Apples, Friends & First Loves…

In the past, we have been loyal Hamptons apple pickers.  We’ve thrown elbows to get that unbruised apple on the midget tree while dodging bees and slipping on rotten apples.  For the past 3 years we’ve done that.  This year…we changed it up!  We headed north….and we had a wonderful day!  We went with our friends…picked apples…picked pumpkins….had a picnic & took lots of pictures!  Baby D also got his first cheap feel from his first love.  What can I say?  He’s a stud.

This is what it looks like when the cutest best friends go apple picking on a beautiful day.

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These girls don’t go anywhere alone anymore…they’ve got siblings!

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The north has taller trees than the Hamptons.  That means that Daddy has to help out with the picking part.  It also means delicious apples and no fights at the top!

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Not all of the apples were out of reach!

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Winner for coolest baby girl…I mean really…look at that hair!!!!  Jealous LK here.

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Is there anything better than 3 1/2 year old best friends?????

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I had dreams of the perfect family photo taken in this beautiful setting….like these guys….

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AP17Our Baby D is a little in love with PD…and the highlight of his day was during our picnic when he was able to get a cheap feel!

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This was a really fun day!  Great friends & 7000 apples!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If You Don’t Like Gay Marriage, Don’t Get Gay Married…

If you DO support people in love, getting hitched….no matter who you are, well then you’re one of us!

This wedding was the place to be.  If you weren’t invited, you were definitely not in the cool crowd.  Great friends, great love, great time.

I had fantastic assistants for this party!  It’s how I roll when I want to be in front of the camera sometimes!!!  By how I roll, I mean I have some talented friends (read: free assistants) who have great composition skills!  My main help on this beautiful day was Mr. J.

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The experienced and the novices!

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Batter up….

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Big Reveal ….Coming Up

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Boys being boys….sideline score checking

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Our handsome boys

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Love Was In the Air…

This past weekend was our marathon wedding weekend.  Miss A has been looking forward to my cousin’s wedding for months.  She told everyone she met all summer that SHE was marrying my cousin.  When I would tell her that she was in fact NOT marrying him, and that he was marrying his beautiful fiance instead, she cried.  And cried.  And wondered “who will marry me????”  Aren’t we a little too young to be worrying about this type of thing Miss A?!?!?!?!?!

Then…because my cousin and his fiance are THE nicest and most thoughtful people in the world, they asked if she would be a flower girl.  Her life was made.  She could wear “wedding clothes” and throw flowers and we read books about being a flower girl and this was her event of the year!  We heard “can we go to the wedding now?” a billion times during the almost 4 hour car ride up to the Catskills!

This was just part of her excitement at seeing the groom….there was also a running leap into his arms which I captured but it was very fuzzy!!!

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There was lots of fun to be had before the wedding even started!!!

We started off the day hanging out and playing games with our cousins…

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This couple is really special.  They make everyone around them want to be a better person.  I was honored to be asked to give them a little marriage advice during their ceremony!  There were many speeches before my little moment, and all of their friends and family are incredibly eloquent…they even did a choreographed dance routine…so the pressure was on, since speaking in front of a crowd is not my strongest skill, but they seem to think I’m funny and that I might have some knowledge on marriage 🙂  I hope Mister LK agrees!

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I gave them my best advice I could think of, but I really think that these 2 have everything they need for a lifetime of happiness!  Each other.

SM55I hope that one day I am able to give their future children the happiness that they gave to mine!  I’m not sure how I’ll do it, but I’m certainly going to try!!!  They will really never know how much she talks about them and their wedding and how happy she was that she was a flower girl!!!!

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SM58My Aunt R is the most patient and loving woman.  She is an amazing mother and I hope I can channel some of her calm and get my kids to be as good as hers are as grown ups!

Thanks for including us in this special day!  It was great to be there to see you both so happy.  I hope I can be there for the rest of the celebrations … you know … since we’ve already done the “born” thing together!!!!

