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Photo taken by Dylan

Last weekend we went to a wedding for one of our favorite people. It was short, sweet, lovely, and we are so so happy for them! The bride was gorgeous (as always). Penelope called her “Princess” all morning. 🙂

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Penelope and Uncle Dylan chat’n it up.

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Penelope was pretty tired (and sassy!), so we only stayed at the reception long enough to say hello to the friends we haven’t seen in two years. We miss them all so much!

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We began packing the girls’ stuff up. ‘Tis a mess.

Penelope recently received a Doc McStuffins doll, and it came with little pieces that I kept packaged up. As soon as I gave in to the begging, one was missing within five minutes. Amelia isn’t allowed to play in her room until we find it, which might just be moving day.

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Best part about packing? Empty boxes! Penelope wants to do everything with Amelia now that she can get around. I hear, “Mia Comin’?” a lot these days. 

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Amelia took her first ride in a cart without her car seat this week! Such a big girl!

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I love her scrunchy nose smile!

We spend most of our days on the porch. We would spend it in the neighboring churches super green grass, but it has been wet for weeks now.

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Penelope also chewed her first piece of gum. She totally swallowed it. So, her first is also her last. She said it was “hot,” I think she thought the mint flavor was spicy. 🙂

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Amelia experienced the swing for the first time as well!! I think she liked it. 🙂

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and the firsts just keep on coming! Amelia’s first tooth finally broke through!! That was a tough one for her.

First time playing in a box, first independent ride in the cart, first time attending a wedding (for Amelia), first piece of gum, A’s first time in a park swing and first tooth…it’s been a full week of firsts for these girls! The week is not over yet, Penelope is trying to add “first time eating chocolate for breakfast” to her list…not happenin’ lady.

I hope your week has been just as wonderful!

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Snapshots – Wilkinson addition!

The past two days we have spent a lot of time with my family, and I took a photo or two to remember them. 🙂

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Leo and Penelope thoroughly enjoyed the stairs at my parents place. Not sure what it is about stairs, but it sure is easy, cheap entertainment!

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First of all, when did Joe develop Audrey’s five-head??

Joe and Amelia bonded. She took to him a lot faster than she does most men. Maybe because he resembles Mama? Nice to know she would love me even if I had facial hair…I can’t really say Amelia bonded with Megahn, you just kind of love her immediately, no bonding necessary. The girls love seeing Joe and Megahn, we don’t get to enough! Hint hint, Joe.

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No words necessary for these two photos, but I could set the scene a bit for you.

Penelope was enjoying left over chocolate from Mama and Daddy’s date the night before, while shopping at Target for Amelia some clothes. Girl be growin’!

The hat and shirt were purchases we made (at H&M) on our date, because when you are not with your kids, you are thinking about your kids, am I right??

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After Target we ate some lunch and played at a park for a bit before the girls had to nap. No photos of the park, it’s enough just trying to keep both eyes on both girls.

Hopefully we can see everyone some more before we end our trip! Thanks for hanging out with us and loving our girls as much as you do!!

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This past week has been full of pretend play, company, and various unexciting outings. Oh, and photos of these things!

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We spent some time at the high school cleaning up Daddy’s classroom. Penelope stacked cups. She knows right where to find them and runs to grab ‘em every time we visit his room.

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Lots of chalk art! She was into houses this week. A big step up from babies in my opinion – Halleluiah!

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Amelia had her six month appointment this week. Twenty pounds, 10 ounces! Perfect in everyway! She destroyed the paper liner. Crinkly fun, hard to resist. She also received five shots. Poor baby. She later slept for seventeen hours straight.

Zack now has nine (and a half! Every minute counts, right?) days off – let the fun (and more exciting posts) begin!!!

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Zack’s first year of teaching ended this past Friday!! This school year flew by for me, not so much for Zack 🙂 We took him out for lunch to celebrate! (Notice P’s shoes are on the wrong feet again?)

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Penelope has been preferring to use pillows as blankets. I did this as a kid too! 

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I was able to have time to myself (what??!?!) Friday as well. Two and a half hours of self time. So where do I go?? Antique store, of course. I spent an hour there and only made it through a fourth of the store! The rest of the time was spent driving and at JC Penny. My purchases will be posted once they are in the new house. Except the underwear I purchased…yeah I don’t think that will be shared. – Just to be clear, the underwear was bought at JC Penny not the antique store.

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We spent our Saturday morning on the porch, reading Mommy’s mother’s day gift

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…drawing babies with chalk…

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…taking 28 photos of this same thing with Mommy’s camera (Photo taken my Penelope)…

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…swinging…

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Giggling after she went inside to wake up Daddy.

