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I don’t even know where to start.

Clearly I’ve been neglecting the blog.
BUT – my kids are still alive and clothed.
So I consider it a victory.
I know I only have 2 kids…and lots of people have 4 or 5 or 6…
but somehow going from one to two has really given me a run for my money. 🙂
It’s also taken all our money…but that was a given, right?

SO,
here’s an abbreviated update:

June 17 – Isobel was born.
7 lb. 5 oz.
19.5 inches
2 weeks early and healthy!

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She is the sweetest thing ever.
4 and 1/2 months old now,
and I couldn’t be more in love with her.
Looks nothing like her sister,
and she acts nothing like her either.
It’s really funny how different they are.
We are so grateful God added her to our little family.

July – I don’t really know what happened in July.
Oh wait – Julia turned 2!

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August – 2 weeks vacation.
1 in Bethany Beach with the Smiths.
1 in Ocean City, NJ with the Sharps.
And I don’t have any real pictures.
Here’s are more Instagrams to make it interesting though.

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September – I turned 26.  This is sad because I’m now almost 30.
Mike is rolling his eyes.

October – we are finally settling into a more predictable routine!
And I am digging out of all the laundry that has been piling up.
Mike went to England.  Again.  Without me.  Again.
But I went to visit Jer and Ange and Ally!

colbs and Jbelle and ryder 

Interesting fact:
Isobel and Ryder are 1 week apart.
Julia and Colby are 2 weeks apart.
Clearly we planned for them to marry each other when they grow up.

And Meg and I went out to Springton Manor to take some pictures of the kids.
Which brings me to the first real pictures I’ve taken since Isobel was born.
They’re mostly of Julia and Chloe.
Who wanted to:
jump
pick up sticks
pick up stones
throw stones
not pose for pictures.

Enjoy.

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And there’s my long abbreviated update.
When you’ll hear from me next is anybody’s guess.
We’re hunkering down to brave Hurricane Sandy for the next few days,
so it could be months!
But that’s ok.
Life changes, and it’s not all bad. 🙂

Everybody stay safe out there!

I recently added a “Want to Do” list to my normal “To Do” list.
On the Want to Do list was: go on Fall walks.

When I tell Julia we’re going on a walk she goes:
”woohlk”
She’s either British or part monster.
Or maybe both.
As cute as she is in these pictures,
she was a piece of work for most of our walk 🙂
And now that Mike is home, she’s being an absolute angel,
the most adorable I’ve ever seen her.
She is in fact putting on a dance show for us even now as I type.
So now *I* look like the devil in all this 😉

It’s ok.
She’s still my littlest best friend.

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She tried to eat the rocks.
???

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All in all, it was still a fun walk.
Fall truly is my most favorite season of all.
I just can’t get enough of it!
Bring on the fires and hot cider!

I’m trying to enjoy autumn to the fullest.
Here are a few ways…

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

This is it.  This is THE best pumpkin bread.
I love it so much, I’m giving my other pumpkin bread the boot.
It’s been my favorite for years and years,
but this is officially my new favorite.
And whatever you do, do NOT skip the cinnamon glaze!!!
It is essential.
I also chose to omit the Pecans, as I’m not a fan of them in bread.

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And I am super excited about these single-serving mulling spices.
There have been so many times I’ve wished I had spiced cider but didn’t feel like making an entire gallon of it.
This works perfectly – just heat up a cup of apple cider, and steep the spice bag in the same way you would tea!
Brilliant.
I found this at Wegman’s…though I’m sure it’s sold other places.

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Later on this week…

Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt!
(in which I WILL use the pecans)

I so love October.

I am so ready for Fall!
To get in the spirit, I made a wreath for our front door.
I found the inspiration on Pinterest (of course.)
You can see the original post here.

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Yes I know – that door is hideous.  And broken.
It will be replaced shortly.
The new one will have more windows, which I am very excited about!
I told Mike I want our next house to have windows galore!
Oh how I do love sunlight.

we think she’s laughing here…?

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playing “boo!”

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pre-Jujy-kiss.
which closely resembles a slobber attack 😉

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it’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s…?

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love her so much.

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summer is basically over.
bring.  on.  FALL!

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