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The Day After Yesterday….

Dear Gd…can someone PLEASE tell me WHY…we will have a wonderful day…one of those perfect, happy, smiling, cooperative, funny, AMAZING days….

photo (77)I mean, look at that face.  That smile can light up my life and bring me more happiness than I ever knew was possible.  And then …. the next day …. almost without fail …. this beautiful spirit turns into a monster unlike any other….

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All day.  Crying.  Screaming.  Whining.  Complaining.  Consequences be damned.  She’s already not allowed to have another sip of liquid tonight.  (whiskey might be allowed) She has tried every single thing today to make me lose my freaking mind.  She may have succeeded.

Miss A….I’ll take 2 nice days in a row.  I promise good things will rain down on you if you give Mommy 2 good days.  Magical fairies will come and drop presents and jewelry and puppies if you go to sleep and wake up in a good mood 2 days in a row!!!!!!!

love,

broken Mommy

 

 

Month 5….We Have All Survived!!!

Baby D has made it to 5 months.  I simply can not understand how these months keep flying by and how big this boy has become.  I am also happy to report that I have kept BOTH children alive and relatively unharmed for a whole 5 months!  It was touch and go for a while at week 5, but we have gotten to a point where these kids really love each other and I am no longer a little scared that Miss A will try to suffocate him…(on purpose).

This big boy has gained another lb, putting him at around 16lbs (no exact measurement since there was no official 5 month checkup).  He is in most of his 6 month clothing and thanks to Grandma M, he has been moved up to 6 month onesies and is no longer sqeezing into those 3 month ones he has been wearing!

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He is fascinated by his toes.  He loves to hold them, eat them, stare at them…they are his favorite toy.  The night that I posted his 4 month update, he decided to roll over.  He went belly to back.  He has perfected this move over the last month, and is now working on getting back to belly with as much ease.  Proud parent outlook…”Great!  he’s on track and doing what the Doctor expects him to do!”  Real parent outlook “Dammit…he slept wayyyy later in the morning before this rolling over nonsense!”  This month marked his first cold.  We have the head of his crib raised, and he usually wakes up with his head at the bottom….I’m sure that feels fantastic!  He’s loving his excer-saucer like crazy, and we also have been enjoying our Baby Bjorn bouncy chair!  He finds it is the best position to get maximum foot to mouth access!

These days, the kid has 3 general looks.

1.  Feet in mouth:

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2.  We will call this one….Typical Man: AKA Huh?!….

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3.  My most favorite…Super, ridiculously happy!

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I can’t take that face.  For real….I bite him at least 3 times a day.  His drool hasn’t stopped.  He loves sucking his thumb.  He still is hanging on strong to the bassinet of his stroller since he is Mr. Belly Sleeper.  He’s usually found strapped to me in my baby wrap and it is there he does his best work as my partner in crime.  He can charm the pants off of everyone he meets, but he’s a respectable boy so he lets them keep their pants on!  His laugh is infectious and he is usually found giggling away with his sister in his crib!

Baby D…Mommy said please keep the teeth away and let me enjoy your gummy smile for a few more months.  I’m not ready to give up your baby-ness.  I love you more than words could ever say.

 

 

Embracing…

The host of the site that used to have the weekly Embrace the Camera link ups has stopped hosting the weekly parties….and so I’ve fallen off the wagon….which I don’t really like!  I’m trying to take the photos – I just seem to have many of them on my phone where no one will ever see them!

Miss A & Baby D….Here are a whole bunch of shots of you guys with your Mommy….who loves you VERY much!

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That’s me catching up on the last who know how many weeks!  I’m going to try harder to get in a photo every Thursday….

Now I’m off to get Miss A ready for her last day of camp…sad sad sad day over here.

xoxo

In Times of War…

You dress in your teams colors!!!!! (she FINALLY wore the shorts I love….as a favor to me!!!!!!)

