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Thursday, May 20, 2010


So, I have a few friends that are very outdoorsy. Me? Not so much. I'm not big into the exercising, movement, nature, etc. You know what I mean? I like to lounge, drink, eat, lay in the sun, get pampered, and generally act like a sloth.

But now with the littles, I want to have a more active life. It's better for me, and it's better for them. I don't want them to grow up playing outside with Dad while mom sits around like a slug. I want to ride bikes with them, play ball, etc. So I am trying to make a concerted effort to do more stuff outside together as a family.

So, hiking. It's a misleading thing to say we are doing, as the kids move pretty damn slow. So it's more like a REEEAAALLLY slow stroll, especially with Moop stopping every 2 inches to point out yet ANOTHER ant! Yes, that really does happen! So it's not like we are power walking, burning a million calories and rock climbing. But it's a start, and the kids are REALLY enjoying it.

Our first hike this season was at a place called Duke Island Park. It's a park surrounded by the Raritan River, so there is water everywhere and the kids love walking around there. They also have a pretty good playground for the kids, post walk.

Dad and Boots & Mommy and Moop.
Daddy and Boots
Mommy and Moop

Moop walking down the trail. There is something I just love about this picture.

Throwing rocks into the river.

This past weekend we took them to another park, Hacklebarney State Park. It was really cool. All these awesome hiking trails, and beautiful scenery! It was slightly more challenging for the kids (ok, whatever, maybe us too!) because there were a lot of steep ups and downs. But the kids were total troopers! I was so proud of them!

Here are the three cutest hikers ever posing with their walking sticks.
The Fam

Here is a smiling Boots throwing rocks in the river.

The Dude cleaning his hands.

And although this has nothing to do with hiking, I had a lovely Mother's Day with my parents, my sister, her husband, and her kids. They are getting so big!! Anthony has a billion teeth (or so it seems) and Sami just has the most bite-able cheeks EVER!

Here is my sister with her two favorite men, Moop and Anthony.
Chrissy and Boys

And here is Sami with her Daddy.
Ant and Sami

Moop and Little Ant, sharing a moment.
Moop and Ant

Alright, I think I'm all caught up now!!


Monday, May 17, 2010

Playing Catch Up

Yeah ... I'm still trying to get all my old pictures up so that my mom can order all the ones that she wants ...

Plus, it helps me remember what the hell we've been up to!!

So, for the twins birthday this year we took them away from the weekend. We considered doing a big party again, but thought better of it. We just did something small with immediate family, and took them to see Disney's Princesses on Ice. I know, it sounds very girly, but it wasn't. Yes, it had all the princesses in it, but also all the boys ... the 7 dwarfs, Genie and Aladdin, all the princes, etc. Boots and Moop really really enjoyed it. It was playing at the Arena at Hershey Park ... so we made a weekend out of it. We went to see the show on Saturday, and then spent the day at Hershey Park on Sunday.

My friend Kelly came as well with her twin daughters, so the kids were able to have a blast all together.

The kids had a blast at Hershey this year. We took them last September, and Boots was willing to go on any and every ride. But Moops was slightly more cautious. But for the first time, he rode on a horse on the carousel!! We were so excited for him! Usually he wants to sit on the bench. But this time he went on everything with no hesitation! What a champ!



Here are some pics from our yard. The kids got the coolest birthday gift from Aunt Chrissy and Uncle Anthony! A bounce house!!

We also got to spend some quality time with little Sami and Anthony! They are getting so big I can't stand it! Here is Sami with Grandma.
Sami and Grandma

And here is Anthony with his Daddy.
Big Ant and Little Ant