After Daddy woke up she played with cars and tossed a ball around for a while with him. So grateful for an outdoor place to spend time! The outdoors are good for Zack and I. I think it is rubbing of on our girls.

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Okay, so one of my purchases will be posted today – new sheets for the girls, when A moves up to a big girl bed she will have the matching one.

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After Amelia woke up from her first nap, the girls played a bit together then we took a walk through town! It was lovely!

Now the girls are off for naps, we might get to see our Aunt Teresa and Uncle Greg, Zack has graduation tonight, then we are off to St. Peters, so we can go on a date tomorrow!!

Happy Weekend!

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This past week has been fairly busy. Here are some bits of it.

We showed our mom’s the house we hope to buy.

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Counted rocks on it’s walkway.

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Snuggled in bed reading books before breakfast.

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Finally cleaned our car.

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Spent some time on the porch on warm days.

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Took a trip to the doctor for both girls… allergies.

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Smoothies ‘n banana puffs.

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…and spent time at the Firehouse (local teen hangout). Zack had to put up some framing for a high school art show this weekend. Kids love Mr. Rogers. 🙂

After the Firehouse, we went to a soccer game.

Today we have the home inspection earlier than we thought – HOORAY!- so the girls and I will spend three hours in a vacant home. I imagine lots of hide and seek will be played. 🙂

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This week has given me butterflies of excitement for what is to come in the next few months.
Spring will bring more time outside with the girls. More time in dresses. More time at the library and the playgrounds. More time on the porch and time spent on bikes.
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Aside from daily ‘round the town type of stuff, Zack’s work is exciting as well. His contract has been renewed at both schools, and summer school is around the corner. Just over a month left of this semester, and his first year as a teacher will be over!
After summer school we have a trip to see family – we are taking 2-3 weeks for it!! He has to be back in July for one day, so it get’s in the way of a longer trip, but we will take what we have and stretch it across as many states as we can! We really miss the southeast and those we love who live there. Wish we lived closer to them.
(We probably won’t be back up to St. Peters until August at the earliest I would think, for those of you living there.)
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My mom drove down to watch the girls so I could go to the dentist, and stayed for a few days. Amelia and Grandma Penny bonded. Sad and happy to say, Miss Amelia has a new best friend – cue uncontrollable sobbing.
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Yesterday after Zack arrived home we cleaned the house, and decided to take Penelope out to eat for helping Mama and Grandma so much. (and Zack making it through the week!)
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The view on our way home (at the girls’ bedtime, oops.) after eating and picking up a red wagon for the girls. Can’t wait to use that wagon!!! C’mon warm weather!
I have photos to take for a couple today, Zack is going hiking, and church tomorrow! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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This week has been a hectic one. Non-stop. I feel as though things will never get done around here. I will never get caught up.
That being said, you may have noticed around here on the blog, mess and and a long to-do list have been pushed to the back of my mind and fun times with my gals has taken a residence in an adirondack chair on the seaside of my brain, and has no intention of leaving anytime soon.
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We gave up Reese to a friend Tuesday, and spent the entire day with my best friend and her husband. She gave my girls each a dress. This pale pink princess dress you see above is obviously for Penelope. Amelia’s (hopefully) won’t fit her until this summer, as it is 18 months in size.
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Bubbles! I am pretty happy about this warm weather and evenings ending with rich colored sunsets. More porch time! More time for bubbles! Slow sways on the swing with my eldest lady!
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“Gone gone…”
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Also, this onsie went from fitting to not fitting over night. Good thing I take so many pictures. I have a feeling this time in her life will be gone very soon, too soon.

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Last week was a productive one for Zack and I, and a laid back one for the girls. I think I like that balance best.
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We got a little backed up in the doing dishes department this past weekend. We had to substitute sippy cups for a bottle. Makes water taste better.
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We added some new additions to the apartment as well. (Not all shown here.)
A new bookshelf (the top of which still needs to be decorated), camera poster, welcome mat, and finished desk made by Zack are just a few.
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After work grocery shopping means supper out of the house. I think it’s not a stretch to say Amelia loves her Daddy. 🙂
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Grocery shopping took a detour to the bike section. We tested out a Minnie Mouse helmet. Nice huh?
Soon I hope to get Penelope a tricycle. We’re kind of a bike family. The sooner the better. I think she is ready. A couple weeks ago, while at an antique store Penelope hopped on a (somewhat rusty) tricycle and took off! It’s in our blood I think.
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Penelope has been bird watching (no doubt a hobby inherited from her Great-Great-Uncle Gene) from her window. She takes breaks to play ipad games…
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S o. m u c h. laundry has been hung up over the past few days. Ugh. Not my favorite chore.
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Love love love long underwear jammies. Especially the red full body sort. (and post-nap puffy eyes!)
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Many-a-nap happened in the swing last week.
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Our porch got a make over. We welcomed in spring right this year. Safe to say this porch will get a lot of use over the next few months.
(Swing built for Zack’s dad by a family friend, Cracker Barrel rocker gifted to us from Zack’s grandparents, table from my friend Jonathan, red chair purchased by us from a local antique store.)
Thanks for reading! I hope your weeks were full of work balanced with just as much relaxation, long underwear jammies and bird watching!!

