Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Our trip to DC was COLD!!  but the kids did great.  At one point we had all 4 in the double jogger - that was fun to push!

We walked the mall, rode the merry go round, saw the Lincoln Memorial, and went to the museum of Natural History.

The kids loved the dinosaur bones and the big whale.  Overall, I think their favorite part was the Metro - they loved riding the subway.

A few pics of our trip.....

The reflecting pool is under construction so we watched the diggers for a while.

The weather was great today so we played outside for a while..

These two are four months apart....and they are totally into each other.  Connor is here all week with us and it has been a blast.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

We have the BEST friends!

I has been a long week....and it is only Thursday.  Getting home from vacation, Jackson being so sick, trying to get back in a routine, kids activities, trying to get workouts in, not feeling great....I think I have seen Ryan is passing a few times this week...he comes home and I am out the door or visa versa....

So this was an AWESOME surprise when I went to pick the girls up from preschool this afternoon.  What is it???  A cooler filled with meals from our friends in North Carolina....Thanks Peck and Susan what an awesome surprise.  I had no idea what we were having for dinner and now I do!

The best part about having great friends is you don't have to talk often...we catch up when we can but our lives are so busy.  Add in kids with broken bones or breathing issues and poof your catch up time just seems to disappear.  But they know when you need them...and they deliver- and that is simply the best part of having great friendships..

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Someone is CLEARLY feeling better!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lesson Learned

Today is Alys 5th brithday.....I should know by now not to ask my high maintenance, princess loving, tulle wearing 5 year old what kind of cupcakes she wants to bring to school. 

She will simply reply - fairy cupcakes with glitter wings and they need to look like me.......

Right on sister...especially when your brother is super sick and we just got back from vacation.....but who can say no?  Certainly not me.

Happy 5th Birthday Aly - you truly are the princess I never thought I would have!

Monday, March 21, 2011

All good things must come to an end

I always knew with as much traveling as we do our luck would run out.  We usually travel pretty prepared for health issues with the kids.  We had antibiotics, steriods, nebulizers....you get the picture.

Jack started wheezing on Wednesday...it was bad by Friday.  Aruba hospital here we come.  Luckly, the ER pediatrician had done his residency in Texas.  We got xrays and he seemed to think there might be some pnuemonia...he did not want us to fly home on Sat.  Finally, we put a plan in place.  We could nebluize on the plane - there were outlets, we got a new antibiotic, and some other drugs and we were on our way....

Poor little man...he is still not right.  After todays visit the US Drs are leaning more towards RSV - either way we are on a 24 hour watch.....hoping that he will start drinking more and breathing better!

Here are a couple of pics before the frenzy...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Enjoying our week

We have been enjoying the weather, the pool and the beach.  We really have not gone anywhere or spent much time anywhere but the pool and the beach.  Thank goodness our kids like to swim.

Brianna has been full of spunk like normal.  She talks to everyone and everything.

We have had a couple of cloudy mornings but the sunsets have been good recently.  It is nice to eat outside with the breeze blowing and the kids playing.

Aly loves the flower...she picks up the ones on the ground everytime she finds them.  We have flowers all over the condo that we are saving for home.....

Monday, March 14, 2011

Baby beach

We spent the morning at baby beach which is on the other side of the island.  The great thing about this beach is that the water is shallow all the way out to the reef.  There are no real waves and the kids snorkeled and played for the morning,

Jack at about 1lb of sand along the way!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A glimpse of my morning run..

We arrived yesterday afternoon.  Of course not without incident.  We had friends from AL and CT meeting us here and staying with us.  Ryans parents came as well.  The night before we left we stayed in NY because our flight was at 7 am....we sent emails to all those traveling with us with flight info and such.

Fast forward...1:30 am I get the following text from our CT gang..."ummm, we have a problem.  We booked our flights for next week March 19-26"  oh dear.....

Off to Aruba we went...when we arrived here I did some major negotiation with the hotel...finally we got them to switch one of the rooms to next week..  All is well.

These were from my run this am....

Check out this guy!!!

Off to the pool!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Getting Ready

Guess who is diggin his new swimsuit.  Ryan picked it out...not a big fan of the skull print....oh well.  How about the fact that the suit is 24 month suit for my rather small 9 MONTH OLD!!!!

Three out of five of us have bronchitis....so much fun. Jackson and Bri were diagnosed on Wed and then by Sat I was in the Dr.  This is a huge bummer since I was looking forward to getting in a great week of training prior to leaving for Aruba. 

Speaking of Aruba.....6 days...I have been working on packing.. and you can tell that I have a whole lot of help

I think Ryan is the worst...he was all encouraging the kids to have a beach party tonight.....so off they went to dig through the piles that I had laid out to be packed....of course they thought it was awesome...why am I always the no fun parent??

Friday, March 4, 2011

Check out my birthday gift

My good friend Tanya found this for me....so cute.  We will have lots of fun reading this in Aruba

We made homemade ice cream last night for Aly's science project.  The girls measured and took turns pouring the ingredients.  Holy sugar.....we had 9 kids under 5 here today to enjoy our homemade treats!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

This and that

Why is it that there is always ONE child that is constantly TROUBLE.  This would be the container of blueberries that he got off the table - seriously I have no idea how.  He was alternating between smashing them in to the carpet and eating them.

Is there a boarding school that  accepts 1 year olds?

Meanwhile, these two are reading so nicely...

We had a crazy weekend.  Ryan changed his flights around and then got delayed in NY waiting for the flight to Boston.  He got in at 5 am and we left my parents around noon for the cape.  I spent the morning in the ER with Jackson who was sick with bronchitis.

We got to the cape, ate dinner and had everyone asleep for 9:30...not too bad for sharing one room and having sick kids. 

Sunday was the Hyannis Half Marathon.  I have been waiting for this for a long time,  I finally broke 2 hours and ended up with a 1:56.....it was nice to have everyone there.  We jumped in the car after and headed home to PA!