Saturday, November 30, 2013

motion picture {a Wyatt first}

It was time for Wyatt to experience his first movie.  We decided Black Friday was the day. Frozen was our choice.  I knew it was about snow, that was it.  I didn’t realize it was another princess movie, oops. 

We had a giant bag of popcorn for the five of us.  That got us through the previews.  Wyatt was good for the first half.  Then he requested to go to the bathroom.  Four different trips to the potty. He kept asking to go home too. No trains or other modes of transportation to keep his interest.  Ella was not a fan either.  She was bored and ready to go before Wyatt was.  Mister Wilson, however, said it was “the most awesome movie ever”.  So there.  (Chris and I thought it was really good!)

Wyatt did sing the theme song for a few hours afterwards.  So it wasn’t a bad experience.  Just not sure we’ll be taking the littles back any time soon.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

our beach adventure [part 5]

Finally finishing up our beach trip! 

Of course I wanted to attempt the traditional beach picture of the trio.  I was secretly hoping for a card worth of the Christmas card.  Thankfully, I did not have high expectations.

This was as good as it gets.

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Though I do love this one.

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And this one….

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This was the only picture we got with all 5 of us.  You can see how successful that was….

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The best part, for me, were the endless opportunities to be behind the camera without the kids a)noticing, or b)caring.  Some people might not find that relaxing, but I enjoyed every second of it.  All 1200 pics of it.  But really, I just love having all these pictures of my trio when they were mostly content and happy.

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And LOVE experiencing a first for two of my kiddos.  Such fun!

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Loved spending a few days away, with all my favorite people.  And, I won’t lie, having two extra adults to play around with the kids was nice too.SONY DSC                       SONY DSC                       2013-11-09 beach (1196) 2013-11-09 beach (1228)

The kids are still, fondly, talking about the beach.  And can’t wait to go back. They love looking at the pictures and watching the video.  Just hoping we don’t have to wait 3 years before we go back next time.  

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Glad to be finished with posting the beach trip….now we can safely move into the holiday season :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

our beach adventure [part 4]

So there was burying in the sand.  Every one loved it!

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Wave jumping was a big favorite!  Wyatt required some assistance.


But the activity that the kids spent the most time on…..collecting shells.  We mostly had the beach to ourselves so the shells plentiful.  We found MANY shells that were unbroken.  A few conch shells.  Lots of starfish pieces (no finding whole ones though).

Wyatt, was happy to pick them up and thrown them right back. 

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“AH, a seashell.  Throw it back!”

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Ella was only happy if she had the most shells.  She collected any and all shells.  She spent over an hour with Poppy collecting shells. And then it was Mimi’s turn.


Then she moved on to Daddy to collect some more shells.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

our beach adventure [part 3]

Wyatt’s beach adventure was exactly as I imagined.  And my parents would probably say it was alot like my first beach adventure….minus some screaming.

He was timid.

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As expected, Wyatt was happy to watch everyone else enjoy the surf. And eager to check out whatever they collected from the sea.

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This picture pretty much sums up our trip.  Chris and Will exploring.  Ella eagerly watching, waiting on her turn.  And Wyatt, a safe distance behind watching.  With very little desire to be in the water.


But he wasn’t unhappy.  He was a happy little observer.

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One of Wyatt’s favorite things was being covered in sand. 

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And he loved all the digging and throwing sand. (No one else around for miles, so we let him throw sand.)
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He did let Poppy help him jump over a few waves.  But it took alot of coaxing on Poppy’s part.  Wyatt’s stubborn when it comes to fun.


His favorite thing to do, dig a canal from the sand to the ocean and send his boat sailing down the hill.  

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Wyatt, my cautious, happy observer.  Might be kinda like his Momma.

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He did have a great time though! And he surprised us all but being very comfortable in the pool.  Glad he seems to have crossed that hurdle finally.



Friday, November 22, 2013

our beach adventure [part 2]

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I knew Ella wouldn’t be timid at the beach.  She had been talking about the ocean more than anyone else.  She ran straight into the water when we got there and was thrilled with the waves crashing and the endless supply of sand and shells.Collages6

She quickly went to work collecting sand. Knowing how much she enjoys digging for worms at home I knew she’d be happy here.SONY DSC

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For 3 days she tirelessly went to the waters edge to collect water.  And every.single.time she turned around she was grinning from ear to ear.  She was perfectly content out there.

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It wasn’t long before she let Chris show her how to ride the waves.  She thought it was great!  It was a bit too cold for much swimming but she didn’t seem to mind attempting it a few times.

Ella giggled, grinned, hopped, skipped and jumped on the beach for 3 days!

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If we were to have a “Most Likely to Move to the Beach” contest, Ella would win hands down!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

our beach adventure [part 1]

We had no agenda for this beach trip.  Just to get the Littles little piggies in the sand for the first time.  This is their first real trip anywhere!

Oddly, they had been asking for a few months to go to the beach.  I guess we had watched enough PBS shows this summer about the beach that they were itching to go.

We got in too late to see the beach that first night, but we did take a listen.  They were mostly unimpressed.

The next morning we got up and had breakfast, took a peak at the ocean from balcony and once again they were unimpressed.

Finally, we got dressed and headed out to the sand, despite the forecast for rain.

The trio kicked off their crocs and raced to the surf.  Ella and Wyatt were, finally, excited to put their toes in the sand and ocean.  Squeals by all! (Oddly, no one ever mentioned that the water was salty….)



Mister Wilson quickly got to work.  I’m not sure what his plan was, but he was collecting water like it was his mission.

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Will also spent alot of time running.  Three days of running after sea gulls, running for fun, running to chase after Poppy or Daddy.  Or just running for no reason.

Running on sand….

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Running in the water….

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Telling him to not get wet was impossible.  Even when fully dressed, he’d managed to be soaked from head to toe within an hour.  He was often the first kid back inside.  He’s not a fan of being cold.    (In case you are curious, the beach was pretty warm for November.  The weather was great when the sun was out.)SONY DSC


Will was also the happiest to play alone.  He would dig and dig and dig.  And draw in the sand.  He was just happy to be at the beach!  He was also the most exhausted at the end of the trip.

I guess I’m going to post each kids adventure separately.