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This week I have felt a mix of relaxation and pressure to get things done around the house. I realize none of what I have to get done has to be completed a.s.a.p, but it is all a jumble in my head and I ‘m having a hard time sorting it out, between taking care of the ladies and giving them quality Mama time.
Here are some photos from the past few days: : :
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Amelia has been on a steady feeding schedule since we arrived home. So far so good. I’m hoping to construct a solid feeding and nap schedule, one that hopefully parallels Penelope’s.
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Made a run to the hardware store for some art class supplies.
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Enjoying the new addition to our outdoor décor. Looks like something that belongs in my Aunt Mary’s yard, therefore I can’t help but smile when I see it. Zack agrees.
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Porch time! It was freezing out, but 5 minutes couldn’t get her sick… right? My next post might just feature a photo of us all snuggling in bed with a box of Kleenexes…hope not.
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Mama’s little mama. I try to let her help where she can. In the case of diaper changes, I quietly fix the diaper after Penelope puts it on. Sneaky sneaky. I have to say though, the girl is getting good!
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I snagged my old frog jumper back from my sister and Amelia is thoroughly enjoying it! Now if only I could find one in my size.
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My sister gifted me these old books! The first one shown is one hundred years old this year! The rest were printed in 1963. They have a story on each side! Done with one, flip it over and begin another. Some are stories that were turned into Disney classics, some are more along the lines of Huck Finn and Robinson Crusoe. There are a total of 13 flip books – 26 stories! We’re starting to read Penelope a chapter before bed. She chose The Jungle Book as her first one, probably because there is a tiger on the front. 🙂
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Thanks for sharing your Thursday with us.

SNAPSHOTS: : 6 : : WEEKEND

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Friday was such a good day! The weather was awesome, and everything went smoothly. We started the day out taking Reese to the vet. He’s been having issues for a couple months. I’m pretty sure he is grinning simply because it smells of treats and people take turns holding him. Doesn’t take much.
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After Zack arrived home (right after school, which never happens!) we drove to sonic for some “fun drinks” and fresh air.
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Penelope kept running over to the sign to stare at the chocolate brownie sundaes…or something of the sort.
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Next we took a walk over to Zack’s elementary class. He had to sand the tables (he stained them rainbow colors Saturday-looks awesome!)
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We obviously had a fun couple of hours 🙂
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Saturday was pretty great as well! It started off with some time at the playground, just Mommy and Penelope. Daddy and Amelia were sleeping in…
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But then, when the weather became freezing, we took a trip to Lowes (where we picked up that stain for the class tables).
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Penelope thought I needed to start a swatch collection, ha! I have a pretty good start, don’t you think?
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She made a new friend, one of Zack’s elementary students. They picked out e v e r y color swatch and sat on these buckets ‘o stain and played them like drums.
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Her favorite color of the day.
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On the way home we stopped by Walmart (which is no where near “on the way home”) to pick up some chalk so Penelope has something other than “ball” to play out of doors.
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And, as promised to those who follow me on Facebook, our family photos! Wrinkly sheet from our bed, at least fifty percent blur per picture, wiggly babies, and silly faces. 🙂 Enjoy!
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Saturday night we went to a talent show featuring all three schools. It was great!
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Penelope stood on Daddy’s legs and danced her heart out to every song. Even Home on the Range! Ah, to lack fear of embarrassment. It was so so cute! I would’ve snuck some video had it not been so dark in there.
Penelope also made a friend here. a four year old boy who was a bit smaller than her. He has white blonde hair and a high voice. They held hands, and she made his arms dance like she does with Amelia. I think she received her ability to make friends instantly and anywhere from her grandpas. Not a bad trait to have!
Sunday we spend time getting things in order around the house, including finishing three of our many projects. We crammed those three days and got the most out of them! Love it when that happens.
Hope you all enjoyed your weekends!
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