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All my fellow campers out there, who didn’t LOVE Color War!?!?!  Miss A is on the blue team with all of her little friends and they are so stinkin’ cute.  This girl has never worn blue so many days in a row in her life.  She’s dedicated though…she picks out something blue every morning.  I actually had to do laundry 3 times since the start of color war less than a week ago to make sure she had enough blue things to wear…since it is normally a color that she will refuse!

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I can’t believe Thursday is her last day.  This mommy is really sad about that.  These Gummy Bears have made Miss A’s summer the best one yet.  (well….except for maybe that first summer of her life when she was carted around, sleeping all day, hanging with the family and living life the relaxed way…as an infant!)  They have the cutest group and she is going to be so sad to not get to see her friends every day.  Not to mention….I HAVE TO ENTERTAIN HER until school starts!!!!  All day!!!!  Baby D better be ready for a little torture!!!!

Beach….here we come 🙂

 

Family Beach Evening…

We unexpectedly had to cancel our plans to head to CT for our friend’s bachelor party this weekend, and while we did miss all the fun with our friends, we did get to have a wonderful LK family night here in Long Beach.  We had dinner at the “Shoregasboard” followed by a fun golden hour photo shoot on the beach!  It was Baby D’s first beach experience!

This is what he thought of the sand…

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He was a little unsure at first….but we didn’t really stick him in the sand too much!  He had lots of layers underneath him!  Once he got used to the tiny bit of sand he had between his adorable toes…he started to really have some fun!

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I was also able to get these 2 kids together!  They are really stinkin’ adorable!  If you’ve never snuggled with them….well I’m just sorry for you because they are just the yummiest babies ever!  Even when Miss A is being difficult…she’s just smushy.  I love them both more than I could even describe.

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So even though our weekend took an unexpected turn….we still made the best of it & had a wonderful time!  Sorry we missed the party boys…we do love you tons!

 

 

4 Months Happy…

Holy Happy Baby!!!

What do I do with this FACE????
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He’s so smiley!  He still sleeps like an angel & is content wherever we are.  He might look like his Daddy, but his demeanor is all his Mommy!!! (hehe wink wink*)

Our most recent 4 month checkup had him at 14lbs 12oz, and 25.5″ tall.  He was talking away and smiling throughout his appointment!  He got a clean bill of health & Dr H confirmed that he’s a talker!  Just what we need around here…another talker!  He is still doing best on 6oz every 3 hours.  When we play with his food he gets all thrown off and sleeps too long or vomits or is just generally off his game.  If it aint’ broke, don’t fix it!  His major milestone was finding his toes!  He even got them into his mouth!  We just retired his PJ gowns since there’s really not been a reason to keep him in easy access PJs since he sleeps through the night.  He’s in PJs with feet now!  He’s also outgrown the beloved Puj tub…about 2 months before his sister did!  He’s moved on to the Boon Naked bath.  As long as the water is warm/hot….he’s cool!  He’s overall, just a happy little baby who lights up my life & makes this family complete!

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Baby D is just plain happy…and I’m soaking it all in…

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Easy Peasy…NJ Summer 2013

Sometimes…the light is perfect, the subjects are perfect, and everyone is having fun!  Luckily for me, many of those times happen when these gorgeous kids are around me.  They making this photography thing easy, peasy…

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This weekend, Mister LK was left alone with both my kids!  He got rave reviews from everyone I had spying on him (not concerned about their welfare…just their wardrobe!)

When I met up with them at Grandpa’s house, everyone was happy and full of energy.  Even though Miss A slept in the same room as Cousins S & A…which likely meant, not too much sleep for my girl, it wasn’t until late in the day that we lost our smiles!,  And as usual for my little man, Baby D was smiley & cuddly!  Cousin S is a ham in front of the camera…and I even got to get a few shots of the “missing link”…(that is Cousin J who rarely sees natural daylight!)

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