Random Fun Stuff…

Someone gave us a mix cd called “Random Fun Stuff” and thus introduced the phrase into our family vernacular.

This is another post into which I squeeze as many photos as possible — January’s through May’s, to be exact. Sorry about that. I had meant to give a glowing review about the new diet I tried during Lent and to write a few other small posts along the way, but the new diet turned out to be only so-so and the post(s) just didn’t happen. Apparently, it’s much less motivating to write about something that is kinda sorta helpful than about something that’s amazing. But I’m kind of sick of thinking about health problems right now, so looking at sweet photos of the kids is a nice change. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Random fun stuff we’ve done in the last five months:

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Way back in January, the girls got to wear the new hats & cloaks their grandmothers made them for Christmas.

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Grandma hats & cloaks.

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As soon as the weather got warm enough, we started playing outside again.

Just sittin'.

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Practicing arabesques.

Camilla wanted to make her own snowman, so she improvised.

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Didn’t you know that Florida snowmen are blue?

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Complete with hat.

The Florida snowman.

We’ve started to play a lot of Night-Night, every toddler’s favorite game.

Playing night-night.

Good morning!

Good morning!

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We visited Uncle Tim, Aunt Hilary, Cousins Annie, Inga & Isabel, and Grandma & Grandpa Marston in Panama City Beach. A good time was had by all.

Visiting cousin Annie.

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The Marston have not one but TWO triple strollers. Who else can say that? Our girls were spoiled.

The triple stroller.

We took a little walk to a nearby park.

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Poor Bea got squeezed into the back. Oh, the trials of being the littlest.

Poor Bea didn't get her own seat.

Camilla helped Grandma make cinnamon rolls.

Making cinnamon rolls with grandma.

Bea helped by being too short to get in the way.

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Eating the results.

Eating them. Yum!

I got to hold my two baby nieces. They are not very impressed by my fine auntly qualities thus far, but I trust that I can win them over in the future.

Twin nieces.

Back to the park after a bit of face-painting fun.

The other triple stroller.

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Husband had spring break, and we decided to relax and do fun stuff in our neck of the woods instead of travelling. We went strawberry picking, which was fun for all.

Picking strawberries.

Okay, maybe Beatrice had even more fun than the rest of us. What could be better than being plunked in the middle of a field of your favorite food?

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Somebody loves strawberries.

We also visited the model train museum in Foley, AL, and got a ride around the park on a tiny train. The girls loved it.

At the Foley train museum.

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The giant model train set.

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While the kids slept, Josh and I painted the living room a light shade of grey that is…very similar looking to the dingy white it was before. Oh well. You can kind of see it in the photos below.

Our friend Max still comes over to play on Fridays. When they’re not annoying each other, they get into this sort of get-up and start dancing around the living room.

Three little characters.

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Now for some dancing.

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Milla’s ballet recital turned out to be on Holy Saturday (bad planning, mama) but she was able to get dressed up for the rehearsal and we treated it like the real thing. There was a strict no-photo policy (hey!) so there are no pics of “The Flower Dance,” but I promised a photo shoot so we took these outside the theatre afterward. Yes, she is wearing makeup. Yes, her daddy hated it. And yes, she thought wearing makeup was The Best Thing Ever.

After her ballet rehearsal.

Beatrice was sporting a nice shiner that should serve as a lesson to us all about why children shouldn’t play with sticks.

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On Pascha morning, Milla and I found a baby bird that had fallen out of its nest. We brought him home and named him Jonah. We kept him for a few days but then learned about a local wildlife refuge and took him there since I was terribly afraid that we would accidentally kill him through an abundance of child-love. Beatrice still talks about Baby Jonah but she knows he has a “new nest!” and a “new home!” Ironically, we found another baby bird three days later but took him straight to the refuge afterward. I do wish that Nature would stop trying to give us birds, but at least we’re getting good at knowing what to do with them.

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I didn’t take any photos at the Pascha service, but these are from the picnic after Agape Vespers. My children look forward to the picnic ALL YEAR, thanks to the annual Easter Egg Hunt and the bouncy castle. My sweet friend Carrie organized the egg hunt this year and it was a tremendous success.

Carrie and Caroline.

Matching squinchy noses!

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Her first one.

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The perfect day.

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Peekaboo with Nouna Laura.

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Inside the bouncy castle.

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Joyous bouncing.

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Egg hunt spoils.

Lessons are over for the summer, but every day is ballet day at our house.

Every day is ballet day.

Dance partners.

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Milla and I got haircuts and I got some new (= Josh’s old) glasses. Recycling can be fun!

New haircuts for both of us.

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That’s all for now. If you made it to the end, give yourself a pat on the back.

2 thoughts on “Random Fun Stuff…

  1. That is one fine Orthodox beard Josh has going on. A fine Orthodox robe and hat would really complete the look though.

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