June 2017 NoVa (+ NY)

As I look through our photos from June, the thing that stands out to me most is the precious friendship that Colt and Finn are building. Michael and I have absolutely loved having two boys, 25 months apart. We have enjoyed it because it is so much fun for us but we also thrill at watching the two of them laugh, talk, sing, squeal, tickle, wrestle, copycat, jump, learn, build, splash, run, chase, race, scoot, kick and PLAY together too. Of course there are still battles and tears, but those are far outweighed by the joy and the fun. When Finn wakes up in the morning, the first thing he does is ask for Colt. He LOVES to copy Colt and is always trying to be part of the action. Colt is so kind to Finn and patient with him. Colt helps him, always tries to explain things to him and teach him and generally loves playing with him. When Finn gets upset, Colt comes to comfort him. Their personalities are such a great balance for each other and I pray that their friendship will only grow over the years.

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Park Finn!

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Snuggled up in Colt’s bed!

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And pretending to sleep.

The first weekend of June, we took a quick trip to New York to see some of our friends from Brazil. One family was flying through New York on their way home from a trip to Europe and they stayed the weekend. Two couples live in New York already and we drove up for it. All 4 families (8 adults, 7 kids!) stayed together at one of the couple’s houses on Long Island and it was an absolute blast!

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Exactly the type of scene we like to have on our road-trips.

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Playtime with Luke & Campbell!

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Finn!

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Backyard fun for the boys! 

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Campbell joins the boys.

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These two instantly picked right back up where they left off in Brazil.

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Strolled to this beautiful spot!

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And bonus – Uncle Joe came by to visit for the afternoon too!

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Colt and his starfish find!

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Uncle Joe with his nephews.

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Back at the house, Colt and Campbell in the bounce-house!

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Relaxing together.

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Story time with Jeff! The only little one missing is Addy!

I am sad that I basically have no pictures of the adults from the weekend but I think we were too busy just enjoying the treat of being together again. Very excited for our full Brazil reunion planned for this fall!

Back in VA…

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Finn showing off his musical talents at the Nature Center playroom.

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Backyard besties. 

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Colt showing off his life-sized self-portrait from school. 

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Practicing hitting without the tee.

My parents came to town for some business which meant we got a visit from Gigi and Pasha!

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Finn and Gigi!

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Colt and Pasha immediately dive right into astronomy.

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Colt showing off for Gigi.

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When Gigi is around, Finn is stuck on her like GLUE.

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Gigi with her boys!

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Swing bros!

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Sprinkler Colt!

Dinner at my cousin’s house and Colt had a blast with his kids and their trampoline!

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Delaney and Colt on the trampoline.

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Kiddos!

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Enjoying dessert!

Climbing, throwing rocks, exploring, splashing… Long Branch Nature Center creek.

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Snack time in the creek.

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Love this picture of Colt and Gigi.

A few days after my parents left, we were lucky enough to get a quick visit from Michael’s sister, Lise and brother Joe! Lise was first to arrive and the boys were so happy to see her!

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Aunt Lise doing milk and cartoons with the boys!

Lise arrived the morning of Colt’s last day of school.

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Colt’s last day as a Caterpillar. 😦 

It was fun to have Lise there to see their end-of-year performance and go to Colt’s class party too.

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Colt with the two awesome Caterpillar teachers!

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Aunt Lise with the boys.

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Back home, Colt feeding Finn…

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And Uncle Joe is here! Morning coffee, milk and cartoons. 

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Awesome outerspace PJs from Aunt Lise. 

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Park day!

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Sidewalk chalk brought out Aunt Lise’s amazing cactus drawing skills!

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Joey & Finn.

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Group pic from the weekend!

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Backyard pool fun!

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Drippy Colt.

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Picnic with their girlfriend Lily. 

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Colt and Finn having fun in the teepee.

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Lights off. Flashlight on.

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Telling scary stories?

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Sweet brothers. 

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Banana bros!

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Colt and I made a paper chain for summer and strung it in his room. 

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Two little monkeys jumping in the crib.

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Michael and Kenny playing tennis across the street one evening

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Finn loves sparkling water.

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Chalk bros.

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“A roadrunner running across the desert with ‘cactuses’.”

Special date-night out — dinner at Kingbird at the Watergate and The Sound of Music at the Kennedy Center! LOVED The Sound of Music!!! So good!

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After dinner on our way to the show.

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Kennedy Center. 

 

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