here is a big dump of lots of photos from the last few days! i feel like i just did a big “life lately” round up of pictures just last week, but then we brought the big camera out over the weekend which always leaves me happy (and with a lot of great photos). something else that is making me happy is recovering from that terrible cold i had last week (josh too!) and that we’ve kept another round of the stomach bug that has unfortunately hit several friends and neighbors the last couple of days, out of our home (knock on all the wood!!!!).
while recovering from our colds over the weekend, we finished reading harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone to the kids. i’ve mostly been reading the chapter book to eleanor this past month or so, but sometimes samson will come sit down beside us and stay for a while listening too! it’s the sweetest thing. i know the book is geared towards someone a bit older, but they have been fascinated with it and ask so many thoughtful questions as we read together. i remind them often it is just pretend, which i think helps it feel less scary at times! since we finished the book over the weekend, we started watching the first movie together last night and gosh, does it bring me back! that harry potter series is one of my all time favorites and those books are so dear to me. also, re-reading them now as a mother, i can’t believe how many beautiful and important messages are woven into all of the text about bravery, friendship, and love. it’s just so good. we’re going to have to do a family trip to harry potter world at some point soon, i am thinking!
we got tickets to the NY Philharmonic’s young people’s concert series where they put on three shows during the year for little ones. these shows are incredible. josh took eleanor and samson to the last one, and i was going to take them to this one, but on the way, samson decided he didn’t want to go and wanted to go on a papa-son date with josh instead. so conrad took his ticket and had the best time ever! i realize now i should have gotten conrad a ticket as well when we bought them but it was forever ago and he wasn’t even two yet so i just didn’t put it together in my head that he’d be ready for it by the time the shows came around. (since she had already been once and felt like an old pro) eleanor did a great job taking conrad around to the different stations to learn more about the instruments and he clapped and danced during the show and stayed sitting the entire time without wiggles! i was so impressed. i think we’ll just keep switching off which kids we take for the remaining shows so they all get their fill. also, i need more live music in my life. they seriously were so good.
wanting to do everything his big brother does! including hang from the scaffolding on the city sidewalks. :)
you may have noticed that we buzzed samson’s hair a few weeks ago after he requested it. i cannot believe how old and grown up he looks right now with this new fancy hair cut! he loves it so much, and i just love him. seeing him yesterday especially, he just felt so grown. it’s wild how time is flying by right now.
all three of my handsome boys.
putting together eleanor’s mars rover robot toy. she asked for a mars rover for her birthday, so josh found this science kit you can make 10 different things out of. it was her big present for her birthday. it took several days and more than several hours to put this mars rover together, but that’s because josh helped samson and eleanor do almost every single part by themselves! (and it’s for ages 8 and up.) super proud of these kiddos. love watching their minds work.
don’t mind samson’s arms, he got into a bunch of temporary tattoos that were in one of eleanor’s gifts from her birthday party with friends and applied all of them to his arms in the bathroom by himself in like 2 minutes! haha. not my favorite thing in the world, but they are coming off, slowly…
i have to say, this thing is pretty cool. it has a remote control that moves several motors and the kids get to see how all the gears they assembled work together to move the wheels and arm.
that bed head in the back of his head that never seems to go down. lol. bless it. i love it so much, honestly.
running around the apartment in papa’s panda mask from his halloween costume last fall!
singing and listening to her own echo outside the natural history museum!
he’s a chopstick professional at this point and it makes me so very proud! a couple restaurants have these chopstick helpers that the kids love using. they’re great!
we have been really into the pork buns at momoya lately. yummy.
and proud of conrad for his edamame popping skills.
i’ve been back at the gym pretty hard the last few days and just did one of the most intense workouts this morning. my legs are still a little wobbly as i write this. but i love that feeling. because it feels good knowing you’re getting stronger, especially after a week of being sick. sometimes i definitely take for granted all my body does for me. trying to appreciate her more right now and not be so hard on myself for little things that don’t matter when it comes to the big picture and appreciate my body for overcoming that cold and functioning on little sleep and being overall pretty great to me. sometimes being sick is a good reminder of how good you have it all the other days of the year.
and here we go, rainy tuesday! hope you have the best one!