Photo Friday

And I’m back with another Photo post on a lovely Friday afternoon! Hopefully I can actually get this up and posted since we’re almost at the end of Lewis’ nap time, and Anya doesn’t yet have any set napping time so could wake up at any inconvenient moment.

This post will finish catching us up to the present time with photos from our trip to the lake as well as a few since we’ve been home (which apparently I haven’t been taking very many of.)

Our time at the lake was of course lovely with lots of extended family around. The weather was mostly-good with a couple of rainy days and a few random showers on some of the nicer days, but we managed to keep busy and have fun the whole time. Lewis didn’t seem to remember anything from being up there a year ago, so it was all new and exciting exploration for him. We only swam a few times since the lake was a bit chilly and Lewis didn’t like the days with big waves, but he did have a lot of fun playing with the rocks on shore and swimming when the water was calm.

We are now well settled back into our home routines and have been having daily walks and plenty of art projects and sensory play as usual.

I still haven’t quite figured out how to keep the cleaning/cooking/dishes/laundry/etc. under control while caring for two little ones so I have instituted a new rule of “everyone cleans for 10 minutes after dinner” which has helped marginally. I turn on the timer and try to tell Lewis that it is a game and we have to race and clean as fast as we can before it beeps, but he is having none of that and just tells me he is a very slow cleaner and goes on to prove his point. My hope however is that if we keep it up consistently it will just become accepted fact that we do some cleaning after dinner and he will start to participate a bit more with it.

Anyway, here are some photos!

Lewis' first time fishing with Daddy and Grandpa. They didn't catch anything and it started raining while they were out, but he seemed to have fun anyway!

Lewis’ first time fishing with Daddy and Grandpa. They didn’t catch anything and it started raining while they were out, but he seemed to have fun anyway!

Building fairy houses under the trees, just like I did as a kid.

Building fairy houses under the trees, just like I did as a kid.

Rock cracking on shore with Diane. He has been using his toy hammer to play at fossil hunting since we've been home.

Rock cracking on shore with Diane. He has been using his toy hammer to play at fossil hunting since we’ve been home.

My two wonderful boys. <3

My two wonderful boys. ❤

Playing in a little tent that one of my cousins gifted to Lewis.

Playing in a little tent that one of my cousins gifted to Lewis.

Couch nap because the upstairs bedroom was much too hot to sleep in during the day. Anya loved looking at the patterns on this couch fabric.

Couch nap because the upstairs bedroom was much too hot to sleep in during the day. Anya loved looking at the patterns on this couch fabric.

Selfies with my babies. <3

Selfies with my babies. ❤

Messy fun with cloud dough.

Messy fun with cloud dough.

Dropper painting. This quickly deteriorated into color mixing in the cups.

Dropper painting. This quickly deteriorated into color mixing in the cups.

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Photo Friday

Time to play a little catch-up with photos! It’s been about a month, I think, since I’ve posted. We’ve been busy! The first week of August Chris’ parents came to visit, and the following week we went up to my family’s cabin on Lake Champlain, where there is no internet access. This past week has been a bit of a blur trying to settle back into regular routines, catch up with laundry, etc. Chris was expecting things to be a bit calmer at work now but he went back in on Tuesday only to discover that they are still requesting them to work 50 hour weeks, so he has worked two late nights already this week and will probably work on Saturday as well. I’m getting a little better at juggling solo bedtime with two little ones, but it is still a bit tricky since Anya likes to spend most of the evening attached to me and nursing constantly, tanking up for the night.

Our week with Chris’ parents was very nice for all of us. This was the first time they have made it out here to see where we live, where Chris works, and of course to meet Anya! Most of the time was spent with them exploring the area a bit on little day trips with Chris and Lewis (the most successful of which I think was to the Albany Pine Bush) while Anya and I hung out here nursing, napping, and attempting to wash some dishes. We also spent time with everyone hanging out here, playing with chalk and bubbles, swimming in the pool, etc. Lewis loved having visitors and by the end of the week was telling them to stay here and not go home! I don’t have a lot of photos from the visit since most of the photos that were taken were on Chris’ phone, but there are a couple here as well as some from before their visit.

They said goodbye Friday night, and Saturday morning was spent busily cleaning and packing to head up to my family’s camp. It was a lovely visit as well but I guess I will leave the details for a later post since these pictures are all from prior to that! Hopefully I will have some time to hop on the computer again soon and sort through the many photos from our trip.

Bath time! She loves dangling her toes down into the warm water.

Bath time! She loves dangling her toes down into the warm water.

Calmly relaxing after her bath - another example of how different she is from her brother! He always wanted to snuggle and nurse the second he was out of the water, and if he didn't get that there would be crying and screaming.

Calmly relaxing after her bath – another example of how different she is from her brother! He always wanted to snuggle and nurse the second he was out of the water, and if he didn’t get that there would be crying and screaming.

My two cuties. <3

My two cuties. ❤

Art time! He's starting to become more purposeful with his drawing and can even write the letters E and F when he wants to.

Art time! He’s starting to become more purposeful with his drawing and can even write the letters E and F when he wants to.

Perfect day for a snack outside!

Perfect day for a snack outside!

Anya is happy to be outside too.

Anya is happy to be outside too.

Anya and Grandpa. :)

Anya and Grandpa. 🙂

Hmmm... for some reason everyone wants to look at that cute baby instead of the camera.

Hmmm… for some reason everyone wants to look at that cute baby instead of the camera.