life lately

April flew by (minus the 16 hour car ride to and from New York). We partied with family, celebrated Easter and got an eight year old. Here’s life lately:

Babysitting duty:Baby monitor images are as confusing as ultrasounds. Just me?Sundays are for meal prepping:April showers bring warm soup and bruschetta:Training for Cabot:Sunday morning with Henry at Point Pleasant Park:Best. Sign. Ever.An early birthday present for the eight year old:Looking up:Henry and I like to walk through the park after school drop off:My only Easter decor:Road trip to New York State – a stop along the Airline Route in Maine:Day 1 : Attempt 1 at a cousin picture. It can’t get worse:Hey down there!She’s strong like her mom!The oldest two, Margaret and David:Glorious morning run! Downtown Binghamton:After many visits to Binghamton, the carousel up the street was finally open! Free rides all day, everyday in the summer. Amazing!Sam was holding on tight:Edie’s first swing ride:The trees were popping right in front of my eyes!Big ball bowling. The best part was the beer:Easter day hike:All twelve of us:Mom and dad stayed at a hotel and we snuck in to swim in the pool:Day 3: Much better! David, Edith, Margaret and Sam!Nanna and Poppy jumped in:On the way home, we detoured off the highway to watch the Boston Marathon – Mile 17ish:Back home, we celebrated David’s birthday:Edie came over for a visit:Beth was in town! I snuck away for a weekday brunch date at the Black Sheep:Dinner date with Georgina, Amanda and Sarah at Water & Bone:We do! We do!First race of the season for the Youth Running Series… David likes to start at the back:Coming in to the finish:I brought my New York Marathon poncho for David:Our neighbourhood has become like my childhood subdivision, full of kids!Waffles to feed an army… or seven kids:Date night with Kristin and Steph:David’s run club meets at the park every Tuesday night. Henry totally approves:Bathroom selfie sent to Robyn. I was trying on team 71 singlets and couldn’t resit sending her this:Date night with Mike at the Brooklyn Warehouse:A delicious new flavour from Schoolhouse Brewery to try courtesy of Mike’s co-worker (mom to one of the owners):Noah gave David some astronaut ice cream for his birthday. We watched E.T. while chowing down:Race 2 of the Youth Running Series – back on volunteer duty:Signs of Spring:That’s a wrap. I’ll be back again.

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easter with a toddler boy

David turns four next month and he is a true BOY: Active with little time to sit still for crafting. I would love to be a crafter – I spend most of my time in front of the computer but my inner fine-arts degree begs for glue, paint and mess once in a while. So when a holiday approaches, I do my best to attempt something crafty. This week the Saint Paddy’s Day shamrocks came down, and the eggs went up. I love the seasonal clothes line!​

cutting and colouring with David

cutting and colouring with David

After the eggs were hung, I just couldn’t stop… that’s when I saw a great idea on another blog and thought, ‘hey, we can do that’. So here we go, in what I like to call a Pinterest Fail. It started with not having an egg-shaped cookie cutter – I did however have bunnies and chicks so figured, heck – this works! I had the twine and spray paint so we were off running. (Crafting is always easier when you have the supplies on-hand.) David hung out with me for about twenty minutes – not bad… and then, I was alone in the kitchen working away… The craft itself was easy, however, I should of put more effort into smoothing out the shapes and inserting the holes in better spots prior to baking.

easter ordaments

The next day, when it came to spray painting, it was cold and snowing so we went fast. I think they turned out good enough… however there is definitely room for improvement next year!​ -xo-meg