Spring 2016 in VA (April-May)

April.

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Settling into our home. Flowers on the table are hydrangeas straight from the yard!

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Colt chasing a friendly bunny in our neighbors’ yard.

One weekend in April, Joe came down from New York to visit. We had some friends over to watch basketball and grill out!

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Michael manning the grill.

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Sports & drinks.

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Kids running around the yard.

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Finn & Uncle Joe.

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Old man Colt.

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Jumping on the bed.

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Some morning painting.

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Learning the color wheel.

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Basement, teepee Finn. Just chewing on a plastic chicken leg. Normal.

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Apple slice floor picnic.

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This FACE.

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2 years 9 months.

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Balloon room at Busy Bees!

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Random tiny little snow.

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Tiny little snow = Tiny little snowman!!

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Snow soon melted and left us with spring weather again.

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Yard boys.

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This is never what you want to see on your monitor.

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Life is just hard sometimes.

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The sweetest little yard helper.

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Fincher smiles!

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Coltchie smiles.

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Coltchie creation.

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Colt loved to set up toys to encourage Finn to crawl. And sometimes give him a little push as well. ūüėȬ†

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Finn, however, loves to just model.

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Family visit to the national zoo.

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Anteater.

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More modeling from this funny little honey baked ham.

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Superman just drinking milk and watching some cartoons.

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Day 2 of Superman.

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Gigi and Pasha stop through for a little visit.

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And delight Colt by taking him to the Natural History Museum!

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Colt & Bear!

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More crawling practice.

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Brazilian bros!

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Strolling.

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And scooting.

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Captivated.

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Colt exploring in the distance.

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Blue eyed baby.

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Almost positive he’s roaring in this moment.

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Sunshine!

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Swinging over at our neighbors’ house. LOVE having neighbors who are also real friends.

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Snuggle bug.

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Playing “catch.”

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Starting to get some teeth!

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These two just kill me!

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Really grateful that there are so many wonderful parks in Arlington. 

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Finn loves it too.

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Colt’s dinosaurs helping him do his dinosaur puzzle.

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Loving his new Ninja Turtles puzzle!

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Cheese!

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Always gnawing on something.

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Sailor Finn!

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Colt’s room after we finally added the¬†second bed – also known as “Uncle Joe’s bed” since he was the first person to bunk up with Colt.

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Finn + Laundry.

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Snuggly bedtime Fincher.

 

 

Easter 2016 in SC

(Still playing catch-up!) Earlier in 2016 Michael was still traveling a lot to Brazil for work. He needed to be in Brazil the week before Easter so we decided to have my mom fly up to VA so that she could help me do the drive with the boys from VA down to SC to spend time with family there that week. Then, Michael met us in SC for Easter and we were all able to return to VA together as a family. Here are some pictures & memories from the trip.

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Making our standard Cracker Barrel stop along the drive!

Easter-week activities at my parents’ church.

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Colt & Finn are happy to meet the Easter Bunny. 

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Finn at 7 months old! Had just gotten his first tooth!

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At the Easter Egg hunt!

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Finn & Pasha.

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Kids settling in for some scripture readings.

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Colt was a huge fan of the whole Easter egg concept. 

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Gigi introducing Finn to dolls.

Meanwhile, Michael was hanging with our friends back in Brazil and sent me these pics with the Parkers’ precious kiddos who are both within days of our two.

 

 

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Michael & Jack.

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Little Finley!

During my week at home, my parents let me leave Colt with them for a day so that I could visit a dear college friend for an afternoon in Atlanta. Finn was happy to have come along for the ride with me though!

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Finn!

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So happy to meet Bess and her 2 cuties.

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With Bess and her princess Mary Carol!

Next morning back in Columbia.

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Sweet boys!

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Necklace making with Colt.

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All set up to race matchbox cars down the hill across from my parents’ house.

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Colt always took the better cars…

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Funny bath Fincher.

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Loves the bath.

It was during this trip that Colt wrote his name for the first time. He has a really simple name to write and it’s obviously not perfect but he did it totally unprompted so I was kind of shocked when I saw it so of course I took a photo.

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“Colt” – age 2 yrs 8 months. Showing me it’s time to start working on writing!¬†

During our visit, my mom also introduced Colt to the whole concept and process of dying hard boiled eggs. He was a HUGE fan AND it got him to eat hard boiled eggs (at least for a while…).

 

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Egg-dying 1.

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Egg-dying 2.

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Egg-dying 3.

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Egg-eating 1.

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Egg-eating 2.

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Puzzle-building 1.

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Puzzle-building 2.

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Puzzle-completion!

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Egg-dying 4.

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Egg-eating 3.

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Nanny & Papa with their great grandsons.

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Easter Sunday with Gigi & Pasha.

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Michael is back!

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Brad’s family visiting my parents’ house as well.¬†

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Michael catching up with May.

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Easter egg hunt with the cousins.

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Colt, Augusta Clare and Gabriel.

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Pasha entertaining grandkids. 

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Henry & Margaret teaching Colt cornhole. 

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Fincher Fam!