the most difficult age. Still in diapers, unable to truly communicate and always on the move!! The good news is, I've been there, done that, so none of this is really surprising.

Here are some milestones/highlights of age 15 Months:

1) She's the little teapot, short and stout: weighs in at 26 1/2 lbs (95th percentile) and 2 feet, 7 inches (only 75th percentile). She's got a giant belly and thunder thighs to boot. She's a big girl :)

2) She loves to eat (obviously). Some faves include Mac and Cheese (ABSOLUTE fave!), peas, bananas, any pasta, taco casserole/beans, Clif Bars and cheese.

3) She's still "allergic" to regular milk so she's on 100% Lactose-Free. She's fine with other dairy, just not milk on it's own.We'll try again in a few months.

4) She's allergic to blueberries.

5) She's most definitely behind the other 2 kids in terms of speech. Both Brooke and Will had many more words under their belt at 15 months. However, she's completely bypassed the "mama" "dada", juvenile baby words and her first words were: Nana (banana), Flower, Fruit and iPad. So although the kid may not say 1,000 words, I'm not worried about her one bit!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Camping 2013!


Last weekend we did a "trial," one-night camping trip to Point. Reyes. We chose Point Reyes because number one, it was close to home...but also because I only booked 2 months in advance and every campsite in the Western Hemisphere was already booked 9 months ago. I find this crazy!!!

At any rate, we missed camping last year because Sarah was just a few months old, but were eager to get back at it this year. We had no idea how she would be, or how everything would work taking THREE kids camping!!! It worked out brilliantly! We all had so much fun and the worst part of it all was leaving after one night.

We packed a lot into our 24 hours of camping....we started with a trip to Heart's Desire Beach on Tomales Bay. The we set up camp, played at the camp playground, did a scavenger hunt, drove to another beach in Pt. Reyes, made dinner...then the highlight--S'mores and silly stories by the campfire. Sarah went to bed around 8:00--I put her in double-jammies and covered her up with three blankets and the kid did not move ALL  NIGHT. I woke up around 4am and uncovered her and made sure she was still breathing!!

So now that our "trial" run was a success, we all have the itch to go again! I scored a reservation for a long weekend in October at Samuel P. Taylor National Park- in the redwoods of Marin County-one of the best places to camp with kids. I was only able to get a reservation because there was a cancellation AND it was after "summer" was officially over. But in the Bay Area, we know "summer" starts in August and ends in late October :) Next year I'm going to be on the ball and do our real summer reservations 9 months in advance. Better start on that soon :)

Heart's Desire Beach, Tomales Bay




She's a water girl!
Chilly evening at Limantour Beach near Pt. Reyes Station
A good book at the beach
Getting ready for S'mores!

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