November 25, 2013

F is for Fall

John is not the only one that has been going to school lately. Addie started in a pre-school co-op group. We take turns and teach a lesson once a week. She is loving it and getting so much out of it! She loves to learn and show off all her projects. She also enjoys working on her homework, just like Daddy.  Along with pre-school and music class, Addie also started tumbling class and ballet class. She practices her new tricks at home and it getting more comfortable with balancing and using her body. We are really proud of all she is learning.  Her attitude is also changing with far less meltdowns and she is becoming a really great helper with her little brother.

First day of pre-school. She told me she was a little scared so we held hands!

our little ballerina

tumbling class

corn maze

my shopping buddies

Hunter is growing up too fast. He is super mobile and gets into everything. He loves food or any object that resembles it.  He is cruising on furniture but not super anxious to walk on his on. He is going through a super clingy stage, which is a bit frustrating and makes it hard to get things done. I just have to keep reminding myself that I should be happy he loves his momma and wants to cuddle up with me, it may not last long! He knows how to clap, wave, and blow kisses but chooses to do so when he feels like it.
hiking with dad

trying to escape

begging for food, apparently it works

softball time

clapping for Pop

pushing along

For fall break we enjoy another vacation at outer banks with our best pals from law school.  Our house was right on the beach this year! We loved spending time with our friends and hope to continue this tradition even after we are all graduated and working.

 We have the best friends in Charlottesville! We did a murder mystery dinner together, 80's themed. It was a blast!

The hollywood actress and the Harvard snob

For Halloween Addie decided she wanted to be a ladybug. We tried to stick with her theme and made Hunter a caterpillar while John and I were bug catchers.  We went trick or treating at the UVA lawn again this year, such a beautiful campus! We took some family portraits there and explored the secret gardens, stay tuned for those later! 

October 28, 2013

Off to a Great Start

Of all the years in law school, this is definitely the best. We are loving 3L!  With the pressure off, John has been able to spend lots of time at home with us. We’ve gone on family walks, fun outings to swimming holes and apple orchards, and lots of trips to the park. John is also enjoying his newfound freedom with a few more kayaking trips.

During one of his trips the kids and I escaped to the beach for a few days to celebrate our best pal Fletcher’s first birthday! It was Hunter’s first visit to the beach.

John and I spent our first weekend away from the kids with 10 of our good law friends to run the RAGNAR race in the Adirondacks. It was a 200 miles relay race from Saratoga Springs to Lake Placid, New York where each runner ran 3 legs. After training all summer I was still pretty nervous since it was my first real race experience.  I didn’t think I could run all of my legs (a total of 11 miles) but I knew I wanted to try.

After running farther than planned, sleeping in the car, pumping breast milk in bathrooms on the road, and hanging out with a bunch of guys, I made it out alive! I was so proud of myself for doing something I never thought I would be able to do. John was my biggest cheerleader as well as a great runner himself! It was a great weekend together.  

August 26, 2013

Cape Cod

As a close to our summer, we rented a beautiful lake house in Cape Cod. John spent many a childhood summers hanging out on Lake Wequaquet with his brothers. We had hoped to get everyone together to relive the memories and create new ones with our own kiddos. Unfortunately, they couldn't all make it, but we were excited to have Andrew, Kristen, and Michael all fly in to be with us! (Hunter's first time meeting his uncles!) John's parents and Grandma were also their to share the week.
                                                 After a 10 hour drive, we finally made it!

Our gorgeous house


We spent most of our time hanging out by the lake


We ate LOTS of sweets!




And created plenty of family memories